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What's the Best Way to Take CBD?


When you walk into District Hemp, you’ll probably feel like a kid in a candy shop — you’re excited, but with so many options, you don’t even know where to start. What is the best way to take CBD? What even are the methods of taking CBD? In order for CBD to work, it must first be absorbed by the body where it will supplement and interact with your endocannabinoid system.

Bioavailability, or the degree and the rate at which a substance is absorbed into a living system, is a pertinent topic when it comes to CBD dosing and method of administration. With CBD in its many forms, it can be hard to know which form would be best for you. While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to take CBD, there are four primary methods of taking or administering CBD...

  1. Sublingual Administration
  2. Ingestion
  3. Topical Application
  4. Inhalation

Each of these methods will affect you and your body in different ways. In order to determine which CBD products would be most effective, we’ve broken down each method for you.

CBD Sublingual Administration

Sublingual administration, or ‘under the tongue’ administration, is a straight-forward way to take your CBD. This method is named after the sublingual gland that is located underneath the tongue. It is probably the best method when it comes to properly dosing CBD. The most popular product for sublingual application would be oil/tincture.

What you do is take your tincture, fill the dropper with the oil, drip the desired amount of oil under the tongue, and hold it there for 60-90 seconds before swallowing. With this form of administration, the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and bypasses the digestive system. This saves time and makes for quicker effects!

Other CBD items that can be administered sublingually would be CBD lollipops and CBD lozenges. If you’re someone who just doesn't like the natural taste of CBD oil, these other forms offer great alternatives.

CBD Ingestion

Ingestion can be an easy or discrete way to take CBD. You can opt for pre-made edibles, capsules, or even add CBD isolate or oil to your favorite recipes. While the effects of ingesting CBD aren’t as quick since the cannabinoids have to travel through the digestive tract, ingesting CBD is still very effective — and a lot tastier!

CBD Topical Application

While we’ve already discussed the basics of the endocannabinoid system, did you know that you have cannabinoid receptors in your skin? What this means is that when cannabinoids are introduced to the skin, they help to regulate “various sensory, homeostatic, and inflammatory events”. When it comes to any skin conditions, CBD can have an amazing effect on alleviating symptoms. However, it’s not just skin conditions that topical application of CBD can help with. By applying CBD oil, cream, or lotion, it can even help the joints, muscles, and tissues that are situated right below the skin. So, whether you’re suffering from a skin condition, have achy joints, or sore muscles, topical CBD would likely be best for you.

CBD Inhalation

Smoking or vaping CBD products are great because once inhaled, the cannabinoids go straight to the brain. The effects will be immediate, which is great for someone looking for instant relief from whatever ailment they are trying to combat. There are two different ways to inhale CBD: traditional smoking and vaporizing. The big difference between the two is that with vaporizing, you’re heating the CBD concentrate without actually burning it. Some say that ‘vaping’ is better than traditional ‘smoking’, but what it really comes down to is your preferred method of inhalation.

The Takeaway: Overall Personal Preference

There’s a chance that you already have your preferred method of taking CBD. While reading this you might think to yourself “Who wouldn’t want to take their CBD in this manner?!” But to be honest, not everyone wants to smoke, taste, or apply their CBD. That’s why we offer a wide array of different CBD products and brands.

We're Here to Help!

At District Hemp, we can help you choose the perfect product for whatever relief you’re trying to achieve. If you would like to know more about how CBD can help you, come see us at one of our shops or just give us a call at (571) 364-8863 with any questions you may have!

Just remember, we might be CBD experts, but it’s important to chat with your physician before supplementing and/or substituting any treatment plan.

As always, we look forward to serving you!