How to Take CBD

If you’re here, you probably know that CBD has a vast array of wellness benefits, from sleep support to alleviating minor aches and pains.** As multifaceted CBD is in its interaction with our endocannabinoid system, its modes of delivery are just as versatile.

CBD comes in various delivery forms, reflecting the ingenuity of CBD innovators. We provide hemp-derived CBD products in diverse forms, recognizing that CBD enthusiasts have different preferences and lifestyles. When it comes to choosing CBD products, the key is finding what suits you best.

Let’s delve into the different ways you can consume CBD and explore the products available in each category!

Ways to Take CBD Oil

There are four methods for enjoying CBD. To find your favorite method, it’s important to understand how quickly and efficiently the body can absorb the hemp-derived cannabidiol compound (CBD). The different delivery methods offer different absorption rates. 

Since CBD oil tinctures are taken sublingually or with food or drink, this categorizes them as edibles. However, the sublingual method provides a much quicker absorption rate than mixing with food.

Several factors impact CBD absorption, including individual traits like height, weight, metabolism, and tolerance to CBD. Everyone responds differently to CBD, and it’s important to remember that product strength, whether full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate, also plays a role.

Now, let’s focus on delivery methods.

Sublingual Use

The term “sublingual”[1] may sound complicated, but it just means “under the tongue.” Products like CBD oil tinctures are administered under the tongue as the capillaries beneath the tongue make it easier to absorb the oil. 

Sublingual oils are a preferred method for those looking for quick results. Since the oil, and the cannabidiol associated with it, enters the bloodstream quickly, you can feel the effects of the CBD faster than you would with an edible. 

Sublingual CBD boasts higher absorption rates than CBD edibles, which must pass through the digestive system, resulting in an absorption range of about 15–35%. A quality carrier oil, like natural coconut-derived MCT oil, enhances absorption, which means that choosing sublingual CBD enables you to reduce your dosage while maintaining its effectiveness.

For sublingual use of CBD tinctures, like Relief + Relax Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture from CBDistillery, extract CBD oil with the included dropper, place it under the tongue, and hold for 60 seconds. Swallow the remaining oil and refrain from consuming anything for another 10 minutes to ensure complete absorption.

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When searching for your optimal serving, it’s important to remember to start with the lowest dosage and gradually increase your intake from there.

CBD tinctures are versatile, suitable for sublingual use or as edibles by swallowing them directly or mixing them with food or drinks. Just remember, if you take CBD as an edible, without holding it under your tongue, it will take longer to absorb into your system.

Ingestion

Ingestibles or edibles are exactly what they sound like, products that you consume or ingest. Because this method of consumption has to pass through the digestive system, it’s deemed the method with the lowest absorption rate. While passing through the digestive tract, the ingestible loses some of its strength along the way. However, since the CBD has to make its way through digestion, that means that the effects and benefits can last for a longer period of time. 

Edibles are a favorite among beginners as the pre-portioned gummies or capsules are simple to figure out. Simply grab one and eat or swallow, then wait for the effects to kick in. Like all methods of CBD consumption, it’s always important to start with the lowest dose, then incrementally adjust your dosage from there. 

CBD Gummies 

CBD gummies are edible chews infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the other popular compound found in cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t produce a “high” or alter one’s state of mind.

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CBD gummies typically come in a variety of concentrations of CBD and flavors like CBDfx Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies. They are a popular and convenient way for individuals to consume CBD, especially for those who find other forms of CBD consumption, like oils or capsules, less appealing. Gummies are discreet, easy to dose, and have a familiar and enjoyable taste.

Like other CBD edibles, CBD gummies pass through the digestive system, releasing cannabinoids that travel through the liver and enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, cannabinoids interact with endocannabinoid receptors throughout the body, providing potential non-psychoactive and wellness-boosting effects. The absorption process for CBD gummies takes time, typically 30 minutes to two hours, and the effects can last between six to eight hours, distinguishing them for their sustained impact.

CBD Capsules 

CBD capsules are oral supplements that contain a pre-measured dose of CBD. Capsules like the Charlotte’s Web Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD Capsules offer a convenient and precise way to incorporate CBD into your wellness routine. Each capsule contains a specified amount of CBD, making it easy for you to control your dosage. CBD capsules are swallowed like any other pill, and just like gummies, they pass through the digestive system before the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. This method of consumption allows for a delayed release of CBD, meaning the effects may take longer to onset when compared to other methods, like sublingual tinctures. Capsules are popular among those who prefer a tasteless and discreet way to consume CBD.

THC & Mushroom Edibles 

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) edibles and mushroom edibles are two distinct categories of consumable products that can have psychoactive effects. THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that produces the “high” commonly associated with marijuana use. Similar to CBD edibles, THC edibles are consumable products infused with THC, derived from cannabis plants. These edibles come in various forms, such as gummies, beverages, and more. They provide an alternative to smoking or vaping cannabis and offer a discreet way to consume THC. Effects take longer to onset compared to smoking, but tend to last longer.

Mushroom edibles refer to products containing a proprietary blend of mushroom extracts that can include a combination of nootropics, adaptogens, and/or tryptamines. This blend can produces psychedelic effects, making for an elevated experience. Mushroom edibles can include chocolates, gummies, or other food items infused with dried and powdered magic mushrooms. The effects of these products vary widely depending on factors such as dosage, individual tolerance, and the individual’s psychological state. 

It’s essential to note that the legality of both THC and mushrooms varies by jurisdiction. In many places, THC is subject to specific legal regulations, and its use may be restricted to medical or recreational purposes, depending on the region. Also, please note that none of the products on this site contain psilocybin or amanita muscaria. 

Inhalation

Of all methods of taking CBD, inhaling through vaporizers like CBD vapes produces the quickest absorption rates. When taking a puff from a CBD vape, you can absorb up to 50% of the active ingredients, feeling the effects almost instantly. CBD vapes themselves also come in a variety of products, including vape pens, vape cartridges, and vape juices.    

CBD Vape Pens & Juices 

CBD vape pens and juices are CBD products designed for vaporizing through inhalation. Vape pens are compact, portable devices that typically consist of a battery, a heating element (or atomizer), and a chamber of CBD vape juice. Vape pens, like the CBDfx Fresh Mint CBD Vape Pen, are extremely user- and beginner-friendly and don’t require a manual setup. Simply put your lips to the mouthpiece and inhale, activating the atomizer that vaporizes the CBD-infused vape juice. Some vape pens are disposable and come prefilled with CBD vape juice, while others are rechargeable and allow users to refill the cartridge with their vape juice of choice.

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CBD vape juices, or e-liquids, are liquid formulations containing CBD extract and various flavors to enhance the experience. Like other CBD products, vape juices are available in different concentrations and flavors, allowing you to choose the strength and taste that suits your preferences and needs. Like all methods, it’s recommended to start with lower CBD concentrations and gradually adjust based on individual preferences and responses.

THC Pens & Juices 

THC pens, also known as vape pens or vaporizers, are devices designed for inhaling THC-infused vapor. Like CBD pens, these pens consist of a battery, an atomizer, and a cartridge containing THC oil or concentrate. Users inhale the vapor, which allows for a discreet and often odorless consumption of THC. THC pens come in various designs, including disposable pens and rechargeable ones with replaceable cartridges. They have gained popularity for their portability, ease of use, and the ability to control dosage.

THC juices, or vape juices, refer to the liquid formulations containing THC that are used in vape pens or vaporizers. The juice typically consists of a combination of THC extract, propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and sometimes flavorings. Users load the THC juice into a vape pen or vaporizer to be heated and vaporized for inhalation. The use of THC juices allows for customization of flavors and THC concentrations. Like THC pens, they offer a discreet way to consume THC, and the effects usually onset more quickly than with other types of THC products.

Topical

CBD topicals are products infused with CBD that are designed for external use on the skin. They come in various forms and are applied directly to the skin surface. Known for aiding in soothing dry and irritated skin, CBD topicals are also known for their localized effects, providing relief to specific areas[2]. They are often used for managing conditions like joint pain, muscle soreness, and skin issues. Topicals are non-psychoactive and suitable for targeted application.

As with any CBD product, it’s essential to choose reputable brands and carefully read product labels for information on CBD concentration, additional ingredients, and usage instructions.

CBD Creams & Balms 

CBD creams and lotions, like cbdMD Premium Recover CBD Cream, are often similar to regular skin-care creams and lotions except infused with CBD. Simply apply them directly to the affected area, and the skin absorbs the CBD. Balms and salves are thicker and have a more concentrated formulation. These oil-based products generally don’t absorb as deeply as water-based lotions or creams, but are great for soothing surface layers.

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CBD Bath Bombs 

CBD bath bombs are bath products infused with CBD, designed to enhance the bathing experience by combining the benefits of CBD with the soothing and relaxing effects of a bath. The primary active ingredient is CBD. Many CBD bath bombs include essential oils for added aromatherapy benefits. These oils contribute to the overall experience by providing pleasant scents and potential therapeutic effects.

When placed in water, CBD bath bombs typically fizz and dissolve, releasing bubbles and dispersing CBD and other ingredients throughout the bathwater. The skin can absorb CBD, and when immersed in a CBD-infused bath, the cannabinoid may interact with receptors in the skin, offering localized effects, including calming, moisturizing, and antioxidant properties.

CBD bath bombs offer a unique way to incorporate CBD into your wellness routine. As with any CBD product, it’s advisable to follow usage instructions and start with a lower concentration if you’re new to CBD.

CBD for Pets

CBD for pets[3] refers to CBD products specifically designed for animals, such as dogs and cats. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant, and it interacts with the endocannabinoid system found in both humans and animals. It’s safe for pets and does not produce the intoxicating effects associated with THC.

Like humans, animals have an endocannabinoid system that plays a role in regulating various physiological processes, including mood, sleep, appetite, and immune response. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to potentially promote balance and well-being. CBD may help pets calm down and support joint health, especially in older pets or those with mobility issues.

CBD Pet Treats 

CBD pet treats are edibles specifically formulated for pets, usually dogs and cats, that contain CBD as one of the main ingredients. CBD pet treats typically contain CBD extract derived from hemp plants. Hemp-derived CBD contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana, ensuring that the treats are non-intoxicating for pets. Other ingredients in CBD pet treats often include a mix of wholesome components such as animal-friendly proteins, grains, vegetables, and flavors to enhance palatability.

Pet owners may use CBD treats to potentially alleviate issues such as stress, minor pain, and certain behavioral problems in their pets. Proper dosage is crucial when giving CBD treats to pets. Dosage recommendations often depend on factors like the pet’s size, weight, and health condition.

CBD pet treats come in various forms, including biscuits, soft chews, and other snack-like formulations. Some treats are formulated for specific purposes, such as calming treats for stress or joint support treats for older pets.

CBD Oils for Pets 

CBD oils for pets contain CBD extracted from hemp plants. Hemp-derived CBD is used to ensure that the product contains only trace amounts of THC. CBD pet oils are formulated to be pet-friendly, often with flavors that appeal to animals. Some oils are flavored with natural ingredients to make them more palatable for pets. CBD pet oils are usually administered orally, either by placing drops directly into the pet’s mouth or by adding them to their food or treats. This allows for easy and convenient dosing.

CBD pet oils come in various concentrations to accommodate different-sized pets. Some products may also be formulated for specific purposes, such as calming blends for stressed pets or support for joint health in older animals.

CBD Pet Balms 

CBD pet balms are formulated to be applied directly to the skin or fur of pets and are intended to offer potential therapeutic benefits. CBD pet balms contain CBD extracted from hemp plants. The CBD is typically in the form of a CBD-rich extract or isolate to ensure they are non-psychoactive and safe for pets.

In addition to CBD, pet balms often include other natural ingredients chosen for their potential benefits to the skin and fur. Common ingredients may include carrier oils (such as coconut or olive oil), beeswax, and sometimes herbal extracts or essential oils known for their soothing properties.

Pet owners can apply the balm directly to specific areas of their pet’s skin or coat. This localized application allows for targeted relief, especially in areas where the pet may be experiencing discomfort, dryness, or irritation. Some pet owners use CBD pet balms for conditions such as dry skin, hot spots, and minor irritations, and to support general skin well-being.

In Conclusion

The diverse range of CBD products and their various delivery methods offer consumers a wealth of options to incorporate CBD into their wellness routines. Whether choosing sublingual oils for quick absorption, edibles for a longer-lasting effect, inhalation for rapid results, or topicals for targeted relief, finding the right method depends on individual preferences and desired outcomes. As the CBD, THC, and mushroom markets continue to evolve, it’s crucial for users to stay informed, prioritize reputable brands, and adhere to recommended dosages for a safe and effective experience.

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