Published on: 01/8/18
Not to worry. Choosing the best CBD products for you is just a few scrolls away. In this, all you need to know guide, we take you through:
- The bioavailability of different CBD methods
- How long CBD takes to work
- Which CBD absorption method is the best for you
- Why your personal preference matters
Most of us want to get the most bang for our buck, right? With CBD, that means finding a delivery method that ensures the maximum amount reaches our bloodstream. This is what is known as bioavailability.
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There’s only one way to get 100% absorption into the bloodstream, and that’s intravenously (directly into your veins). However this method, thankfully, isn’t an available CBD absorption option. Phew!
Rectal bioavailability comes in at a whopping 50%-80% via suppositories. This is because our rectal membranes are designed to absorb and transport essential nutrients from our food into the body. So, anything that is inserted into the rectum goes directly to the areas they need to go.
Inhalation by smoking or vaping, while very popular, only offers about 35% bioavailability. Yes, this route is fast acting and widely available, however it may be harder to dose. It also requires an amount of smoking or vaping know-how.
The sublingual method comes next thanks to a healthy supply of superficial capillaries under the tongue. Here, CBD can be absorbed straight into the bloodstream with about 6%-24% bioavailability.
Finally, oral administration has the bioavailability of just 6%. Oral administration sees much of the CBD taken, passing straight through the body’s organs. While this option is great for some that prefer a longer lasting effect, it doesn’t always provide the most value for money.
How Long does CBD take to Work?
While you may want to get the maximum amount of CBD absorption, there are a few other important factors to consider.
Depending on your needs, it is important to think about how quickly your chosen method acts. And how long the effects last.
Inhalation, as well as offering good absorption, is the quickest way to feel CBD’s effects. This is because it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lungs, and then into your fat cells and the brain.
If you’re okay with the idea of inhaling vapor, you could try vaping.
Vaping: Vaping CBD has become increasingly popular, due to its rapid effects and being a healthier option to smoking. Vaping is thought to be is a great way to treat anxiety and panic disorder, due to its fast acting effects.
There is a subtle difference between taking CBD through sublingual and oral methods. Sublingual literally means under the tongue, and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, taking quick effect.
Taking CBD orally means swallowing it, usually in the form of capsules or in edibles.
This is possibly the slowest way, taking between 1-2 hours to take effect. But on the plus side, the effects can last for much longer.
Unfortunately, our stomach acids can destroy cannabinoid molecules before they have time to be absorbed. For this reason, it’s important to take CBD on an empty stomach. This ensures that the active cannabinoids can pass quickly to the small intestine rather than be destroyed in the stomach.
While initially not the most comfortable mode of transport, rectal administration does have its benefits. Suppositories take around 20 minutes to take effect but generally last for up to eight hours. This route is especially useful for those who cannot ingest CBD orally or have trouble keeping food down.
We live in an age where ease and convenience is key, therefore, finding the best CBD absorption method for you is essential.
Most reputable companies offer standardized CBD doses in oil or capsule form. These are easy to take and can be carried on your person if you need to top up your dose during the day. Edibles can also be a handy way to get CBD into your system, for a more discreet mode of administration.
Endoca’s CBD chewing gum is one of these conveniently made edibles. They’re pocket-sized and made from natural, biodegradable gum sourced from the rainforest. So, they are kind to the environment as well.
At the end of the day, it’s all about personal preference. While many CBD oils boast natural flavors from the terpene content like limonene, they can still be unpalatable to a few.
If this is the case for you, capsules or suppositories bypass your taste buds while still administering the CBD you need.
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We’ve put together a summary of what to look out for when making your purchase of the best CBD product for you.
- Maximum bioavailability = more bang for your buck. Choose a product that allows for the most amount of CBD to get into your bloodstream.
- How fast do you need a result? If you want to feel the effects straight away, go for a speedy delivery method such as inhalation or sublingual.
- Convenience. Do you want something that is easy to use, discreet and can be taken anywhere? Then maybe CBD oil, capsules or chewing gum are for you.
- Choose what’s best for you. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you can’t stand the taste of hemp, try capsules.
Ultimately, the decision is totally your personal preference it’s your body, your health, and your decision.
If you’re still stuck on what to choose, get in touch with our helpful customer care team. Leave us an email at email@example.com or chat with us via the web chat icon on our website.
Due to FDA regulations, we are unable to prescribe, advise or give specific recommendations about which CBD product to buy. However, feel free to join our Endoca CBD Community Facebook page. There you will find people who have used CBD and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).