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Delivery Format

the quick and dirty guide

No clue how to start using CBD? We get it, we were lost too.

Before we dive into what delivery format is best for you, we should probably make sure you understand the basics.

Let's start with some pretty sexy definitions. Science is cool, trust us.

Glossary Terms

 
delivery format How to take CBD: topicals, edibles, tinctures, vapes, etc.
time to onset How quickly you will start to feel the effects.
bioavailability How quickly & effectively a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream.
duration of effects How long the effects will last.
pre-dosed The product has a fixed amount of CBD in it, per serving. No need to measure
discretion Easy to conceal (unless, of course, you want to show off to your friends).

NOW ONTO THE FUN STUFF...

 

Below is a quick and dirty guide to understanding all CBD delivery formats, and why we love each.

FORMAT EXAMPLES HOW IT WORKS BIO-AVAILABILITY
(ESTIMATE)
TIME TO ONSET DURATION PRE-DOSED? DISCREET?
 
Sublingual
oils
tinctures
lozenges
sprays
direct & fast
Best-selling format, works in any situation!

Sublinguals enter through the glands under the tongue, take effect quickly, and deliver a high concentration of CBD into the bloodstream. BAM!

12-35% 5 - 20 mins 2 - 4 hrs no no
 
Oral
edibles
capsules
beverages
oils
subtle & balanced
Great for beginners who want less intensity and may be sensitive to taste and/or smell

Processed through the metabolism, slowly delivering a lower concentration of CBD to the bloodstream. Effects take longer to kick in, but also last longer.

4-20% 30 - 60 mins 4 - 6 hrs yes yes
 
Topical
lotions
salves
creams
serums
localized relief
Great for workout recovery, muscle pain, or those dreaded menstrual cramps.

Products are absorbed by the skin but do NOT enter the bloodstream. BONUS, you don't have to worry about does; slather away!

n/a varies varies no yes
 
Transdermal
patches
steady and controlled.
Try patches for sleep, muscle pain and travel.

Perfect for fellow control freaks. Transdermals penetrate the skin, go directly into the bloodstream and last longer than most other formats

80 - 100% 20 - 60 mins 6 - 8 hrs yes yes
 
Vape
pens
fastest and most effective
For anyone who wants low maintenance, quick relief.

Vape inhalation may feel off-putting to some, but it can provide near immediate relief, it's mess-free, and has no bad aftertaste.

30 - 50% Immediate 45 mins - 1hr no no
FORMAT EXAMPLES HOW IT WORKS
 
Sublingual
oils
tinctures
lozenges
sprays
direct & fast
Best-selling format, works in any situation!

Sublinguals enter through the glands under the tongue, take effect quickly, and deliver a high concentration of CBD into the bloodstream. BAM!

 
Oral
edibles
capsules
beverages
oils
subtle & balanced
Great for beginners who want less intensity and may be sensitive to taste and/or smell

Processed through the metabolism, slowly delivering a lower concentration of CBD to the bloodstream. Effects take longer to kick in, but also last longer.

 
Topical
lotions
salves
creams
serums
localized relief
Great for workout recovery, muscle pain, or those dreaded menstrual cramps.

Products are absorbed by the skin but do NOT enter the bloodstream. BONUS, you don't have to worry about does; slather away!

 
Transdermal
patches
steady and controlled.
Try patches for sleep, muscle pain and travel.

Perfect for fellow control freaks. Transdermals penetrate the skin, go directly into the bloodstream and last longer than most other formats

 
Vape
pens
fastest and most effective
For anyone who wants low maintenance, quick relief.

Vape inhalation may feel off-putting to some, but it can provide near immediate relief, it's mess-free, and has no bad aftertaste.

EVEN MORE FUN... AND MORE SCIENCE

Now you know why we love each format of CBD - but let’s get into the nitty gritty science of how each format affects us differently.

FORMAT BIO-AVAILABILITY
(ESTIMATE)
TIME TO ONSET
 
Sublingual
12-35% 5 - 20 mins
 
Oral
4-20% 30 - 60 mins
 
Topical
n/a varies
 
Transdermal
80 - 100% 20 - 60 mins
 
Vape
30 - 50% Immediate
FORMAT DURATION PRE-DOSED?DISCREET?
 
Sublingual
2 - 4 hrsnono
 
Oral
4 - 6 hrs yes yes
 
Topical
varies no yes
 
Transdermal
6 - 8 hrs yes yes
 
Vape
45 mins - 1hr no no

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