Figuring out how to take CBD oil can be tough, especially for first time users. Having a clear understanding of these types of products will go a long way in determining their potential impact on your body.
CBD oil may come in different forms ranging from vapes, tinctures, gummies, oils, infused foods, and drinks. For clarity, these products are placed into different categories known as edibles, tinctures, oils, breathable or vapes, and topicals.
Most users find it hard to understand how to use products for effective results hence the need for this article. In this article, we will focus on how to take CBD oil and the possible effects these products have on your body. These effects include:
- bioavailability (amount of CBD in your blood stream)
- pros and cons of using gummies vs. drops
- ways to take CBD products in the most effective manner
What is CBD Oil?
First, let’s explain what CBD Oil is. CBD oil is an oil extracted from the cannabis plant. A cannabis plant produces both hemp and marijuana. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound within the cannabis plant.
Marijuana contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive component that gives you a high. THC is also heavily controlled and regulated. Marijuana derived CBD products are illegal.
On the other hand, CBD oil comes from hemp that contains little or no THC, but it does contain all the properties that can be a benefit to your health. Imagine being able to reap the rewards of cannabis, but without getting high.
This is now possible with things like full spectrum CBD oil.
If you supplement with CBD, you cannot (and will not) get high as long as the CBD comes from hemp. Regardless of the way you choose to take CBD, just double check that it comes from hemp to be safe.
Potential Health Benefits
Studies have shown that CBD oil is an effective way to take CBD for both inflammation and chronic pain. Wider research suggests that it can also be used to treat a host of other conditions such as helping with sleep problems and mental health.
People take CBD oil to offer relief from several different systems, but how does taking CBD work? Does it really offer good health benefits?
In short, taking CBD oil affects different receptors (CB1 and CB2) all throughout our bodies. These receptors are part of the Endocannabinoid System.
These receptors are what triggers relief from symptoms (like chronic pain relief) and health benefits. There is a lot we still need to learn about both cannabinoids in hemp, CBD oils, and their effects on things like post traumatic stress disorder or joint pain.
Nonprescription CBD products are not yet considered dietary supplements by the FDA, so no company can come out and say CBD cures or helps with anything, to be perfectly legal. That said, many people have reported massive turn arounds in their health issues after trying CBD oils.
CBD oil is seen as a more natural treatment compared to over-the-counter or prescribed drugs. It is legal in every state providing it contains less than 0.3 percent THC.
Forbes reported in July 2021 that even some of the U.S. Olympic teams were using CBD oil as a natural solution for faster recovery and improved performance.
A big advantage of taking CBD oil is that it is from a natural source, so it is important to choose the right product. CBD oil is produced in a variety of ways for consumption, each designed to maximize the positive effects on the user. It comes in many different forms.
Consumers can purchase CBD oil as an oil, in capsules, vape liquid, a topical lotion, or edible gummies.
CBD Oil also has many potential benefits for health, but there are lots of things for you to consider when thinking about how to use CBD oil.
The way you supplement with CBD oil will not only have an impact on the effectiveness of the product but different products may be more suited to specific purposes.
The strength of the product is also important. Not only do you need to consider the how much CBD is contained in a product, but also how much of it your body will absorb.
These forms of CBD oil products have their own unique qualities that makes them best suited for specific occasions. For example, taking CBD oil for joint pain is going to be different than using CBD products for anxiety management.
Bioavailability of CBD Oil Products
Bioavailability, as the name implies, refers to the concentration of a substance that is present in the blood and ready to interact with the cannabinoid receptors.
Whatever way to take CBD you choose, bioavailability will play a factor.
In other words, it can be described as the total concentration of a compound the body absorbs after administration. The level of bioavailability differs from one mode of administration to the other.
CBD gummies are classified as edibles with a bioavailability of 6-19%, while drops are classified as tinctures with a bioavailability of more than 20%, depending on the body chemistry.
Related article: Sublingual CBD Products
If you take CBD that is orally ingested, it must pass through the liver, where they are broken down to release CBD and other cannabinoids.
It’s this first-pass metabolism that reduces the overall bioavailability of the compounds since most of them are lost before reaching the blood.
If all of this confuses you, just remember: if you swallow something it will typically lose a large portion of the nutrients from being digested. That’s it!
How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?
Surprisingly, CBD can stay in your system for weeks on end (trace amounts).
Keep in mind, this is only trace amounts. After taking CBD, it will begin to break down after about 8 hours. To completely break down and become non-traceable, it just takes time. Expect residual amounts to linger for 3-4 weeks.
How to Take CBD Oil Drops vs. CBD Gummies
Taking CBD oil drops and gummies (often classified as tinctures or edibles) exhibit some differences which we’ll discuss below:
How Long Will It Take For CBD To Work?
Drops, like oils and tinctures, produce a faster and greater effect when compared to gummies. Taking CBD drops involves placing the oil under the tongue, and holding there for 30 seconds before swallowing (see more: sublingual administration). When taken this way, CBD can work within minutes.
Products administered sublingually have a higher bioavailability when compared to orally ingested products like oils and gummies.
The sublingual vein, under the tongue, is great at distributing things into the bloodstream very quickly. This is because you bypass the first pass effect, since you are bypassing the digestive tract.
A lot of people prefer to take CBD sublingually, because it just works so quickly.
This makes it easier as a way to take CBD, because drops administered sublingually are able to access the bloodstream and produce effects quickly.
Many different prescription drugs have a sublingual form because it’s so effective.
Strength and Serving Sizes
The accuracy of your dosing determines your overall effect. When compared to other edibles like teas and infused drinks, information from research shows that CBD oils and tinctures provide a more accurate means of dosing thanks to droppers.
Droppers come with accurately labeled lines that show how many mL you are drawing into the dropper when you use CBD.
*If your drops come with an unlabeled dropper, please do not use it, because is no way to accurately measure the proper dosage without a properly labeled dropper. This is normally a sign of a low quality product.
To obtain the best result from your CBD oil drops, it is recommended that you follow the instructions on the label.
Using a dropper is very simple. All you need to do is reference the markings on it and measure your oil. Simply squeeze the dropper and release it in the bottle to fill it.
Since gummies come with a pre-determined amount of hemp extract, they are easier to dose. They generally have the most exact measurement of concentrations, along with capsules or pills.
While a single gummy can have more than 20mg of CBD per gummy, CBD oil drops usually come in a small dose of CBD ranging from 1-4mg per drop.
Always give your body time to properly digest gummies before going for another dose. Most people report feeling the effects from CBD edibles within 30-45minutes after eating them.
How Easy is the Product To Use?
CBD oil products are not hard to use, at all. Please keep this in mind. That said, it is normally easier to use gummies since they come with a pre-determined CBD concentration per servings.
All you need to do is to purchase edibles that have the exact CBD amount you’re looking for per gummy.
It is recommended that you use CBD gummies as a way to take CBD if you want the following;
- Don’t mind chewing
- Want a delayed effect
- Have a hard time dealing with the smell and taste of oils
Although the drops are more effective and kick in quicker, they can be harder to use. Not everyone prefers the drops. That’s just fine, too!
You can settle for CBD oil drops if you are interested in
- Mixing your CBD oil with something else like soups, smoothies, or coffees
- Can withstand holding the liquid in your mouth for up to 1 minute
- Want something that works fast
Gummies are also easier to carry around. Users don’t have to deal with the stress of keeping the bottle from breaking, or leaking.
CBD tinctures, oils, and other drops are formulated with carrier oils that promote the solubility of CBD. The presence of these carrier oils may give the product an unpleasant taste that many users find hard to deal with.
These carrier oils include but are not limited to: olive oil, hemp seed oil, and MCT oil.
New Phase Blends uses organic MCT oil (coconut oil) as a carrier oil. MCT oil is high in very healthy fatty acids, and is normally tasteless.
For this reason, we are able to use organic, essential oils for flavoring. We do not overpower any CBD products with flavoring, because we just don’t believe in adding all of that extra stuff. It simply isn’t needed in our products.
How to Find a Good CBD Oil Dosage
While there is no best way to take CBD, there is definitely a best dosage of CBD for us and it’s normally different from person to person.
Before we dive into how we can effectively CBD droppers and gummies, it is important we understand how to determine the best dosage for our body type and condition.
Studies show that CBD oil products seem used by people mostly to treat chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia.
It is also very important to pay special attention to your weight or size.
Our ability to metabolize substances is dependent on our size and age; that is why Body Mass Index is a determining factor when prescribing any medication.
It has been recommended that users take .25mg of CBD per pound bodyweight depending on the strength of the dosage (see the next section for a more detailed explanation).
The last part of determining your CBD dose is to focus on the type of product. Remember, products are available as tinctures, oils, edibles, gummies, vapes, and topicals.
The concentration differs from one form of administration to the other, and it is important that you determine which CBD products work best for you.
If you are new to CBD oil, most people will start with a 1,000mg tincture, or 45mg gummies they can bite in half. New and experiences users alike enjoy topical balms as well.
Start with the lowest possible dose to get an effect, and work your way up from there.
Different Levels of Strength & Dosages
CBD oil dosage is divided into three main levels:
- Mild dosage:
This is the lowest possible concentration of CBD oil. This method is best for people who are trying it out for the first time, or people with mild symptoms.
It comes in handy in preventing health challenges, can boost the immune system, maintain internal balance above all, keep your body active. This is usually around 15-33mg of CBD per serving, depending on body weight.
- Regular dose:
Regular, or mid-range, doses are preferable for people dealing with conditions like allergies, mild inflammations, loss of appetite, stress, minor aches, anxiety, and depression.
The ideal serving size is 33-65mg per serving. Again, keep your body weight in mind. If you are smaller, stick to the lower end of this range.
- Strong dose:
This is the highest possible concentration of CBD oil commonly utilized for chronic conditions like extreme anxiety, epileptic seizures, cancer, tumors, and chronic pain.
Related article: Benefits of High Strength 2000mg CBD Oil
Ways to Take CBD Oil Drops
Using these drops is quite simple. You just squeeze the drops under your tongue, and hold there for at least 60 seconds. This allows your sublingual vein to disperse the CBD oil into your bloodstream, rapidly.
Identify Your Dosage
See the section above for information on how to determine your basic CBD oil dosage.
After determining your dosage, it is recommended that you experiment with doses at this serving size until you find relief. Remember that all CBD oil products don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach; thus, may require a personalized approach in order to find true relief. As I mentioned earlier, start with the lowest effective dose and work your way up from there.
Find the CBD per Serving Size
It is one thing to calculate your CBD oil dosage and another thing to determine how much CBD is in a product’s serving size.
Calculating the best dosage for drops is very easy. Remember, we have already established that the basic dose of CBD is about .25mg of CBD per pound of body weight.
Always use the formula below to find the real serving size.
Also keep in mind that the serving size is usually located on the label of your product. If it isn’t, I would highly recommend not using that brand.
Practical Exercise for Figuring Out CBD Dosage
Let’s calculate the quantity per serving for a CBD oil with a concentration of 1000mg in a 30mL bottle:
Quantity per serving = 33mg/ml
This means each milliliter of this CBD oil product will contain 33mg.
This is towards the high end of the mild dose. If you want to use closer to 15mg, then simply divide 33 in half, and you come up with roughly 16mg, which is close enough.
You would then need to take one half of a mL, since one full mL is 33mg. That’s easy, right?
Our CBD products come with an estimated concentration per serving, taking care of the need to engage in too many calculations.
Our ‘Pure’ drops, for instance, comes with 1000mg or 2000mg concentrations of CBD that allow users to take 1ml orally for 30 days.
How to Read Gummy & Capsule Dosage
Determining the right dose for CBD gummies, and CBD capsules is very easy.
The concentration of gummies is listed on the bottles to give you an idea that each gummy contains a specified amount of CBD. Our sleep gummies, for instance, comes with a concentration of 45mg of CBD per gummy. One gummy contains exactly 45mg of CBD rich, hemp extract.
Most CBD gummies and CBD capsules are taken about once or twice per day, depending on your needs. For instance, our CBD+melatonin for sleep contains 45mg CBD per gummy, which should be administered once at night.
You’ll sleep just fine throughout the night. Even some of the most severe insomniacs have reported finally finding a good night’s sleep after using these and it’s one of peoples’ favorite ways to take CBD.
CBD capsules are similar in that, they are one single dose of CBD in one capsule (instead of one gummy). The only different is capsules are swallowed like a pill, where as gummies are chewed.
What about overdosing?
Regardless of your choice of CBD product, it is pertinent to note that there are almost no documented occurrences of overdosing on CBD oil products.
Information from research shows that humans can handle up to 1000mg per day without producing any adverse side effects on the users.
Related article: Is CBD Oil Addictive?
While overdoses are extremely rare, it is not recommended that users go take more than their required dosage. Symptoms of overdosing normally include: severe headaches, diarrhea, and lethargy.
As a caution, CBD oil should not be administered with prescription medicine without first consulting with your healthcare practitioner. These drugs are metabolized by the Cytochrome P450 enzyme which also determines CBD activity.
How to Choose a CBD Product?
You also need to consider the quality of the product as this will affect the amount of CBD oil that you absorb. Choosing premium CBD products with a high percentage of CBD oil that has been quality tested will ensure that you get the maximum benefit.
Full and Broad Spectrum CBD Oil
It is important to choose CBD products made with full or broad-spectrum oil. Full-spectrum oils have all the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant including CBD and THC.
Alternatively, broad-spectrum oils do not contain any THC but retain the cannabinoid’s unique powerful effects and still provide an entourage effect’ where all the plant’s properties work together to reach their full potential.
Related article: Broad Spectrum vs Full Spectrum CBD Oil
Both products go through less processing than distilled products and this helps to preserve more of the plant’s organic compounds such as terpenes. As well as maintaining the taste and smell they also have medical benefits.
Distilled isolate CBD oil will have less smell and taste but will not provide the full entourage’ effect.
Here’s a solid tip for what to look for in CBD products. Try to find products that use organic MCT oil (coconut oil). MCT oil is filled with healthy fats which your body gets several health benefits from. Here are some of the benefits of coconut oil:
- May encourage fat burning
- May encourage healthy heart function
- May protect your skin, hair, and teeth
Do a google search on the benefits of this wonderful oil you’ll be surprised how great it is for you!
Lab Tested CBD Oil
Currently, CBD oil products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so you should always look out for products that have been certified by a third party.
You know a product has been lab tested because the label will have a scannable QR code that looks like this:
Scan the code with your phone to see a third party lab report on the ingredients of that specific product.
This will enable you to confirm the authenticity of the product’s ingredients and provide you with peace of mind that the products are of good quality and safe.
If you’re going through something like chronic pain or inflammatory and neuropathic pain, you need to make sure you are actually taking CBD. Unfortunately, some companies make several under-dosed or fake hemp derived CBD products.
Looking for a QR code is an excellent way to double check the ingredients, so you don’t fall victim to this.
Look for Organic U.S. Grown Cannabis
Organic cannabis that has been grown in the U.S. will have been subject to U.S. agricultural regulations. As well as containing less than 0.3 percent of THC, this type of cannabis will ensure you are not consuming pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals.
Once you have decided how to use CBD oil, you will find a premium product that will work for you at New Phase Blends CBD Oils. Whether you are looking for pain relief, need an energy boost, help with sleep, or are suffering from a skin condition, you will find a product here that can help.
Conclusion | How to Take CBD Oil
While CBD gummies offer a simple way to take CBD without any hassles, taking CBD drops are great at producing a more pronounced, and quicker, effect on the users.
The first pass effect is responsible for decreasing the effect of the edibles.
The sublingual vein, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring the drops act quickly. A good practice is to pair a CBD tincture product (also know as CBD drops), with a topical product. The topical product kicks in quickly, exactly for the area of pain you need it to. The CBD drops will kick in shortly after. This is a powerful, two-staged approach to CBD product use.
Please note that no mode of CBD oil tincture administration is necessarily superior to the other. They are all unique in their ability to provide the therapeutic benefits of the compounds. One just does it at a faster rate.
That about wraps up this comprehensive guide on how to use our products. Be sure to check out our other articles for interesting and useful information on hemp-based products.
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