CBD has quickly gone from 3 random letters to a much talked about new holistic health and wellness compound. More people are looking into the many possible benefits of the non-intoxicating extract that is credited for helping with a laundry list of medical needs ranging from seizures and anxiety to inflammation, sleep issues and much more.
This rise in popularity also means a wider variety of CBD products are available to purchase. This leaves many new users confused. If you’re one of the many confused peeps who are wondering if you should buy CBD oil or a CBD vape pen, read on! This article is for you.
Understanding the “best” way to take CBD can certainly be overwhelming. But when trying anything new, there’s always a learning curve- CBD is no different.
So first, how does your body process CBD? Without diving into human biology and getting all scientific on you - CBD needs to reach the cannabinoid receptors inside your brain and body. In order to do this, the CBD has to get into your bloodstream. Ingesting CBD could potentially take longer because it would have to pass through your digestive system to be metabolized by your liver. Since each of us have a very unique digestive system, many things come into play here. The lungs, on the other hand, work differently. Inhaling CBD does not require the compound to go through your digestive track at all.
At the end of the day, there really is no right or wrong answer! But that’s not to say that there aren’t significant pharmacokinetic differences in ingestion methods because there can be. One method could be slightly more beneficial than the other depending on why you’re using CBD.
Before we dive into the difference in delivery methods, let’s talk about how our CBD products here at Ignite are the same.
The CBD in both our oil and our vape is made from all-natural, hemp-derived CBD oil, natural essences/flavorings, and fractionated coconut oil and contains 0% THC (no psychoactive effects). All our CBD goes through the most progressive testing and retesting for residual pesticides, solvents, and potency. Our rigorous testing process isolates and removes all unwanted compounds, while consistently creating the highest quality, maximum potency level and best flavor. All formulated products are batch tested via an accredited and ISO 19075:2015 certified third party laboratory.
Now, let’s explore how the two delivery systems (ingesting vs. vaping) are different.
CBD Oil can be put into food or ingested via mouth using the provided dropper. We do not suggest that you simply “swallow” the oil. It is best that you take them sublingually, which means holding it under your tongue for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. The sublingual method allows the sublingual gland and mucous membranes of the mouth to absorb the majority of the CBD before you swallow. Doing this means the CBD does not travel through the stomach and is able to reach the bloodstream faster. This method usually takes 30 minutes to over an hour to feel the effects but it lasts around 8–12 hours. Since it is long-lasting, CBD drops are popular for people seeking assistance with things like chronic pain, chronic depression, inflammation and epilepsy. CBD drops may also be taken topically; but we’ll save that for another post.
In short: CBD oil can take longer to feel the effects, but typically lasts longer. This means you may only need to take it 1-2x per day. If you plan on taking CBD every single day for chronic symptoms, then a high-concentration, long-lasting sublingual drops may suit you well.
When you inhale CBD vape, the CBD is inhaled into the lungs and vaporized into tiny mist particles that pass through membranes and are very quickly distributed into the bloodstream. Many claim to feel the effects in as little as 30 seconds to a few minutes. But the effects are typically shorter lived compared to CBD oil, lasting about 3-5 hours. Due to its quick relief, it is popular in treating things like migraines or anxiety attacks.
In short: CBD vapes can provide a more instant entry into your system, but typically leaves your body faster. This means you may need to take several hits numerous times throughout the day. If you’re looking for a heavy-hitting, fast-acting product to take regularly or just in specific situations, then a quality CBD vape may be the better option.
We should point out that because CBD is still relatively new in terms of being researched it is still very under-studied. Much of the information you find online in terms of delivery method and bioavailability is based on short terms studies and lots of opinions. We look forward to more research being done in the future. For now, know that everyone is different and you are likely going to have to experiment a little to determine which delivery method works best for you.
Personally, I like to do a mixture of both our CBD Oil and CBD Vape. I suffer from an autoimmune disease and am a professional athlete, so I put a lot of stress on my body. I’ve found that micro-dosing and keeping a steady dose of CBD in my system has been most beneficial for me. I like to use my CBD Oil sublingual first thing in the morning and then again before bed. I also tend to get very anxious, so the pens have been a great way for me to get a quick relief as needed in-between oil doses.
The important thing to remember is that whether you smoke it, vape it, eat it, or put it under your tongue - CBD is CBD. You want to make sure you purchase a pure, thoroughly tested and trusted brand like Ignite and then use it consistently. People often try CBD once or twice and say “it didn’t work,” but you have to remember that CBD is like any other approach to consistent natural health management. You wouldn’t go to the gym one time and expect to wake up with the body of your dreams. While some people may experience fairly immediate relief from CBD, especially in higher doses, from my experience I’ve learned the key is to keep a consistent steady stream of CBD in your body to reap the full rewards.
We hope this helps clear things up and guides you toward the Ignite CBD purchase most helpful to you!
Ignite Manager of Health & Fitness