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Let’s be honest, All CBD products are not created equal.  Some taste like wet lawnmower clippings, while others don’t have enough CBD content in them to benefit even a goldfish.  While there are 4 main methods of administering CBD- Orally, Sublingually, Topically and Inhalation- each has a different impact and purpose. CBD is absorbed by your body differently with each method, so it’s important to understand the differences.  We’re here to walk you through the choices every step of the way…

Oral Application

The mouth is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to administer your daily dose of CBD.  The most common available methods of taking CBD orally include oils, capsules, infused candies and foods, and even beverages.  Heck, they’re even coming out with a CBD beer, but keep in mind the CBD dosage in most gum, candy and beverage products is normally too low to be an effective solution.  This being said, oils and capsules are a convenient method to administer CBD in sufficient doses.

It’s important to understand that ingesting CBD capsules also means it has to travel through your digestive system first, which can be a lengthy process. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just something that should be noted. When taking CBD orally, it is broken down in the liver before sending it off to the bloodstream.  Though it is a longer process for the CBD to take effect, it also increases the longevity of the CBD in your system.

Sublingual Application

Taking CBD sublingually is similar to oral applications, but much more efficient. For sublingual administering, CBD oil tinctures (drops) are by far the most popular product. By simply placing the CBD oil directly under your tongue and holding it there for 60-90 seconds before swallowing, it allows the CBD to be absorbed by your body quickly and effectively. 

The benefit of this method is that you bypass the digestive system and liver altogether, allowing the CBD to enter the bloodstream immediately. This speeds up the absorption of CBD into your system dramatically over oral applications, making sublingual delivery an effective and popular way to take CBD.

Topical Application

Topical creams and balms are a more target specific method to pain relief, and can be applied directly to a “problem” area. They have a good absorption rate, and are excellent for quick relief for achy joints and sore muscles. Though the CBD doesn’t actually enter the bloodstream, it interacts directly with the cannabinoid receptors in the area where applied, promoting rapid relief.

In order to increase the effects of a topical application, a liberal amount should be applied to the area so that the CBD can penetrate the dermal barrier, making it important to choose a cream with a high CBD content, thus increasing the concentration of CBD to the affected area.  Be aware that many topicals often possess minimal  amounts of CBD that are too low to be effective, which is why our Muscle & Joint Cream boasts 500mg of pure CBD.


Vaporizers are by far the most popular form of CBD inhalation.  Vaping allows CBD to enter your system quickly, allowing it to take effect almost immediately.  Since lungs offer a large surface area for absorption of CBD, the cannabidiols can immediately enter the bloodstream after inhalation. This makes vaping a favorable choice for such conditions as anxiety where rapid relief is desired. 

The downside of this method is that the CBD tends to dissipate quickly as well, normally within 2-4 hours, compared to 6-10 hours when taken orally or sublingually. This is why we personally view vaping as more of a way to supplement your CBD regimen of oils or capsules than as a lone CBD source.


In conclusion, the method of CBD administration you choose will depend on your own personal ailments as well as your own personal goals. Administering your CBD through sublingual and inhalation will offer the fastest relief, as they take effect the quickest. If you have joint pain or achy muscles, a topical solution is a good choice to get quick, spot-specific, localized pain relief. Oral consumption is an effective method as well…it takes longer reach the bloodstream, but it tends to last longer in your system.  If you’re currently taking a CBD product but aren’t seeing the results you were expecting, let us know, maybe a different administration method will be your saving grace.

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