Applying CBD Topically vs. Ingesting 

CBD’s rapid growth in popularity has encouraged users to explore the many methods of consumption. However, most people prefer to consume CBD topically or through ingestion. Here is some insight into each option if you are considering using CBD. 

Topical CBD

Using CBD topically means that you apply a CBD product directly to the skin. Commonly, CBD oil is infused with beauty and wellness products to make applying the product topically extremely simple. By applying the CBD directly to your skin, the active compounds are absorbed through the skin’s epidermis and pores. Once the CBD has been absorbed, it enables interaction with nearby cannabinoid receptors found on the skin’s nerve fibers and tissue. 

Many users that choose topical products love them because they are very easy to use. Simply apply directly to your skin -- CBD is permeable to the skin, so all you need to do to reap the benefits is apply directly to the affected area. When doing so, the CBD will be directed right to where it is most needed, which allows for faster and more focused absorption and onset of effects. 

Additionally, if you find yourself reaching for hemp-derived CBD oil, you’re choosing correctly! These products contain a plethora of beneficial nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids that work together to bring protection and rejuvenation to the skin. 

Some topical CBD products that we love are:

A88CBD™ Muscle Salve: Massage directly onto your skin, focusing on sore joints and muscles. Reapply if needed. 

A88CBD™ Essential Oil: Roll onto to pulse-points and breathe deep. 

A88CBD™ Bath Salts: Add a capful under warm running water and soak for 15-20 minutes. 

Ingestible CBD

For those that wish to consume CBD orally, you will want to look for ingestible CBD products. There are two popular ways to consume CBD by mouth, one being under-the-tongue and the other being ingestion. 

The under-the-tongue method is praised for its quick absorption rate and ease of use. Simply place the CBD product under your tongue and hold for 30-60 seconds. While the CBD is held under your tongue, it absorbs through the mucous membranes in your mouth and is sent to your bloodstream, where it finds your cannabinoid receptors and begins to take effect. With oil-based CBD tinctures, you will begin feeling the effects within 30 minutes. If you want to feel the effects even quicker, try a water-based CBD tincture like the one from A88CBD™. It features a unique water-soluble formula called C10™ that allows for rapid onset and you will feel the effects within 10 minutes! 


Another loved way to consume CBD products is through ingestion. With this method, users swallow the CBD product. Once they do so, the active ingredients pass through the digestive system and eventually become metabolized by your liver. From the liver, the CBD compounds are sent to your bloodstream. If you are looking for a discreet way to consume CBD, you will love CBD capsules. A88CBD™ capsules feature the same water-soluble formula, C10™, that enables you to start reaping the benefits within 10 minutes! 


In addition, A88CBD™ offers CBD gummies, which are an easy and tasty way to take CBD orally. Many people have found that implementing CBD gummies in their wellness routine helps them better prepare for the days and conquer their to-do lists with a clear mind! 

Which One Is Best for You?

Ultimately, this comes down to preference. However, there are a few differences that may help determine which one is best for you. 


CBD that is applied topically interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that are near where you have applied the product. The CBD never absorbs into your bloodstream -- which makes this type of product ideal for targeted treatments and focused areas. Typically, this type of product is ideal for aiding tired muscles and alleviating skin concerns. See our CBD dosage guide to see how to figure out how much is right for you.


On the contrary, consuming CBD orally allows for the product to be ingested and enter into your bloodstream. This enables the CBD to work with your cannabinoid receptors throughout your body. 


Whichever method you choose (or both!) you are sure to fall in love with the numerous benefits that CBD can offer you. For high-quality hemp-derived topical and ingestible CBD products, shop A88CBD.

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