20 Apr Topical Versus Oral CBD: What’s the Difference?
Of the many ways to take CBD, among the most common are topically and orally. Here’s a look at how the two methods of consumption differ.
You’ve heard about the natural benefits of CBD and are interested in adding the supplement into your daily regimen, but are confused on the various ways take CBD. We’re here to help.
Two of the more popular ways for taking CBD is topically and orally. The two are distinctly different from each other, and it’s best if you understand what each method of consumption offers before you decide on what type of CBD supplement works for you.
What is Topical CBD?
To use CBD topically means to apply a CBD oil-infused product directly onto the skin, allowing the active compounds to be absorbed through the skin’s epidermis and pores. Once absorbed, CBD can interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors found on the skin’s sensory nerve fibers and subcutaneous tissue.
CBD topical products typically include balms, salves, lotions, and oils that are infused with hemp oil rich in CBD. Because topicals have grown in popularity in recent years, CBD hemp oil has also found its way into products like lip balms, hair care products, and even cosmetics.
CBD is permeable to the skin, although a heavy application is ideal to account for a somewhat low absorption rate. By applying CBD right to the skin, topical CBD allows the cannabinoid to be absorbed directly into an affected area. CBD is directed right to where it’s needed most, which means faster and a more focused onset of effects.
CBD topicals, when made from hemp-derived CBD oil, also contain an array of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids that nourish and protect the skin from daily damage from exposure to the environment around it.
Experienced CBD users appreciate topical CBD because they’re able to apply the natural benefits of CBD right where they’re needed. Because the topical method for taking CBD is so minimally invasive, it’s also popular among curious consumers who are just being introduced to CBD.
What is Oral CBD Consumption?
When you take CBD orally, it means you consume the supplement through the mouth. There are actually two oral CBD consumptions methods – sublingual and ingestion.
In the sublingual method of consumption, the CBD product is placed under the tongue and held there for 30-60 seconds. During that time, the CBD and other active compounds found in CBD oil are absorbed through the mucus membranes in your mouth and sent directly to your bloodstream, where they circulate through the body and interact with cannabinoid receptors.
In the ingestion method of consumption, you directly swallow the CBD supplement. When you swallow CBD supplements, their active ingredients pass through your digestive system and are eventually metabolized by your liver. From the liver, the compounds are sent to your bloodstream.
Both those new and familiar with CBD enjoy consuming CBD orally because of the method’s simplicity and convenience.
Differences Between the Two: Choosing the Method That’s Right For You
Topical and oral CBD consumption methods do have a couple of distinct differences that you should be aware of when selecting which one is best for you.
When you apply CBD topically, the CBD compounds interact with cannabinoid receptors that are near where the product is applied. The cannabinoids never enter the bloodstream, making them ideal for targeted treatments because they allow you to place the CBD right where it’s needed most. Because CBD topicals offer balancing effects that are more focused, they’re a good choice for addressing tired muscles and joints or giving some much-needed attention to troubled skin areas.
When you take CBD orally, the compounds eventually enter the bloodstream. This means the cannabinoids are able to interact with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body, from the brain and central nervous system to peripheral organs and the immune system.
Of the two oral CBD methods, sublingual CBD offers faster natural effects than ingestion. Because the sublingual method allows CBD to bypass the digestive system, CBD is delivered much more quickly to the bloodstream compared to when you ingest the compounds and they have to first be metabolized by the liver.
Topical and Oral CBD Supplements
HempMeds® line of CBD supplements include both topical and oral options, allowing you to find a supplement that best fits your needs.
Topical CBD Products
HempMeds® most popular CBD topicals are our hemp oil salves from Dixie Botanicals® and RSHO™. These CBD-infused salves are perfect for massaging into your skin, joints, and muscles throughout the day as they’re needed.
For luxurious CBD-infused skin care, we offer a line of anti-aging skin care products from Cannabis Beauty Defined™. Each item in this collection — including a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, exfoliator, and therapeutic soak — combines CBD hemp oil with a botanical blend of herbal extracts.
For more intense targeted relief from stiffness after a long day, our Active Relief Roll-On blends CBD hemp oil with cooling menthol for comforting effects.
Oral CBD Products
HempMeds® offers a wide array of CBD supplements that can be ingested or taken sublingually.
For maximum CBD concentration, we offer RSHO™ Pure CBD Oil, a thick, viscous oil extracted from the hemp plant that contains up to 190 mg CBD, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and other trace cannabinoids. Those looking an option with strictly high CBD enjoy our RSHO™ CBD Isolate, a pure isolate powder with 99% CBD.
If you’re looking for lower CBD potency, CBD tinctures from RSHO™, Dixie Botanicals®, and Cibdex® blend pure hemp oil with vegetable glycerin or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). RSHO™ tinctures are unflavored, while Dixie Botanicals® and Cibdex® offer an unflavored option as well as all-natural flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, and peppermint.
RSHO™ also carries a line of Liquid supplements, combining pure hemp oil with MCT oil for a mid-potency CBD supplement that can be taken directly or mixed into foods and beverages. The brand’s CBD Capsules combine CBD with 200 mg of calcium and 200 mg of a proprietary blend of turmeric root and white willow bark for botanical effects in a convenient form.