Vaping CBD vs Tinctures

Vaping CBD vs Tinctures

Showdown: Puff vs Drip – Which is better?

CBD is not just a new supplement fad.

It’s a revolution. It represents a new era in wellness – one where we take our health into our own hands.

This is great because the power is finally ours. But now so are the choices. But that’s a good thing.

It is a far more interactive approach. We are responsible. We do the research, we search the best companies, we see what works for us.

One choice you have to make is  – how are you going to get that wonderful stuff all up in ya?

There are four ways – Topical, Edible, Vape and Sublingual

We are give edibles the heave-ho. They’re fun and tasty, but they are inefficient and not a serious contender for top dog.

Topical is great  for specific pain points and skin problems and some CBD gets absorbed through your skin, but this method is really for targeting parts of you body.

That leaves vaping and sublingual tinctures to battle it out. Which is best? Let’s fight it out!

Epic Battle – Vaping CBD vs Tincture

Round #1: Speed

Vaping is the fastest way to get CBD into your blood stream – hands down. It bypasses your digestive system and gets to your CB2 receptors within seconds.  It peaks in about 20 minutes.

Sublingual drops are pretty good – as long as you don’t swallow for at least 30 seconds. The membranes under your tongue pass some of  CBD tincture through fairly efficiently.  But after you swallow, the remaining liquid has to hit your small intestine before it starts making the rounds – which could take over an hour.

WINNER: Vaping

CBD vape cloud

Round #2: Bioavailability

Basically – what percentage of the the CBD is used by your body.

This is why we threw out edibles early on. They are low in bioavailability (BA). Between the digestive juices and the food you might have in your stomach, over 90% can pass all the way through – leaving you with less than 10%. Sad.

Sublingual tinctures also suffer – at least partially – from this problem. Absorption rates can be quite low – 15% – 25%.  The longer you hold it under your tongue the better.

However,  If your tincture has been treated with nano technology – process that beaks down the CBD and makes it water soluable – the bioavailability is greatly increased – perhaps by 4 or 5 times.

On the other hand, vaping CBD bypasses the digestive system and the liver. It goes directly into your bloodstream.

This gives it the highest bioavailability.  It can put the majority of CBD into your system.

WINNER: Vaping

Round #3: Duration

Vaping get CBD into your system fast. It peaks in about 20 minutes and lasts for about 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Sublingual tinctures get CBD into your bloodstream in a two-stage process. Firstly, some is absorbed under your tongue, then about 45 minutes to an hour  later the some more is absorbed by your digestive system.

This slower release means the tinctures keep working to 3 to 4 hours after you take them.

Because of this, tinctures have a longer lasting effect than vaping CBD. Remember – you are going to have to take more because of lower absorption, but the effect will last longer.

WINNER: Sublingual

girl taking CBD tincture

ROUND #4 Accurate Dosing

Vaping CBD is quicker and has a higher availability than sublingual method. Consequently you know the exact effect a puff will have soon after you take it. It won’t kick in later.

As a result, it makes dosing very simple. You take a puff and see how you feel. Repeat if needed.

Or you to keep track of approximately how much CBD you are getting per puff – knowing that you are absorbing the majority of it.

Dripping under your tongue is not so cut and dried. It’s a bit messy, sometimes you don’t keep it under your tongue as long and depending on whether you have food in your system, more or less CBD will enter your blood stream.

Therefore you can dose more accurately with vaping than under-the-tongue drip.

WINNER: Vaping

ROUND #5  High Doses

One advantage tincture has is higher doses.  If you need a lot – 50 mg to 100 mg –  of CBD for a particular issue, it is very difficult to get that much from vaping.

Assuming you have a water-soluble tincture, sublingual drop are much better for high doses.

WINNER: Tinctures

ROUND #6  Cost

Considering that vaping won the speed, bioavailability and dosing rounds,  it also comes out ahead in the best value contest – with a few exceptions.

Disposable CBD vape pens are usually not very cost effective (or eco friendly) .And vaping CBD does require a device (called a battery). But it is a one-time purchase that should pay for itself after a few uses.

Nano tech capsules are not far behind in value but still will cost you more money.

In either case, make sure you buy high-concentrate products. Otherwise you will be paying a high premium for CBD. 

WINNER: Vaping

ROUND #7 Safety

Vaping CBD is safe when done properly.  Can we say with absolute certainty that it is 100% safe? No.

Is taking CBD under you tongue 100% safe. Absolutely. Without question.

Winner: Sublingual Tinctures

ROUND #8 Convenience

Measuring out CBD tincture, squirting under your tongue and waiting is not that easy or convenient. It’s also not very discreet.

On the other hand, taking a few puffs on a vape pen couldn’t be easier – assuming you are in an area where you are able to. If you’re not, that’s not convenient. Plus some vape mods require a bit of maintenance.

Depending on your lifestyle or work situation, this one could go either way.

Winner: Tie

So What’s Better Vaping CBD or Sublingual Tincture?

So if you’re wondering which method of taking CBD is better between vaping and tinctures, here are the results:

  • Speed – Vaping is better
  • Bioavailability – Vaping is better
  • Duration – Tinctures are better
  • Accurate Dosage – Vaping is better
  • High Dosage – Tinctures are better
  • Cost – Vaping is better
  • Safety – Tinctures are better
  • Convenience – Tie

Vaping is the decisive winner over tinctures.


Sublingual  3        Vaping 4         Draw  1

Winner by split decision:  VAPING

older man vaping CBD


So there you have it. Of course every person has to decide how important each one of the factors are when making a decision about how to take CBD.

However – This doesn’t have to be an either/or decision.  You can use both of these methods depending on your circumstance, time of day, level of discomfort, etc. 

Vaping and sublingual drops are both useful tools for wellness.

That is the wonderful thing about CBD – there are many options, and you can custom tailor them to your precise needs.

Everybody wins!

Vape on!

John Astrab


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