• Each delivery method has different advantages depending on your desired results.
  • Topicals are direct and fast acting, but short lived.
  • Tinctures are effective, yet they are often inconvenient.
  • Edibles rely more on your metabolism, but are often the most convenient.

What should I try? That is the question on so many people's minds when they first stumble upon CBD. The stuff can get a bit pricey at times, and making the wrong decision on your first outing might entirely turn you off to something immensely beneficial. Here we will take a look at the different delivery methods for CBD and hopefully shed some light on what would be most effective for you.


This is term that has been somewhat hijacked by the CBD industry. Technically the term "tincture" is defined as:

"a medicine made by dissolving a drug in alcohol."

Originally, most of the CBD "tinctures" that you would find would be actual tinctures. They came in the form of a small bottle with a dropper for application. This CBD was extracted from the cannabis plant using a solvent, such as alcohol. It did the job, but that form of extraction is far outshined by CO2 extraction. This form of air-based extraction maintains the integrity of the compounds better than solvents, and just produces an all around safer and higher quality product. As companies started using CO2 extraction more and more, the term "tincture" just continued to be used to describe the form factor of a bottle with a dropper.

Next, let's talk about the experience you will have when choosing a tincture as your delivery method. The application process can take a couple of forms. First of all, there is your standard sublingual tincture. This is the most common form of CBD oil you will find on shelves today. Application is as simple as placing the desired amount under your tongue and holding it there for 30-60 seconds. The second form is found in "water-soluble" tinctures. These behave much as the name would suggest. While you can still use them as a sublingual, you can also use them as an additive to drinks.

Finally, we should touch on the specific advantages and disadvantages of using a tincture. The primary advantage is that you are placing the oil directly on a mucous membrane when using it as a sublingual. This means that it is one of fastest forms of getting the CBD to pass into your blood stream. The only faster form might be from smoking or vaping (we are not talking about those delivery methods in this article, but stay tuned). The disadvantage of tinctures that can sometimes be a deal breaker for users is the taste. If the product was created using CO2 extraction, it will retain much of the flavors found in the cannabis plant itself. Many people find this taste pleasant or at least tolerable, while other find it off putting.  


Sometimes this is all you need. As the name suggests, this is a product that is specific to your needs and it can take many forms. You can find topical CBD applications in a roll-on, cream, salve, lotion, bath bomb, bath salts, and even lip balm. These are all great options, but more often than not a good cream will get you by. Since it would be impossible to describe what goes into every topical out there, let's focus on creams/rubs.

A topical CBD cream or rub is a great tool in the arsenal of anyone dealing with muscle pain or general inflammation. The application is as simple as implementing it to the affected area. Many of the CBD creams on the market are made up of a general inflammation formula alongside the CBD extract. That means you get the immediate relief of pain cream, with the longer standing benefits of CBD.

The only disadvantage of topical CBD delivery should be fairly obvious. It is highly specific and does not work for internal applications. It needs to be applied directly to the area where you desire effects.


It wouldn't be possible to even come close to describing every form this might take. It's really anything you eat or ingest. An argument could be made that tinctures are edibles, but they are widely considered unique enough to deserve their own designation. People will most often think of things like CBD gummies or baked goods when considering edibles. While those are definitely the most prevalent, there are also CBD capsules, soft gels, water soluble powders, coffee pods, pet treats, protein powders, honey sticks, drink enhancers, and much more!

The greatest advantage of edibles is that most of them are more convenient than a sublingual tincture. Carrying a pack of gummies around that you can pop into your mouth whenever necessary is immensely easier than taking 30 to 60 seconds to let a sublingual absorb.

The only potential disadvantage to edibles is that they work at the speed of digestion. This might not be a huge disadvantage if your metabolism is the speed of a bullet train, but it may give you pause if you digest like a snail on sedatives. The edibles will release CBD throughout your system as your body breaks them down. The faster the process, the quicker the results.


Some users choose their go-to delivery method and stick to it loyally, while others enjoy using different types of products for different situations. It is entirely up to you, but we are always here to help. Please don't hesitate to chat with us here on the website or on social media.

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