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Should I Buy Sublingual or Topical CBD?

by | Nov 24, 2020 | Blog Posts | 0 comments

It depends!

There are a variety of ways to incorporate CBD into your life. Two of the most popular methods are sublingual tinctures and topical CBD. Each holds distinct purposes and potential benefits. When you’re new to the world of CBD, it can be difficult to know which of these major players is right for you.

Let’s explore what each product has to offer and determine which option might be right for you and your unique needs. 

What is a Sublingual CBD Tincture?

Tinctures are a popular and intuitive product one can use to incorporate CBD into their daily routine. Manufacturers extract (using a method like alcohol) the phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant and the end result is a tincture. A tincture is a highly concentrated CBD product usually packaged in a small bottle capped with a calibrated dropper. The dropper will likely have measurements on it for easy dosing. 

Tinctures come in isolate, full-spectrum, and broad-spectrum. These descriptors are in relation to the number of active plant compounds in the product, aside from CBD. They contain various percentages of CBD or THC.

  • Isolate – a CBD product that only contains CBD and no other phytocannabinoid compounds 
  • Full-spectrum – a CBD product which includes up to 0.3% THC 
  • Broad-spectrum – a CBD product without any detectable traces of THC (containing less than 0.0% THC)

Regardless of what type of tincture you choose, this product works by entering the bloodstream to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system to create an overarching feeling of homeostasis or “balance”. 

Sublingual Delivery Method

When you hear the term sublingual in relation to CBD products, it refers to the CBD delivery method of holding the tincture liquid under your tongue. All tinctures can be considered a “sublingual tincture” if the user lets it sit under their tongue for at least 1 minute or more. However, not all tinctures require users to leave the product under the tongue for a duration in order to absorb the CBD and other phytocannabinoids.

Oral CBD products tend to have a lower bioavailability rate than their inhalable counterparts. That’s because they are naturally hydrophobic and the CBD particles don’t bond with the water particles in our digestive tract easily. This slows down absorption as up to 80% or more can be lost in our digestive system. 

Conversely, when you let the tincture soak in your mouth, it can absorb through the mucosal glands and enter the bloodstream at a higher rate. This is why we recommend using the sublingual method when using tincture that contains CBD oil

One exception to the above is our liposomal CBD tincture as it is formulated differently for immediate absorption whether it is held under the tongue or swallowed directly.

What is Topical CBD?

While sublingual tinctures work on the inside of the body to create balance throughout the entire body via the endocannabinoid system, topical CBD tackles a specific zone from the outside of the body. Remember, our skin is the body’s largest organ! Topical CBD can be used directly on the skin for localized relief from aches, redness, and swelling.

Once applied the CBD-infused product will soak into the epidermis and will interact with the receptors found in your skin. The CBD will interact with the endocannabinoid system since the receptors of this network are also found in our skin.

This is a targeted, minimally invasive way to reap the benefits of CBD. Since skin is not easily permeable, no matter how much you apply, the CBD will never make its way into your bloodstream. That makes this a great product for those hesitant to introduce CBD into their entire body.   

Types of Topical Products 

Topical CBD can come in a variety of shapes and forms. Just about every skincare product you can think of could be infused with CBD. The most popular of these products are usually creams, lotions, or balms. 

Should I Use Sublingual or Topical CBD?

Topical and sublingual CBD both offer distinct potential benefits. Each receives praise from CBD users. The best option for you lies in what you want to gain from using CBD. Ask yourself, what are you seeking out CBD for? Do you want joint ache relief? Or are you looking for a more all-encompassing effect that creates the entourage effect

Here’s a quick guide to get you started: 

Choose Sublingual CBD If… 

  • You want to achieve inner homeostasis
  • You’re trying to feel less stressed or anxious 
  • You’re trying to achieve better sleep
  • You want to make CBD a part of your daily routine

Choose Topical CBD…

  • If you want to isolate the effects to a targeted region 
  • If you want to address  muscle and joint aches
  • To try it on skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis
  • If you only want to use CBD when you need it
  • If you don’t want CBD in your bloodstream

Choose Both If…

  • You want to use CBD daily and also want supplementary relief using topical CBD 
  • You enjoy both methods of incorporating CBD into your life

Give CBD A Try

Peace River CBD is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable products to our customers. We believe that CBD should be an accessible avenue that anyone can explore. Whether you’re looking for a sublingual tincture or topical CBD, it shouldn’t break the bank to incorporate these wonderful natural products into your life. Wellness should be a practical addition to one’s routine, not a luxury.  

If you’re looking for a company that produces every product with care at a great price, give us a try. We carry various tinctures and topical CBD. You can browse all of our products here. Find your balance with Peace River CBD!