CBD Bioavailability

on December 11, 2020

 CBD Bioavailability

The progressing popularity of CBD is making it known by nearly everyone. With the quickly emerging market of CBD over the past decade, it has given way to more and more research surrounding CBD. Still, many people are unfamiliar with CBD's perks and benefits; often worried it might not be as beneficial as touted or worse yet have adverse side-effects. Let us take a look to see how CBD is coordinated and its bioavailability with the human body.

What is CBD?

Before delving into the deeper layers of CBD's bioavailability, let's have a quick introduction to CBD. CBD or Cannabidiol is a hemp-derived plant from the cannabis plant. It is composed of terpenes, cannabinoids, and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol); you might get scared after reading the word THC, but don't worry, only trace amounts of THC are present in it, only enough to relax the nerves. You won't get high or become impaired while taking CBD.

The reason for CBD's popularity is not overrated; it is due to the fact CBD's capability to support healthy brain functions through the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system of the brain and solve neural issues faced by patients. It also helps in treating insomnia, arthritis, inflammation, depression, anxiety, and neural disorders.

What is CBD Bioavailability? 

The bioavailability of CBD is evident from the patients who are successfully treated by it. Bioavailability means how much of a drug or substance is capable of getting absorbed in a human body. The bioavailability of CBD varies according to the mode of intake. There are many modes through which one can consume CBD depending on the products and forms available in the market.  To understand CBD bioavailability better, let's have a look at the different forms of CBD. 

CBD Capsules or Pills:

Pills or capsules to swallow like any other tablet/capsule.

CBD Oil:

Taken orally, hold the drops of CBD under your tongue for about two to three minutes. From there, the oil drops will get absorbed into the bloodstream.  

Topical CBD:

A lotion or ointment to apply directly on the skin.

Vapors or smoke:

Vapors or smoke to get inhaled through the nasal passageway.

CBD Infused Drinks:

It is used as an immunity booster or an energy drink to start your day or have a boot up during the day. It is available as a beverage, coffee, and tea.

CBD Bioavailability by the Numbers

The intranasal CBD bioavailability has the highest effect from all of the above ways. It allows about 34% to 46% of CBD to get absorbed; the highest amount that got absorbed was 56%. It is the best mode to acquire CBD as from the nose, it goes to the lungs and then directly to the bloodstream. After the usage of CBD, you can feel the action within 10 minutes.

CBD oil is another mode, which is also known as sublingual. It allows about 13% to 19% to get absorbed. The highest amount of CBD ever absorbed sublingually is 33%. It gets absorbed by your sublingual gland and then goes directly to the bloodstream. It takes 20 minutes to show results.

Taking CBD through the mouth is a popular method; it allows about 10% to 20% to get absorbed. The lowest amount of absorption it causes is 6%. The reason for low bioavailability is that the cannabinoids have to go through the digestive tract and then reach the bloodstream.

Topical CBD bioavailability is to relieve pain and is applied directly. Its average bioavailability is 13.5%. It is said to be 25% to 50% more effective than oral inception.

CBD bioavailability can't be elevated by increasing the potency. You have to maintain the dosage to the minimal levels as prescribed by a doctor.

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