There are many different ways to introduce this versatile cannabinoid into the body, from adding CBD oil to drinks and food to inhaling clouds of cannabinoid-rich vapor. Each method exists to satisfy the particular needs of individual consumers, as not every intake method will be ideal for everyone.
Taking CBD orally sends the cannabinoid through the digestive tract and liver before it enters the bloodstream. In the liver—an important metabolic organ—cannabidiol undergoes the first-pass effect and gets partially broken down.
Four ways to take CBD
Each route of administration provides different benefits and outcomes. Below, discover the most common ways to take CBD, the best products available, and everything else you need to know about each method.
• CBD Oil: Place our full-spectrum CBD oil under the tongue for around one minute before swallowing. This is how most consumers choose to take our CBD oil.
• Liposomal CBD Oil: Liposomes are a form of nanotechnology that deliver active ingredients to their target cells and ramp up bioavailability. These small “pods” carry cannabidiol safely through the throes of the digestive tract and directly to their site of action.
Chemist Jessie Kater agrees. “Most of the literature supports the notion that CBD has better bioavailability when consumed sublingually versus orally,” she tells Well and Good , “[and] MCT oil-based tinctures are thought to provide better uptake than a traditional oil.” ( Readers will be happy to know that our tinctures contain plenty of MCT-rich coconut oil.)
The longer one tends to wait before fully ingesting, the faster CBD tends to absorb! This occurs because the mouth contains permeable mucous membranes that can directly absorb CBD. CBD’s bioavailability may rise drastically if you give these membranes and blood vessels enough time to ‘soak’ things up.
Way #1: Treat it like a sublingual
Another plus: CBD may counteract the jitters that can come with high caffeine intake. This is thought to be due to its calming effect on adenosine A2A receptors. [ 3 ] Granted, we’ll be the first to admit that biochemistry probably won’t be on your mind when CBD-infused coffee is making your workday a breeze.
Coffee may also increase your CBD oil’s bioavailability. How? Research has shown time and time again that CBD is absorbed better alongside a fatty meal. [ 4 ] Putting two and two together, could the same be said of a fatty drink? Better put an extra tablespoon of grass-fed butter in your coffee just to be sure.
Okay, this one isn’t actually a new creative way to take CBD; instead it’s more of a warning of what not to do .