Ways to Use
For thousands of years, elixir’s/tinctures have been widely used by ancient civilizations. Now, modern science is uncovering and validating their beliefs that nature holds the power to heal our bodies and minds, safely and effectively.
One of the main benefits of an elixir is the ease of consumption. All you have to do is place a small amount of the elixir solution from the dropper under your tongue. Leave the solution under the tongue to be absorbed completely; do not swallow. This method is known as sublingual absorption, providing the longest therapeutic effects.
Elixir’s, or tinctures, are viewed as the most effective means of utilizing the sublingual route for Therapeutic Hemp administration. Why are they so effective? Since the elixir enters the body through sublingual absorption, it is able to bypass first pass metabolism because of the large amount of capillaries below the tongue.
In a study that compared the bioavailability of oral and sublingual CBD solutions, the results showed that the CBD that was sublingually absorbed illustrated significantly higher bioavailability than the CBD that was taken orally.
Bioavailability of CBD varies greatly depending on the method of administration. In addition to the sublingual consumption of CBD, the most common applications are topical, ingestion, and inhalation.
As we mentioned, when Therapeutic Hemp Oil is administered sublingually, it’s held under the tongue for up to 90 seconds so that the mucus membranes in the mouth can absorb the oil’s active ingredients, ensuring not to swallow the elixir. The benefit of consuming CBD oil sublingually is that the absorption process bypasses the digestive system and liver metabolization, allowing the compounds to reach your bloodstream and interact with the endocannabinoid system more quickly.
Some CBD oil products are designed to be applied directly onto the skin. The active ingredients in these topical CBD products are absorbed through the skin so that they can interact with cells that are nearby the surface without ever entering the bloodstream. Topical CBD oil products are ideal for those looking for isolated pain relief. You need to ensure that the skin remains moisturized to receive the benefits over a longer period of time.
Studies performed where CBD was administered orally showed very low bioavailability levels.
When you ingest CBD oil, it passes through the digestive system, entering your gut and metabolized through the liver, before eventually sending its active compounds to your bloodstream.
During this transition, the liver will actively reduce the amount of CBD, either through absorption or through chemical breakdown by liver enzymes. This phenomenon is called the “first-pass effect,” where passing through the liver reduces the concentration of bioactive compounds.