But what is the most effective method of taking CBD? It greatly depends on what you are using it for, as the dosage you need can vary dependent on a range of factors, including stature, age, and even what you’ve recently eaten (it being lipid-soluble, the speed of absorption increases if you’ve consumed a fat-heavy meal; and we’re not talking the stereotypical THC-induced munchies, either).
In fact, premium quality CBD products are suitable for anyone over the age of 2, as they have no psychoactive effects (conversely, THC must never be exposed to a brain under the age of 25, given the high risk of adverse psychological damage when the brain is still maturing).
Both Ethan Russo, M.D and Dr. Zerrin Atakan – eminent figures within this emergent industry – have advised that when it comes to premium quality CBD, there is no prescribed dosage that can be given due to the swathe of variables to be taken into consideration. The only thing to be said is, more really is better.
The key, however, is bioavailability, or how high a percentage is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Orally, you can take CBD in tablets, capsules, and even gummies (we shan’t venture into the crowd of minimal CBD-containing consumables, such as chocolate and other sweet treats touting a hemp hit of health). Nonetheless, this is the least effective method, bioavailability-wise, as only approximate 13% of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream through the gut. That said, the effects last longer when CBD is taken orally. A question of slow and steady wins the race, perhaps.
Another option is sublingually, or under the tongue. Taken in through the mouth’s tissue, as opposed to the gut, Reach’s CBD tincture is available as a full spectrum product, or can be broad spectrum and made all the more bioavailable through its delivered blend with MCT coconut oil (as it delivers the fat element which prolongs CBD’s effects; the best of both worlds). One can expect between 20% to 30% absorption through the sublingual method.
Other bioavailable methods include intranasal (i.e. vaping) and intravenous (which is self-explanatory and oh-so-very-undesirable). Enough said there.
More recently, topical applications of CBD have been explored and have shown great results. Whether it be a lotion or a balm, the effects are localised and efficacious in providing relief for joint pain and/or skin conditions such as eczema. A good place to start, also, if you are unsure about using CBD, too.