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.
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How to Use CBD Oil: 5 Creative Ways
There are more ways to take CBD than ever these days. Edibles, topicals, capsules, smokables. pet products and human products. the list goes on. But is there any product as tried-and-true as the CBD oil tincture? Probably not.
And it’s not just us saying that. History agrees! A lot of people don’t know this, but cannabis tinctures were actually a staple of western medicine throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. British doctor William O’Shaughnessy declared the cannabis tincture an “anticonvulsant of the greatest value,” and over a hundred US pharmaceutical companies listed cannabis or hemp tinctures in the drug catalogs. [ 1 ]
But that was then, and this is now. Things are finally coming full circle — and in today’s article, we’ll be looking at 5 creative ways you can take CBD oil.
Way #1: Treat it like a sublingual
Most CBD oils are meant to be taken sublingually – a fancy way of saying ‘held under the tongue’. Research indicates that CBD works best when held sublingually for 30-60 seconds.
The longer one tends to wait before fully ingesting, the faster CBD tends to absorb! This occurs because the mouth contains permeable mucous membranes that can directly absorb CBD. CBD’s bioavailability may rise drastically if you give these membranes and blood vessels enough time to ‘soak’ things up.
Sublingual CBD is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some users may actually prefer to ingest their CBD faster so that more of it reaches the digestive system intact. This is most applicable for those with IBS or other gut health problems, but good for all to know.
Chemist Jessie Kater agrees. “Most of the literature supports the notion that CBD has better bioavailability when consumed sublingually versus orally,” she tells Well and Good , “[and] MCT oil-based tinctures are thought to provide better uptake than a traditional oil.” ( Readers will be happy to know that our tinctures contain plenty of MCT-rich coconut oil.)
Way #2: Infuse it into your favorite drink
Variety is the spice of life, and tincture usage is no exception (aka sublingual tincture usage is no longer enough)!
We see Toast CBD oil as part of a fun, and totally healthy, lifestyle routine. That’s why we only add clean organic flavors to our oils, flavors which lend themselves to the right drink for the moment, whether that’s a cocktail, tea, or other drink of choice. So if you’ve been considering topping your favorite drink with some CBD, don’t hold back.
Need some more specific guidance? With its bold, fresh flavor, our cold-pressed lemon tincture makes a perfect addition to your favorite spritzer.
Way #3: Try Adding CBD to Your Coffee
Try infusing your coffee with Toast CBD oil to experience the many benefits of consuming two lifestyle daily favorites together!
First there’s the practical benefits. How often do you skip your morning coffee? If the answer is “ never!” . then it could be a good idea to safeguard your CBD routine by taking your caffeine and cannabinoids all at once.
Another plus: CBD may counteract the jitters that can come with high caffeine intake. This is thought to be due to its calming effect on adenosine A2A receptors. [ 3 ] Granted, we’ll be the first to admit that biochemistry probably won’t be on your mind when CBD-infused coffee is making your workday a breeze.
Coffee may also increase your CBD oil’s bioavailability. How? Research has shown time and time again that CBD is absorbed better alongside a fatty meal. [ 4 ] Putting two and two together, could the same be said of a fatty drink? Better put an extra tablespoon of grass-fed butter in your coffee just to be sure.
And don’t worry about the taste of CBD oil ruining your next cup of Joe. Instead just opt for an organically flavored CBD tincture like Toast Spiked Pumpkin!
Way #4: Bake Some Edibles
Do you like experimenting with new recipes, especially those of the CBD variety? If so, baking yourself some CBD-infused edibles could be a great way to keep yourself happy and healthy — and perhaps even escape the quarantine blues.
CBD oil can be added to almost any recipe, after all, so long as the recipe doesn’t call for baking at super high heat. You can add our CBD oils to cookies, cakes, chocolates, and other treats. you can bake it into your favorite bread recipe. you can even pair it with olive oil to make a great base for salad dressings. The sky is practically the limit!
And if you’re not feeling up to baking your way to CBD-infused culinary heaven, no worries; skip the process and opt for already-made CBD chocolates instead. These ones get their deliciousness straight from artisanal chocolate maker Fine & Raw.
Way #5: Don’t vape your CBD oil
Okay, this one isn’t actually a new creative way to take CBD; instead it’s more of a warning of what not to do .
As the headline implies, CBD oils are NOT meant to be vaped . For that activity you’ll need a dedicated vape juice; regular CBD oil just won’t cut it. That’s because CBD oils use a carrier oil (ours is coconut oil) that is perfectly healthy when ingested, but is not meant to be inhaled. Vaping CBD oils can lead to health problems like lipid pneumonia.
Even vaping vape-specific juice/oil isn’t immune to risk. Many vape juices may contain PG, PEG, or vitamin E acetate. In other words. vaping isn’t always as safe as it may seem.
A better alternative would be to smoke all-natural CBD-rich hemp like the kind found in our customers’ favorite Toast Emerald . It’s about as natural as natural gets: full spectrum hemp flower (never biomass) rolled in hemp paper. Plus the experience is truly immersive.
There are more ways to take CBD than ever these days. Edibles, topicals, capsules, smokables…pet products and human products…the list goes on. But is there any product as tried-and-true as the CBD oil tincture? Probably not. And it’s not just us saying that. History agrees! A lot of people don’t know this, but ca