What Are The Common CBD Intake Methods?

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CBD Intake Methods
CBD Intake Methods

As the demand for CBD began growing in the international market, there was an associated rise in the demand for versatility and diversification of CBD options. Newer CBD intake methods began to be used because there is no administering method that seems to be perfect for all. The choices vary according to the lifestyles of people and their taste preferences.

In this session, we discuss the common intake methods of CBD and its dosage considerations.

Sublingual Intake

As the name suggests, the CBD in a sublingual product enters the user’s bloodstream through the sublingual glands. Popular sublingual CBD products include CBD oils and tinctures. In the administering method, the CBD oil or tincture is placed under the tongue for up to 60 seconds. Cannabidiol in the product is absorbed into the bloodstream through the membranes under the tongue.


CBD oil is manufactured by infusing CBD extract in carrier oils like hemp seed oil, coconut oil, etc. The oil dissolving nature of cannabidiol makes it easy to mix CBD extract with carrier oils. Because manufacturers prefer minimal ingredients in CBD oil, as additional ingredients dampen its strength, it has a characteristic earthy flavor, which is not approved by everyone.

CBD Tincture

CBD tincture has an alcohol base. It is manufactured by dissolving CBD extract in alcohol. CBD tinctures are known for diverse flavor options as flavor additives and herbs are generally added to them. Although the addition of flavoring agents helps mask the raw taste of hemp, it compromises the potency of the tincture. If you compare CBD oil and CBD tincture of the same volume, CBD oil will have a higher potency than CBD tincture.


A suitable CBD option for people who are looking for an easier and tastier method of administering cannabidiol, CBD edibles have been growing popular since its introduction into the CBD markets. Traditional edibles infused with cannabidiol are termed as CBD edibles. Cannabidiol in the form of CBD extract, CBD oil, or tinctures is generally added to prepare CBD edibles.

Although the discreetness of CBD edibles is widely appreciated, it has some shortfalls. Research has suggested that CBD edibles subject cannabidiol to what is termed ‘first-pass effect’, during which CBD is partially broken down by the digestive tract and liver while the edible is digested. The first pass effect reduces the amount of CBD that reaches the bloodstream of the user. Only 20-30% of the cannabidiol in the edible is absorbed, that too after taking about 2-3 hours. However, CBD that kicks in after taking a longer duration lasts longer in the body.

CBD Topicals

If you want to treat conditions like pain or skin disorders with CBD but do not want its ingestible forms, it is best to choose CBD topical designed for external use. If it is a pain in a joint or muscle or a skin disorder that is bothering you, you may apply a quality CBD topical onto the affected area and see the results for yourself.

CBD creams, lotions, salves, serum, body oil all belong to the category of CBD topicals. Several studies have found that CBD topicals are effective in treating the pain symptoms associated with conditions like arthritis.

Unlike CBD edibles, CBD topicals are not subjected to the first-pass effect. Thus they are excellent medications that can offer localized relief. On comparing the sublingual intake method and topical administering, we find that the permeability of skin differs from the permeability of the sublingual glands. The skin has poor permeability when compared to the sublingual tissue. To compensate for the poor permeability of the skin, the CBD topical you choose should belong to the high potency range.


Smoking is an intake method in which CBD kicks in at a great pace. As you smoke CBD, the cannabidiol content enters the bloodstream through the membranes of the lungs. Hemp flower that contains less than 0.3% of THC is selected for CBD smoking. Unlike nicotine smoking, CBD smoking does not end up becoming addictive or cause severe after-effects like that caused by chronic nicotine smoking.


Vaping is similar to smoking except for the fact that it is not smoke but clean CBD vapors that are inhaled while you vape in CBD. Common CBD vape products include CBD vape oil, CBD concentrates, etc. The effects of CBD are felt faster than many other intake methods, with the cannabidiol taking less than 10 minutes to kick in.

If you prefer vaping, avoid vape cartridges containing carriers like propylene glycol, fractionated coconut oil, and vegetable glycerin because some studies have found that these carriers can damage the lung tissue.

The bioavailability of an intake method has a strong influence on the choice of CBD users. Better the bioavailability of the administering method, lesser would be the required dosage.