by Christine Athens
What’s the best way to consume CBD? There are tinctures, topicals, oils, vape cartridges, edibles, flowers, capsules, powders—the list goes on. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the vast amount of CBD products on the market, you’re not alone. There is a considerable amount of ways to take CBD, which can get confusing for first-time users.
If you’ve landed here, it’s probably because you’re trying to figure out the most effective way to take CBD. Unfortunately, there’s no “right” answer. Everyone is different, which means that everyone will respond differently to the cannabinoid’s therapeutic effects.
To make life easier, we’ve broken down the three most popular CBD delivery methods, so you can figure out which one will work best for you.
The Best Way to Consume CBD
The most effective way to take CBD depends on two things: your time frame and your goals.
Are you taking CBD for pain relief? Anxiety? Insomnia? Migraines? Overall wellness? Your reasons for taking CBD will determine its destination within your body, which is also directly affected by time. The time it takes CBD to work and how long it does its job lies between how you take it, and how long until your body eliminates it.
Some methods deliver a quick release of the cannabinoid while others provide a slow and steady concentration. It’s also important to remember that dosage will play a role in your CBD’s effectiveness, but for now, here are the three best ways to take CBD:
The sublingual method is arguably the most popular way to take CBD. Sublingual CBD, i.e., CBD oil, is held under the tongue where there are hundreds of tiny capillaries that absorb CBD directly into your bloodstream. Direct absorption into the bloodstream will help the CBD bypass the digestion process, allowing it to work quicker.
The best way to take CBD oil is to hold it under your tongue for 1.5 minutes before swallowing. For maximum absorption, take your CBD oil on an empty stomach, and swish it around your mouth to reach your buccal (cheek) capillaries before swallowing.
CBD wax, CBD buds, and CBD vape pens—once CBD is inhaled, it enters your bloodstream almost instantly through your lungs, completely bypassing digestion. With an absorption rate of 56%, it’s not only the quickest but the most effective way to take CBD.
The best inhalation technique is to inhale the CBD halfway and then take in fresh air to push it deep into the lungs. Let out partial exhales of the vapor, breathing in again after each partial exhale until you’re no longer breathing out vapor. This will ensure maximum absorption with each inhaled dose.
If you go the vaping route, avoid the disposable vape pens and opt for the hardware with a ceramic heating element. You also want to avoid any cartridges with additives, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and “natural flavors” listed in the ingredients.
There are a variety of topical CBD products, including patches, creams, lotions, balms, ointments, and salves. There are also two types: transdermal and local.
A local topical CBD product targets sore muscles and inflamed areas on the body. They’re also designed for external skin issues. Transdermal topical CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream via your skin’s epidermis. It targets the localized area in need of relief as well as the root cause, such as pain receiving nerves.
Whether you choose the local or the transdermal, make sure that the area in need and your hands are clean and dry. Also, wash your hands of excess residue thoroughly after the application.
Try One, Try All
Taking CBD sublingually, topically, and by inhalation are the most effective ways to reap its therapeutic benefits. Of course, the best way to consume CBD is the method that works for you on a personal level.