While there isn’t a study examining the use of sublingual CBD oil or spray in humans outside of Sativex (a 50:50 CBD/THC medicine) we are aware of, it’s thought that sublingual bioavailability of CBD sits somewhere between CBD taken orally and when vaped (between 6% and 54%).
Bioequivelence is just a fancy term for working on the same dose you would need for another consumption method to deliver the same amount to your bloodstream.
Piperine and Bioavailability
While water soluble CBD is said to help absorption rates, this isn’t currently backed by clinical research.
Although, in theory, it depends on what method of consumption you use along with your endocannabinoid system.
How Is CBD Best Absorbed?
Curcumin is a part of a family of compounds called curcuminoids, commonly found in turmeric.
Edible treats such as gummies and baked goods are a popular way to consume CBD. In multiple studies, the most optimistic rate of bioavailability when choosing this option was about 20%. That means if someone eats a 50-milligram CBD gummy, they would likely be absorbing only about 10 milligrams—20% of the total dosage. Though not the most efficient way of consuming CBD, edibles are very popular and still have their benefits. They are a fun and easy way to add CBD to a daily routine. However, it is helpful to understand that some of the CBD is going to break down when passing through the digestive system, and it will take longer to reach the bloodstream to circulate throughout the body.
Understanding the bioavailability of CBD allows consumers to decide what is important to them in a product. If they want a fun and easy way to take CBD, then CBD gummies or chocolates are ideal. If speed and cost-effectiveness are paramount, then a sublingual oil tincture or vape product may be best. This knowledge also helps retailers understand why offering a variety of forms of CBD is important for meeting customer demand in their stores.
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CBD oil tinctures are another common way to take CBD. With this method, CBD is administered sublingually, which means holding it under the tongue for a minute before swallowing. Sublingual dosing with an oil improves the bioavailability of CBD, because the glands under the tongue absorb the CBD and have a direct pathway to the bloodstream. Bypassing the digestive system allows the CBD molecules to reach the bloodstream quickly, without being metabolized by the stomach and liver first.