The activity of CBD is determined by the method of consumption or route of administration, the concentration of the CBD taken, and the level of pain being experienced in the body
The method of consumption plays the most important role as far as the CBD bio-availability of CBD is concerned. What is bio-availability? Caner.gov defines bio-availability as the ability of a substance (CBD in this case) to be taken in and processed by the body.
How you take your CBD products is directly responsible for the concentration of CBD to be released and available in our bloodstream for interacting with the cannabinoid receptors.
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Popular ways that CBD can be delivered to the bloodstream are: orally, sublingually, vaporized/smoked (inhaled), and topically (on the skin). The choice of method is determined by the nature of your underlying condition and the aim of taking the product.
How Should I Take My CBD? | Best Method
I am going to review three main ways that people use to take their CBD products. Keep in mind that this is a guideline, and if something works best for you then you should pursue that method. Everyone is different, and their bodies respond in different ways to CBD dosing and methods in taking CBD.
Let’s review three main methods that answer the question, “How should I take my CBD?”
1. Sublingual Method (Under the Tongue) for Best Results
The best method of administering CBD for most people is via the sublingual route. This method requires placing CBD under the tongue for about 30 seconds to 90 seconds to allow it diffuse into the bloodstream via the sublingual vein. This method of administration delivers up to 35% of CBD into your bloodstream with no complications. It offers a thicker and higher bio-availability, which is safe for all ages regardless of the intending use. CBD tinctures and sublingual oils are often administered via a dropper hence assisting users with dosage determination and other benefits.
Other Methods for Taking Your CBD Products
There are some other methods for administering your CBD doses. Here are a few others. While they are not as effective as the sublingual method, people from all over still use these methods.
2. Smoking & Vaping
The second most active method of consuming CBD is via vaporized administration. Although it can deliver up to 56% of the initial CBD consumed, it may be linked to some complications as not everyone will love to inhale the substance directly into their lungs. As effective as it may sound, vaping CBD produces some unique risks. As of October 2019, more than “1200 cases of mysterious vaping-related illnesses and 26 related deaths” have been reported by the CDC.
Even though only 17% of the sample population consumed CBD via vapes, there is a need to be cautious. New Phase Blends chooses not to sell any type of vaping or smoking products.
3. Topical CBD (On the Skin)
Topical CBD products are very popular right now. I mean, very popular. Soothe, by New Phase Blends, is quickly becoming our second most popular CBD product. Topical CBD products are meant to be applied to the skin around the area that is causing issues. Our skin actually has lot of CB1 and CB2 receptors in it, and these receptors can process cannabinoids, like CBD. They are part of our Endocannabinoid System.
CBD balms, lotions, creams, oils, and other similar products are made specifically to be applied to the skin. People who suffer from arthritis, joint pain, skin pain, and muscular pain will benefit the most from topical CBD products. A good practice is to pair a CBD tincture product (also know as CBD drops), with a topical product. The topical product kicks in quickly, exactly for the area of pain you need it to. The CBD drops will kick in shortly after. This is a powerful, two-staged approach to CBD product use.
4. Edibles & Drinks
The fourth (and least) effective method of administration is via CBD edibles, capsules, and beverages. This can only deliver about 20% of the overall consumed CBD to your bloodstream. Oral consumption of CBD depends on enzymatic activation and may lead to waste. When people eat or drink things, they must go through the stomach, liver, and kidneys for processing. The stomach contains intense acid that breaks down what you consume. Then the liver and kidneys act as a filter to separate the good nutrients from the bad things. Nutrients enter your bloodstream, and everything else goes to through the large/small intestine for further processing.
This entire process normally breaks down a large amount of the nutrients, and causes the bio-availability of a substance to decrease – a lot.
Conclusion | Methods for Taking Your CBD Products
There you have. The three methods mentioned above are the most popular means for consuming CBD right now. I want to remind you that if one method works best for you, then that method is the best for you. Everyone is different, and our bodies respond differently. To recap, these are the most popular methods for taking your CBD:
- Sublingual (recommended as best)
- Smoking/Vaping (not recommended)
- Drinking & Edibles
If you found this article interesting, be sure to check out some of our other blogs on CBD.
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