Written By: Harrison Tew and Shelby Andrews
Many people who are new to CBD are unaware of the multiple intake methods available to them and which intake method might be best suited for their distinct needs. While all intake methods are safe and effective in their own way, each method also has its own unique qualities and benefits.
Before choosing a product, it’s important to do your research and understand the options available to you.
Below, we’ve done our best to break down all 4 methods and what you need to know about each.
T O P I C A L
Topical application refers to applying CBD product directly to your skin through a salve, cream or oil product.
While topical application results in a more gradual CBD effect, the main benefit is that you can apply it directly to your problem areas, allowing you to target specific areas of the body rather than your body as a whole should you so choose.
CBD topicals come in all different strengths (if you’re looking for a stronger product, we recommend a salve over a cream) are ideal for the treatment of arthritis and joint pain. As an added bonus to pain relief, CBD topicals also give you the moisturizing benefits of an un-medicated body cream.
I N G E S T E D
Ingestion is a great way to administer an accurate amount of CBD quickly and easily. Many people prefer CBD capsules because it’s a familiar process – you swallow the capsule the same way you would take an over-the-counter vitamin.
CBD capsules are also a great way to ensure consistency of dose, as each capsule has the same amount of product – there is no further measurement required by the user.
It can take between 30-45 minutes to begin feeling the effects of ingestible CBD depending on what and when you’ve eaten (for faster effect, try ingesting the pill on an empty stomach).
S U B L I N G U A L
Sublingual intake is a fancy term for “under the tongue.” Sublingual CBD can come as a tincture, syringe or oil capsule. You should feel relief within 8-20 minutes after administration.
The product is placed directly under your tongue for 60-90 seconds. The tissues under the tongue contain capillaries that can absorb substances quickly and without the need for digestion, making it an ideal product for those who have any gastrointestinal issues and would prefer not to take a pill. CBD oil also allows the most customized doses – compared to a capsule which is pre-measured.
V A P O R I Z E D
Vaporizing can be a great intake method depending on which product you’re using. When you vaporize CBD you will most likely find relief within seconds as the vapor enters your body at a much faster rate than ingestible products.
That being said, you must also keep in mind that when using products such as CBD MCT oil, the product becomes diluted. The more diluted the product, the fewer health benefits users will reap.
For example, if a person decided to vaporize a regulated CBD isolate, they’re vaporizing a product that is lab-tested at up to 99.6% pure CBD. But if that same person vaporized a 300mg CBD E-Juice (or a CBD mixed with any carrier oil for that matter), they would be ingesting a much more diluted product—one with only 30% CBD to be exact.
The purer the product, the cleaner the vapor and the more relief. To learn more about when you should and shouldn’t vaporize your CBD, check out our blog here.
If you’re still unsure about which CBD intake method is best for you, contact us! We’re happy to help.