How to Take CBD Oil: CBD Drops, Coffees and Cocktails
So, you’ve read all about cannabidiol (or CBD as it’s more commonly known) and now you’re thinking of giving it a whirl. It makes sense. The food and wellness industries are buzzing about this natural chemical compound, which is said to help with anxiety, arthritis, pain relief, menopause symptoms and insomnia to name but a few.
You’ve decided you want to try it, so what’s next? When it comes to how to take CBD oil, you’re spoiled for choice. From tinctures and topicals to smoothies and coffee blends, there’s an overwhelming amount of options out there. Unsure where to start? That’s where we come in – here’s our CBD oil guide to help you decide how best to take CBD oil.
How to take CBD Oil?
While there are many ways to take CBD oil, it depends on the strength of the oil. With our 250mg CBD Oils (a great starting point), you put five CBD oil drops under your tongue and hold them there for 30-60 seconds, and do that three times a day. You can, however, freestyle, putting your drops into a smoothie, juice or even your morning cuppa. CBD is said to take the edge off coffee too.
Which brings us to…
9 Ways to Take CBD Oil at Home
1. In a tincture
In layman’s terms, a tincture is a concoction you take by dropper or spray straight into your mouth. You can take CBD oil by putting it directly under your tongue (that part of the mouth is a capillary-rich area and so the CBD will reach your bloodstream quicker). Try dropping a dose of CBD under your tongue and holding it there for a minute before swallowing.
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2. In a capsule
CBD oil also comes in a capsule form, which can be a good option for people who want to maintain a consistent amount of the compound in the body. However when CBD is ingested it passes through the digestive tract which means you might have to wait upwards of 30 minutes before experiencing any effect.
3. In a smoothie
Some blends of CBD oil can have a pungent, earthy taste. It’s not for everyone, which is why many people like to mask the flavour with other – more delicious – ingredients. Another way to take CBD is by adding half a teaspoon of CBD oil to your morning smoothie for a calm start to the day. If you’re after some smoothie inspo, head over to the 5 Best Self Care Smoothies With Hemp .
4. In coffee
If only there was a way to capture the energy of coffee without its associated jitters. Oh wait… there is! There are an increasing number of CBD coffee brands popping up, who claim that when coffee beans are infused with CBD, they take away the anxiety that caffeine consumption can cause. This makes the ‘up’ that your coffee gives you a little smoother; it takes the edge off. Or use a dairy-free milk that’s infused with CBD to easily control your dosage and allow you to continue using your favourite coffee blend.
5. In a salad dressing
Now we’re talking the same language, right? Try incorporating a little CBD oil into your daily cooking routine to get a bunch of health benefits without much effort at all. For a delicious and nutritious salad dressing, start with three to four tablespoons of olive oil, then add two teaspoons of CBD, the juice of half a fragrant lemon and salt and pepper. Here’s 5 hemp oil friendly recipes for starters.
6. In a vape pen
Okay so this one might sound a little scary, but vape pens are easy to use and can go undetected because they produce little smoke. The plus side of taking CBD in a vape pen is that when CBD is inhaled, it enters the lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. However, it’s important to note that the long-term safety of vaping is still unknown.
7. In sweet treats
The beauty of CBD is that it can basically be baked into anything, which is why you’ll find everything from cookies and brownies to gummies and caramel candies infused with it. Sweets are easy to take along with you in a bag on the go, while baked goods might need to be kept refrigerated to keep the CBD fresh (or just eat them quickly before they go off?).
8. In a topical rub or balm
In balm or rub form, CBD is often blended with fragrant coconut oil or beeswax, which makes it easy to spread on the skin (and makes your bod smell great too). When used topically, CBD can reach local targets, like sore muscles or joints. We’ve also heard it works wonders for period pain.
9. In a cocktail
If you’re feeling fancy go on the hunt for a CBD cocktail. We’ve heard reports that over in San Diego you can order The Mr Nice Guy – that’s a vodka and mezcal mixed drink that includes CBD. More proof, if any were needed, that CBD can be imbibed alongside any other food or drink, and that you’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of it soon.
How Much CBD Should I Take Each Day?
We always suggest starting the day with a few drops – it just sets the tone, you know? But you can top up throughout the day, no problem. Everyone will have an amount that works for them, just play around with it and see what feels good. We recommend starting with 5mg doses, 3 times per day and increasing your dosage incrementally over the course of a few weeks, ensuring you always stay below 70mg each day.
Check out our guide to CBD dosages for detailed advice.
Should I Refrigerate CBD Oil?
No, you shouldn’t. It’s best kept in a dark place like a pantry or cupboard so that it stays cool without getting too cold.
Should I Drink CBD Oil or Rub it Into My Skin?
Whichever you prefer! As outlined above, you can add CBD oil to a variety of different drinks or rub it into your skin as a topical balm. However, rubbing it into your skin tends to be better for sore joints or muscles.
What Does CBD Oil Under the Tongue Do?
This is one of the many ways the body can absorb CBD oil – as we mentioned above, your tongue is capillary-rich, meaning this method will allow the CBD to reach your bloodstream quickly.
How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work on Joint Pain?
It depends on a variety of factors, such as how strong the CBD oil is (the stronger the concentration, the faster you will feel its effects) as well as how you are consuming it. For example, if you are taking CBD oil by placing a few drops under your tongue, it should take effect in around 15 to 45 minutes , while a topical application may take longer.
How Often Should I Take CBD Oil?
This varies from person to person and, when in doubt, you should always consult a doctor. However, we recommend starting with one of our 250mg bottles of CBD and taking five drops three times a day. After you begin to learn how this affects your body, you can better decide whether you should scale your dosage up or down (as long as you don’t exceed 70mg of CBD per day!).
Should I Take CBD Oil in the Morning or Evening?
Again, this is up to you and how CBD oil affects your body. People who find that CBD oil makes them feel energised, awake and clear-headed may prefer to take it in the mornings (or afternoons when they need a bit of a boost), while those who find that CBD oil helps them unwind and relax may prefer to take it in the evenings.
Can CBD Keep Me Awake at Night?
It can, but it probably won’t. While some people do feel that CBD oil makes them feel more alert, preliminary studies have shown that CBD oil is an effective way to treat insomnia.
Have we caught your attention? Now that you know how to take CBD oil, are you interested in trying it out for yourself? Check out our range of Pure CBD oils and start experimenting with your smoothies, baked goods and more!
If you’ve ever wondered how to take CBD oil you’re not alone. Check out Good Hemp’s CBD oil guide for the nine best ways, how much CBD to take and more.
How to Take CBD Oil: (Doses, Methods, Side Effects & More)
Whether you’re new to the idea or have been using it for a while, it can be confusing figuring out how to take CBD oil without the proper guidance.
The quality of your CBD oil, the method of taking it, your size and weight, and the condition you’re trying to treat are all things that can affect your ideal CBD daily dose.
Even governing bodies such as the FDA in the US haven’t suggested a standard dose.
This can be a problem as many people use CBD oil in an attempt to treat themselves, but can often become hesitant or worried when they realise they don’t know what dose of CBD to take, or potentially even how to take CBD oil!
You’ll be glad to know that you’ve landed on the correct page if you’ve ever wondered about the answers to questions like:
- How to take CBD oil drops
- How much CBD oil to take
- How long does it take for CBD oil to work?
We’ve put together a complete guide on how to take CBD oil, which forms are the most effective, and how to work out your ideal dosage, so you never have to worry about inadequate doses again!
What’s in this Guide?
Is CBD Oil Safe to Use?
While more and more research is coming out to support CBD’s effectiveness, it’s worth remembering that CBD is a natural herbal supplement and should not be considered as an alternative or replacement for traditional medication.
Despite this, CBD oil is incredibly safe and risk-free, meaning if there is a chance it can help with your condition or ailment, especially if you’ve struggled for a long time, it’s almost always worth trying.
In order to make sure the CBD you’re using is as safe as it can be, look out for high quality, natural products that:
- Don’t use any pesticides, fungicides or other nasty chemicals
- Are completely free of GMO
- Are lab tested to a high standard
Any brand that doesn’t mention its stance in regards to being organic, pure and well vetted is probably not something you want to put in your body.
The most commonly reported, and possibly the only common side effect of using large amounts of CBD is drowsiness. We recommend avoiding driving or using heavy machinery the first time you use CBD, at least until you know what dosage is right for you.
If you’re nervous – you can figure out how to take CBD oil for the first time at a weekend or another time when you can avoid being anywhere if you have a problem.
- To learn more about the studies that have taken place into CBD’s effectiveness, and their findings, take a look at our post on the benefits of CBD oil.
Once you’ve brushed up on that, your next question is likely how much CBD to take!
Taking CBD oil comes with very few, uncommon and mild side effects
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
Many brands on the internet often recommend standardised doses, such as “take one drop of CBD oil under the tongue per day” or “eat two CBD gummies per day”.
But it’s actually impossible to give a “one size fits all” CBD oil dose in that way for the following reasons:
- There are no regulations regarding how much cannabidiol a CBD product needs to contain, meaning the concentration of different products varies wildly
- CBD is used to help treat several different conditions, all of which require different doses
- Our endocannabinoid system receptors differ and so the amount two people need to take in order to absorb the same amount can be completely different, even if those people are the same size and weight
For example, we offer full spectrum, lab tested CBD oil with 3mg of CBD per serving.
Other brands offer CBD oil that doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids at all, and many contain 1mg of CBD per serving or less. As a result, one drop of our product could easily be equivalent to 3-4 of another.
But with all these variables, how are you supposed to know how much CBD oil to take?
The most effective ways to figure out the best CBD dose for you is to start small and gradually increase your dose until you find the best effects.
The reason for this is that what works for one person may not work for another, even if they are both the same weight and trying to treat the same condition.
Regardless of all that, a good general CBD dose to aim for is around 1-5mg per 5kg of bodyweight.
So, for example, if you weigh 70kg, you might want to start at around 14mg per day, increasing by 1-3mg daily until you find the sweet spot.
The simple reason for this is that what works for one person may not work for another.
There are CBD dosage calculators out there which will give you a relatively accurate starting point based on your answers to certain questions, but even they can’t be more accurate than testing doses for yourself and figuring out what works best – there are just too many variables.
So you know how to calculate your perfect CBD dose now, but how can you be sure how many mg you’re actually taking?
Is one puff on a CBD vape the same as one drop from a bottle of tincture, or one CBD gummy?
Not exactly, but don’t worry, we can explain.
Check out our video below for a quick rundown on how to take CBD oil and the advantages of the different methods, or read on for more.
How Should I Take CBD Oil Tincture?
CBD oil drops or tinctures is one of the most popular and easy ways to take CBD.
This is because it’s the easiest way to keep track of how much CBD you have taken.
It is also the method that provides the second highest level of CBD bioavailability, after vaping.
Since most e-liquids contain CBD alone and not the other cannabinoids, taking CBD oil is thought to give the quickest, and most thorough benefits.
But how should you take CBD drops?
The best way is simply to let the drop sit under your tongue for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. This is because CBD gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream from under the tongue more quickly than it does via the stomach.
Most good CBD formulas should tell you exactly how much each drop contains (ours is 3mg per serving).
This is worth noting because any product that doesn’t do this is potentially trying to hide a low amount of CBD content.
Luckily, if you’re stuck with one of these products, it should be easy enough to work out how much CBD is in each drop once you realise that the average dropper size is 1ml.
This means you can just divide the total CBD content of the bottle by the total number of ml the bottle holds, to work out how much CBD is in each drop.
[TOTAL CBD CONTENT] / [TOTAL VOLUME OF BOTTLE] = [CBD ML PER DROP]
How Can I Vape CBD Oil?
CBD is often vaporised to help with sleep and relaxation, or as a quit smoking aid as opposed to treating a specific ailment.
If you are considering vaping CBD for this reason, you may prefer to simply figure out your own ideal daily dose.
However, if you do wish to keep track of your dose and improve it over time, you can start by measuring how much CBD is in each dropper, just like we discussed above regarding CBD drops.
Once you know this, it’s easy to work out how much CBD each tank contains, which makes it easy to keep track of how much you’re vaping each day simply by taking note of how often you refill the tank.
This is something you’ll want to monitor over time, as it’s easy to treat vaping CBD as a regular habit like smoking and forget that you are primarily doing it for the health benefits.
Luckily, since there is no risk of overdose with CBD, using too much could be a waste of money and no longer be as beneficial, but little else is likely to come of it.
CBD oil drops are a common and easy way for people to take CBD oil
CBD Oil: The Dosage for Different Conditions
While everybody is different and there will never be a standardised CBD dosage that works for everybody, different conditions interact with the endocannabinoid system in unique ways.
This means there are certain guidelines on how much to take for each condition or desired effect.
These should be treated more as a starting point for your own refinement than strict medical advice, but they are useful nonetheless.
This CBD dosage chart courtesy of Mayo Clinic is a great place to start:
|Chronic Pain||2.5-20mg per day||Source|
|Epilepsy||200-300mg per day||Source|
|Loss of Mobility from Huntington’s Disease||10mg per 1kg of body weight per day||Source|
|Sleep Disorders or Insomnia||40-160mg per day||Source|
|Schizophrenia||40-1,280mg per day||Source|
|Glaucoma||A single dose of 20-40mg taken under the tongue||Source|
How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?
This is a common question because it’s easy to take a single dose and not notice any immediate difference, then come to the conclusion that CBD isn’t helpful.
Since CBD is a wellness supplement that promotes homeostasis and not a medication, you shouldn’t expect an immediate improvement.
With that said, a lot of people claim they do experience rapid effects, so once again this seems to be something that varies from person to person depending on their endocannabinoid systems.
We also regularly get asked this question in regards to a specific complaint, for example “how long does it take for CBD oil to work for pain?”.
Since chronic pain can stem from so many different causes, this is impossible to answer accurately.
If you are attempting to take CBD oil to help reduce a specific complaint, such as insomnia, pain, inflammation or anxiety, we would recommend taking CBD every day for 2 weeks in the first instance.
During this time, take note of your symptoms, giving them a score out of 10 for severity every single day.
At the end of the two weeks, you may well find you have noticed a significant improvement, in which case you should of course continue using CBD oil.
But if your improvement feels minor or you are unsure if there is any improvement at all, you can try ceasing to take CBD and recording the severity of your symptoms for another 2 weeks.
This can make the difference more obvious, and if you experienced worse symptoms when you stopped taking CBD oil, you can also take this is a reason to continue.
To learn more about taking CBD oil to help manage specific complaints, take a look at our guides on the following conditions:
How Can I Find a Trustworthy Brand?
When it comes to deciding how to take CBD oil for you, in what dosage, and how often, this is arguably the most important factor of all.
The explosion of CBD’s popularity has led to countless brands popping out of the woodwork, using different source materials, meaning the quality, quantity and condition of the CBD is different for each of them.
How CBD is extracted can vary from brand to brand, as well, which affects the other ingredients present within the oil as well as the amount of CBD.
This itself isn’t much to worry about, as hemp and cannabis plants themselves have varying amounts of CBD, so some level of variance is to be expected.
However, you do need to check the reviews, background and websites of any brand you plan on buying into, to make sure they have the scientific backing and desire to do things properly, as opposed to running a “make money quick” scheme.
This is why we put so much effort into lab testing our products and making sure they are organic, sustainable, and made from top-quality broad spectrum CBD.
Knowing the ingredients list is one thing, but independent lab reports show you what’s in every single batch, putting everything on the table.
Brands who appear to spend more time on branding and flashy packaging than they do on research and creating a high-quality product should be avoided at all costs, as they either aren’t knowledgeable about how to make a high quality product, or they don’t care.
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