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Cannabis Bioavailability: What’s the Most Effective Method?

Medical cannabis is legal in West Virginia, and you can get your medical card today! If you have any questions or are not sure if you would qualify, just give us a call and we can help!

There are many ways to use marijuana, but some of the most popular delivery methods include:

  • Smoking

  • Vaping

  • Edibles

  • Tinctures

  • Creams/lotions

It seems the types of products available at dispensaries just keep evolving as more variety is offered. Everyone has their own preferred method, but some people may wonder which method is the most effective.

When we say most effective, we mean which method allows you to utilize as much of the THC in the product as possible. In other words, how much THC in cannabis products is our body actually taking in?

This is known as the bioavailability of cannabis. How much we consume will determine how much our body is able to use. Products with high bioavailability rates allow you to get more out of the medicine, whereas low bioavailability rates mean you are not taking in as much THC as one may like.

In this blog, we will discuss the different delivery methods and their bioavailability rates.


Smoking and vaping involve inhalation. According to studies, the bioavailability of inhalation methods is somewhere around 31%, although the bioavailability can vary depending on other factors.

For example, how deep you inhale when you smoke or vape and how large of a puff you take will affect its bioavailability. Another thing to consider is the fact that smoking out of a bong tends to diminish THC levels in your medicine.

Sublingual Method

Sublingual methods involve taking tinctures or sprays and putting them under the tongue. This method has been gaining popularity due to the fact that THC kicks in quickly that way.

The bioavailability of sublingual methods is said to be anywhere from 80-91%. This is very high when compared to other methods!


Oral is not the same thing as sublingual, because sublingual is specifically putting the medicine under your tongue and having it absorbed into your bloodstream. Oral methods include edibles and other things and may lose bioavailability because you must digest them.

The bioavailability of oral delivery methods is said to be anywhere from 4-20%. This is a relatively low level of bioavailability, which means that it is not a very effective method of delivery.

The Bottom Line

The most effective method as far as bioavailability is concerned is sublingual, by far. Sublingual administration, such as tinctures, allows our bodies to soak up high amounts of THC from cannabis products.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today

In West Virginia, there are many conditions that would make you eligible for your very own medical marijuana card. There are unlimited benefits to getting your medical card including access to safe, natural, and effective medicine.

You need your medical card to visit any dispensary in the state, so what are you waiting for?

If you think you may benefit from medical cannabis, there is a good chance you will qualify for a card. It is now easier than ever to get your card with telemedicine, right from the comfort of your own home!

Being a West Virginia medical marijuana patient allows you the freedom to establish your own personalized treatment plan. We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way!

Feel free to give us a call at 877-303-8424 and we can answer your questions about getting a medical marijuana card in West Virginia.


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

West Virginia Marijuana Card’s mission is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

If you have any questions, call us at 877-303-8424, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out West Virginia Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information.

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Jan 26, 2023

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