Choosing a CBD product can feel overwhelming. What’s the best way to get the effects you’re looking for?
There are several different ways to apply or ingest CBD. Different delivery methods affect how CBD enters your body, where it goes, how quickly it takes effect, and how long the effects last. The three main ways to ingest CBD are orally, topically, and through inhalation. Each delivery method has its own unique benefits.
At feelcbd, we currently offer three different categories of products with their own delivery methods:
- Tinctures (drops)
Wondering which method is right for you? We have highlighted different factors below and how each delivery method works within our bodies.
Vaporizing provides the quickest onset time and highest bioavailability of any intake method for CBD. CBD vapour is inhaled and enters the bloodstream through the lungs, and doesn’t have to be digested and processed by the liver as a tincture would, yielding a higher bioavailability in the body.
Unlike smoking, vapourizing occurs at much lower temperatures. This makes it easier for our lungs to inhale, and if done correctly, avoids the carcinogens that come with smoking.
While tincture and topical delivery methods may have a longer symptom relief time, vaporizing has a quicker onset, making it ideal for on-demand, short-term relief.
Many vaporizer brands across the industry have questionable practices, some of which have led to users causing themselves bodily damage. To read more on the safety of vaping and our stance on the vape industry, click here.
At feelcbd, we take steps to ensure we provide quality products for CBD users. Infused with essential oils such as bergamot and lavender for added benefits, feelcbd vape oil is formulated and blended in-house in Vancouver, Canada.
CBD can be ingested orally in liquid form dropped under the tongue. It is taken sublingually in controlled doses with a measured dropper.
With tinctures CBD enters the bloodstream sublingually. Unlike vaporizing, tinctures have a longer onset time, taking 30 to 60 minutes before affecting the body. Although the onset time is longer, the benefits of tinctures can be felt for up to 4 to 6 hours after ingestion, double that of vaporizers. For this reason, tinctures are a very popular delivery method for sleep relief.
Although many people add their tincture doses to their food and drinks, holding the tinctures under the tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing is the most effective intake method. This can provide a quicker onset time and higher absorption rate due to the glands underneath our tongues. They help us absorb the CBD and begin processing it directly into our bloodstream. When CBD is added to food or drinks, it is absorbed through the gut and processed by the liver, which yields a lower bioavailability in the body.
Topical application of CBD is a very popular delivery method for localized pain relief. You can apply a CBD topical directly to specific areas of pain and inflammation and yield the benefits. What makes topical application unique is that it largely avoids entering your bloodstream.
Since it is absorbed transdermally through the skin, topical CBD has a longer onset time than vaporization and tinctures. This is because our skin can regulate the speed at which the topical is absorbed. Transdermal absorption of CBD also avoids first-pass metabolism, yielding higher bioavailability in the body, and having longer lasting effects than vaporization.
Topical application of CBD is known to be an ideal method for muscle or other localized pain relief.
And in conclusion
Whether you’re looking for a vaporizer for quick on-the-go relief, a tincture for long lasting effects, or a topical to ease your sore back, there’s a delivery method for you.
Looking for information on dosage? Check out our blog post on microdosing and the ‘Suggested Use’ section on each of our product pages.
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Sources and further reading:
- “Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics” [Chemistry and Biodiversity]
- “A Therapeutic Effect of CBD-enriched Ointment in Inflammatory Skin Diseases and Cutaneous Scars” [Clinica Terapeutica]
- “Topical Medical Cannabis: A New Treatment for Wound Pain” [Journal of Pain and Symptom Management]
- “The Lungs as a Portal of Entry for Systemic Drug Delivery” [ATS Journals]
- “Dietary Fats and Pharmaceutical Lipid Excipients Increase Systemic Exposure to Orally Administered Cannabis and Cannabis-based Medicines” [American Journal of Translational Research]