CBD has many health benefits, and to get the most out of the substance, you have to choose the right consumption method. Let’s take a look at the most popular ways to take CBD and examine the advantages of each method.
As we begin, bear in mind you don’t have to choose one method over the others. There is nothing preventing you from combining different methods of consumption into your routine. Just remember that too much CBD may leave you feeling drowsy. This effect often makes sleep easier but may make working harder.
1 – Vaporization
One of the most popular ways to deliver this cannabinoid to your system is to vape the substance. Once inhaled, the CBD-rich vapor has easy access to your bloodstream. As a result, vaporized CBD becomes active almost immediately. Additionally, vaporization is one of the most efficient CBD consumption methods available, with a high degree of bio availability.
Bio availability refers to how much of the CBD becomes active after the product is consumed. When vaped, as much as 56% of the CBD you use ends up becoming active. Yes, that still means that half of the CBD you paid for will go to waste, but the amount of waste is even larger with other methods.
Some would argue that vaping does come with some downsides. Chief among them are health concerns associated with sending hot vapor into your lungs — many suspect that it may cause damage after extended use.
Additionally, vaping is not discreet, and while the effects are felt right away, they also fade quickly. To get the most out of vaping CBD throughout your day, many experts recommend that you should re-dose every two hours or so.
2 – CBD Oil
Most commercially available CBD oils consist of CBD infused into a carrier oil, usually olive oil, MCT or hemp seed oil. Other components of the hemp plant may be added to the oil to create a full-spectrum product.
CBD oil is utilized by placing the oil under your tongue and letting it sit there for about three minutes. That allows the oil to be absorbed through the mucous membrane and reach your bloodstream. For some, onset with oils may act almost as fast as vaping — some feel the effects shortly after consumption, while others may take up to an hour +. On average, the effects may last around three hours, and the bioavailability is usually around 46%.
3 – CBD edibles
Edibles have the lowest bioavailability of all consumption methods, except topical application of CBD. When ingested, the bioavailability of CBD ranges between 6% and 19. Meaning that as much as 94% of the CBD you paid for will go to waste.
The good news is that edibles last longer than any other method. After they kick in, edibles can last six hours or more, depending on different factors. This is the best method for people who want to maintain stable levels of CBD throughout the day without the need for constant redosing.
4 – CBD capsules
Pills and capsules are a convenient way to get CBD into your system. They are easy to carry around and can be very discreet.
As far as efficiency goes, capsules are very similar to edibles — once ingested, this cannabinoid needs to be processed by your liver. That takes time and leads to low bioavailability. Lack of a food in the stomach can make CBD capsules more effective.
Try having a CBD capsule in the morning before you have breakfast, then wait for 30 minutes before you eat your first meal. That will allow the CBD to start running through your digestive system without other substances hampering its effectiveness.
Bear in mind that CBD can interact with other types of medication. If you take prescription medication regularly, make sure you talk to your doctor before you start taking CBD. If you’d like to learn more about this, visit Cibdol’s CBD Encyclopedia.