Do CBD Oils, Edibles and Capsules Work?

The first few times you try CBD can be a bit intimidating. How often are you supposed to take it? How do you consume it? Can you take CBD on an empty stomach? 

All of these questions are valid in terms of taking medical CBD, especially if you’ve never tried it before. Today, we’re going to focus on CBD consumption, specifically, what happens if you take CBD orally and whether or not a full or empty stomach matters.

Consuming CBD

CBD is becoming more common for medical use, especially with the many products that are available on the market today. There are a variety of formats; you have the choice of CBD oils, edibles, CBD-infused beverages, CBD softgel capsules, CBD topical creams, and many more available to suit your personal preference. Most of the oral CBD products result in only 8-10% absorption into the bloodstream when taken on an empty stomach. This may increase to about 20% or more with food and this increase is variable based on what you had to eat. This means that most of the CBD you consume orally is not absorbed into your body (due to poor bioavailability), decreasing the desired effect that you may be trying to achieve.

However, there are clever ways to increase CBD absorption and effect with pharmaceutical technologies and better routes of delivery (eg. sublingually ) with specific products.

Rapid CBD Absorption Sublingually (Under the Tongue)

CBD sublingual filmstrips

CBD when properly formulated in a sublingual filmstrips, gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the tissue underneath the tongue. Basically, cannabinoids get a fast-track into your blood, and are able to start working almost immediately after consumption versus slow and incomplete absorption when swallowed. This means higher blood levels and that you begin to feel effects shortly after placing the strip under your tongue. This quick onset time is a big reason why so many people choose to opt for the sublingual consumption methods. One example is Opticann’s CB4 Control filmstrips, which are especially formulated for rapid and maximum effect.

Increasing Oral CBD Absorption

If you swallow CBD softgels/capsules, oil extracts or gummies, on the other hand, the process will be much slower and incomplete unless pharmaceutical technologies are used to increase their performance. Just like with your food, your body has to dissolve and digest the cannabidiol before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream. However, with pharmaceutical technologies like VESIsorb® used by Opticann’s CB4 Relief and CB4 Relief-T capsules, this “digestion” step is not necessary as this emulsification technology disperses the CBD into tiny droplets in the stomach that are easily absorbed. This results in absorption increasing from 8-10% to 40-45% with every dose taken with VESIsorb® technology. These softgels also result in more rapid absorption (3 times faster versus other CBD softgels) so that you can feel the effect much more quickly.   

Is CBD Safe to Consume?

In general, CBD is regarded as safe at doses most people are likely to take. High doses tested with Epidiolex, the FDA approved prescription drug with CBD for the treatment of epilepsy, resulted in some liver inflammation (“fatty liver”) but the doses used were much higher (5-7 times higher) than typically recommended for chronic adult ailments such as pain or anxiety. 

Can You Take CBD on an Empty Stomach?

What happens if you take CBD on an empty stomach? You experience less effect from the dose UNLESS it is formulated with VESIsorb® such as CB4 Relief or CB4 Relief-T CBD softgels from Opticann. These softgel formulations result in a reliably 4.4 times higher absorption of CBD versus other products when taken on an empty stomach.

However, if you are taking CBD in the form of a sublingual strip placed under the tongue for 5+ minutes for rapid absorption, an empty or full stomach should be less relevant for the absorption and effect of CBD.

CBD Medication Conclusions

So, what have we learned about CBD consumption? Primarily, you want to make sure you’re consuming your CBD oral products with a bit of food in the stomach. Or, use premium products such as CB4 Relief or CB4 Relief-T softgels that insure higher and quicker absorption regardless of what or when you have eaten food. Alternatively, sublingual filmstrips such as Opticann’s CB4 Control strips can result in higher absorption and more rapid onset when placed and absorbed from the tissue under your tongue.