The popularity of CBD, as you know, is due to its therapeutic and medical benefits which depend on the effectiveness of the cannabidiol contained in the product. One common doubt is “How long does CBD stay in your system?” This is decided by the factor called bioavailability, and oftentimes it is ignored by consumers. You should know that this varies across different types of products. If you want to get the maximum effect and thereby maximum benefit, go for a product that has good bioavailability.
What Is Bioavailability?
Bioavailability is the amount of CBD that is absorbed into the bloodstream after you consume it. This, along with the amount, and concentration determines the dosage and price of any cannabidiol product. As mentioned in the introduction, it varies for different products because of how it is absorbed into the bloodstream. With that said, it also varies according to the purity of the cannabidiol CBD extract used in the product.
Different Methods Of CBD Consumption
Oral CBD: CBD oral products such as oils, tinctures, pills, capsules, edibles and beverages are some of the most popular ways to consume cannabidiol for its benefits. This has the lowest bioavailability and the reason is that, as it passes through the digestive tract almost 80% of it gets excreted. Because it is fat soluble, it becomes difficult to be absorbed through the villi in the small intestine. Also, the enzymes and digestive acids denature a large percentage of it contained in the product.
Inhaling CBD: Inhaling is the most efficient method to consume CBD, as it avoids the digestive tract. It is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through lungs and because there is minimal filtration, the amount of unused cannabidiol is less. There are different ways it can be inhaled, namely: vaping, smoking and nebulizing. Vaping is done using a vape pen that heats the vape juice and vaporizes it, which you inhale. Smoking is similar to other smoking products, and has a bioavailability of around 30% although it has the occasional disadvantage of irritating lungs from combustion by-products. Last but not least, in nebulizing you use a nebulizer to administer cannabidiol and there is no risk of lung irritation.
Sublingual CBD: This method also has a high bioavailability similar to vaping as it bypasses the digestive tract, and as a result it requires lower dose compared to oral consumption. Here it is held under the tongue for 30 to 60 seconds and absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucous membrane as well as the tiny blood vessels.
As a precautionary measure, you should bear in mind that the bioavailability and thereby effectiveness also depends on the capacity of your liver to metabolise CBD. Hence, you must consult with a physician before using cannabidiol products.