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[Guide] How to take CBD oil: Dosage, Methods, Safety & More

11 min read
How to take CBD oil

[Guide] How to take CBD oil: Dosage, Methods, Safety & More

11 min read

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.

Inconsistent guidance can be a problem for people who use CBD oil in an attempt to support their general well-being.

When you want to do your best to support your health, you want to know that you’re getting the right dose and using your CBD oil correctly.

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?

In this guide:

How to take CBD oil

Taking CBD oil sublingually is by far the best way to enjoy CBD products. This method provides easily measurable and fast-acting CBD that can be comfortably carried anywhere. It also offers one of the highest levels of CBD bioavailability.

If you don’t like the taste of CBD and struggle to take it this way, CBD gummies or capsules are another option to consider. These will contain the same amount of CBD in every gummy or capsule.

We wouldn’t recommend vaping CBD for any benefits, although doing it for pleasure or in an attempt to quit smoking is still likely to be harmless and worth a try. Remember that you should always purchase a specially designed CBD vape oil, and never add your usual CBD oil to a vape pen, as this can be incredibly dangerous.

As you’ll learn in this article, it’s important to make sure your CBD oil is pure, organic and properly tested in order to stay safe.

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.

What is the best way to take CBD oil?

Ready to start your CBD journey? First, you need to find a CBD product that is perfect for your needs. Below, you can find information on the different methods for taking CBD that will help you to choose the right one for your needs.

CBD oil drops under the tongue

CBD oil drops, also known as tinctures, are our most recommended way of using CBD oil. It is also one of the most popular ways to take CBD because it is easily measurable and less likely to be mixed with any unnecessary ingredients. 

Other than vaping, the sublingual method also offers the highest bioavailability, which means the effects are stronger and last longer.

The best way is simply to let the drops sit under your tongue for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. The CBD is absorbed through the small blood vessels under your tongue, which is faster than waiting for it to pass through the digestive system.

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, there is an easy method to work out how much CBD is in each drop. 

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 to take CBD oil drops
CBD tinctures are popular because it's easy to use and offers high bioavailability.

Drinking CBD pills or capsules

If you don’t like the taste of CBD, or if you don’t like measuring it out every day, an alternative would be to use CBD pills or capsules.

These work in the same way as a vitamin supplement or similar. With CBD capsules, you can enjoy the same dose of CBD every day, so you never have to worry about measuring your CBD.

With soft gel capsule CBD pills, you can also split them open and add them to hot drinks or smoothies.

Read more: CBD oil vs capsules

Smoking or vaping CBD

CBD is often vaporised to help with sleep and relaxation, or as an aid to help you quit smoking

Inhaling CBD offers the highest bioavailability as the CBD enters the bloodstream directly through the lungs. 

If you are considering vaping CBD for any of these reasons, you may prefer to simply figure out your 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 as 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 benefits.

Luckily, since there is no risk of overdose with CBD using too much poses no health risk, could be a waste of money and no longer be as beneficial.

It’s worth noting that you will have to buy a special CBD vape juice, as you cannot vape CBD oil

Vaping CBD

CBD balms, skincare and topicals

When choosing CBD topicals, remember that this type of product is not absorbed into the bloodstream. Instead, it interacts with ECS receptors found in the skin. This means that the bioavailability of CBD topicals is lower than other methods. 

There are many CBD skincare products available, including skin creams, muscle balms and hair care products. These are often combined with other natural and botanical ingredients to offer a pampering treat.

CBD edibles, snacks and gummies

If you’re looking for a way to indulge your sweet tooth, CBD edibles offer an excellent choice. The most popular edibles are CBD gummies, but you can also find CBD snacks like chocolate and granola bars.

You can also make your own edibles at home by adding CBD to your favourite recipes. If you’re curious about how to start baking with CBD, try one of our CBD brownies recipes below.

How much CBD oil should I take?

Now you know the different methods of taking CBD, it’s time to think about the dosage. 

Your ideal dose of CBD is affected by different factors, including the quality of your CBD oil, the method of taking it, your size and weight, and the reason you’re using it.

We recommend that first-time users start with between 10mg and 15mg per day.

From there, you can slightly increase the dose by 1-5mg each day and take note of the results.

You will usually find that the CBD has a slightly better effect as you increase the dosage each day until it reaches a point where the increase wanes and you no longer feel any improvements.

This means you’ve hit the upper limits of the effective CBD dose, so ~10mg less than the upper limit dosage is a good dose to stick with. You can continue to tweak it from there depending on how you feel over time.

Calculate your CBD oil dosage

Start low

If you are a first time user, start with between 10 and 15mg of CBD per day to get used to the effects of CBD.

Increase slowly

From there, increase your dose by 1 to 5mg each day. Each increase will lead to slightly better effects.

Find your upper limit

Look out for the point where a higher dose no longer leads to better effects – this is your upper limit.

Your ideal dose

Subtract about 10mg from your upper limit dosage – this is your ideal dose of CBD! 

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.

  • Our endocannabinoid system receptors differ and so the amount two people need to take to absorb the same amount can be completely different, even if those people are the same size and weight.

For example, we offer broad-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.

Even governing bodies such as the FDA in the US haven’t suggested a standard dose. However, we do know from the Food Standards Agency here in the UK that healthy adults should not exceed more than 70mg of CBD per day.

What is the best time to take CBD oil?

Just like there isn’t one ideal dose of CBD for everyone, there also isn’t an ideal time to take CBD. Some people like to start their morning with a drop of CBD, while others like to take it before bed as they wind down.

This is all down to personal preference. However, there are a few things you should consider when choosing when to take CBD.

You should never take CBD on an empty stomach because the harsh stomach acid will destroy the cannabinoids before they can get to work. Instead, you should take your CBD with a meal, ideally one containing healthy fats, as this will increase the absorption rate.

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 conclude 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 would recommend taking CBD every day for 2 weeks in the first instance.

During this time, take note of your wellbeing, giving a score out of 10 for how you’re feeling 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 increasing to take CBD and recording your wellbeing for another 2 weeks.

This can make the difference more obvious, and if you experienced worse wellness when you stopped taking CBD oil, you can also take this as a reason to continue.

How to take CBD oil
Taking CBD sublingually or vaping CBD will lead to the quickest results.

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 a replacement for 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.

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.

Side effects when you take CBD oil

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.

Taking CBD oil comes with very few, uncommon and mild side effects. If you do take too much, the effects will be short-lived and could include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea and stomach upset
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sleepiness

If you notice any of these symptoms,
stop taking CBD until they have passed. If you decide to continue taking CBD, cut your dosage in half and gradually increase until you are happy with the results again.

What is the best CBD oil to take?

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 several things can be different, including:

  • The quality
  • Quantity
  • Condition of the CBD

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
  • Made from top-quality broad-spectrum CBD

Knowing the ingredients list is one thing, but independent CBD 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 creating a high-quality product should be avoided at all costs – they either aren’t knowledgeable about how to make a high-quality product, or they don’t care.

Frequently asked questions:

All of this uncertainty and lack of a simple answer regarding dosage can make people worry about overdosing and may even put some readers off using CBD.

No lethal dose of CBD has been discovered, and people have been found to use up to 1500mg per day with zero repercussions, so this is something you should stop worrying about, right now!

There is a chance of some mild side effects, and you should stop using CBD immediately and contact a GP if you experience them, but even these potential side effects are rare and in fact, represent the worst case scenario when it comes to an “overdose”:

  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness

If you should take anything from this knowledge, it’s that tweaking your dosage until you find the perfect balance is not only the best and most reliable way to find your perfect CBD dosage, but it’s 100% safe too. 

There is no reason you should feel beholden to any doses that other people have found effective – find your own!

No, CBD oil does not get you high.

The only time this could happen is if you live in a place where THC is legal & the product has much higher levels of THC.

It could also happen if you don’t buy your CBD from a reputable supplier.

Ensure to always check the lab test results and reviews of the company if you want to try CBD.

This being said, you should only take as much as you need to avoid these side effects and save your money.

This is a question we get asked regularly, and considering the illicit history of the cannabis plant, it’s perhaps not surprising.

The answer is a strong no – CBD exhibits no physically addictive qualities whatsoever and cannot cause cravings, dependency, withdrawal or any other symptoms of addiction.

Hopefully, after reading this guide, you have a strong idea of how to take CBD oil for the best effects.

Final thoughts on how to take CBD

When choosing your first CBD product, always think about the contents of the product and the quality. Choosing a high-quality CBD product will ensure you see better results after continued use.

We recommend taking your CBD oil, capsules or edibles for at least 2 weeks on a consistent schedule in order to experience the best results.

And remember that your ideal dose is unique to you. So what works for someone else might not be ideal for you. Be prepared for a trial period where you find your perfect dose.

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