This guide looks at the different ways to take CBD: sublingual, oral, topical, transdermal, and vape.
Within these categories, there are different delivery methods like tinctures, edibles, capsules, tinctures, creams, and more. Below please see the different forms of CBD, time to onset, and duration.
|WAY TO TAKE CBD||FORMS OF CBD||HOW IT WORKS||TIME TO ONSET||DURATION|
|Sublingual||Tincture||Take a tincture sublingually — which means under the tongue —Place dropper under the tongue, hold for 60-seconds swallow the leftover liquid. You absorb CBD through the membranes in your mouth. That makes it enter your bloodstream quickly.||5 – 20 mins||4- 6 hrs|
|Oral||Gummies, Capsules Edibles||CBD is processed through the metabolism, slowly delivering a lower concentration of CBD to the bloodstream. Effects take longer to kick in but also last longer.||30 – 60 mins||4 – 6 hrs|
Creams Lotions Serums
|Apply topically to targeted areas of the body to promote relief. CBD is absorbed by the skin but does NOT enter the bloodstream.||varies||Varies|
|Transdermal||Patches||Transdermal penetrate the skin, go directly into the bloodstream, and last longer than most other formats.||20 – 60 mins||6 – 8 hrs|
|Vape||Pens||Vape inhalation provides immediate relief.||Immediate||45 mins – 2hrs|
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