The vast number of ways in which you can take CBD can make a beginner’s head spin. What are the differences between the different consumption methods, and are any of them healthier than the others? Let’s take a look at the answers to those questions by examining the methods to consume CBD one by one.
Method #1 – CBD under the tongue
One of the most popular ways to take CBD is by placing CBD oil or a tincture under your tongue. Sublingual application allows the CBD to be absorbed by the mucous membrane, which gives it easy access into your bloodstream. This is the best way to bypass the liver without resorting to vaping.
Sublingual application leads to an almost immediate effect. By placing CBD under your tongue, you allow it to enter your bloodstream, which means you’ll benefit from CBD’s calming, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD oil is often carried by nutritious vegetable oils, like coconut oil or hemp seed oils, and you’ll get the health benefits of those too.
This is one of the healthiest ways to consume CBD, assuming it’s not contaminated. Reporters have found CBD oil circulating around the world that was contaminated with pesticides, heavy metals, industrial solvents, and even E. Coli. If the CBD you are using happens to be contaminated, placing it under your tongue is potentially more dangerous than ingesting the substance.
Method #2 – CBD infused edibles
Edibles can be a fun way to consume CBD, but they are also wasteful and slow. Although the exact number varies, the bioavailability of CBD after it’s been consumed as part an edible can be as low as 6%. This means that 94% of the CBD you just ingested — and paid for — will not have an active effect in your body. Your digestive system will just eliminate that precious CBD with the rest of your body’s waste products.
Compare that to vaping CBD, which can have as much as 42% bioavailability. That’s the highest you can get in commercially available CBD products.
That means that while edibles will let you benefit from CBD, you likely will need large doses of the substance to even feel any effects. On top of that, CBD edibles often take the form of sugary treats, which are delicious, but not particularly healthy. That said, edibles can be made using CBD oil, tinctures, and even decarboxylated hemp, all of which contain plenty of nutrients and health benefits.
Method #3 – CBD Vaping
Vaping is a popular method to take CBD, and for a good reason. It’s subjectively more pleasant than dealing with CBD oil. It provides higher bioavailability than any other method in this list. However, as far as being healthy, vaping is not the best option available.
Although believed to be safe for a long while, recent research has raised concerns over the safety of vaping in the long term. Sending hot vapor into your lungs may cause serious damage.
Plus, vaping delivers you the health benefits of CBD alone, without the auxiliary health benefit associated with different vegetable oils. As such, it’s safe to say that while vaping is the most effective way to take CBD, sublingual application is still the healthiest and safest option in the market. If you’d like to learn more about CBD, check out this Cibdol article about the topic.