How to take CBD
Ready to try CBD, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry - we’ve been there, too. In this blog post, we’ll give you the lowdown on the various ways you can get your CBD fix, assessing each of them based on the following criteria:
- Time to onset: average time to feel the effects of CBD
- Bioavailability: the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream
- Duration: the average expected time the effects will last
- Beginner friendly: our assessment based on dosage experimentation and ease of delivery
Looking in more detail at how to take CBD, let’s dive into the chart above.
Examples: CBD Oils, CBD Tinctures, CBD Sprays, CBD Lozenges.
Why We Love It: It’s quick to kick in.
Description: Sublinguals are the most popular method for a direct dose of CBD.
Time to Onset: It takes about 5 to 30 minutes.
Bio-availability: High. Because it’s absorbed directly into the tissue and bloodstream via
the mucous membrane under your tongue. This means that the CBD doesn’t first have to pass through your digestive system.
Duration: The effects last between 1 and 4 hours.
Beginner Friendly?: Medium. It’s easy to administer, but requires experimentation to get to the sweet spot in dosage, which will be different for each person. The application method may take a little bit of getting used to.
Examples: CBD Food and CBD Beverages.
Why We Love It: It’s subtle.
Description: A gentle introduction for beginners who may be concerned about the smell or taste of hemp.
Time to Onset: It takes about 30 mins to 3 hours.
Bio-availability: Low. When CBD is added to food or drinks it must first be broken down by your digestive system, which takes time.
Duration: The effects last between 6 and 8 hours.
Beginner Friendly?: Yes. It’s easy to administer and the dosage is fixed based on your pre-prepared food or drink. It’s also discreet and offers plenty of options to tailor to your taste.
Why We Love It: It’s localised.
Description: It’s perfect for localised application to problem areas.
Time to Onset: It takes about 10 minutes to 2 hours.
Bio-availability: Varies. The products are absorbed by the skin, but they don’t enter the bloodstream.
Duration: The effects last between 2 to 3 hours.
Beginner Friendly?: Yes. Because it’s easy to administer and you don’t have to worry about the dosage. It can form a relaxing part of your wellness ritual.
Examples: CBD Patches. CBD Bath Bombs.
Why We Love It: It’s slow and steady.
Description: It’s a controlled dosage that gets to work while you do other things.
Time to Onset: It takes less than an hour.
Bio-availability: Very high. Why? It’s absorbed directly by the skin and into the bloodstream.
Duration: The effects last between 8 to 12 hours.
Beginner Friendly?: Yes. It’s easy to administer and the dosage is pre-prepared via the patch. You can put it on and forget about it while you go about your day.
Examples: CBD E-liquids, CBD Vape Pens.
Why We Love It: It’s immediate.
Description: It’s fast and fuss-free to use for quick relief, and won’t leave a bad taste.
Time to Onset: It takes less than a minute.
Bio-availability: Very high. Because it goes straight into your lungs and enters your bloodstream from there.
Duration: The effects last between 1 to 4 hours.
Beginner Friendly?: Medium. If you’re not used to smoking, vaping might turn you off. It’s also not as discreet as other methods, but it can be an easy way to take CBD once you’re used to it.
As with anything, a little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to getting the most from CBD. Now that you’ve discovered the best ways to take CBD and gained an understanding of the pros and cons of the different CBD delivery formats, find out more by reading about CBD for sleep, CBD for stress and CBD dosing basics.
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