When it comes to finding the right form of delivery for your CBD, there are quite a few options available. From capsules, tinctures, topicals, vape oils or even edibles, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you.
While personal preference is part of the equation, it’s also important to remember that different methods have different bioavailabilities (or amount of CBD that is absorbed into the body). Some methods will have a higher bioavailability when compared to others and this means that not only are you getting better value for money, you’re also getting more powerful relief.
Let’s take a look at some of the available delivery methods that you can choose from, along with the pros and cons of each, so that you can make a better-informed decision about which is right for your needs.
CBD Oil Tinctures
The first and most common way of taking CBD is via a tincture. This method involves taking the CBD in liquid form, sublingually or under the tongue. While this is an oral method of delivery, it is a faster way of absorbing the CBD into the system; when compared to swallowing it, since it doesn’t need to pass through your digestive tract and liver.
When the CBD oil is dropped under the tongue, it can be rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream, thanks to the capillaries located under your tongue. This allows the CBD to act rapidly in your body and it also ensures you get a more potent dose of CBD. The only downside to this method is that CBD tinctures often have a distinctive flavour that isn’t to everyone’s taste; although some flavoured varieties are now available, which can help with this problem.
CBD Vape Oils
For anyone who is keen to see rapid results, vaping a CBD vape oil or e-liquid is the top choice. This involves using a vaping device, to inhale the CBD directly into the lungs, allowing it to bypass the digestive system for quick CBD dosing to the body. The downsides of using this method is that vaping isn’t as discreet as other methods of delivery and it may not be a good choice for anyone who has never vaped before.
CBD Edibles And Capsules
Lots of people take nutritional supplements and vitamins in pill or capsule format. It’s also possible to take CBD oil in this way. CBD capsules are very easy to take, have no unpleasant flavour and are also a very discreet method of delivery. Moreover, it is a very precise dosing method, since each capsule will state clearly the exact amount of CBD that it contains – a more accurate option than trying to determine how many drops of tincture you’re using.
Another option for ingesting CBD is to have one of the many edibles on the market. These come in a host of food and drink formats from CBD oil infused gummies, chocolate bars, candies and even infused drinks, such as juices, coffees and teas.
However, while all these edibles are an easier and more discreet option for taking your daily dose of CBD; this method of consumption has less bioavailability. This is because edibles need to be digested and broken down by the enzymes in the liver before it can be absorbed into your bloodstream. This means that the potency of the CBD is reduced and the effect can take as long as an hour to be experienced.
For someone looking for fast relief, this is not the right option for them. However, for anyone who is looking for long term relief, for example from chronic pain conditions, this is a long-lasting method of ingestion, that lasts for longer than traditional and quicker acting methods of ingestion.
Topical CBD Creams And Balms
Our skin is the largest organ in the body and since there are endocannabinoid receptors in the skin cells, it’s no wonder that CBD infused topical balms and creams are so popular. Since these topicals can be absorbed rapidly into the skin, they immediately go to the source of pain, inflammation or irritation, easing aching and pain in the muscles and joints of the affected area and calming inflammation. While this is a discreet and convenient way to use CBD, remember that it will only impact on the area to which it is applied.
These four delivery options give you plenty of choices, when it comes to taking your daily dose of CBD. Which one is right for you will depend on your own needs and preferences. Armed with this information, however, you’ll be well placed to make the right decision to suit your individual needs.
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