Why should I take full spectrum CBD oil?
Full spectrum CBD oil includes a wide range of plant compounds (cannabinoids) present in the plant, while pure CBD, or isolate, contains only one plant compound, CBD. It also contains many beneficial plant components such as terpenes, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, flavonoids and fiber. It is a whole plant product, with a wider therapeutic range than CBD isolate, and it contains many potentially healthful components. The good news is that none of the components of CBD have been found to be toxic to humans.
Now that the word about Full Spectrum CBD oil is being recognized, its popularity is expanding, and it is opening many different buying opportunities for consumers. One of the most important questions that consumers want to know is, ‘What is the best way to take my CBD oil?’ and ‘Which CBD oil is the best?’
Product differentiation – a wealth of buying opportunities – caters more to the business side, and most businesses recognize the need to differentiate their product. The upshot is that many different products are in the marketplace. With the wide array of products available the consumer must make choices.
What is the best way to get the full benefit of the CBD oil?
The most important aspect of taking CBD is to understand the bioavailability of the product. If you don’t know what bioavailability is, don’t stress it, I break it down into incredibly simple language. Bioavailability is how easily the full spectrum CBD oil may be absorbed into your body’s core systems.
For example, whenever you take a supplement there are different ways of taking it. One way is to take it orally. Think of coffee: we consume it orally and it passes through the digestive tract and liver, then it enters your bloodstream and finds it way to the brain where it acts as a stimulant and increases energy and alertness. Some products are applied to the skin, where their special properties allow the medicine to be absorbed rather than digested. This method may work well for local pain. The spoiler there is that the best method for CBD oil is to take it sublingually – under the tongue. Sublingual delivery of the medicine is generally much faster than oral absorption and the percentage of each dose absorbed is higher than what is achieved using an oral ingestion. This leads us to emphasize the general methods for taking Full Spectrum CBD oil.
Method 1: Full Spectrum CBD oil
The most popular method for taking Full Spectrum CBD oil is by mouth and is simple and convenient.
There are two different ways of taking Full Spectrum CBD oil by mouth. The first method is to place the drops on your tongue and to swallow. Then the oil is digested and spread throughout your core systems, but the bioavailability is low compared to the other way of taking CBD oil orally. This means that not all of the CBD becomes ‘available’ for your body to use. This is because the oil must be digested like anything else taken by mouth. The swallowed substance must go through your digestive system and liver before entering your bloodstream for wide distribution. It is incredibly inefficient and if you want more information, we encourage you to look at this report published by the US National Library of Medicine report by Hanus and Ujvary in 2016.
The second method is to place the oil under your tongue and hold it here for at least 60-90 seconds. This is the sublingual delivery method, which results in fast and efficient delivery directly into your bloodstream. Instead of entering your digestive system, the oil is absorbed by the mucous membranes under your tongue instead of going through your entire digestive system, diluting the effects and resulting in a lower ‘available’ dose.
We at Vision Aura promote the sublingual method of taking Full Spectrum CBD oil as this will result in the largest impact by getting your dose directly in to the bloodstream. Here is a quick little graphic from Instagram that illustrates the best method:
Method 2: Inhaled
An alternative to the sublingual delivery is to inhale cannabis flower that is CBD rich. Traditional cannabis users are most familiar with this method. With CBD rich flower there are several ways to inhale – with a traditional ‘joint’ of CBD flower or by ‘vaping’ a CBD concentrate. Smokers of cannabis are not known to have higher rates of lung cancer, but smoking may irritate your throat and lungs.
Inhalation is known to be one of the fastest ways to deliver CBD to your body because of its quick absorption. Like sublingual delivery it results in quick absorption.
The reason it has such quick effects is that the alveoli in the lungs can absorb the CBD and transport it into your bloodstream very quickly. Your lungs have a large surface area of alveoli, making it easy to obtain the health benefits without guessing how much is really absorbed.
The downfall of inhalation is that it can take awhile to get used to it if you are a beginner. For starters, you will need a vape or rolling papers, which may not be familiar to beginners or older consumers. Additionally, it may feel harsh on your lungs and cause some respiratory system discomfort when you begin.
There are other ways to take CBD that are being developed for the marketplace. Although CBD is not soluble in water, CBD enhanced water is becoming more available as companies figure out how to mix CBD with the right components to make it soluble in water. There are also tinctures (in alcohol) and creams as mentioned, and even soft gels that are swallowed. We will cover these methods as they become more mainstream.
If you think CBD is the right step on your health journey, we encourage you to check out our products! We only use the highest quality CBD oil that comes in a wide variety of flavors. And as always let us know if you have any questions.