Bioavailability refers to how much, and at what rate, a substance gets absorbed in to your bloodstream. Understanding the bioavailability of CBD will help you determine how much you need to take, and in what form, to ensure the most amount CBD actually ends up in your system. Otherwise, you may not feel the desired effects. There are many ways of taking CBD and the bioavailability of differs from each way you consume CBD. Let’s explore the different ways of getting it in to your system.
CBD Oil sublingually
When taken sublingually (underneath the tongue), CBD oil has a sublingual bioavailability of 13%-19%, with some studies putting it as high as 35%. Holding the CBD beneath your tongue allows it to be absorbed by your sublingual gland, through which it can enter the bloodstream and begin working its effects. While not quite as efficient as the inhalation method, sublingual administration of CBD still produces effects fairly quickly, and can be felt from approximately 5- 20 minutes .
To maximise the amount of CBD absorbed it is advised to hold the oil under your tongue for around 60-90 seconds. By it swallowing it too soon, or applying the drops above your tongue rather the underneath it, you wont be absorbing as much CBD as you’d like and offers a significantly lower bioavailability.
Whether your preference is vaping or smoking, inhaling CBD offers the highest bioavailability of around 34%-56% The lungs have a large surface area, high permeability, and optimal blood supply for CBD to enter the circulatory system. Similar to taking CBD sublingually , vaping CBD bypasses the digestive system where it gets processed by the liver and kidneys. Unlike sublingual methods, vapor reaches the bloodstream even faster. But with the dosing being quickly obtained the effects may not be as long lasting as other methods.
CBD Oral Ingestion
Swallowing CBD has a lower bioavailability at roughly 6%-19% This could be in the form of capsules, soft-gels or edibles. One reason that CBD is not readily absorbed when ingested is most of it is excreted without exerting any effects. CBD edibles and beverages are the most common product types to fall under this method; however, swallowing any form of CBD will have the same effective absorption rate. While swallowing CBD does have lower bioavailability than other methods, it also tends to have longer lasting effects. Think of it as the low and slow method for CBD intake and offers accurate dosing. Effects can be felt from anything between 30 to 120 minutes.
Another method for taking CBD is topically, through the skin. Applying to your skin CBD engages primarily with the Endocannabinoid receptors located in your peripheral nervous system, so this method is popular by providing targeted pain relief in specific areas, such as arthritic joints or aching muscles.
This method means it won’t enter the bloodstream because the CBD only interacts with local receptors in your skin. Meaning , topical administration will be ineffective for relieving conditions such as stress & anxiety, sleep disorders or depression.
As with sublingual administration, topical administration requires the user to be aware of the correct method of application in order to experience the maximum benefits. While you do have pores in your skin, generally the skin is not very porous. Your skin is barrier that protects our internal organs from elements outside. To ensure the most amount of CBD actually gets absorbed, it’s advised you apply CBD topicals liberally ono the targeted area to maximise the desired effects.
One of the most popular ways of using CBD topically and one of the most effective is transdermal patches. Transdermal patches enable the CBD to cross through the skin and enter the bloodstream.
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