The Difference Between Using CBD Orally And Topically

Cannabidiol or CBD has become a hot topic in medical science. It is one of 1000 compounds called cannabinoids that can be obtained from hemp and marijuana plants. Although this might make CBD slightly controversial, the compound is non-psychoactive and has various health benefits. This has resulted in the legalization of CBD in many parts of the world.

Even though it can be obtained from both plants, hemp contains lower levels of THC, which makes it legal to grow. As a result, most commercially available CBD oils are obtained from industrial hemp.

Using CBD oil can help improve mental health, manage symptoms of cancer and other neurological problems, reduce acne, reduce pain and help reduce symptoms of psychosis. 

Many people who are curious about the benefits of CBD are however confused about how to best use it. And for these people, we have compiled a quick guide to the most popular ways of using CBD – using CBD orally and topically.

How does CBD work?

CBD works by acting on the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body. The ECS has three major components including endocannabinoids, enzymes and cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are like entry paths for compounds, affecting immunity, sensation, mood and consciousness. They are present throughout the body, and guard different cell responses.

CB1 and CB2 are the two kinds of receptors, and they perform different functions. CB1 manages memory, motor function, mood and pain perception. CB2 is responsible for inflammation and immune responses. Both of these also have a role to play in pregnancy, hormone production and cardiovascular health.

When CBD enters the bloodstream, it binds to these receptors. This intensifies their responses and helps maintain vital life functions. Additionally, it restores balance to the life processes inside us. This is the main cause behind its health benefits.

Sublingual consumption of CBD (linke to this site:https://bit.ly/30liGOM)

Sublingual oils are absorbed primarily through the mouth’s mucous membrane.  These CBD Oil tinctures are dispensed in the mouth and held under tongue for 90 seconds. This allows the active ingredients in the CBD oil to be absorbed by the mucus membranes in the mouth, bypassing the digestive system and metabolization by the liver and speeding up how quickly it enters the bloodstream and interacts with the endocannabinoid system.

Oral consumption of CBD

If you have never tried CBD before, orally consuming it can be an easy way to begin. It is easy to start with as oral doses of CBD are available in the form of capsules and pills. This makes it easier to monitor doses of CBD, as they are available in pre-measured doses.

CBD is also available in the form of edibles, which can be eaten or mixed with drinks. These edibles have an aroma of fresh grass but are undetectable if mixed with cocktails or coffees which have strong flavours.

When orally consumed, CBD oil passes through the digestive system into the liver. Here, it is metabolized and active components pass to the bloodstream. It resembles the activity and metabolism of vitamins and other supplements that you consume.

The problem is that it takes longer for CBD to take effect if orally consumed. It is inefficient because CBD enters the bloodstream through the digestive system, taking at least 30 minutes to kick in. The time is further affected by the other food you eat which can also undermine its effect.

The most important plus-point of CBD is that it allows monitoring the exact amount of dosages. This is especially useful in conditions like fibromyalgia, where the aim is to maintain consistent amounts of CBD in the body.

Topical application of CBD (add in link to this title to direct to: https://bit.ly/33K5Z20)

Some CBD oil products are such that they can be directly applied to the skin, through which it can be absorbed into the region of interest. It helps the dose in being applied to the exact patch of skin without having to enter the bloodstream.

Lotions, creams and oils containing CBD can be applied in this manner. They are most commonly used to treat pain and skin problems. These topical products are rubbed directly into muscles or joints where they help reduce inflammation.

Topical application of CBD is especially popular with athletes who use it to manage pain. When applied directly to aching muscles, it helps relieve pain and inflammation.

Topical CBD products are a mixture of CBD oil in neutral carrier fats such as coconut oil, beeswax and other emulsions. This makes it easier to spread the CBD on the skin without reducing its penetration power.

The best part about topical application of CBD is that it cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream. This makes them safer if you continue to use CBD on the long-term. There is not a lot known about how the long-term use of CBD can affect the body, and it is always best to be safe than sorry.

However, the problem with topical products is that the dose needs to be very high to be efficient. This makes them expensive to produce and consume. But this exact reason is also why many places that sell topical products let you try them. Some people feel immediate effects, and some others feel them later.

As CBD products are also useful in addressing different skin conditions, CBD oil products are also available in the form of body washes, shampoos, conditioners and lotions. These make up most of the market of CBD products.

A comparative overview

So, which of the three methods is better? We feel the most effective, fast acting and BANG for you buck is sublingual in combination with a topical  compliment. 

A few things to note, Sublingual, Oral and topical consumption of CBD differ on the following points:

  1. Forms of consumption

Sublingual dosing has become the most popular of choices for consumers and we see more brands offering sublingual oils in multiple dose sizes. 

CBD is orally consumed in the form of pills and capsules and gummies and other edibles. These can be eaten directly.

Topical application of CBD is through oils, lotions and creams which are a mixture of CBD oil and carriers. There are also skincare products infused with CBD which are available.

  1. Dose monitoring

Sublingual and Oral consumption of CBD allows for exact monitoring of the CBD dose, while the topical application doesn’t.

  1. Uptake mechanism

When you consume CBD orally, it enters the bloodstream and is metabolized in the liver. On the other hand, applying it topically affects only the area of the body directly under the skin where it is applied.

The fastest route of uptake is via sublingual application.

  1. Time taken

Oral consumption of CBD takes at least 30 minutes to take effect. On the other hand, topical application of CBD can take immediate effect or take a few hours.

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