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What is Bioavailability?

There are many different ways to take CBD, but which is the best? Well, the answer to that is purely subjective. However, depending on the results you are looking for, there are more effective ways of taking CBD to ensure you get the most out of the product. Knowing the bioavailability of your CBD can enhance your experience greatly.

But…what the heck is bioavailability?

Bioavailability can be similarly compared to the statistic used a lot in the wellness industry: research shows that about 64% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body. Everything our bodies do is a process. Nothing is simple. And the same goes for CBD consumption. Whether it’s through the skin, orally, or some other way the mg. you start with, won’t be the mg. you finish with. So, it’s important to take this into account when choosing an intake method. Let’s go over the different ways of consuming CBD and check out their bioavailability. 

Oral Intake

We can ingest CBD orally through capsules, edibles, and beverages. However, as we all know the metabolic and digestive processes of consuming anything orally can really break down food or substances.  Normally we’d say that the body is doing its job, but a study taken in 2009 showed a bioavailability rate for CBD between 4% and 20% – which is low. For perspective, if you purchase a CBD product with 100mg per dosage, you can expect to actually consume roughly 10% CBD after consumption.  This is a big reason our POP 03. Soft Gels are considered extra-strength, they feature a 900mg. of CBD per bottle.

Sublingual Intake

Another popular way of consuming CBD is via the sublingual gland through tinctures, lozenges, and sprays. The sublingual gland is a special vein underneath our tongue that absorbs directly into the bloodstream. This method is often preferred because it is quick and direct! Due to different enzymes, our saliva contains, the ultimate bioavailability of CBD consumed ranges from about 12% to 35%. This traditional intake method inspired our flagship product, DROP: available in full-spectrum and THC-Free formulations. Want to learn the difference between these formulas? Click here. 


Potentially the most popular form of consuming CBD is in a vaporized form through a vape pen or other vaporizer device. Now, let’s be frank, we all know this method looks the coolest! Even better, it actually has some of the highest levels of bioavailability coming in at about 34%-46%. Inhaling the CBD has quick and direct access to the bloodstream, therefore, making the inhalation of CBD most effective. Our PUFF 04. is available in a refill and disposable form and not only does this fast-acting formulation feature 99.9% CBD crystals, but it’s also an ultra-discreet way to get your CBD dosage anytime, anywhere. 

Whichever method you choose, the consumption of CBD, in general, has been linked to better sleep cycles, less anxiety, the reduction of inflammation, and more! It is good to keep in mind that when being prescribed CBD, bioavailability is typically considered. So, listen to your doctor! Keep calm and CBD on, my friends.

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