After learning about all the potential benefits CBD has to offer, you decide that it’s time to take matters into your own hands and try it for yourself. But, where do you start? There are a few different methods for CBD administration: Ingestion, Sublingual, Topical, and Inhalation. When absorbed, the CBD compound interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body to elicit a therapeutic effect. However, the administration method is crucial in the role of the effectiveness of the CBD and its rate of absorption.
We’ll take you through the most popular methods for consumption as well as the most effective. If you’re feeling confused about which product is right for you, this guide will help you determine which method will fit your needs best!
Ingesting CBD orally seems to be the most popular method of administration. You employ this method by purchasing tinctures, capsules, edibles, or even beverages depending on your preference. When swallowed, the CBD is absorbed through the digestive system then transferred to the liver through the hepatic portal system. Once the compound reaches the liver, the molecules are broken down by enzymes that reduce their concentration, and it is metabolized. The CBD molecules then enter the bloodstream and interact with the cannabinoid receptors.
While this may be more popular, it is not the most effective or efficient regarding absorption. It is inefficient for the CBD to be absorbed this way compared to the other methods of intake because it travels through the digestive system and it is less effective because of the reduction of the concentration.
The sublingual method is similar to ingestion. However, instead of swallowing the oil from a tincture immediately, you place the oil under the tongue for 60-90 seconds. This allows the CBD to be absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth, bypassing the digestive system altogether.
While regular ingestion may be more convenient to the consumer, the sublingual method is proven to be more effective. It results in a much faster and higher concentration of CBD absorption into the bloodstream.
Inhalation involves the vaporization of a CBD crumble, which is a waxy solid, by either a ceramic vaporizer that can plug into the wall or a portable pen. When the crumble is heated, it turns into a liquid and releases the active compounds of CBD. By inhaling the vapor, it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream by the alveoli glands in the lungs.
This process is more efficient than all the other methods of consumption. Less CBD is lost due to its direct absorption from the lungs to the bloodstream. However, this method is recommended for adults only.
By using a CBD lotion, salve, or skin care product, the compound never reaches the bloodstream but is absorbed by the pores in the skin. The CBD then interacts with nearby ECS receptors in the targeted area.
If you’re looking to relieve pain or treat skin conditions, this method is best for isolated relief.
Now that you know all the various ways you can consume CBD, it’s important to consider what you want out of it. You are unique and so are your needs. Be sure to choose the option that will be the most beneficial and comfortable for you to use. We hope that we were able to help you get started on your journey to a balanced and healthy life using CBD.
Echo. “How Does the Body Absorb CBD?” ECHO Connection, 23 Oct. 2017, echoconnection.org/cbd-absorbed-body/.
Echo. “How to Take CBD Oil: Ingestion, Sublingual, Topical and Inhalation Options.” ECHO Connection, 24 Apr. 2017, echoconnection.org/how-take-cbd-oil-options/.
“Top 6 Different Types of CBD Oil Products | How to Use CBD Oil.” Ministry of Hemp, 23 Jan. 2018, ministryofhemp.com/blog/different-types-cbd-oil/.