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CBD and bioavailability

Published on 9 June 2021 at 10:10

and why is that so important when you buy a CBD product.

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What is Bioavailability exactly?

When you start using CBD, there is a term that is important to understand:   "bioavailability", which Wikipedia defines as "
Bioavailability, often abbreviated to bioavailability, is a pharmaceutical term that indicates the extent to which a drug's active ingredients become available at the intended place in your body.
"Usually this is defined as follows:
Bioavailability is the fraction of the dose of a drug that enters the general circulation (past the portal venous system and liver) unchanged relative to intravenous application and the rate at which this occurs."


Biobeschikbaarheid CBD

But what does bioavailability mean, and why does it matter when it comes to buying the different CBD products?

So bioavailability is about the extent and speed at which CBD is absorbed into your bloodstream.
In other words, the way you consume CBD influences the absorption and distribution of the CBD milligrams throughout your body. Important to know when buying CBD products and to find out which products suit you best.
There are several ways to take CBD. It can be inhaled, eaten, applied topically to the skin, or held under the tongue and swallowed. However, the body absorbs CBD in different ways, so how it is consumed matters. The method chosen will affect how long it takes to be absorbed into your bloodstream and how much CBD is available to be absorbed. If you want to start using CBD to improve your sleep and recovery from your training, it is recommended to take a certain dose of Milligrams daily. You want to give your Endo Cannabinoid System a helping hand with extra CBD molecules to keep your own cannabinoids Anandamide and 2-AG up to date. In case of local pain, for example due to a muscle strain, muscle pain or a sprain of a joint, it is better to help the problem locally with a cream, gel or balm. The to your skin applicable CBD products work directly due to the presence of the CB2 receptors in your body.


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The bioavailability of the different CBD products explained.

Edible CBD products


Edible CBD such as gummies and candies, but also capsules and tablets are a popular way to consume CBD. In multiple studies, the most optimistic bioavailability when choosing this option was about 20%. That means if you eat a CBD gummie with 10 milligrams of CBD in it, you're probably end up only taking in 2 milligrams, 20% of the total dosage. While maybe being not the most efficient way to consume CBD, gummies are very popular and still have their benefits. They are a way to quickly replenish your sugar shortage during a dip in your workout and immediately add CBD to your daily routine. However, it is helpful to understand that some of the CBD will break down as it passes through the digestive system, and it will take longer to reach the bloodstream to circulate through the body.

CBD oil drops

CBD oil drops are another common way to take in CBD. With this method, CBD is taken sublingually, meaning you hold it under your tongue for a minute before swallowing. Dosing sublingually with an oil improves the bioavailability of CBD, as the glands under the tongue absorb the CBD and provide a direct pathway into your bloodstream. By bypassing the digestive system, the CBD molecules can quickly reach the bloodstream, without going through the stomach and liver first.
Inhaling CBD has a very effective bioavailability. CBD vape products and CBD cigarettes are popular and preferred by many because of the speed at which they work. When CBD is inhaled, the lungs immediately absorb the substance. Once CBD passes through the lungs, it quickly enters the bloodstream. Although inhaling CBD is a quick and effective method, it is not the most desirable way for many athletes to take CBD. Athletes consider CBD as part of their wellness routine and are concerned about the adverse health effects of vaping CBD oil or smoking cigarettes.

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Drinkable CBD

Naturally, our body only absorbs 7 to 8% of all fat-like substances. Many (CBD) supplements and vitamins are hydrophobic. This means that they do not dissolve well in water and that your body has difficulty absorbing these substances properly and completely. This is a waste of the active, expensive substances.
A solution to this problem is offered, for example, with the patented MyCell Enhanced Technology®. With this technology, supplements and vitamins are encapsulated in a 'package' and made soluble in water so that you can drink it. Such a package is called a micelle. These micelles ensure that supplements and vitamins can be transported and absorbed more easily by the body. This is a body's own process that is imitated in these products. Where other supplements and vitamins cannot be absorbed in time by the stomach wall due to stomach acid, the right substances with this MyCell Enhanced Technology® arrive faster and almost 100% in the right places in your body. The special feature of this technology is that this happens completely naturally, without the use of harmful, unnatural additives.
Another method used for beverages is the NanoDelivery SystemTM. This is a science-based approach to nano-particle development that recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” solution for nano-ingredients. How the most stable, protective and deliverable packaging is created will depend on the ingredient, where it will be used and how it will be taken. The best NanoDelivery system for the delivery of an ingredient in a drink is not the same as for example for a topical application, and the delivery of Broad Spectrum CBD is very different from that of vitamins. This unique Intelligent NanoDelivery SystemTM approach makes it possible to create a CBD energy drink with a high bioavailability for optimal performance.
The bioavailability in protein shakes or a pre-workout powder is lower than that of drinking water or an energy drink because of the difference in the processing of your metabolism.

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Topical CBD

Topical CBD is quite popular because the gels, balms and creams are quickly absorbed and easily deliver their potential benefits when applied to the needed area. The effects are usually instant because you apply it directly to a specific area. Since topical CBD bypasses the digestive process, the effects are much longer than those of the ingestible products. This is why topical CBD is ideal for long-term relief for local aches and pains.
Topical CBD products, however, have a low bioavailability as it is unable to reach the bloodstream no matter how much you apply as it is not permeable enough. It is therefore ideal for local problems such as muscle and joint pain. If you want to let the CBD molecules work for you treating, for example, anxiety, stress and sleep problems, then it is not a suitable way to use CBD. Combining topical CBD and edible CBD or drops is a commonly used combination that professional athletes use.

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By understanding the bioavailability of CBD, you can now decide what is important to you when choosing a CBD product.
If you want to take CBD in an easy way, then CBD gummies, capsules or the shakes from powder are ideal. If speed and cost-effectiveness are important, then dripping CBD oil may be your best option. If you want to get rid of your muscle or joint pain, the topical products are the best choice.

Roald Tromp aka Grandpa CBD is the founder of CBD SPORTS, Public Speaker with a background in Sports Science (CIOS Overveen), Sports Nutrition, Professional and Home Fitness Equipment and Education, Master in Sales & Marketing, Ex-Baseball player, Soccer player, Alpine Skier , Skate- and Snowboarder, Tennis & Ski teacher and  CrossFit and MMA addict.

Copyright Grandpa CBD June 2021.
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