There are many ways to get CBD into your system, each with its benefits, downsides, and quirks. Ingestion is one of them. There are things you gain and things you give up when you choose to buy an edible over vaping CBD or placing CBD oil under your tongue.
There is a lot to gain by choosing to ingest CBD. Your average CBD gummy doesn’t just look good, it is also handy and healthy.
One of the key benefits of CBD ingestion is convenience. If you are working at the office and want a quick dose of CBD, then popping a gummy into your mouth is a handy way to do so. If you only want half a dose, you can just eat half a gummy. There are no liquid or droppers to mess about with.
As far as discretion goes, gummies are enough of a part of weed and CBD culture that people may raise eyebrows if they see you carrying some. But there are so many edible alternatives that this doesn’t matter. Not sure if a gummy will be stealthy enough? Go for CBD chocolate or CBD gum. You can also try CBD lollipops, coffee, ice cream, jam, capsules, pills, tea, butter, water, and many, many other options.
Edibles also have the longest active period of all CBD products. Once ingested, the CBD needs to be processed by your liver, and the liver can only get through so much of a single substance at once. So once the CBD hits the liver, it enters a “queue” of sorts. As more CBD gets processed, the queue moves up, sending CBD into your bloodstream.
The result is that the liver will keep redosing you with CBD for hours after you first ingest the edible. You will be able to enjoy all the benefits of CBD for as long as twelve hours after eating an edible. However, a timeframe of six hours is more common. Six hours still is far longer than what you get from vaping (lasts 2 hours) and CBD oil (placed under your tongue, lasts 3-4 hours).
For some conditions, such as insomnia and chronic pain, long-lasting effects is a must. And the convenience of edibles makes them much easier to integrate into your routine than other methods. Those dealing with chronic anxiety, for example, may take to eating edibles every six hours during their day. That way, they can always have CBD in their system.
It’s not all good news when it comes to edibles. One of the major downsides is this method’s relatively low bioavailability. Which is a fancy way of saying that it takes more milligrams of CBD to get results using edibles than it would through other methods. Digesting it means a lot of CBD goes to waste. You can make up for that waste by using stronger edibles, but the price of products usually goes up alongside the amount of CBD contained in them.
Finally, digesting is also less precise. How much CBD actually makes it into your bloodstream depends on a variety of factors, including whether you’ve eaten recently and what your last meal was. Which makes this method not ideal for medical treatments, where precise dosage is a must.
If you’d like to learn more about CBD absorption and bioavailability, you should visit Cibdol’s CBD Encyclopedia.