With so many ways to take CBD, it's hard to know which one is going to be the best for you. A few things that you want to take into consideration is; why you're taking CBD, the purity and safety of the product, the ingredients and potency. Most people do not take into account the importance of bioavailability. Bioavailability is a measure of absorption rate: how much of the CBD you have taken actually ends up available for use in the body. A lot of users think that if they are taking 20mg of CBD that those 20mg end up being used by the body. Unfortunately, there are many variables that come into play when it comes to the absorption rate.
The delivery method may be one of the most important factors, yet there are so many to choose from. These delivery methods allow the body to metabolize the CBD in varying degrees before it enters the bloodstream. Other factors that will influence the bioavailability of CBD is your body's chemistry and metabolism, what you have eaten that day, the state of your endocannabinoid system (ECS), and how frequently you take CBD or other cannabinoids.
A simple way you can up the bioavailability of CBD is through your diet. Because cannabinoids are fat-loving (lipophilic) compounds, it has been largely accepted that having a healthy level of saturated fats (long-chain triglycerides) in your system gives the cannabinoids a higher bioavailability. This is one reason we use Organic Coconut Oil in most of our products. Some of these healthy foods rich in the necessary fats include high-fat dairy products, eggs, beef, lamb, pork, avocado, and coconut oil. Initial animal study suggests that consuming CBD with some of these fats will significantly increase the bioavailability.
Here are some popular delivery methods to consider when purchasing CBD:
- Inhalation: As a delivery method, inhalation boasts a quick onset of minutes and a peak effect in about 30 minutes. This can be extremely useful for fast relief or some acute anxiety. Inhaling CBD goes directly from your lungs into your bloodstream.
- Ingestion: With any ingestion, your liver processes the CBD before it will be used by the body. This is why the onset of action is much longer and can take 30 to 90+ minutes depending on metabolism and what you ate that day.
- Sublingual: This delivery method relies upon the tongue or the cheeks to absorb CBD. Your capillaries in the connective tissue diffuse the CBD into your bloodstream. Since this delivery method avoids the stomach and liver, it is generally more bioavailable than ingestion.
- Topical: When CBD is applied to the skin they do not enter the bloodstream or become available to the body as a whole. Instead, they are picked up by the CB2 receptor in the skin and absorbed locally to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief to certain areas.
With any CBD product you always want to ask your doctor, but understanding how the body absorbs CBD is important in why you are taking it. If you have any questions as to which products may be more beneficial for you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us through our website.
- Atheer Zgair et al., "Dietary Fats and Pharmaceutical Lipid Excipients Increase Systemic Exposure to Orally Administered Cannabis and Cannabis-Based Medicines," American Journal of Translational Research 8, no. 8 (2016): 3448-59.
- Eileen Konieczny, RN with Lauren Wilson, "Healing with CBD"