One of the most interesting compounds available, CBD has gone from being an obscure cannabinoid to a household name used daily by multiple consumers. This popularity has flourished not only through the benefits of incorporating CBD into your diet but also the variety of methods that it can be ingested through.
With every type of administration, there are different types of results and benefits to consider. There are four popular ways to take CBD oil, each suitable for different needs in different users. Here is our guide to the ways you can take CBD oil to help you make the best decision for your needs.
The Different Ways To Take CBD Oil
As we have previously mentioned, depending on the way you administer CBD can affect how your body absorbs CBD and the benefits that are tied into this. Luckily, CBD is incredibly versatile in the body and can be absorbed easily through a plethora of methods. CBD oil can be incorporated into your food, the liquids you drink, and can even be inhaled through vaping - the list is endless.
Once you have assessed why you are taking CBD or the issue that you are taking it for, you will be able to tailor the method of how you intake it. Experimenting can also be a great way of finding an ideal method for how you can absorb CBD best.
There are four typical ways that CBD can be administered to the body. You can take it orally, sublingually, topically, and through inhallation. This diversity allows users to tailor their CBD intake to ensure that their experience is effective and enjoyable. If you find it effective, combining different methods can alter how long the effects of CBD last and can help treat pain longer.
1. Consuming CBD orally
One of the more popular ways to ingest CBD, cosuming CBD orally is usually a discreet method. This could entail swallowing CBD oil by dropping it directly into your mouth or, for those who aren’t fans of the taste of CBD, it can be put into food to mask the taste. It can also be done through capsules and gummies.
When taking CBD oil orally, it will direct cannabinoids through the digestive system and the liver before it finally enters the bloodstream. Something to note here is that, due to the liver being an important metabolic organ, cannabidiols will undergo the first pass effect. This means that it will be partially broken down once it reaches the liver.
Due to this, it will take a little longer to feel the effects of the CBD. This can be anything up to two hours. Not all of the CBD you swallow will remain intact or become bioavailable, so this is something to consider as well. Through oral methods, you will ingest around 20% of the cannabinoid in each dose but the effects of oral CBD tend to last longer than other methods.
At CBD Farmacy, we offer our premium CBD oil from traditional to flavoured. CBD oil can offer a host of benefits and can be added to food or taken sublingually. When adding any CBD to food products, you should be aware that CBD oil isn’t water soluble. We recommend adding them into oily foods as they can boost the benefits of these products.
CBD oil has been added to items like peanut butter, coconut oil, almond butter, and even to traditional butter. It has been used effectively as part of salad dressings as well as being incorporated into things like protein balls.
There are three types of CBD oil to consider as well: full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. Full spectrum contains every cannabinoid, broad spectrum contains all cannabinoids bar THC, and CBD isolate contains pure CBD. Studies have shown though that including terpenes in CBD can enhance its effects.
Researchers recently did studies with epilepsy patients that suggested CBD products that contained terpenes were four times more effective in reducing seizures than products that didn’t contain them. So, it should be considered when using CBD oil that at least broad spectrum CBD oil will enhance beneficial effects.
The flavour of CBD oil isn’t for everyone and CBD Farmacy offers a range of flavoured CBD oils to ensure that taste doesn’t stop you from accessing the goodness that is accompanied with CBD. With flavours like mint, vanilla, and berry, there is something for everyone.
CBD oil isn’t for everyone but there are plenty of other options for those who want to ingest CBD orally. One way to do this is by using CBD gummies. Gummies are discrete, easy to ingest, and they will all have a measured dosage making it much easier to keep track of what your CBD intake is every day.
Something to consider with gummies, however, is that some of them do contain gelatine which means that vegetarians and vegans won’t be able to eat them. They also have a longer absorption time due to having to go through the digestive system. Coming in 10 milligrams, they can be a fun a tasty way to get the benefits of CBD.
Another great method of oral ingestion is using CBD capsules. These are, again, a discrete and easy option for those who want to incorporate CBD into their diet. Easy to swallow, they are easy for users to control their dosage and they come in a variety of concentrations to make it easier to select something that suits you. CBD Farmacy offers CBD capsules in 15 milligrams and in 25 milligrams for users.
Like gummies, capsules can take a little longer to be absorbed into the bloodstream in comparison to oil and the concentrations can be quite small in comparison to other CBD products that are available on the market.
2. Sublingual CBD
Sublingual CBD is CBD that is absorbed through the membranes under the tongue. It simply requires a person to take CBD oil and hold it under the tongue for thirty seconds or more which allows it to be absorbed into the oral mucosa. This is a highly effective method of administration which requires no preparation and delivers rapid effects.
Fast, easy, and discreet, it comes with a host of benefits that are making it more popular by the day. Sublingual administration works by allowing CBD molecules to pass through the thin layer of tissue under the tongue. From here, they immediately diffuse into the capillaries, giving the CBD a direct line to the bloodstream.
The fast paced nature of sublingual administration of CBD ensures that there is a high bioavailability accompanying it, meaning 40 to 50 percent of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Due to the method of the administration, sublingual CBD bypasses the digestive tract making the effects almost immediate. Something to note is that the effects won’t last as long as they would if you use orally ingested CBD.
CBD pastes are a great way of getting a concentrated dose of CBD. One of the simplest ways to extract CBD, they contain things like chlorophyll and waves and are the full plant product offering. Containing high concentrations of CBD, it is a more expensive item than others however you are getting a product that is highly concentrated and suitable for more serious ailments.
To use CBD pastes, you squeeze the amount that you need onto your fingertip or a spoon and then can place this under your tongue for sublingual administration. Don’t squeeze directly onto your tongue as it can be incredibly easy to let too much out which cannot be put back into the packaging due to its syringe-like style.
3. Topical CBD
A great method for those who want targeted responses, topical CBD is a very popular and effective treatment for users who want pain management. Topical CBD doesn’t reach the bloodstream like other methods of ingestion. It works by interacting with the receptors on your skin which can help balance out skin issues or muscle worries.
Topical CBD products can be used for medical purposes as CBD suspended in liposomes can help penetrate deep into the skin while other ingredients help with redness and inflammation as well as dryness.
Topical creams can also be used in beauty products like lip balms, eye gels, and face creams. They can target specific areas which are aimed at supporting the skin. The supportive layers around CBD though help with faster absorption for targeted areas.
Inhalation of CBD
People are familiar with cannabis as a plant and often associate the smoking of it with marijuana but it is also possible to inhale CBD on its own. This is a great method to achieve instant effects as inhaled CBD goes through the lungs and diffuses into the bloodstream from the alveoli which allows for benefits to be felt.
While it isn’t recommended for people who may not vape already, as CBD is best vaped - it can be a relaxing action for those who want instant effects of CBD as it has a high bioavailability. Inhaling CBD is done through vapor inhalation or smoking.
The process of vaporisation works by lowering temperatures to release cannabinoids and terpenes without burning them. This means that a lot of chemicals that you do not want to inhale can be left behind. Vapes now allow greater control over temperature and wattage, so your experience can be fully personalised.
This control ensures that individuals can tailor what they inhale but also ensures that they receive a high bioavailability which can be anything from 50 to 80 percent. Something to consider here, however, is that inhaled CBD won’t have the long lasting effects that can be achieved from oral administration.
Massively associated with the process of vaping, e-liquids are what vapers use to create vapour and are what users inhale. E-liquids that contain CBD have high levels of CBD in a single hit. Used in vaporisers, they are a great way to get CBD into your bloodstream due to their high levels of bioavailability.
Some people prefer smoking CBD and some breeders have developed strains of hemp with high levels of CBD and lower quantities of THC to ensure that users are able to smoke and get the benefits of CBD without having to combat the issues of THC like feeling ‘high’. The flowers are the most popular part of the cannabis plant to be smoked and these can either be vaporised or smoked, depending on a user’s preference. It's important to keep in mind though, that CBD flowers can commonly contain a higher percentage of THC than which is why they are currently illegal in the UK. Make sure you check your local laws regarding the use of CBD flowers before purchasing online.
Finding CBD Products for You
Like everything, finding the best way to ingest CBD is entirely up to you. Experimenting with methods be they topical, oral, sublingual, or inhallation, there is something that will suit you and your lifestyle best.
These four methods of administration can be tailored further to ensure that you get the most out of your CBD consumption and can help you achieve the best results possible. Remember when you are dealing with concentrations to start with the smallest first and slowly work your way up until you find a dose that works for you best.
If you want to know more about CBD, how to administer it, or what products would be best for you, get in touch with CBD Farmacy today where we are happy to help you begin or continue your CBD journey.