Common ways CBD is consumed

CBD can be added to foods and beverages. There are many factors to think about when choosing the right CBD product.

Known as delivery methods, below are 5 common ways to take CBD and how they differ from one another.

  • Oils & tinctures
  • Creams & lotions
  • Capsules & pills
  • Edibles
  • Vaping

Oils and tinctures

These liquids are oil infused with CBD. It is taken by placing a few drops under the tongue (hold in your mouth for a few seconds so it can be absorbed before swallowing). The mouth has tiny capillaries that absorb the compounds quickly. Oils and tinctures are a good choice for anyone who can’t take pills or capsules and the time from ingestion to effect can often be quicker.

Creams and lotions

CBD-infused creams and lotions (topicals) are reported to be effective in treating muscle and joint pain. They are also suitable for treating a variety of skin conditions. Whereas a CBD oil will focus on the entire body, CBD cream will focus on one area for maximum effect.

Capsules and pills

CBD capsules are a very easy and convenient way to get all the benefits of CBD oil. Taking CBD pills daily is like taking a vitamin tablet. It can help your body build up CBD in your system giving a long lasting effect. CBD capsules and pills are often used for systemic treatment of seizure disorders and digestive issues. With capsules the time from ingestion to effect can take longer than other methods.


Gummies are a very popular way to take CBD. They’re affordable, portable, discrete, and tasty. With Gummies, you know exactly what dose you’re taking. A really easy and discrete way to consume CBD.


Inhaling vaporised CBD oil, like e-cigs for CBD, is the fastest way to experience the effects. Cannabis compounds are inhaled and absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream. Available in different strengths and flavours. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of consuming CBD. Available in different strengths and flavours. It can even be added to your own favourite e-liquids!

Types of relief

CBD products can provide different levels of relief, from systemic relief that affects the entire body to localised relief that affects only the area where product is applied. The type of relief largely depends on how you consume the CBD product. CBD products consumed sublingually or orally will usually provide systemic relief and topical creams or oils will provide localised relief.

Consider Bioavailabilty

Each delivery method creates a specific level of bioavailability. This basically means how much CBD can actually get absorbed into your bloodstream.

  • CBD capsules and edibles 5-15%
  • CBD tinctures 20-30%
  • CBD vape oil 40-50%

Vaping happens to have the highest bioavailability. CBD vape liquid can provide similar results to capsules, oils and edibles but allwoing you to use less product. It is one of the most efficient delivery systems for CBD cannabidiol.

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