How to take CBD Oil

How to take CBD Oil

If you are new to CBD oil, you might feel confused or overwhelmed as to how to effectively use it. Rest assured, however, that CBD oil is both simple and easy to use. Moreover, if CBD oil isn’t for you, then there’s a host of other products to use that can be effective in other ways.

How to Effectively Use CBD Oil

Someone grabs a bottle of CBD off of a tray in the kitchen

CBD oil is extracted directly from the hemp and marijuana plants. It’s often considered the strongest concentrate and the most direct way to consume the product. These extracts are added to oil suspensions which are normally found in dropper bottles and come in a variety of concentrations and flavors. These tinctures can be taken through a dropper or placed into a food or drink. The best way to receive results, however, is by dropping the oil directly under the tongue  so that the cannabinoids, terpenes, phytonutrients, and other beneficial components are released quickly into the bloodstream. 

How to Use CBD Oil: Important Factors

The effectiveness of your CBD oil can be impacted by a few things. If you want the maximum benefit from your regimen, note the following points:

  • shake the bottle before using for best mixture of suspended particles
  • keep your CBD oil away from excess heat and light
  • take your CBD on a relatively empty stomach (not with a huge meal)

What’s the Best Way to Take CBD Oil?

As mentioned above, you can buy CBD in the form of an oil that you take under your tongue (sublingually). All you need to do is fill the dropper with the desired amount, place a few drops under your tongue, hold it in your mouth for around 60 seconds, then swallow. Taking CBD in this way is highly effective as it allows the compounds to enter into the body through the bloodstream where it will have the best impact. Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Dose amount is easily controlled
  • Effects are long-lasting in this form
When it comes to CBD oil, the best rule of thumb is to start low and go slow. Your body needs time to get used to both the CBD as well as the dose. For example, if you purchased 600mg full-spectrum CBD oil, you should begin by taking ½ a dropper full of oil once a day. This will roughly equal 10mg of CBD oil once a day. Stay with this dose for about one week before checking in with yourself to see how your body is feeling.
A young woman stands outside and drips CBD oil under her tongue

If you feel that you want to increase the dose after a week, then start taking a ½ a dropper full twice a day for one week. This will equal 10mg of oil twice a day, or 20mg of oil a day. Check in with yourself again to see how you’re feeling. If you feel good, then stay at your dose. If you need to increase, then follow the method you’ve been using until you feel that you’ve achieved the right dose for yourself. Remember, everyone’s body is different. Therefore, there is not one perfect dose of CBD oil that will be great for everyone. The method for finding the right dose of CBD oil is very much trial and error. Be patient with yourself and with your body. You will eventually find the dose that works the best for your overall health and wellness needs.

How Much CBD Should You Be Taking?

As we just stated, the right dose of CBD oil will be different for everyone since everyone’s body is different. There are also other factors that play into how much CBD oil you’ll need such as weight, height, and health need. If you’re looking to maintain steady CBD levels throughout your day, then a CBD Chew or or a full-spectrum CBD oil might be the way to go. Sometimes a combination of methods might be best as well. For example, you can take CBD oil in the morning and then apply a CBD cream at night before bed. Or, you can take a CBD chew in the morning, and then use a CBD salve during the day as needed. Be aware, though, that if you switch products, methods, or doses, the effect may feel different. Sadly, since some CBD companies are less trustworthy than others, their CBD products may have less of an effect than products from a more reputable company like FAB CBD.
Someone chooses a bottle of CBD from amongst a host of CBD products on a shelf

Finally, even though you cannot overdose on CBD, taking way too much may cause you to have diarrhea, feel drowsy, lethargic, nauseous, or may be upsetting to your stomach. This is another reason why small amounts are best at first. Also, if you’re concerned about CBD not mixing well with your prescription medication, then you should absolutely consult with your physician before beginning a CBD regimen.

Full Spectrum vs Broad Spectrum vs CBD Isolate

CBD oils come in isolates, full-spectrum, or broad-spectrum varieties. In order to get the most health benefits out of the oil, it’s best to go with either full-spectrum or broad spectrum oils, as isolates only contain 99% pure CBD and no other beneficial cannabinoids, phytonutrients, and terpenes like full-spectrum and broad spectrum oils do. Full-spectrum oils have all of the cannabinoids in the hemp plant in them, including CBD and THC. Because all CBD products out on the market must legally be derived from the hemp plant, they all will naturally contain less than the legal limit of 0.3% THC, so there is no way that you could possibly get high from full-spectrum CBD products. CBD and THC work best when they are taken together instead of by themselves. The reason for this is that they create what is known as the entourage effect. During the entourage effect, the cannabinoids will dampen each other’s negative side effects while boosting one another’s positive side effects. So, in taking a full-spectrum or broad spectrum CBD oil, you will potentially be receiving the most benefits that the hemp plant can offer.

How to Give CBD to Pets

When giving CBD to pets, it's imperative that you use a pet-specific product. Pets do not tolerate THC well, and even low amounts can be harmful for them. Because of this, most pet treats are made with CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD. Pet treats are common delivery methods, but you can also find oils for pets. Treats are easier to use because pets are enthusiastic about consuming them! Oil takes a little more work, and often has to be added to the pet's food.

A latex-gloved hand holds a glass bottle and withdraws CBD oil from it with a dropper

Getting The Most Out Of CBD

Instead of immediately increasing how much CBD you’re taking, why not try a couple of simple tricks to increase the amount of CBD that gets into your body? First, when taking a CBD oil, instead of increasing the number of drops, simply hold the drops you are taking under your tongue a bit longer, or even try moving the oil around in your mouth for a bit before swallowing. Second, trying a combination of products can help your body encounter CBD in different ways. Combining products can also help you to tackle different issues simultaneously. Indeed, there are many different ways for you to get the most out of your CBD. Don’t be afraid to try something different.

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