CBD Bioavailability: How to Get the Most Out of Your CBD
By Adriaan Zimmerman
CBD Bioavailability vs. Concentration:
What’s the Difference?
When shopping for CBD oils, you should understand two terms: concentration and bioavailability. Concentration refers to how much of the active ingredient--in this case, CBD--is in the product to start. Bioavailability refers to what percent of the concentration of CBD is actually absorbed into your circulatory system and remains active.
What Affects Bioavailability
Bioavailability will be affected by the method you use to ingest the CBD and if the CBD is an isolate, broad spectrum or full-spectrum extract. (Full spectrum will provide the most nutrients and beneficial cofactors.) Of the five common ways to consume CBD--vaping, transdermal patches, topical creams, edibles, and CBD oils--each method interacts differently with your body, takes varying times to penetrate and remain active in your circulatory system. How you ingest anything matters and this holds true for CBD as well. While vaping delivers the most amount of CBD, it can detrimentally affect your lungs, creates second-hand smoke and is not very discreet. Edibles, tinctures and oils are all affected by our metabolism through the “first-pass effect”.
First Pass Effect
When you swallow something, your digestive system and liver go to work breaking it down so your body can use it at the cellular level. This metabolic action is called the “first-pass effect”. An absolutely vital process for our foods, it can hinder the potency of CBD by rendering it partially unusable for the cells. Bypassing this digestive process delivers more potency to your body.
What Ned Recommends
This is why Ned recommends placing its Full Spectrum CBD Oil under your tongue and holding it there for 30 seconds and up to two minutes. Holding it there allows the CBD to be absorbed through the sublingual glands and pass directly into your bloodstream prior to going through the digestive process. We believe this is the best way to get the most out of your CBD without any harmful side effects. While you’re holding the CBD under your tongue, take a moment to feel the gratitude and love energetically infused into every bottle of Ned’s Full Spectrum Hemp Oil.