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What the heck is 'bioavailability'?

Posted by Brittany Avdee on
What the heck is 'bioavailability'?

Bioavailability... What is it? 

Whether you’re a new CBD user, or an experienced user, we all have a common concern… How do we get the most effectiveness out of our CBD?

There are so many different ways to take CBD… Tinctures, creams/balms, capsules, vapes, and more. 

Bioavailability is the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition to the amount and strength of a substance, bioavailability determines how much of what you took is actually present to provide your level of effect.

The bioavailability of CBD varies based on the consumption method and concentration of CBD in the product in question. 

Why should I care about bioavailability? 

Good point.... why should you care about bioavailability?!

A word that is thrown around by any and all CBD companies. The reason you should care is that it will help you figure out what type of CBD product to take. You may not feel any benefit from a tincture but using the vape set could change your life. Understanding how each product interacts with your body will not only help you pick the right product but it will help you save money by not trying every single CBD product, instead you can make an educated decision and find the right product for you. 

What is the best way to consume CBD?

1. Vaporized Consumption 

  • Vapes are the fastest way for you to feel the benefits of CBD (besides injecting it intravenously which most people don’t want to do!)
  • Vaporized consumption involves inhaling CBD directly into the lungs, typically through a vape pen or vaporizer device.
  • By directly entering the lungs, the CBD can then quickly and directly enter the bloodstream, with decreases breakdown rates and results in higher bioavailability.

2. Sublingual Consumption

  • Under the tongue, there is a vein called the sublingual gland. When a substance is administered to the sublingual gland, it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which is referred to as sublingual consumption or sublingual administration. Common sublingual consumption methods include CBD tinctures, CBD lozenges, and CBD sprays.


3. Topical Consumption

  • When you smear CBD oils or creams onto your skin, it will never reach the bloodstream. In using CBD this way, you get targeted relief to a specific area. Great for sore muscles and joints!
  • Topical absorption rates are the lowest out of the 3 mentioned here. This is why, for topical CBD products to work, you should apply them very generously. If you are liberal enough in your application, your skin pores will absorb CBD to affect targeted healing. Additionally, this method works best when lotions, salves and balms contain very high levels of CBD (like our 1,000mg Recovery Cream).

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