For some, choosing between various CBD products can be a difficult task, especially when you take into account all the different ways to administer CBD. Depending on why you’re using CBD, the way you administer it may vary. To make it just a little more simple for you, we have put together this easy user guide, explaining why you may use one administration technique over others and what product best suits you.
Why would you use one kind of administration technique over others? The answer is simple: Depending on what you’re taking CBD for, different delivery methods can impact potency, efficacy and even effects of the CBD on your body. Here, we will go through the different methods one can use and why you may choose one option over another.
This is probably the most popular method of using CBD. This is done by placing your CBD oil, CBD butter or CBD paste under the tongue and allowing it to sit there for as long as possible without swallowing.
This technique is favoured over others, because it diffuses the CBD through the mucous membrane beneath your tongue. This thin layer of membrane allows the CBD to enter the bloodstream far more efficiently and rapidly, instead of travelling through the digestive tract which can break down and metabolise some of the important compounds in our CBD products.
Although much of the CBD taken in this way goes through the digestive tract, the efficacy is increased dramatically when allowed to sit under the tongue for at least 60 seconds before swallowing.
Why might you use sublingual method over others?
For some, it comes down to ease and availability. This method can be done anytime and anywhere, which gives the user quite a lot of freedom. Other ways may not be so straightforward and may even require privacy, but we’ll get to that bit later.
The usual way to take any medication is predominantly orally. This means the medication must go through almost all of your digestive tract, before getting to where it needs to be. Your stomach acid and bile further metabolize and break down the compounds within the medication, after which it gets to the large intestine, where it is broken down even further and then absorbed by the body. By this stage, you’re left with far less punch from your medication, but from here, it’s an easy road to the liver where it is then distributed to where it is needed.
So to get more bang for your buck, as well as a far more efficacious CBD, under the tongue seems the way to go.
The sublingual method is optimal for reducing:
- Mood disorders
- Some forms of chronic pain
- Incidence of diabetes
- And to treat some forms of inflammation
To get the benefits of sublingual administration, all you need to do is to place two to three drops of CBD underneath the tongue and hold it there for as long as you can before swallowing. You can do this two to three times a day, increasing the amount in small increments until you begin to feel the effects you want.
This method is known the world over as the way to use cannabis, especially when in its natural plant state. Images of marijuana users toking up on a bong or a joint may come to mind, but did you know there are other ways of getting all the benefits of cannabis, without the smoke?
Many know that inhaling anything can be bad for your body, creating a buildup of mucus in the esophagus due to irritation of the cilia – the microscopic hair-like structures inside the throat that moves mucus around. Users of both THC and CBD are now starting to use a safer method of administration.
Vapourising CBD and THC has become a popular method of use for those who want the therapeutic effects of cannabis, without the harm that comes from inhaling the smoke.
Why might you use inhalation method over others?
Inhalation has been found to have far higher bioavailability than other CBD products, as the lungs have higher permeability, a larger surface area and better blood supply than oral or sublingual methods. But, the downside to this method is that the effects can be far less pertinent than other methods. So, you get faster effects, but they last for a shorter period of time.
The inhalation method is best for reducing:
- Mood disorders
The best, cleanest and safest method of inhalation is through vapourisers or electronic cigarettes. This ensures that you are not inhaling damaging smoke and gives you far more freedom, as you can dose how and when you want, night and day.
Unfortunately, due to its more hands-on approach, this delivery method is often purposefully overlooked. It requires a little more time, preparation and perhaps a certain amount of privacy to be utilised, but the benefits are comparatively incredible. Suppositories are usually capsule-shaped pills that are intended for anal or vaginal insertion.
Why might you use Suppository method over others?
The main reason why people use this method over others is due to its bioavailability, as the membrane in your rectum and vagina is incredible permeable, with a high amount of blood vessels for the CBD to enter into. It is probably the ultimate way to get your CBD, as it bypasses all metabolic processes.
If you’re using the suppository method for anything to do with gut health, reproductive health or even pain management, it is as direct a pathway as you can get, with a high absorption rate and very little waste.
Suppository method is optimal for:
- Pain management
- Reproductive health
- Gut health
- Stress & more
Sometimes, the suppository method can be difficult to administer, especially if you are not in a private or safe environment. It requires the user to maintain higher levels of hygiene and care, and can take some getting used to. But medical professionals agree that suppositories are one of the best ways to take CBD, especially for those who for one reason or another cannot take CBD sublingually or via inhalation.
Under normal circumstances, one capsules effects come on in 10-15 minutes and last from 8-10 hours.
Topical application of CBD has been used for thousands of years across the African and Asian continents and, believe it or not, has even been suggested to have been used by Jesus to ‘heal’ his followers of their ailments. These days, cannabis is a far more available and much more researched. By infusing either THC, CBD or both into creams and ointments, and applying it to the skin, the benefits are absorbed and can relieve many different ailments.
Why might you use T
opical method over others?
Using ointments or creams infused with CBD can do wonders for many different things, but due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, creams and ointments have shown incredible results for treating acne, redness and tiredness of the skin. It has also been shown to have fantastic benefits for arthritis and chronic inflammation sufferers when applied directly to the point of pain, because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Ointments and creams are best used for alleviating:=
- Dry skin
- Localised pain & more
The list doesn’t end here. As more research into the therapeutic qualities of CBD takes place, it can only be expected that further benefits of CBD will be found and, fingers crossed, made far more easily available to us than it is currently.
Some methods of administration relieve symptoms in multiple ways, but some methods are better than others, depending on your personal needs. So, the best way to know is to try it out and find which method best suits your lifestyle, ailment