What’s the best way to take CBD drops?
Whether you already use CBD products or are just starting to learn about all the potential health and wellness benefits, one question that always comes up is how to best take it or, what’s the best method for delivery?
Let’s start by defining “best” when it comes to consuming CBD oil drops.
What’s best for you depends on various factors- each of us is unique and have our own preferences as well as conditions we’re addressing.
That being said, the answer to the question of what is the “best” method or way of taking CBD oil drops has a lot to do with bioavailability.
Bioavailability is a measure of the proportion of the active substances (CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes) in the product that enter the body and how much of those active substances go on to have a viable effect.
Basically, if you’re looking to get the most benefit from a CBD oil, the consumption method that gives you the greatest bioavailability is typically the way to go.
So, which way is best?
The sublingual method of consuming CBD oil drops, which is when the drops are placed under the tongue and held there for 30-60 seconds, allowing for absorption into the bloodstream is “best”. This method results in the greatest bioavailability as well as the fastest onset and longest duration of benefits.
Sublingual consumption is quite different from simply swallowing CBD oil. Sometimes called “oral consumption”, swallowing or mixing CBD oil with food or beverages requires the digestive system to metabolize and deliver the CBD to receptors throughout your body’s endocannabinoid system. This longer path may reduce the bioavailability of CBD by about half.
CBD oil drops may be used topically, as well. Some people feel most comfortable with this method. Our skin, which is our largest organ and has endocannabinoid receptors, can absorb CBD into receptors at the site of application. Applied topically, CBD will not enter the bloodstream. If using topically, apply liberally and massage the product into the skin.
As the popularity of using CBD as a therapeutic continues to grow and more and more studies definitively prove the benefits of CBD, we can be certain about a few things…
We all have an endocannabinoid system which helps regulate almost every function of our bodies. This system is most likely deficient and needs support via supplementation. Taking a high-quality, properly sourced, full spectrum CBD oil, whether sublingually or by another delivery method, will allow us to enjoy the many benefits of greater well-being.