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Best Ways to Take CBD

July 20, 2023 3 min read

Best Ways to Take CBD - Leaf Remedys

CBD is everywhere! But even with CBD’s rise in popularity, we often get asked this question: What’s the best way to take CBD?

Now, you’ve likely heard that vaping CBD is not only more effective, but also fast acting. And while that may be true for some people, it’s not true for everyone.

We’re going to dive into the different ways you can consume CBD and hopefully help you decide which consumption method works best for you.

Let’s start with… 

Vaping CBD

Vaping CBD bypasses our metabolism and liver, and directly enters into our bloodstream through our lungs. In other words, CBD vapes are considered much more bioavailable than other forms [¹]. But, it actually depends on the person.

Vaping CBD requires inhalation through the lungs, and for some people, that just isn’t possible. Inhalation of any substances may trigger irritation or other health problems.

It’s also been found that while vaping CBD is fast acting, it isn’t long lasting. Which means you may have to inhale more frequently than you’d like.

Nevertheless, vaping CBD is a good option if you are willing to vape frequently.

Sublingual CBD

CBD oil and tinctures are by far the most popular consumption method.

You simply place your desired CBD dose under your tongue and wait 60 seconds before swallowing. This allows the CBD oil to directly enter into the bloodstream.

But while sublingual CBD oil known to be very effective, it depends on three factors:

Some studies even suggest that full spectrum CBD oil is far more effective than CBD isolate products [²].

Now, it’s inevitable that some of that CBD oil will get swallowed and then be digested and metabolised. For this reason, sublingual CBD is considered to be 20% absorbent [¹].

Again, more studies are needed to confirm this. However, most studies involving CBD have looked at sublingual administrations.

Still, CBD oil and tinctures tend to be more versatile and are embraced by consumers. The effects of CBD oils and tinctures are also longer lasting than vaping CBD[¹].

CBD gummies

People love their gummies.

Not only areCBD gummies easy-to-dose, they serve as an alternative to bitter tasting CBD oils.

However, not all CBD gummies taste the same. So you’ve got to be proactive in searching for that perfect tasting CBD gummy that fits your needs.

Now, since CBD gummies are eaten, some of the CBD is lost in the metabolism and liver processes. But like sublingual CBD oils, CBD gummies are considered to be 20% absorbent, and their effects last longer when compared to vaping CBD [¹].

However, that percentage may change if the dosage is higher than 15mg of CBD [¹].

Note: The absorbent rate of CBD soft gels and capsules are very similar to CBD gummies as well.

Topical CBD skin care

While topical CBD does take a while to be absorbed through the skin, studies show that topical cannabinoids, like CBD, can be felt for up to 48 hours[¹].

What’s more, scientists are studying to see if topical cannabinoids can reduce the negative side effects associated with inhalation consumption [¹].

Best way to take CBD: final thoughts 

In the end, it all boils down to your personal preference.

In fact, you may have to try several CBD products before you find the one the works best for you. And who knows, you may learn that more than one method works.

Just remember, the quality of the CBD product will greatly determine how effective that CBD product will be.So be sure to only purchase high quality CBD products from reputable companies.

If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our Leaf Remedy's team. We’d love to hear from you!



  1. Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics
  2. Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose-Response of Cannabidiol