Method #1: Orally
Onset: 15 minutes to an hour
Duration: 4-6 hours
This method is the ‘traditional’ way to take your daily dose of CBD. There are tinctures, tablets, and now they even have CBD “strips” like those Listerine pieces that were kind of popular for a split second. The inside of your mouth is a mucous membrane, which means it’s great at absorbing the CBD oil and putting right into your bloodstream. It’s not the fastest-acting method, but it’s not the slowest either, and the effects are last for a while.
Tinctures go back thousands of years as a preferred method for taking herbal medicines. CBD tinctures are a mixture of any edible oil, glycerin or sometimes even alcohol and CBD isolate. A frequently used oil is MCT, which comes from coconuts.
Dosage is pretty easy to control, and you can also play around with this method. This way makes it good for first-time users who are trying to figure out what works for them. If you are sensitive to the taste, you can also combine the tincture with food or drink.
Now it’s gotten to be a “thing” where coffee shops offer CBD oil with your latte and bars are starting to make CBD cocktails.
Method #2: Smoke It
Duration: 2-4 hours
This method is the fastest acting because the CBD is absorbed straight into your bloodstream through your lungs. This direct delivery means its bioavailability is higher than other means, and that means your body uses a higher percentage of the CBD that’s available. But, because of this, the effects are shorter than some of the other methods.
Vaping CBD is popular with smokers and vapers, but if you don’t already do one of these things, it’s probably not going to be how you choose to take CBD oil. If you’re trying to quit smoking, vaping CBD oil could help. And if you’ve transitioned from cigarettes to vaping, you might want to try switching to CBD oil to 100% quit the nicotine habit. CBD oil can also help with stress and anxiety, both of which can be a huge trigger for a lot of smokers.
If you do choose to vape, make sure not to confuse the CBD tincture oil with the vape oil. A lot of CBD tinctures use MCT oil (coconut-based oil), which can be toxic when heated and, if inhaled into the lungs, may cause pneumonia. It's also thicker and could mess up your vaping device.
Method #3: Capsules, Gummies & Edibles,oh my.
Onset: 30 minutes to 2 hours
Duration: 6-8 hours
Capsules are good if you feel more comfortable taking a pre-measured dose. This way, you know you're getting the same amount every time. If you already take vitamins on a daily basis, you might find you prefer this method because it’s easy to work into your pre-existing daily routine. One of the benefits of capsules is that - if taken regularly - they can provide long-term, consistent relief.
Another popular item is CBD gummies. You know those gummy vitamins you see in the drug store? Same concept, different ingredient. They taste good, they’re fun to take, and are great if you don’t like to or have difficulty swallowing pills.
Another great aspect of CBD is that you can cook with it.
You can use CBD oil—just like for years people have used marijuana to infuse a lot of different food items. Some companies have even come out with CBD water and tea,and even if the reviews might be skeptical, it goes to show how versatile CBD is.
CBD butter is an easy way to eat your daily dose. Just spread it on your morning toast or mix it into your favorite cookie recipe. One thing to remember when cooking with CBD is that you don’t want to heat CBD over 315°F. Anything higher than that can affect the potency.
There's plenty of information online, but here's a good article you can check out for a more in-depth look at cooking with CBD oil.
Method #4: Rub it in
Onset: 15 minutes
Duration: 2-4 hours
Topical applications provide great localized relief because it becomes absorbed through the skin. This method is great for relieving pain, inflammation, sore joints and muscles, psoriasis, rashes, and arthritis.
CBD topicals have become increasingly popular among many professional athletes because it helps speed up recovery time after a big fight or game.
Topicals can come in the form of lotions, salves, and oils. Once applied, your skin absorbs the CBD up to about an inch below the surface, that’s why topicals work best at treating "superficial" problems. If the condition is chronic, you can try using tinctures or capsules along with the topicals.
Many posh cosmetic and skin-care companies now offer CBD-laced beauty products, from lip balm to face cream. One of the leading influencers at the moment in that market is Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company. Despite how you might feel about some of their products (and the price tags), you can’t deny they’re influential. And that's good news for CBD because, at their 2018 annual conference, cannabis took the spotlight.
Method #5: Try a Patch
Onset: 15 minutes
Duration: 12 hours (patch) / 4 hours (gel)
You can also use a transdermal CBD patch, similar to those nicotine patches (though without the nicotine, obviously). Your skin absorbs small amounts of CBD over a long period, entering your bloodstream. As with all the other methods, patches come in varying quantities of CBD, and you can even cut them in half (or thirds, quarters, whatever) if you want a smaller dose.
This application is a great, subtle way to take CBD because you can easily hide the patch under your clothes and it’s also easy to throw in a purse or pocket as you run out the door. If one of the reasons you’re turning to CBD oil is to help you get a better night’s sleep, the patch is a good option because you can just put it on when you go to bed, and it releases a steady stream of CBD as you sleep.
Why is Everyone Taking CBD Oil These Days?
I’m sure you’ve heard about CBD. Honestly, it’s kind of hard to miss these days. But do you know how to take CBD oil? You probably don’t realize how many ways there are,so I’ll tell you. Then you can pick the method that works for you.
Start by doing a quick search for CBD on Google Trends, and you’ll get an idea of how popular it became in such a short period. Even though it became discovered in 1940, two decades before THC, it wasn’t of much interest to anyone because it didn’t get you high. But when people began to realize all of its beneficial healing properties it suddenly became the hot new thing.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta helped introduce CBD to the public back in 2013 when he featured Charlotte Figi’s story on CNN. America was blown away by how something as simple as a hemp extract could so drastically improve someone’s quality of life.
Charlotte suffered from Dravet Syndrome, a very severe and rare form of epilepsy. At one point it was so serious, doctors even placed her in a medically-induced coma. That’s when her parents, desperate to find something that helped their daughter, turned to CBD oil and, miraculously, it worked.
Suddenly, families all across America who’d been struggling with similar issues as the Figis had an answer for how to end their child’s suffering, and who knew it would be as simple as a plant?
Why Does CBD Work?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that comes from the Cannabis sativa plant; the same plant marijuana is. But, don’t worry, CBD won’t get you high. It has zero psychoactive properties.
Do you want to know why it won’t get you high?
Here’s the reason: CBD comes from hemp which is the fertilized version of Cannabis sativa. When you separate the plants, so the males don’t fertilize with the females, that’s when their levels of THC skyrocket and you’ve got yourself some marijuana.
Fertilized Cannabis sativa only has a THC content of about 1% and, once extracted, the THC amount of the CBD isolate is going to be less than .3%.
So, now that the CBD isolate has become extracted, it’s now in a form that, when taken, will interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). That’s a long word for a complex network of receptors found in birds, reptiles, mammals and some random things like earthworms. Its job is to regulate the body’s nervous and immune systems, keeping us balanced and healthy.
So, when you introduce cannabinoids like CBD to the body, they interact with these ECS receptors, each of which has a regulates something different. CBD stands out so much from the other cannabinoids because of the number of receptors that interact. This reason is why researchers and scientists believe it could be somewhat of a panacea for a variety of different conditions.
So What Exactly are Some of These Conditions?
Let’s see, there’s...
- Anxiety & Stress
- Skin Conditions
So, as you can see, there’s an almost never-ending list of things CBD oil can help with, and a lot of different ways to take it.
Whichever way you take CBD, make sure you purchase from a company that values transparency so you can be sure you’re getting a good quality product. A legitimate CBD company should always provide third-party test results. This way you can verify the amount of CBD and also ensure that it’s THC-free.
Like anything organic, CBD products have a shelf life.
If stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, tinctures should last for about 2 years. Vape oils are good for around 4 months.
Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning a CBD regimen.