When it comes to taking CBD, there are many ways of getting the goodness into your bloodstream. This is known as bioavailability.
It’s available in many forms including sprays, capsules, vape oils and edibles (just to name a few) and all of the different means of consumption, make CBD a very versatile product.
With our products here at CBD Life UK, you can cater to your preferred distribution method and from that choice of delivery, determine the strength of the CBD that gets into your system.
People choose to take CBD for many different reasons including just to generally support and maintain their bodies. No matter what you take CBD for, it’s important to get as much from every dose as you can. To be able to do this, the bioavailability needs to at its max.
So, you ask, what actually is bioavailability? Well, it means how much CBD is getting into your bloodstream unchanged, or the percentage of CBD that is absorbed into your blood after any other internal processes happen.
With reference to CBD oil specifically, the bioavailability of the product is how easily the oil is made available to your metabolism. The route you choose for the CBD to get into your body is extremely important as it consequentially effects how it works.
Throughout this blog keep in mind that bioavailability is defined as “the degree and rate at which a substance (such as a drug) is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity”.
So, how can we maximise the amount of CBD that gets in our blood?
The inhalation and sublingual routes are the best ways to get CBD into the system. If you want to get it into you body fast- this is how you do it.
The sublingual route of taking CBD is probably the same as the oral route (capsules) with regards to easiness, simplicity, and comfort.
If you are not familiar with the term ‘sublingual’ it basically means ‘absorption under the tongue’. Not absorbed in the stomach or intestines like food is. As the sublingual method is a direct transfer to the blood, it avoids issues to do with intestine barriers. This route also bypasses ‘first pass metabolism’ and the number of capillaries under the tongue allow the CBD to go straight into the blood. This would be how you take our CBD oil and full extract paste.
Vaping is an excellent way to take CBD because it is the fastest known way to get CBD into your system- entering your bloodstream directly through the lungs. Vaping is also relaxing due to the deep inhales and exhales.
When you are vaping CBD, it gets into your lungs and diffuse in the bloodstream bypassing the stomach and liver allowing four times as much of the product to affect you. This means you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of CBD.
Although the two above methods are the most effective, the oral way of taking CBD is the most popular (capsules). While oral consumption has a lower bioavailability than other methods, it has been shown to have longer lasting effects. It is a comfortable and easy way to take CBD and is good when you only need a small concentration of the product over a longer period of time. It is also an easy method of taking CBD because cannabinoids can be incorporated into many food products or can ingested easily via capsules or oils.
The best way of taking CBD is intravenously (through the veins) as the bioavailability is 100% as the product gets through absolutely everything internally to work at it’s best. Currently however, CBD is not available to take via this method.
Many people choose either CBD oil or capsules for ease of use, but there’s one way of taking CBD oil that is often overlooked – as a suppository. When taking rectally, CBD is highly absorbent and very effectively distributed around the body.
The best methods will depend on the person but always remember to start with the recommended serving size, then increase from there. And, as always, the CBD content that gets into your body depends on the quality of your oil.
Although we have touched on a few methods of delivery, CBD is also available as edibles, and creams and balms.
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