Whether you are a new user or an experienced one, everyone wants to know and understand how to get the most effective results with the CBD products they take. One of the most important things to understand when thinking about this is CBD Bioavailability.
What is CBD Bioavailability?
CBD is available in many including topicals, tinctures, oils, vape liquids, gummies, capsules and more. Each of these products utilizes a different delivery method. Each type of product also comes in different dosages and MG strengths.
All the different options can be very confusing. You may want to try CBD, but which method should you use and how much CBD should you take? These questions can best be answered by understanding what bioavailability means.
Bioavailability is the degree and rate at which CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. Bioavailability determines how much CBD is actually present to provide your desired level of effect. Bioavailability varies based on the method of consumption and concentration of CBD in the product.
What’s the best way to take CBD?
To get the best CBD bioavailability out of your product, the most direct route would be by IV which means you would need to inject it directly into your bloodstream. This method delivers 100% of the CBD you take but is not at all convenient for most people.
Oral CBD Bioaccessibility
Oral means to consume something through your mouth. In terms of CBD, common oral consumption methods include CBD capsules, CBD edibles, and CBD beverages.
While oral consumption methods do offer certain benefits, any substance consumed will have to pass through our metabolic and digestive systems, which will filter out a large portion of the CBD, drastically reducing its bioavailability. The most optimistic study finding on bioavailability is about 20%. To give you a clear picture, if you eat an edible that contains 100mg of CBD, approximately 20mg will actually reach your bloodstream.
Sublingual CBD Bioaccessibility
Under the tongue, there is a vein called the sublingual gland. When a substance is administered to the sublingual gland, it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which is referred to as sublingual consumption or sublingual administration. Common sublingual consumption methods include CBD tinctures, CBD lozenges, and CBD sprays.
Sublingual consumption is more direct and it impacts the body quicker than oral consumption and maintains higher bioavailability, only being degraded from enzymes in the mouths saliva.
Because there are a few different factors that will impact the bioavailability of sublingual consumption (most involving the quality of CBD), reported rates range from 12%-35%, which is higher than oral consumption.
Vaporized CBD Bioaccessibility
Vaping involves inhaling CBD directly into the lungs, typically through a vape pen or vaporizer device. By directly entering the lungs, the CBD can then quickly and directly enter the bloodstream, with decreased breakdown rates and higher CBD bioavailability.
With numerous medical studies reporting bioavailability rates between 34–46%, and some even reporting up to 56%, vaporizing CBD is by far one of the most effective methods to take CBD.
By understanding how bioavailability works, it not only helps you increase the effectiveness of the CBD you’re taking because you will understand how to adjust the dose base on the method of consumption. Most folks opt for capsules or edibles based on ease and convenience. You can use the products anywhere, anytime, and no one around you will be any wiser. By understanding how these methods differ with bioavailability, you can now understand how to adjust your dose to get the desired effects.