A Guide to CBD Bioavailability

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CBD bioavailability is the most important thing you’ve probably been missing out on. Not only does it determine how much relief you get, it determines how fast you get relief.

Every method of ingesting CBD oil gets a different result in terms of bioavailability. Which of these results you prefer is up to you. 

Lucky for you, this guide gives specific details on the bioavailability, the time it takes to get the effects, and how much you will have to ingest, though that last part is mostly up to the size of your body and your own metabolism.

So read this guide carefully and learn everything you need to know about getting the most out of your CBD. 

What Is CBD Bioavailability?

Bioavailability is the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the blood, and how much of it reaches the bloodstream considering the delivery method. 

The reason you want CBD to reach your bloodstream as soon as possible is that anything in your bloodstream will reach your brain and take effect quickly. 

So if you had 100mg of CBD, you ingested it, and you absorbed 20mg, this method has a 20% bioavailability. 

This might sound like a bad performance on your body’s part. What’s the point of doing anything if your body wastes most of it?

Well, absorbing 20% of CBD (or 20mg) can be enough for a few people to feel the effects of CBD. Although you do need to take your own body weight when administering anything to yourself. 

The exact number varies depending on how much you weigh, your metabolism and the effects you’re seeking.

Topical CBD Application 

Applying CBD lotions to an area of your skin may cause pain relief or soothing in that area, but don’t expect anything more.

Your skin exists to keep things out of your body. As such, rubbing an area with CBD oil will cause the CBD to only be absorbed by that specific area. While the effects may seep into other body areas, the majority will be felt in the area of absorption.

This can be good for pain relief, but you will not experience much treatment of anxiety or depression.

There are transdermal CBD patches that have 100% bioavailability because the patches are designed to allow the CBD to get directly into your bloodstream.

While this does sound more effective, the drawback is that the patches are designed to last for hours, and don’t release much CBD into your bloodstream. 

Taking CBD Capsules 

If you’re wondering whether to take CBD capsules vs oil, take a look at the effectiveness of oral consumption of CBD. 

Oral consumption, where you swallow a CBD capsule or just drink the oil, requires the CBD to be digested through your stomach lining. 

This can take some thirty minutes to two hours to take effect, and the bioavailability ranges from 4%-20%. So if you eat an edible with 100mg of CBD oil, it’s possible you’ll only get 4mg to 20mg of CBD.

Sublingual CBD 

If you’re taking CBD oil sublingual style, you’re probably using a tincture, and you’re dropping CBD underneath your tongue and holding it there for a minute or two. 

The reason to ingest CBD or any liquid medicine this way is because of the mucous membranes on the underside of your tongue. 

Placing liquids here will allow the CBD to get to your bloodstream quicker through those mucous membranes under your tongue.

Sublingual ingestion also offers a bioavailability of 12%-35%, which means that it wins in the debate of CBD oil vs capsules.

Sublingual CBD oil will take effect faster and you’ll have more CBD in your system. If you’re using tinctures, you can also consider using tinctures with terpenes to accentuate the effects of the CBD oil. 

Vape CBD for Maximum Efficiency And Safety 

If you’re still looking for a more effective way to get CBD into your system, you can always inhale vaporized CBD oil. 

Vaporized CBD oil has a bioavailability ranging from 34%-46%. This means that CBD will enter your system fast, and take effect almost immediately. 

This is because you’ll have inhaled the CBD directly into your lungs, which allows it to to get into your bloodstream a lot easier. This is because your lungs are responsible for taking in air and distributing it all over your body. 

If you inhale anything, it will get into your body, and then will circulate quickly. This is also the reason it gets to your brain so fast because the CBD is now hitching a ride with the oxygen. 

Don’ts Of CBD 

Although CBD is great, remember that when it’s extracted from hemp it can’t get you high. This is part of the reason that it is legal in every state in the U.S. 

So use CBD in moderation, and wait for it to take effect once you start doing it. 

Also, make sure you never take CBD intravenously. Do not just take some CBD oil, throw it into a syringe, and inject yourself with it. This is dangerous for a lot of reasons. 

One is that if you’re an amateur, you probably won’t sterilize your sin before injecting, which leaves you vulnerable to bacterial infection. 

Also, you’d have injected yourself with oil, which will not sit well in the watery soup that is your body, to say the least. .

If a doctor needs someone to receive CBD intravenously, their needle has been treated and prepared in a way to make it safe that’s beyond the knowledge, skill, and resources of the average person. 

Just stick to doing CBD sublingual style, vaporizing it or ingesting it. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.

The Dosage Is Everything

Whatever method you choose to take CBD with, the amount you take has the final say in how it will affect you. However, it’s equally important to remember the delivery method, and how that will influence you personally.

Just remember to always be responsible and patient. CBD bioavailability varies by method of ingestion, and sometimes it takes a while to take effect.  

Just because you had a CBD edible an hour ago and don’t feel anything doesn’t mean you should eat 6 more of them to activate it quicker. 

CBD is great for a whole host of reasons, but too much of a good thing can have terrible results.

To get started picking out CBD oil that’s right for you can check out our selection of CBD oil here.