Smoking CBD Joints versus Ingesting CBD
There are a ton of ways to ingest CBD, and the method you choose really matters. This has to do largely with the fact that not all of the CBD you intake will be able to reach your bloodstream–an idea known as bioavailability. For example, when CBD is ingested via edibles or oil, only about 10-20% (some studies show as low as 6%) of it enters the bloodstream to produce active effects in the body (1). This is because, after ingested, CBD must pass through the stomach and the liver, where much of its content is reduced before entering circulation.
Smoking CBD, however, sends cannabinoids directly to the lungs, where they are more easily and quickly transferred to the bloodstream, yielding a higher bioavailability of 31% (2). A 2007 study by Marilyn A. Huestis also found that CBD can be detected in the body for up to 72 hours after smoking it, while CBD ingested by capsule is reported to be found closer to 6 hours later (3). This makes smoking one of the most effective ways to reap CBD’s many benefits.