What is CBD Bioavailability and Why Does it Matter?

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Zara Kenyon

You might have heard CBD experts talking about bioavailability, but what does it actually mean? And why is it a vital factor when picking CBD products? Here, we break down everything you need to know about CBD bioavailability, from the most absorbent methods to simple tips that enhance your experience.

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What is CBD Bioavailability?

You may already know there’s a host of ways to take CBD, from swallowing a daily capsule to adding an oil to your AM latte. However, what you may not know is each product has a different bioavailability rate, meaning some methods allow for more potency and easier absorption.

It’s important to keep bioavailability in mind when choosing CBD, as it can alter the effects you experience, boosting them up or dialling them down. You might think increasing the milligrams equals increasing the strength – and it can help – but bioavailability also plays a key role in delivering the CBD effects you want. So, let’s look at the options.

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CBD with the Highest Bioavailability Rate

Aside from vaping, sublingual application is the most effective way of taking CBD, giving you the next highest bioavailability rate. It involves placing a CBD oil under your tongue – where the large blood vessels are close to the surface – allowing it to cross the thin membrane and enter directly into your bloodstream.

It’s a popular technique because it’s simple; unlike with vaping, you don’t need any extra equipment, plus it’s discreet and only takes a few speedy seconds – you can even do it at your desk. The fast absorption means you should experience the effects quickly, reaping the benefits of CBD just 15-30 minutes after squeezing the dropper. Try it with our CBD Oral Drops, which are infused with a clean, bright Juniper Lime flavouring that makes sublingual application all the more enjoyable.


Boosting the Bioavailability of CBD Capsules

Ingesting CBD doesn’t have to mean low bioavailability. While most CBD capsules get filtered out by the digestive system, we’ve infused ours with 5x VESIsorb® Patented Technology.

What is it exactly? Put simply, 5x VESIsorb® is a cutting-edge delivery system that turns the CBD into water-soluble droplets, which then move across the water-like layer of the intestinal tract – known as the lumen – and into the bloodstream. We’re one of very few brands that has access to this technology, meaning our Vegan CBD Capsules and Curcumin Capsules are up to five times more effective than the average CBD supplement. They’re also perfect for anyone who finds it tricky to measure their CBD dosage, as you know exactly how many milligrams you’re consuming in one go.

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Bioavailability of CBD Food and Drinks

Who doesn’t enjoy a dose of CBD oil in their matcha latte or chocolate brownies? CBD recipes are on the rise and, with so many delicious options, it’s easy to see why. However, because eating and drinking CBD sends it through your digestive system, it’s important to note that those culinary masterpieces will have a lower bioavailability rate.

But, don’t let that stand in your way. Not only do those recipes taste incredible, they also offer a subtler effect for those just starting out with CBD. Simply add a dropper or two of the CBD Oral Drops to your next bake or post-workout smoothie, and the Juniper Lime flavouring will lend a delicate citrus twist.

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Bioavailability of Topical CBD

While the bioavailability of topical CBD hasn’t been quantified, it’s believed to serve a whole new purpose compared to the CBD you consume. You see, a CBD balm or cream isn’t able to enter the bloodstream, but experts believe it can interact with local cannabinoid receptors in the spot you apply it.

Try it while giving yourself a massage, working the CBD Muscle Balm or CBD Skin Cream into tight necks, shoulders and hands – particularly just before or after a workout. Both are infused with eucalyptus, aloe and arnica, making them kind to skin and pleasingly cooling on tired muscles.

More Ways to Increase CBD Bioavailability

1. Combine CBD with fatty acids

According to a study by the University of Nottingham, fatty acids and medium to long chain triglycerides work as a binding agent to increase the bioavailability of CBD. That’s why you’ll find them in all of our ingestibles, including the CBD Oral Drops, CBD Capsules and Curcumin Capsules.

2. Increase the concentration

One easy way to enhance the bioavailability of CBD is to use a higher concentration of your go-to product. While this doesn’t make it more absorbent, it does mean more milligrams of CBD will enter your bloodstream. Just keep in mind that the FSA recommends no more than 70mg per day.

Want to learn more about CBD?

Then you need to know all about the endocannabinoid system, and how it interacts with the oils and capsules you consume.

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