Now that you have taken the step of using CBD you find yourself overwhelmed by the many products and delivery methods available on the market. Today we are going to give you the CBD Guide to help you find out what’s the best delivery method for you.
First things first, we have to learn what ECS or the EndoCannabinoid System is. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system present in all mammals. This system interacts directly with cannabinoids, the compounds present in Cannabis and Hemp. The endocannabinoid system remains under preliminary research, but recent studies have shown already that it’s involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes, including fertility, pregnancy, during pre– and postnatal development, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis. It is a crucial molecular system that the body uses to help maintain homeostasis. We will dedicate a full post to the Endocannabinoid System. For now, let’s talk about the delivery methods that are best for you.
CBD Delivery Methods
Like any other substance, there are different ways to administer CBD and it varies on its rate of effectiveness. There are 4 main delivery methods: Inhalation, Oral-Sublingual, Oral and Topical. Let’s find out what’s the best delivery method for you.
- Inhalation – This is one of the most popular methods. Vaping or smoking CBD by-passes the “first-pass effect”. Once the CBD goes inside our lungs, it will pass through the capillaries to be distributed throughout our body through the bloodstream and making it the fastest way to get the effects of CBD.
- Oral-Sublingual – This is a popular method because of its convenience. The vast capillaries located underneath the tongue will transfer the Cannabidiol throughout the bloodstream. This method is also fast and is known to be the most bioavailable, meaning it provides the highest rate of absorption into the body.
- Topical – CBD topicals target relief in specif areas in your skin, mostly used to aid pain in the joints or specific skin conditions.
- Oral – This is the most common way of CBD intake. It is known to have the longest rate of efficacy since it has to travel through our digestive tract and has to pass the liver. The liver enzymes will metabolize the Cannabinoid before entering the bloodstream (first-pass effect). As a result, CBD will be broken down and only a certain amount will be available to the bloodstream. Even though there is a downside in taking CBD orally, it has been known to provide the longest effect, up to about 8 hours.
All information contained in this article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a physician or a qualified healthcare provider for any questions regarding your health and well-being.