WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CBD?
CBD can be administered in a few different ways. It can be eaten, taken sublingually (absorbed under the tongue), inhaled as a vape or applied topically onto the skin. Each method will vary greatly on the amount of CBD the body is able to actually utilize.The amount of a drug or substance your body actually uses is called bioavailability. For example, the bioavailability of a medication given in an IV directly into a vein (intravenously) is 100% because it is given directly into the bloodstream with no barriers. Now lets look at the bioavailability of CBD in the different modes it can be administered. This information is solely about bioavailability for CBD extracted from hemp. It’s important to note that Bioavailability for THC is different from CBD and the bioavailability for CBD is also different when more THC is present in the extract.
Bioavailability of hemp CBD ingested in edibles or capsules is 6% (13%-18% in dogs). That means if each capsule has 50mg of CBD, your body only utilizes 3mg. This is mainly because of what is called first pass effect. Edibles and capsules have to first pass through the liver and be metabolized before your body can utilize them which decreases the amount of CBD utilized by the body. Not only does taking CBD this way take longer to take effect (30 minutes to 2 hours) but higher concentrations are needed to get a decent effect which also means they cost more. The positive of taking edibles is that the effects are long lasting ( 4-12 hours ).
Tinctures have a much better bioavailability. Tinctures are taken sublingually which means they are absorbed under the tongue and immediately enter your blood stream through the tongue’s capillaries. The tinctures must be held under the tongue for several minutes to get as much CBD into the bloodstream as possible. Bioavailability of tinctures can be as high as 35%. Our CBD tincture is 750mg in 30ml, which is 25mg per ml. After administering it under the tongue 8.75mg will be utilized by the body. Tinctures are more affordable than the capsules and since it quickly absorbs into the bloodstream it takes effect within a few minutes. Effects last from 6 – 8 hours.
CBD can also be applied topically to the skin via a lotion or Salve. Skin is a barrier responsible for keeping water in and preventing pathogens from entering. When CBD Salve is applied to the skin the CBD does not enter the bloodstream but when absorbed it interacts with nearby cannabinoid receptors. Topicals work great for treating localized pain and can help improve skin health. Topicals normally don’t enter the blood stream so bioavailability is not a factor measured. For this reason topicals normally don’t show up on drug tests but some combinations of cannabinoids and certain THC to CBD ratios can make it possible for THC to get into the bloodstream.
To conclude, Tinctures have great bioavailability and are the safest and most affordable way to take CBD. When taken daily, therapeutic levels can be reached to treat chronic pain and anxiety. Topicals are good to treat pain flare ups and localized pain. When used together, tinctures and topicals can provide Maxx Relief from pain! Next, learn how CBD is a safer pain reliever than opiates.