There are three common ways to take CBD: orally, sublingually, or topically.
Taking CBD orally is often in the form of capsules, or softgels. This is just like taking any other over-the-counter pill and can make it easier to monitor your dosage since capsules are pre-measured. However, a 2009 study reported CBD taken orally resulted in only a 4% to 20% bioavailability rate (the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream). This means if you were to take 100mg of CBD, only about 4-20mg will reach your bloodstream.
Sublingually is best when you’re using CBD oil. When taking CBD oil sublingually, you’ll place the oil under your tongue and hold it there for about 90 seconds. This allows your saliva to dissolve the oil, which then passes into your bloodstream. Since this method bypasses your digestive system, CBD taken sublingually has a higher bioavailability rate. Reported rates range from 12-25%.
Aside from our CBD oil, you can try Homestead Alternatives CBD Caramels – best eaten slowly to allow the candy to dissolve and CBD to be absorbed by your saliva glands.
Another method of experiencing CBD is topically, which is said to be good for targeting specific parts of your body to relieve joint pain or aching muscles. CBD topicals come in the form of creams and lotions.