Which form of CBD is best for me?

There are many different ways to get CBD into your body and each format comes with its own benefits and considerations. We've compiled a quick guide to the most common CBD delivery formats, how they work and who they might be best for. If you're still unsure, get in touch and we'll help you choose.

Format Examples How it works Onset time Duration Best for

Sublingual

Oils
Tinctures
Lozenges
Sprays

CBD is absorbed by the glands under your tongue and enter your bloodstream

5–20 minutes

2–4 hours

Most popular format; great for everyday use

Edible

Softgels
Capsules
Beverages
Oils

CBD is processed by your digestive system and absorbed into your bloodstream

30–60 minutes

4–6 hours

Lower intensity, longer lasting effects

Topical

Balms
Salves
Creams
Serums

CBD is absorbed by the skin but does not enter the bloodstream

Varies

Varies

Localised relief for muscle aches, menstrual cramps

Transdermal

Patches

CBD penetrates the skin and passes directly to the bloodstream

20–60 minutes

6–8 hours

Discreet, long-lasting effects

Inhalation

Vape oil

CBD enters the lungs where it is absorbed by the bloodstream

Immediate

45–60 minutes

Nearly instantaneous relief with a shorter duration

Format Examples How it works

Sublingual

Oils
Tinctures
Lozenges
Sprays

CBD is absorbed by the glands under your tongue and enter your bloodstream

Oral

Softgels
Edibles
Beverages
Oils

CBD is processed by your digestive system and absorbed into your bloodstream

Topical

Balms
Salves
Creams
Serums

CBD is absorbed by the skin but does not enter the bloodstream

Transdermal

Patches

CBD penetrates the skin and passes directly to the bloodstream

Inhalation

Vape oil

CBD enters the lungs where it is absorbed by the bloodstream


Format Onset time Duration Best for

Sublingual

5 - 20 minutes

2 - 4 hours

Most popular format; great for everyday use

Oral

30 - 60 minutes

4 - 6 hours

Lower intensity, longer lasting effects

Topical

Varies

Varies

Localised relief for muscle aches, menstrual cramps

Transdermal

20 - 60 minutes

6 - 8 hours

Discreet, long-lasting effects

Inhalation

Immediate

45 - 60 minutes

Nearly instantaneous relief with a shorter duration

Format Examples How it works

Sublingual

Oils
Tinctures
Lozenges
Sprays

CBD is absorbed by the glands under your tongue and enter your bloodstream

Edible

Softgels
Capsules
Beverages
Oils

CBD is processed by your digestive system and absorbed into your bloodstream

Topical

Balms
Salves
Creams
Serums

CBD is absorbed by the skin but does not enter the bloodstream

Transdermal

Patches

CBD penetrates the skin and passes directly to the bloodstream

Inhalation

Vape oil

CBD enters the lungs where it is absorbed by the bloodstream


Format Onset time Duration

Sublingual

5 - 20 minutes

2 - 4 hours

Edible

30 - 60 minutes

4 - 6 hours

Topical

Varies

Varies

Transdermal

20 - 60 minutes

6 - 8 hours

Inhalation

Immediate

45 - 60 minutes


Format Best for

Sublingual

Most popular format; great for everyday use

Edible

Lower intensity, longer lasting effects

Topical

Localised relief for muscle aches, menstrual cramps

Transdermal

Discreet, long-lasting effects

Inhalation

Nearly instantaneous relief with a shorter duration

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