There is certainly a place and time for all types of CBD products but for the average daily user what type of CBD gives you the best “bang for your buck”?
To start pay attention to bottle labels and understand how much actual CBD is in the product. Most CBD products are marketed to show the total CBD, so you have to do the math for how much CBD is in each dose. For tinctures and E-Liquid we have made an easy to use chart to make things a little easier to understand. CLICK HERE. Make sure you buy products that have third-party testing so you know that the CBD labeled on the package is actually in the product.
In addition, you can always use your current lifestyle to make the introduction of CBD as simple as possible. For example, if you already vape, a flavorless additive added to your regular E-Liquid would be a simple and effective way to add CBD to your daily routine.
The next thing we need to understand is bioavailability. Bioavailability is simply how much of and how quickly the CBD in product actually makes it into your bloodstream.
Let’s start with Edibles. This category includes any product that is consumed and uses the digestive system to breakdown the product and absorb the CBD. Gummies, capsules, and teas are a few examples. Edibles are convenient for those on the go or those looking to take CBD discreetly. After your digestive system does its work the bioavailability rate is somewhere between 6-10%. While the consumption rate is low it is important to note that the CBD will also stay in your body longer as it will take time to digest and absorb products taken orally. Edible products can take around an hour to get into your system but can stay there as long as 5-6 hours.
Sublingual tinctures are taken by placing a dose of oil under your tongue and holding it there for anywhere from 15-60 seconds. The area under your tongue has a number of large veins and capillaries that quickly and efficiently absorb CBD oil. Because of this the bioavailability jumps to between 15-35%. Sublingual tinctures still need time to be absorbed and spread to your endocannabinoid system, around 30 minutes and should last 4-5 hours.
Bioavailability from commercially available products is highest when inhaled. This is typically achieved by using a vape pen in conjunction with CBD E-Liquid. By directly entering the lungs, the CBD can quickly and directly enter the bloodstream, with decreased breakdown rates and higher bioavailability, between 34-46%. Vaping CBD gets it into your bloodstream the quickest, around 10 minutes, but is also the shortest lived at only a few hours.
Topical treatments are not used to activate your endocannabinoid system throughout your body. They are localized and therefore great for pain. Products rubbed directly on the skin generally do not reach your bloodstream. Instead the work only on the skin, muscles, and joints where the topical was applied. Human skin absorbs cannabinoids at a low rate which is why many companies recommend liberal application to the affected area. Topical methods take effect in about an hour, but the benefits may be long-lasting, often five or more hours.