CBD in all its forms is getting a lot of hype right now. The potential benefits of CBD are incredibly exciting. CBD helps support your endocannabinoid system and a healthy endocannabinoid system has the potential to help relieve occasional discomfort.* Because of its potential benefits, CBD also comes a variety of different forms, which may leave you wondering what the best choice is for you. We’re here to help explain the difference between the most common CBD products and how to use them.
But First, What is Bioavailability?
CBD products come in many forms, including salves, lotions, tinctures, oils, liquids, capsules and more. Each of these forms is also available in different strengths and require different directions for use. And each of these different forms has different rates of bioavailability.
Bioavailability, or the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream, is a big factor when you’re trying to decide “which CBD serving size/product is right for me”. In addition to the strength of your CBD product, bioavailability will determine how much of the CBD actually makes it into your bloodstream. Fun fact: bioavailability isn’t just for CBD! Your vitamins, minerals and other nutrients vary in their levels of bioavailability based on source and form.
Bioavailability is not just about the serving size of your CBD but is also affected by the method of consumption or use. Here are a few forms of CBD you’ll see most often.
Plant Therapy CBD tinctures are designed to be taken sublingually. Sublingual use of CBD tinctures involves dropping the CBD liquid into your mouth, holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds and then swallowing. This method allows absorption through the sublingual gland under your tongue and bypasses the digestive tract. This method also has the highest rate of bioavailability with up to 40% of the CBD getting absorbed into your bloodstream! This makes it an ideal choice for supporting overall health.
Plant Therapy’s CBD Tinctures are designed for maximum sublingual absorption, so they are suited to total body and endocannabinoid system (eCS) support. Your endocannabinoid system is an incredibly important bodily system that helps to create bodily homeostasis. Your brain, immune system, organs, connective tissues, and glands, all make use of this amazing system.
Ingesting CBD is another popular method that is currently available. Popular forms include capsule, gummies, other edibles, and oils. This method is appealing to many because it’s quick and familiar. Because many are already used to taking a daily vitamin or the occasional pain pill, taking a CBD capsule is easy. However, the bioavailability is less than when taken sublingually. Most reports have about 10-20% of the CBD being absorbed into the bloodstream, but that number can be as low as 6%. Ultimately, you must weigh the convenience of CBD capsules versus their bioavailability.
Many people report topical CBD is very beneficial, especially for areas of concern. But this may vary from person to person and it’s a little harder to measure. Balms, cremes, and roll-ons are designed to help ease localized discomfort. Topical bioavailability for CBD is usually a little less than sublingual use, closer to 10%, but topical CBD can offer potential localized relief nonetheless. Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief Balm and CBD Roll-Ons combine beneficial essential oils with CBD to maximize local relief of discomfort.
So How Does CBD Work?
Because CBD works with your body instead of against it, cannabinoids are a natural way to help your body maintain homeostasis.*
CBD works by naturally supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid system and supporting your body’s endocannabinoid levels with cannabinoids found in hemp. By supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid levels, you can help keep your body working properly and maintaining homeostasis. CBD also prevents enzymes from breaking down your body’s own natural endocannabinoids, which lets your body retain more endocannabinoids and function properly on its own.*
Plant Therapy’s CBD Deep Relief Balm and CBD Roll-Ons combine valuable terpenes from the essential oils in the product with the benefits of CBD to work synergistically together in order to help relieve concerns in localized areas.*
Essential Oils and CBD
Part of what makes our Plant Therapy CBD Deep Relief Balm and CBD Roll-Ons so effective is our use of essential oils in conjunction with our topical CBD. We know that the entourage effect is an important part of how CBD works with our endocannabinoid system and combining the beneficial terpenes of these therapeutic essential oils allows them to work synergistically together to further support bodily health.
Deep Relief Balm
Our Deep Relief Balm features these essentials oils in combination with CBD:
- Copaiba Oleoresin: High in beta-caryophyllene, a terpene that is known for helping to reduce inflammation and ease muscles. Over the last decade, caryophyllene gained scientific attention when it was identified as one of the first non-cannabinoids to directly activate cannabinoid receptors. Therefore, the effects of caryophyllene may be due to this terpene’s effect on our endocannabinoid system.
- Lemongrass Essential Oil: High in neral, a terpene that is known to help reduce inflammation and ease pain sensations, this terpene also has sedative properties. This oil is also high in geranial which can be calming and may help promote mental and physical well being.
- Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil: Terpinen rich, which may help ease discomfort and can also be calming.
- Lavandin Essential Oil: Contains 1,8-cineole which may help support healthy circulation. Lavandin is also high in linalool and linalyl acetate, which may calm muscles and also help soothe anxiety and worry.
Our new CBD Roll-Ons combine CBD and essentials oils in a blend of carrier oils for easy, on-the-go use.
- Lavender: Especially high in linalool, a terpene that is known to have a sedative effect. Additionally, Lavender essential oil may also help soothe skin irritation.
- Worry Free: Plant Therapy’s Worry Free blend combines Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang Complete, Australian Sandalwood, Peru Balsam, and Roman Chamomile essential oils, all of which are known for their calming and relaxing qualities. In addition to the linalool found in Lavender, a santalol, a terpene found in Australian Sandalwood, is also known to have a sedative effect.
- Muscle Aid: Plant Therapy’s Muscle Aid blend combines Wintergreen, Camphor, and Scots Pine essential oils that can create a calming, cooling effect that may benefit sore muscles. Wintergreen is especially high in methyl salicylate, a known analgesic and can help ease pain. Also, Camphor is high in 1,8-cineole, a terpene that can have an anti-inflammatory effect and may help support healthy circulation.
Plant Therapy’s CBD Products
Plant Therapy offers both topical and oral CBD options in order to give our customers flexible options for CBD use.
Deep Relief Balm
- 500 mg per 2 oz tin
- 1,000 mg per 2 oz tin
CBD Roll-Ons: Available in Lavender, Worry Free, and Muscle Aid
- 200 mg per 1 oz bottle
Broad-Spectrum CBD Tinctures: Available in Cinnamint, Pina Colada & Unflavored
- 500 mg (16 mg/mL serving size)
- 1000 mg (33 mg/mL serving size)
- 2500 mg (83 mg/mL serving size)
Using Topical CBD with a CBD Tincture
It’s safe to say you might want to try combining CBD methods, especially when your issue is both systemic and localized or you feel like you could benefit from both types. This is absolutely okay and may even multiply the benefits of your CBD intake. Just as with all other CBD use, make sure you go slowly. CBD tinctures may be taken regularly to support systemic bodily balance. And you can use topical CBD directly on the area(s) of concern. You can customize your CBD for your own personal needs by combining any strength of topical CBD with any serving size of CBD tincture. But just keep in mind that high levels of CBD may cause liver damage, so do not exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day.
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