Taking CBD oil after eating optimizes your chances of it having the highest bioavailability. With food in your stomach already digesting, the CBD oil that is swallowed has a greater chance to be absorbed by the liver without losing too much of its efficacy seeing that MOST of its effects were already absorbed sublingually.
Unlike what you may think, we don’t absorb the full amount of CBD in each serving, but rather, we can only absorb as much CBD as is possible according to the bioavailability of the product.
Remember how we’ve mentioned bioavailability of CBD and how it varies depending on the delivery method? Here’s a brief summary on it below:
On most CBD oil bottles, the label has directions for how to use the oil. Most say to take the oil with food – but never specifies on whether that should be taken before, during, or after the meal. Some labels, including that of our CBD Tinctures, suggest to take the oil sublingually, or under the tongue, and hold in mouth for up to 60 seconds before swallowing.
When it comes to ingesting CBD products, edible products such as our Gummies, must first pass through the digestive system then on to the liver in what is called “First Pass Metabolism.” This is why sublingual application reigns supreme. By dropping CBD oil under the tongue and holding in mouth for up to 60 seconds, your sublingual glands can effectively absorb cannabidiol and completely bypass the First Pass Metabolism with ease.
According to a Gallup poll, approximately 14% of Americans state that they use CBD products. Of that population, about 11% say they use it for sleep, 20% for anxiety, and a whopping 40% for managing various types of pain. While results of a Gallup poll is all user-reported, meaning, it’s all anecdotal evidence, it gives us a peek inside what people are using CBD oil for and how it’s benefiting them.
A team of researchers conducted a study published in 2013 that assessed the effect that food has on bioavailabilities of both CBD and THC. The study concludes that the bioavailability tends to be four times higher in CBD products if they were taken after a meal instead of before or without.
Some CBD users who have weaker stomachs have cited diarrhea as a side effect of CBD use. However, this is very rare for the average user and typically only happens to those who take CBD on an empty stomach. Again, to counteract this possible side effect, CBD should be taken 30 minutes to one hour after eating for the most comfortable absorption rate.
Many people experience nausea as a side effect after taking CBD, and sometimes it is because they took too high a dose for a beginner. More often, however, nausea is caused by taking CBD on an empty stomach. When the only thing in your stomach is CBD oil, your body may have trouble processing it. To counteract this effect, be sure to take CBD between 30 minutes to an hour after having a meal, as this is the optimal time for its bioavailability.
Like any other medicines you might take, CBD passes through the digestive system. When you take CBD, it is absorbed in the stomach and intestine but gets actively broken down by your body along the way. This process is why it’s crucial to prep your digestive system before taking CBD, ideally with foods that will maximize CBD’s effectiveness. Without prepping your digestive system with the appropriate foods, taking CBD could result in some unwelcome side effects.
CBD oil can be one of the quickest and most bioavailable ways to ingest CBD. Also, it can be tolerated by almost everyone and isn’t nearly as noticeable or pungent as smoking. While CBD doesn’t have many significantly harmful side effects, many people wonder when the best time is to take CBD. Should it be taken after eating or before? Full stomach or empty? This blog post will explain why CBD is best taken on a full stomach, and why you should always eat before taking your daily dose of CBD.
The University of Nottingham conducted a study in which they concluded that CBD is best taken alongside foods that contain fatty acids, or medium and long-chain triglycerides. These fats are helpful because ingesting more fatty acids alongside CBD will help to bypass the first level of digestion, so the CBD isn’t broken down immediately. This buffer gives the CBD more time to digest, and it becomes more bioavailable to the body. Many everyday foods contain these kinds of oils and fats, including olives, donuts, fish, avocados, or eggs.
CBD also becomes more bioavailable when taken sublingually, as opposed to smoking it or taking it in a capsule form. Whatever food you decide to eat alongside your CBD, be sure to consult with a doctor before you take it for the first time. CBD isn’t right for everyone and talking to a medical professional can confirm whether or not it will help you. Also, be sure to always buy any CBD product from a reputable website or dispensary and read up on any customer reviews.