Debunking myths: Can you take CBD through your belly button?
Debunking CBD myths
CBD is reaching a point of popularity where it seems like most people know about it, and a large number of those people are taking it. A recent study found that there were 1.3 million active CBD users in the UK, with a further 6 million having used it occasionally. That’s why ensuring new users are well informed is so important to us at Vitality CBD.
As with any new industry, there’s a large degree of disinformation on the market currently. We never publish anything we don’t believe we can verify either with our own research, or through wider scientific backing. If you’ve read it here, you can trust it.
What is the Pechoti Method?
One of the most prevalent myths we’ve seen recently is the so-called ‘Pechoti Method’. The premise is that CBD is best absorbed when taken through your belly button, providing a series of benefits that you wouldn’t receive from taking it elsewhere. We’re here to let you know that this is definitely an urban myth with no credibility.
The Pechoti Method is so named because of a supposed Pechoti gland behind the belly button. The hypothesis suggests that this gland was connected to the umbilical cord during pregnancy. Any and all nutrients that were passed along the cord would then be distributed through the body via this gland.
After the cord is severed after birth, this gland is then left behind, though it’s use as an ingestion point isn’t taken advantage of. Most (less than scientific) sources suggest that there are over 70 million nerves that meet at this one juncture before then dispersing across the entire body.
Is the Pechoti Method real?
Predictably, there isn’t much in the way of actual evidence to back this up, though you will certainly find plenty of anecdotal reports across the internet. Interestingly, most of these are cannabis-related, further raising the question of why it’s only discussed by cannabis users, and why no medical outlets make any reference to it.
In our research we have found some limited references to absorption rates around the navel, but they seem limited and far from conclusive. At Vitality CBD we only want to provide information that’s been verified with some degree of backing.
Since the Pechoti Method only appears in anecdotal circumstances, we feel secure saying there’s limited scientific basis for it. So, it the Pechoti Method a myth? Yes, it is.
Whilst the Pechoti Method’s suggestion that there is a network through which compounds can easily be transported is correct, it’s far simpler than rubbing the oil in your belly button. Instead, you want CBD to reach your circulatory system, the vast network that connects nearly your entire body.
When a product’s bioavailability is discussed, it means the amount of the compound that your body can put into use. This is predominantly affected by the delivery method, though of course age, weight and metabolism can all have large impacts from person to person.
Vaping and using a product sublingually (letting it soak into the blood vessels beneath the tongue) are generally the quickest means for getting a compound into circulation in high amounts. By contrast, applying CBD means it has to be absorbed through the skin first, decreasing the amount that will be distributed around the body.
Our advice would be to use our Oral Spray if you want to make sure the CBD is carried furthest. By using one of our three delicious flavours, you can easily apply it beneath the tongue and ensure it’s carried through your circulatory system across the body.
So, we've established that taking CBD through your belly button isn't a miracle method, but if you want to learn more about CBD and the actual facts around it, a great starting point is our 4-step guide to CBD. Presented in an easy to digest collapsible format, it gives you loads of different entry points to find out more.
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