When choosing the right CBD delivery method for you, understanding your needs is important. By knowing your level of comfort with each of these methods along with what you hope to achieve by taking CBD, you can dose according to your preference and needs. But keep in mind, you don’t necessarily need to use just one method. For example, an individual with a chronic condition may use a sublingual oil daily as a preventative measure and use a topical, transdermal or inhalation method as needed when their ailment flares up. Staggering methods is also a viable option. Every person’s body responds to CBD differently but in time, you will find your “sweet spot” and your favorite method.
Let’s look at the different methods:
Sublingual (under the tongue) is one of the most common, efficient and preferred methods if you are seeking the internal full-body benefits of CBD. The sublingual method allows you to bypass the digestive tract because the mucous membranes in the mouth send CBD directly to your bloodstream, allowing you to feel its effects in 10-20 minutes. Once swallowed CBD is processed by the liver, making it available to cannabinoid receptors that are present throughout the digestive tract. This method is ideal for those with digestive tract discomfort and issues. Other benefits to this method are the ability to accurately and precisely dose the oil and the bioavailability, which can be approximately 30%. The downside can be the taste of the oil.
This is a great method for more immediate relief since the lungs are a gateway to the bloodstream. By using inhalation as your delivery method, you will feel the effects of CBD quickly, bypassing traditional digestive processes. Most CBD inhalation methods are by vaping with a pen as compared to smoking, making it safer. The bioavailability of these products is slightly higher than Sublingual, with reports estimating up to 40%. Another benefit to this method is the wide availability of flavors that lets the user pick and choose to their taste.
Ingestion, eating or immediately swallowing the CBD product, is also a great delivery method for internal daily relief. This method includes gummies, chocolate bars, capsules, and gelcaps. Although it can take between 30-100 minutes to feel the effects, the ingestion method will provide you with the benefits of CBD for a longer period of time (up to 5 hours) due to the digestion process. It is convenient to travel with and dose, since your dosage is largely set by the amount of CBD contained within the individual gummy or capsule you are taking. The downside is that bioavailability of this method is quite low, with an average of 5% placing oral delivery well below all other methods. You may need to take a significantly higher dose in order to achieve the same effects produced by a more efficient method.
A topical delivery method is ideal for those seeking immediate localized relief. Users can feel the impact of CBD on inflammation, sore muscles and joints within minutes while moisturizing the skin. This method is not recommended for use for ailments that are generally not considered physical. Those suffering from neurological conditions or anxiety will most likely experience no relief from a topical. Those undergoing drug testing can rest assured that use of a topical will not trigger a positive drug test, due to the fact that any potential THC in a topical does not penetrate through the skin and get into the bloodstream.
Often confused with topical methods, CBD applied via transdermal methods actually absorbs through the skin and ends up in the bloodstream. This method can work on a physical condition, but it also has the potential to help mentally and neurologically. Transdermals are found most commonly as patches, with the bioavailability of this method is high, with reports putting it at around 70% minimum.
Less commonly used, this method is one of the highest bioavailability methods available with reports putting it at 80-90%. This method typically kicks in within 15-20 minutes and can last up to 8 hours. This method is beneficial for individuals who need to consume high doses of CBD, but cannot due to trouble swallowing, nausea or vomiting.
BY: Karen Watts Nauman