For all the promises that you hear when purchasing CBD, you can sometimes be disappointed when you discover that it hasn’t worked for you quite how you wanted to. Maybe it only briefly relieved your pain and relaxed you, or maybe you didn’t notice an effect at all. This doesn’t mean it’s time for you to reject it completely. Rather, it might be a sign for you to change up the delivery method through which you’re taking your CBD.
One of the most exciting things about CBD is that it can be used in an array of different ways. The majority (70%) of consumers of CBD in the UK are using tinctures (oils) or capsules. Although very effective for some, these might not be the best delivery methods for you.
When taken orally, through an oil or capsule, there are many factors that can affect how much CBD your body actually absorbs. Taking too little, not taking regularly enough, eating recently before taking CBD or your height and weight can all reduce its efficiency (if you want to know how much you should be taking for your size, our CBD dose reader is a useful tool). For many people, it can be hard when simply putting a few drops of CBD under your tongue to know exactly the quantities and percentages you’re consuming.
More than this, although oral methods do work, CBD has surprisingly low oral bioavailability. Without sounding too much like a chemistry teacher, this means that as the CBD has to go through your digestive system before it reaches your blood stream. The absorption can also change depending on the person – for some of us, the CBD can begin to enter our blood stream within 60 minutes. For others, it can take up to 6 hours (long after you need it to if you’re using CBD to help with your sleep!).
That’s why at Cannacares we’re dedicated to providing a range of delivery methods, so you can find the best way to bring CBD into your wellness routine. It’s amazing what switching from an oil to a vape, for example, can do. For example, if want to quickly feel the effects of your CBD, vaping it is a great option. The effects are general felt after just a couple of minutes, with the peak being after 10 minutes. The results can last from this for up to 5 hours. If you’re looking for a way to relax just before bed, therefore, we often tell people to try out the vape. As opposed to an oil, the results come almost instantly.
If you’re looking for a long-term pain or anxiety relief option, however, there’s a lot of evidence to say receiving CBD through skin is the best. When we apply CBD topically or through a transdermal patch, it bypasses the digestive system completely. A CBD balm or CBD moisturiser is a great option is there is a specific area of pain or concern: you can directly the target the area that’s causing you trouble. The effects do depend on the kind of product you’re using and the unique structure of your skin, so try a few things and look at the other ingredients too. Topical CBD has also been found to work well on some skin conditions, with its anti inflammatory and moisturising properties, although it’s important to make sure that none of the other ingredients in the product react to your skin.
Transdermal patches are great for more general pain symptoms. They slowly release the CBD into your bloodstream for up to 24 hours, through the heat of your body. This means that unlike a cream or balm, you don’t have to keep applying CBD all day – you can keep feeling the effects after you apply the patch. Although the results don’t feel as ‘instant’ as they would with a vape, say, the CBD slowly builds up over time, providing more long-term relief.
As CBD has many properties and uses, it’s important to do some trial and error when working out what works best for you. Our best advice is to not give up! It’s not uncommon for someone to be disappointed with one delivery method, only to use another and find it really helps. Although the world of CBD can seem confusing and overwhelming, through testing and trying different products it’s possible to find out how to bring CBD into your wellness routine.