Which Form of CBD is the Most Effective?

Reading time - 7 minutes - November 10, 2022

For a long time, CBD may well have been considered the best kept secret of the cannabis plant. Despite the incredible potential of this abundant cannabinoid, many of us were completely unaware of its existence until fairly recently. But the delayed acknowledgement of the benefits of CBD have not restricted its success. In fact, CBD has quickly risen to become one of the most sought-after wellness ingredients in the world. This non-intoxicating compound can now be found in a multitude of products. Whether you are in the market for a daily capsule supplement with a dose of hemp-derived CBD, some CBD-infused gummies or chocolates, or even a rich moisturiser with the added bonus of cannabidiol, you’re sure to find the perfect product for you.While this variety of products is great, the diversity on offer may leave you wondering: “Which form of CBD is the most effective?” Well, don’t worry. We’re going to be taking a look at the benefits and short-comings of some of the most popular CBD products and, most importantly, finding out which product is the most effective at delivering this impressive and versatile cannabinoid

What is CBD?

While we acknowledge that CBD has now become so popular that most people will have heard of it, there are, understandably, many who still don’t know exactly what it is. So, before we get into weighing up the best products, we will briefly explain the origins and potential benefits of this cannabis compound.

CBD is one of the most common cannabinoids produced exclusively by the cannabis plant. The term “cannabinoids” refers to a category of over 100 compounds, including CBD and THC. Despite their high number, only a fraction of these compounds has been researched in detail. This is largely due to restricted access to cannabis, as well as low concentrations of many cannabinoids within the cannabis plant. To date, CBD and THC are the most researched cannabinoids, with many recreational, wellness, and medicinal products focused specifically on their potential. This ever-growing research has helped to launch the global CBD wellness sector, bringing the potential benefits of cannabis to all.

Like other cannabinoids, CBD interacts with our bodies via the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system of receptors, enzymes and endogenous cannabinoids (or endocannabinoids) has been found to play a role in various important cognitive and physiological processes, including mood and temperature regulation, immune responses, and pain signalling. It is through interactions with the ECS that researchers believe CBD expresses its numerous potential benefits.

What are the Potential Benefits of CBD?

A growing body of evidence suggests that CBD could be effective in a number of settings. The versatility of the compound has helped to bolster its popularity in the wellness world, with a plethora of products being developed to focus on different ailments and areas of the body. Many users have reported various benefits of using CBD. For example, anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD, in combination with other ingredients, may be useful for managing feelings of anxiety and stress, aiding with better sleep, and even alleviating pain and inflammation.

A number of clinical studies have also supported this potential, and CBD-based medicines are becoming increasingly available for conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. One study, published in 2015, concluded that “evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely”. Another found “evidence that CBD … formulated appropriately exhibit anti-inflammatory activity.” 

CBD users may utilise this impressive compound for a specific purpose or to aid with wellness in general. Many users report feeling a sense of balance and calm, in addition to specific benefits, associated with their CBD use.

How Do I Take CBD?

With the potential benefits of CBD covered, we can start to touch upon the most effective forms of CBD. Before we do that, though, we should explain the various methods to consume this cannabis derivative. While the potential wellness benefits are undoubtedly the biggest reason behind CBD’s enduring popularity, the versatility of the compound definitely helps, too. CBD comes in a number of forms – all of which can be taken in a different way. This means that – as cliché as it sounds – there really is a product for everyone.

Whether you want an easy and convenient way to take CBD alongside your other food supplements and vitamins or want to have precise control over your dosing with a tincture, our selection of CBD products has got you covered. CBD can be administered orally (by eating or drinking CBD-infused edibles/beverages), sub-lingually (held under the tongue), topically (applied to the skin), and even vaporised and inhaled. And with that, let’s take at some of the pros and cons of each of these delivery methods with an aim to figuring out which form of CBD is most effective. 

Taking CBD Orally

CBD edibles and beverages have become one of the most popular categories in the industry in recent years. You can now find an array of CBD-infused products, from CBD gummies to soft drinks and even beer! It is easy to understand why these products have become so popular: they offer a convenient (and tasty) way to get a healthy dose of hemp-derived CBD, either at home or on the go! For example, our CBD gummies each contain a specific dose of high-quality CBD, so you can take all the guess work out of dosing. Best of all – CBD has never tasted so good! And it’s not just pre-made edibles that can be taken in this way. Many people like to add their favourite CBD oil to their favourite foods and drinks to give an extra wellness boost.

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But while CBD edibles certainly have their benefits – this article is all about the most effective CBD products. So, how do these products hold up? Obviously, eating and drinking leads to the stomach, where foods can be effectively broken down and digested. While this is essential for absorbing nutrients, the digestive process can also lead to the destruction of some ingredients. This is known as the “first pass effect”. Essentially, this means that, when consumed orally, a fraction of your CBD will be destroyed in the liver and stomach before it can be absorbed into your bloodstream. But that isn’t to say you won’t feel the benefits of CBD – in fact, a significant amount of the CBD is still utilised effectively.

Taking CBD Topically

CBD is also taking the skincare and beauty industries by storm. This impressive wellness ingredient can now be found in moisturisers, serums, and body lotions developed for every kind of application you can think of. Just check out our CBD Topical products! We hardly have to explain to you how these CBD products are applied – but we will anyway. CBD Topicals are applied directly to the skin where they absorb into your deeper skin and muscle tissues and bloodstream. 

These products allow you to add a burst of hard-working CBD directly to a specific area, giving you a more localised treatment. As we mentioned earlier, growing evidence has shown that CBD may have impressive anti-inflammatory properties. This discovery has led to the development of various products for targeting pain and inflammation. For example, our CBD Muscle Balm is designed to offer relief for sore, over-worked muscles. Some CBD skincare products are also touted to relieve inflammation associated with common skin conditions such as acne and eczema. 

While various studies have shown that topical CBD application can be effective for a number of purposes, it is unclear exactly how much CBD is effectively absorbed through the thicker barrier of the skin. And on that note, we come to our final category of CBD products – CBD vape products!

Taking CBD Sub-Lingually

Another popular method of administering CBD is known as sub-lingual application. While this sounds a little complicated, it actually couldn’t be simpler! “Sub” is Latin for “under”, while “lingual” simply means “the tongue”. Have you guessed where this is going? That’s right! This form of CBD is applied under the tongue!

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Most sub-lingual CBD products are CBD Tinctures that feature a dropper for easy application. This involves filling the dropper with your desired amount of CBD oil and applying directly to the space under your tongue. From here, all that’s left to do is wait. Hold your CBD oil under your tongue (we recommend for around one minute) to allow the active ingredient to absorb into your bloodstream – via the thin membrane in this area of the mouth. This short barrier to the bloodstream means that a significant amount of CBD can be effectively absorbed by your body while bypassing the digestive system. 

Sub-lingual CBD products clearly have a number of benefits, but they can have their drawbacks – particularly if portability and discretion are important to you. Don’t get us wrong, CBD tinctures can easily be carted around in your handbag or even your pocket, but dropping an oil into your mouth in public is never going to be the most discrete way to take CBD!

Vaporising CBD Products

Prior to CBD being adopted into the wellness world, many people accessed this cannabinoid – like its psychoactive cousin, THC – by smoking (check out our recent blog post: ‘How to Stop Smoking Weed’). Luckily, we now have access to a much healthier alternative, and one that maintains the same effect. Vaporising has become increasingly popular in recent years, both for people looking to quit smoking and for those looking for an effective way to consume CBD. CBD e-liquids are now available in a wide range of strengths and flavours. Better yet, our selection of CBD Vaporizers means you can vape CBD more efficiently than ever!

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When you vaporise and inhale CBD, the active ingredient is delivered directly to the lungs. This is an ideal target for compounds such as CBD, thanks to the extremely thin barrier to blood vessels. This makes for easy and efficient absorption and little wasted product. As a result, vaporising is largely considered the most effective way to take CBD, giving you more bang for your buck! Taking CBD in this way allows you to more effectively utilise your product while experiencing a more generalised effect. If you are looking to utilise CBD for a specific area of your body, then topicals may be your best bet, but for everything else – vaporising products are likely the most effective form of CBD.So, there you have it! Everything you need to know about the various forms of CBD products, from edibles to vaporizers. While evidence suggests that vaporising may be the most effective way to consume CBD, we know that that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the right option for you. That’s why we cater to all kinds of CBD users. Why not browse our wide selection of CBD products to see if we have the perfect one for you – we’re confident that we do!

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