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CBD is a therapeutic compound extracted from cannabis plants and infused into a variety of medicinal and lifestyle products. The wide spectrum of benefits that the compound offers has led to the exponential growth of the CBD industry.

How is CBD absorbed in our body? Read on for the answers.

CBD Intake Methods

A CBD product has one or more characteristic intake methods that determine how CBD in them is absorbed and how much is absorbed. Bioavailability is a parameter associated with every intake method of CBD. It refers to the amount of CBD that is absorbed into our bloodstream.

CBD Absorption Associated With Ingestible And Sublingual CBD

There are different varieties of ingestible CBD including CBD oil, tincture, and CBD edibles. Intake of ingestible forms of CBD is quite convenient but they aren’t that efficient when it comes to CBD absorption. When a CBD product is ingested, the cannabinoids in them are subject to the first-pass effect of the liver, due to which a significant portion of the cannabinoids will not be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Sublingual intake of CBD is better than ingestion as it allows a greater percentage of cannabinoids to be absorbed into the bloodstream. CBD oils and CBD tinctures are often consumed sublingually. In this mode of intake, the oil or tincture is measured in a dropper and placed under the tongue. It is then held under the tongue for a minute before the user finally swallows it. The cannabinoids in the oil or tincture are absorbed into the bloodstream through the sublingual glands.

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Absorption Associated With Inhalation

CBD is inhaled when you use CBD vapes and dabs. When inhaled, CBD is absorbed into our bloodstream through the lung membranes. Inhalable forms of CBD are associated with a high rate of absorption and quick effects.

Absorption Associated With Topical Application

CBD topicals are meant for external use. They are applied to the skin to seek relief from pain and inflammation. CBD topicals are also used for general skincare, as CBD is known to have hydrating and antioxidant properties. CBD and other ingredients of topicals do not reach the bloodstream.

Different intake methods of CBD products have different absorption rates. They also have different onset of effects. Inhalable CBD products are associated with quick effects that can be felt within a few minutes after use. However, the effects do not last much. Ingestible forms of CBD take longer to produce any effects but the effects often last longer due to the slow release of CBD into the bloodstream by the digestive system.

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