Delivering Your CBD: Choose the method that fits your needs!

by Stephanie Burner September 26, 2018

Do you know there are at least 7 ways to ingest CBD oil?! It’s true, as if CBD isn’t confusing enough as it is 😉 How one chooses to ingest CBD will not change the effect, but it will determine the intensity and speed of absorption. In addition to finding a high-quality oil, it is very wise to weigh your options and find the right fit. Don’t buy an oil if you are turned off by the flavor or texture – you don’t want it sitting in your cabinet, you want to use it! On the other hand, if you’re considering sublingual you’ll be glad to know it is a long-standing delivery method with proven effectiveness*! Knowing more about the many ways to utilize the popular supplement can help you determine the right product for you!

Let’s talk about the top ways to ingest CBD products and their benefits:

  • Inhalation (Vaping)
  • Sublingual (Oil- or Water-compatible)
  • Capsules or Soft gels
  • Edibles
  • Topicals (Patches, Creams, Sprays, etc.)
  • Drinks

Vaping is a great option - absorption rates stand above the rest at up to 31%^ because it sends CBD directly through the lungs and into the bloodstream. This percentage does depend largely on the user and the inhalation technique, so results may vary substantially. Blended varieties with essential oils are available to enhance the benefits of the CBD. Vaping is also neat and compact for travel.

Sublingual tinctures are among the most widely used and this is usually the option for those who wish not to vape. Sublingual means literally “under the tongue” therefore the user holds the chosen dose under the tongue where it can be absorbed by the mucous membranes. It may seem difficult at first – simply begin with a few drops and gradually increase. The mucous membranes can assist in absorption and the idea is to bypass the digestive system – this often offers a quicker result than capsules, soft gels or edibles. If you want rapid absorption and higher potency, opt for sublingual or inhalation!

Capsules and soft gels are yet another popular option. Folks who cannot vape or dislike the flavors of tinctures may prefer the ease of use and more precise dosing. This method does require digestion and is slower to release with a subtler effect. Edibles such as gummies offer similar results and taste yummy!

Transdermal patches are bandage-like and work very well for site-specific pain or inflammation where immediate, direct relief is desired. Think of it like an IV without a needle, releasing controlled and accurate doses into the bloodstream for a predetermined duration. In particular, CBD patches will delivery product at a steady rate for the duration of wear, and constituents may continue to circulate in the bloodstream for up to 10 hours later.

Juice, tea, sparkling water and shots infused with CBD are hitting the market at a fast pace. These offer another fun and delicious way to enhance your life with Cannabidiol. Most of these drinks are in the 5mg-50mg range and can be calming or energizing based on additional ingredients.

In the wide world of CBD, there’s a product for each individual and choices are endless and will continue to expand. We hope this guide to CBD delivery methods was helpful and will assist in optimizing your health and wellness goals!



*^ a b Sattar, M; Sayed, OM; Lane, ME (Aug 2014). "Oral transmucosal drug delivery--current status and future prospects". Int J Pharm. 471 (1-2): 498–506. doi:10.1016/j.ijpharm.2014.05.043. PMID 24879936

^ Ohlsson A, Lindgren JE, Andersson S, Agurell S, Gillespie H, Hollister LE. “Single-dose kinetics of deuterium-labelled cannabidiol in man after smoking and intravenous administration.” Biomed Environ Mass Spectrom. 1986 Feb;13(2):77-83.

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