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Breaking Down CBD Delivery Methods

Breaking Down CBD Delivery Methods

A few articles back, we briefly touched on dosing and how the number of different CBD delivery methods Envy's product catalog covers.  In this article, we'll be diving deeper inhalation, oral ingestion, sublingual ingestion, and trans-dermal ingestion; offering insight into how these various delivery methods behave throughout our bodies.

When it comes to measuring CBD's effects on the body, it is important to note chart out and understand the following aspects:

  1. Onset: How quickly will cannabinoids begin to work?
  2. Dose: What's a reasonable starting dose?
  3. Distribution: Which parts of the body will be most affected?
  4. Duration: How long will the effects last?

Again, it is worth noting that everyone processes CBD differently and to some degree, let this article serve as a guide to lead you through your own self-discovery of what works and what does not.

Oral Ingestion

Edibles, often interchanged with Soft Chews and Capsules relies on CBD being ingested.

  • Onset: 1-3 hours
  • Dose: 5-10mg
  • Distribution: Absorbed through the intestines, then liver.  CBD is spread evenly throughout the body after digestion
  • Duration: 6-12 hours

If inhalation is the fastest delivery method, ingestion would be the slowest.  On an empty stomach, its effects can be felt within the hour, whereas those on a full stomach may be waiting up to three hours for relief to strike.

Ingested cannabinoids are received by receptors in the intestines and liver before being spread throughout the rest of the body.  On its way to the liver however, cannabinoids interact with the receptors in the gut, alleviating ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome and other chronic conditions.

Sublingual Ingestion

Sublingual ingestion refers to Tinctures and Oil, being sublingually consumed through the oral-mucosal glands located under the tongue.

  • Onset: 15-60 minutes
  • Dose: Approximately 1/2 Dropper
  • Distribution: Absorbed into the bloodstream via the mouth, then distributes evenly
  • Duration: 4-6 hours

Where vaping CBD is the quickest form of absorption and ingesting edibles are the slowest, but most-potent, sublingual delivery is the happy medium between the two.  Full Spectrum CBD Tinctures, such as our Double Apple and Strawberry Watermelon flavors are absorbed directly by the blood vessels in the mouth and under the tongue.

Tinctures are best when combating discomfort caused by chronic, whole-body ailments, thanks to the relatively quick onset time.

For best results, immediately after consuming the oil under the tongue, hold the liquid in your mouth for approximately 30 seconds.  This allows your body to process the cannabinoids as a tincture, which results in a higher dose of CBD over a shorter period of time.

Trans-dermal Ingestion

Body Lotion

Face Cream

While vaping, oral ingestion via soft chews, and sublingual ingestion via tinctures would prove to be the most popular and effective delivery methods of Full Spectrum CBD, trans-dermal ingestion via topicals in the form of balms, lotions, creams, and salves are not without its value.  The three aforementioned delivery methods largely treat whole-body ailments whereas topicals are better suited for localized pain and discomfort.


We hope your enjoyed our take on CBD delivery methods.  If you feel we left something out, shoot us an email!

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