All You Need to Know About CBD Bioavailability
Posted on July 27th, 2020
Have you tried CBD products before and felt like they haven’t worked for you? Having doubts about whether they work at all? Many CBD products and solutions out there are neither quickly nor effectively absorbed by the body. Because of this, users like yourself may question the true benefits of CBD – but don’t be fooled! Most of these CBD products and solutions are based on simple CBD isolates derived from the hemp plant. What are CBD isolates? CBD isolates are exactly as they sound – CBD that has been isolated from all other compounds in the hemp plant. As many of you are aware, Tanasi’s CBD formula is full spectrum – meaning it makes use of all the compounds the hemp plant has to offer. This combination of compounds results in a much richer, and much more effective experience that naturally increases the bioavailability of CBD.
Okay, wait – what’s “bioavailability”? Bioavailability is a pharmacological term, AKA, a term pharmacists use, that describes the rate at which a substance or compound is absorbed by the human body. In short, bioavailability is the amount of time it takes for something to “kick in” once administered or ingested. So when we’re talking about the bioavailability of CBD, we’re referring to the ability of CBD to get into the bloodstream and reach the brain as well as other parts of the body.
Forms of CBD Bioavailability
There are several forms of CBD bioavailability, including:
- Oral – pills/capsules, drops of CBD oil, edibles
- Sublingual – Placed under the tongue & directly absorbed into the bloodstream
- Topical applications – Applied onto & absorbed through the skin
The bioavailability action of CBD itself has been a concern among researchers for years, especially with regards to the effectiveness of oral administration of CBD. Recently, researchers have also heavily studied the bioavailability of CBD oil taken sublingually – that is, taken under the tongue.
As we stated earlier, CBD on its own is not easily metabolized in the body, and this means that it has to be taken in a very specific way in order to have the desired results. As such, there are several ways to increase the bioavailability of CBD, such as with the use of various supplements like oils or capsules. But, keep in mind that there are a whole lot of different CBD products available on the market. Each of these different products have their own formulas with different ways in which they attempt to increase the bioavailability of CBD.
Combining CBD With Oils
One of the best ways to increase the rate at which CBD is absorbed is through the use of essential oils. Essential oils are substances that have been extracted from plant sources and are often used for their potential medicinal value. The main reason why these oils are used is that they are extremely effective in their ability to increase the bioavailability of CBD. Another benefit of using essential oils is that they present an extremely potent and concentrated form of CBD. This maximizes its benefits, has an amazing effect on the body, and can be absorbed much faster.
There are a few different kinds of essential oils that can be used to increase the bioavailability of CBD. Most popular are jojoba oil, olive oil, and what Tanasi’s formula uses – MCT oils. These oils also have the added bonus of bringing their own positive effects on the body.
Jojoba oil is very helpful when it comes to reducing inflammation, which is one of the most common and destructive symptoms that can occur in the body. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years to reduce inflammation, and it can also be used to treat ailments such as cough, headaches, and pain. Jojoba oil has also been used topically to fight over-production of oil on your skin, fight wrinkles, moisturize, and fight skin conditions such as eczema because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This magical oil is also anti-fungal and antibacterial, so it can help heal wounds. Many have used Jojoba oil on their hair as well to soothe fly-aways and split-ends.
Olive oil can also reduce inflammation, is loaded with powerful antioxidants, is antibacterial, may combat Alzheimer’s, can help lower bad cholesterol, as well as reduce the risk for stroke, heart disease, and Type 2 Diabetes. There’s also research that says it can help reduce joint pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
MCT oils (Medium Chain Triglycerides) have gained a lot of attention in recent years due to the popularity of the Keto diet. After hearing the benefits, it makes a lot of sense as to why. Benefits of MCT oils include promoting fullness, increasing fat loss, increasing energy and ketone production, improving gut health, producing brain fuel, reducing lactate buildup in athletes, reducing the need for carbs during exercise, improving brain function and brain-affecting disorders, having fatty acids that fight bacterial and yeast infections, reducing factors for heart disease such as weight and cholesterol, and controlling blood sugar levels. Along with sunflower oil, MCT oils are what many of Tanasi’s full-spectrum CBD products utilize.
CBD in Capsule Form With Herbal Supplements
In addition to oils being used in conjunction with CBD, there are also different kinds of capsules (or pills) that can be used to increase the bioavailability of CBD. These capsules generally contain a combination of additional herbal supplements which aid in the absorption of CBD. Two of such are St. John’s Wort and Gingko Biloba. St. John’s Wort is a plant that has historically been used to treat depression, kidney and lung ailments, insomnia, healing of wounds, and menopause symptoms. It’s important to note that St. John’s Wort can interact with certain medications – so always consult a doctor before incorporating anything containing this herbal supplement. Gingko Biloba contains powerful antioxidants, fights inflammation, improves circulation and heart health, reduces cognitive decline symptoms in disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, improves memory and brain function, reduces anxiety and depression, supports eye health, alleviates headaches and migraines, reduces PMS symptoms, treats sexual dysfunction, and improves symptoms associated with Asthma and COPD. In combination with CBD, these herbal supplements may be used to help with pain relief, nausea, depression, and muscle tension, which are all very common ailments that may be managed with the help of CBD.
It’s important to mention that there are also many vitamins that are absorbed very quickly into the body and they can also help increase the bioavailability of CBD. These include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D. The best vitamin to increase bioavailability is vitamin A because it’s most easily absorbed into the body.
Ways of Getting CBD Into Your Body
When discussing the bioavailability of CBD, it’s also important to consider the route of administration – that is, the way CBD is being taken – as different methods can present varying degrees of effectiveness. CBD is believed to have increased bioavailability when it is taken sublingually because it can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. When CBD is taken sublingually (under the tongue), it can be broken down into small particles that are then taken into the bloodstream for immediate action. Sublingual administration also presents a more rapid absorption rate than that of oral CBD, such as that presented in capsule form.
It is important to note that CBD does not pass through the digestive tract unchanged. In addition to being absorbed into the body, CBD can be broken down in the liver and metabolized by the body. The results of this process will determine the therapeutic benefits of CBD. The amount of CBD absorbed by the body will be affected by a number of factors, including the type of CBD that is used in a product, the method in which the product is used, and the amount of CBD in the product.
For example, CBD is a highly lipid-soluble (which means it’s capable of dissolving in fats). Studies have revealed that the fatty acid-soluble form of CBD has been shown to have the most bioavailability, and thus, proven to be the most effective form. An example of this is a study by a clinical psychologist, Dr. Peter Huang. In this study, the lipid form of CBD was administered in the form of a lip balm.
When the lip balm was applied to the skin, there was a significant increase in the levels of CBD. The study concluded that the lip balm was more effective at increasing the levels of CBD than any other products that had been tested. This demonstrates the importance of the type of CBD that is used in a product. It also demonstrates that the amount of CBD in a product is important in determining the effectiveness of a product.
The type of CBD used in a product is determined by the manufacturer, based upon the results of clinical trials. When a product contains two types of CBD, such as the lipid form and the oil form, the amount of CBD that is absorbed by the body will be different. When there is a difference in the amount of CBD absorbed, this is attributed to the difference in the amount of lipid contained in the substance. As mentioned earlier, it has been found that the lipid form of CBD has the most bioavailability because of its ability to be metabolized by the body. The great thing about using fatty oils in conjunction with CBD is that it’s combining the top bioavailability forms into one – oil form and lipid form.
Making CBD With the Highest Bioavailability
While there are still many unanswered questions concerning the bioavailability of CBD, there are a number of studies that have been conducted on it. The studies have been designed to determine whether there are certain factors that affect the bioavailability of CBD, such as the amount of time the CBD is exposed to the body. Additionally, they have been designed to determine the amount of CBD in a person’s bloodstream at any given time.
One reason why you’ll find Tanasi’s CBD products to have much more of an effect versus other CBD products is because Tanasi’s formula is designed with bioavailability in mind. Tanasi combines CBD and CBDa to maximize effectiveness and absorption. CBDa is the raw, untreated, or unactivated form of CBD. CBDa is much more bioavailable than CBD, so you can actually use a lower amount to achieve the desired effects. What’s more, Tanasi also uses MCT oils in conjunction, as mentioned earlier in this article. MCT oils can actually further increase the bioavailability of CBDs by increasing solubilization in liquid products and within the gut. It also increases the rate at which CBD is metabolized. Another practical advantage of solubilizing CBDs with MCTs is the very long shelf life of MCTs.
Studies are still ongoing to find out how effective CBD is. However, these studies’ results on the bioavailability of CBD are promising. If this new information can be used to help determine the effectiveness of CBD, it could be used to help provide relief for some of the ailments that are associated with seizures, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, and more. These studies are an important step toward finding relief for these conditions and for helping people lead more normal lives.