The demand for high-CBD products is starting to feel like the Argan Oil rush of 2009, right? High demand for CBD products means a wider range of goods too, from sublingual drops to vaping CBD oils, to CBD dominant dry flower. That’s great and all but some consumers don’t know that the way in which you ingest medical marijuana can drastically alter its effective dosage. So, here’s where we state our case for vaping cannabidiol over most other methods.
Understanding Cannabinoid Bioavailability
Fact: only a certain percentage of the CBD you consume will enter your bloodstream and produce the desired effects. This rate is known as “bioavailability.” For example, the bioavailability of CBD strongly depends on its consumption method. The oral bioavailability of CBD is about 15 percent, meaning that for every 100 milligrams of CBD eaten, only 15 milligrams reaches the bloodstream.
There are two main reasons for this.
1. CBD is hydrophobic.
Cannabinoids are not very water-soluble, but they do love fat. Therefore, CBD would rather not stay in your bloodstream, rather diffuse out and accumulate in your fatty tissues. Unfortunately, that means not all CBD is bioactive right away. The good news is that it can re-enter the bloodstream when fat is burned, as in through aerobic exercise.
2. The “first-pass effect.”
When an organic compound enters your digestive system, it must pass through the liver before it enters circulation. The liver will reduce the amount of CBD, either through absorption or chemical breakdown by liver enzymes, thereby creating the first-pass effect.
Offsetting CBD Cannabinoid Loss by Vaporizing
There are a few different ways to consume CBD with optimal bioavailability. There are hydrophilic (water-soluble) tincture products being created right now, but the more practical solution is to vaporize either CBD-rich oil or high-CBD flower. The vaporization process overrides the first-pass effect because cannabinoids are inhaled directly into the lungs and diffused directly into your bloodstream. The method allows nearly four times as much CBD to enter your circulation for a maximum bioavailability of roughly 50 to 60 percent. By vaporizing CBD, you can achieve the same beneficial effects with a much smaller amount of marijuana.
CBD Sleep & Nutrition
Vaping CBD allows the medicine to be active nearly immediately without it having to travel through the gut and liver first. Vape CBD flower or high-CBD concentrate in the evening and you won’t have to count too many sheep to fall asleep. And if it’s appetite that you are trying to stimulate or suppress, then you probably need your CBD to start work right away.
Because each patient must be their own advocate when it comes to cannabis as medicine, it’s up to the individual to be sure that their CBD flower or high-CBD concentrate comes from a reputable source that runs in-house and third-party tests.
Are you interested in trying to vape CBD but don’t know where to start? This article is only a starting point for the conversation. Get in touch with us—we can answer your questions and make the process seem far less intimidating.