You can also increase CBD bioavailability by using different methods of consumption . Try taking your CBD oil sublingually, letting it sit under the tongue for 60-90 seconds, before swallowing.
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Taking your CBD with food can improve the compound’s bioavailability, and eating certain types of food can improve it further. Bioavailability is the degree and rate that a substance, in this case CBD, is absorbed and delivered to the bloodstream where it can interact with the body’s native systems.
Don’t Want to Worry About Food?
Now that you know what CBD oil is , how it’s different from hemp oil , and you’ve discovered the natural benefits of regularly taking CBD oil , you’re likely curious as to whether there are ways to maximize the effectiveness of your daily CBD serving.
You may have discovered a surprising amount of conflicting information on the internet about whether it’s best to take your CBD oil on an empty stomach or after meals. When you look at how CBD is digested, however, the answer becomes clear.
There are other options for improving the bioavailability of CBD if you’d rather not worry about taking your CBD product with the right types of food.
When you use CBD oil with certain types of foods, however, the loss of CBD concentration has limited impact because the foods help CBD to bypass the first pass metabolism process. By using CBD with food, you can help ensure a greater concentration of CBD is absorbed than when you use CBD without food.
According to new findings, consuming CBD with food could bypass the first-pass process, thus improving its overall bioavailability. Don’t just take our word for it though; let’s take a closer look at the research in question.
Until recently, we had to rely on anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated claims to understand whether the scenarios outlined above made any difference to CBD’s impact on the body. Thankfully, new insights suggest an answer to the FAQ: “Should I take CBD with or without food?”.
From what we know thus far—there is good reason to suggest taking CBD with food. To understand why CBD appears to have a higher rate of absorption with food, we need to explain two concepts—bioavailability and first-pass metabolism. The former is defined as “the proportion of a drug or other substance which enters the circulation when introduced into the body and so is able to have an active effect”. In lay terms, bioavailability is how much, and how fast, CBD enters the bloodstream.
What the science says about taking CBD with food
A review by Harvard Medical School discussed the biofunctionality of fatty acids (long and medium-chain triglycerides). They found that conventional fats and oils act “as high energy, rapidly available fuel”. Their conclusion goes hand in hand with the results of the study from the University of Minnesota.
All of this information gives us plenty to digest, so it’s worth recapping:
Fatty foods are more readily absorbed by the body, avoiding a portion of the breakdown experienced by first-pass metabolism. Fortunately for CBD users, the compound is naturally hydrophobic—binding easily with oils and repelling water. In doing so, it is thought that some of the CBD molecules bind with long-chain triglycerides and enter the body when the fats are absorbed, rather than falling victim to P450 enzymes.
Improving bioavailability is crucial—the lower the bioavailability, the more of a substance you would need to consume for comparable effects to a more bioavailable alternative. If we can improve the bioavailability of CBD by doing something as simple as taking it with food, then it is a small act that could have significant results.
People shouldn’t be too caught up with bioavailability. It’s our recommendation and a best practice that when starting with CBD, you should micro-dose. Very simply, start with a low dose and take multiple times throughout the day and or night rather than a single large dose.
When someone ingests CBD, in its purest form, less than 10% gets into their blood stream. This is one of the primary reasons that high fat content oils are used to formulate CBD products. The fat content in the oil, actually helps the body to absorb CBD. A recent study from pharmacologists at the University of Minnesota examined how eating a meal affects the absorption of CBD. Normally researchers have people fast and take CBD in the morning before eating — this reduces variability, but it also changes how well your body can absorb the CBD. On a full stomach, CBD will stay in the gut for longer and have more time to be up-taken. If the meal is particularly fatty, the body will try to collect the oils, and CBD might get caught up along with them. This is exactly what the researchers found!
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying to go eat a double cheeseburger every day before taking your CBD, but when taking CBD half an hour after a fatty meal (good, healthy fats), people were exposed to nearly 5x more CBD. The peak plasma concentration of CBD was 14x higher when participants ate first. This suggests that eating before taking CBD might reduce the required dose
Some people find that certain methods help them more. Combining different CBD products is a completely safe thing to do as long as you pay attention to your body, watch out for side-effects and control your dosage.
Pay attention to how you are feeling throughout the day after taking your initial dose and top-up using your choice of consumption methods when you feel the effects wearing off. Something to note here is that different consumption methods work in different ways. Here’s a rough idea of how long you can expect it to take;
If you’re looking to add more CBD products to your regimen and have questions, never hesitate to reach out to us with questions.