With CBD becoming even more popular by the day, there seems to be educational information coming out regarding how cannabidiol interacts with your body to help balance and optimize your health. Considering all of the great studies and research, there has never been a better time to learn about CBD than right now.
The best way for CBD to impact your body, it first needs to be adequately absorbed. That said, it’s important to know the best ways to consume CBD so that it can be efficiently absorbed into the bloodstream. By having CBD enter your bloodstream your cell receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) will be able to start the process.
One the most common and easiest ways to consume CBD is orally. Because of this, there is a massive market for CBD infused drinks and food products hitting the markets. There are many people out there who actually add CBD drops to any of their favorite beverages. However, drinking CBD might not be the most efficient way of obtaining all of the health benefits. There are a few reasons for this:
The Bloodstream Is A Long Ways Away
Because of how our internal operating systems are set up, when CBD is ingested orally, it’s absorbed and broken down by the digestive system. From there is makes the journey from the stomach, to the liver. The liver breaks down everything through enzymes where it then passes the remains into the bloodstream. Ingesting CBD orally may be one of the easiest methods, but it isn’t necessarily the most efficient due the liver.
The Sublingual Method (A Fancy Way to Say Putting it Under Your Tongue)
Your tongue can be a very powerful tool! When CBD oil is held under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before being swallowed, the mucus membranes in the mouth absorb the compounds. This sublingual method allows CBD to completely bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism, so the compounds can avoid being broken down by enzymes and reach the bloodstream more quickly.
A study performed with rabbits compared the bioavailability (absorption) of oral and sublingual CBD solutions. The results of this study showed that the CBD delivered sublingually showed significantly higher bioavailability than the CBD delivered orally.