One of the beautiful things about CBD is that there’s no one-size-fits-all way to take it. There are so many different CBD products – tinctures, topicals, edibles, capsules, and on and on – that you’re sure to find the best CBD to meet your needs.
But this does raise some questions: Is there any problem with taking more than one CBD product at one time? How do they interact with each other? What’s the best way to take CBD oil for you? How do you know when to take which product?
In this article, we’ll give a quick rundown on the many CBD oil products and uses and provide ideas on how to take CBD oil at different times and in various combinations to suit your needs.
The Basics Behind CBD Oil
Have you ever stopped to think about how CBD oil works or how different types of CBD can last for different amounts of time? Or maybe you’re worried about the best way to take CBD oil and if it’s possible to take too much? While it’s highly unlikely you’ll take too much CBD oil if you follow the instructions, you should still consult your doctor to make sure it doesn’t interfere with any of your medications. Read on for a crash course on how to take CBD oil.
How to Use CBD Oil and How it Works
On a chemical level, all CBD products work the same way – by interacting with your endocannabinoid system. But to understand how to use CBD oil in practice, you need to consider how it’s delivered into your body.
The most obvious distinction is whether you take it orally or apply it to your skin. If you swallow, inhale, or absorb CBD through a mucous membrane, it enters your bloodstream and works throughout your body and mind.
If you apply CBD externally by using a cream, gel, or bath bomb, it absorbs through your skin and can help your overworked muscles and joints recover.
But the various internal methods of taking CBD can also differ in how they interact with the body. Inhaling CBD through a vape or other means is the fastest delivery method, but it wears off in a few hours. Absorbing pure CBD oil through a mucous membrane, usually by putting a tincture under your tongue before swallowing, takes effect in about 30 minutes and it lasts around six hours.
Ingesting CBD by swallowing a capsule or consuming it with food or drink is the slowest method taking an hour or two to interact with your body. But it can give you a nice, steady, long-lasting boost to take with you through the day.
The final but equally important factor to consider is what other ingredients are in the CBD product. Topicals often feature moisturizers, essential oils, or pain medications, while oral products may contain vitamins, minerals, and sleep aids. And, of course, CBD edibles include many kinds of food.
Can You Take Too Much CBD Oil?
This question might be the first that comes to mind if you’re thinking about combining different types of CBD. And the answer is that if you’re taking typical commercial CBD products, it’s very unlikely that you’ll take too much CBD oil if you follow the instructions carefully.
No one’s been known to get sick from a CBD overdose. Many scientific experiments on CBD involve giving subjects hundreds of or even thousands of milligrams a day, without any apparent short-term ill effects. By contrast, even our high potency CBD oil contains just 250 mg of CBD in a half-dropper serving. It should be noted that the long-term effects of supplemental CBD use are still being studied.
The one thing to keep an eye on is whether CBD may interfere with the efficacy of any medications you may be taking. So if you’re on a long-term drug, be sure to consult your doctor before taking CBD.
How to Take CBD Oil Combinations
As we said up top, there’s no one right way to combine different CBD products – it all depends on your lifestyle and personal preference. But here are some common ways people use CBD products together to enhance their well-being. You may find one or multiple of the below methods to be the right combination for you.
1. Morning Run: CBD Tincture + CBD Freeze
Maybe you’re one of those healthy, virtuous people who get up early in the morning and jog a few miles through the streets before showering and getting ready for work. But lately, you’ve been feeling some stiffness in your Achilles tendon when you set out, making your run more tedious than energizing.
Before setting out on your next run, try taking a CBD oil tincture under your tongue and applying CBD Freeze with menthol to your tendon. The Freeze will provide instant cooling pain relief. The tincture will work into your system to promote exercise recovery throughout your morning.
2. Personal Care Prep: cbdMD Botanicals
Put on your best face for the job or any work you do with a CBD skincare routine. After you wash in the morning, nourish your skin with a CBD-infused facial moisturizer from cbdMD Botanicals to keep it healthy and glowing. Heavenly Hydration works well for all skin types, while Clearskin Moisture is good for oily, blemish-prone skin. And if your face feels especially dry and tight, daub on some Facial Serum before applying your moisturizer.
3. Lunch Break: CBD Sandwich + CBD Gummies
With many of us stuck at home these days, we’ve had the opportunity to take on new hobbies and learn some new recipes – or learn to cook in the first place.
If you’re a newbie at cooking, or just want something simple, try out our CBD grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup recipes. They’ll provide you with protein to stick to your ribs for the rest of the afternoon. And if you’re a victim of the 3 o’clock slump, a few CBD gummies in the afternoon can give you the boost you need.
4. Evening Wind-Down: CBD Bath + CBD PM
After a long day’s work, you’ll be ready for some relaxation. And one of the best ways to mellow out after an exhausting day is a good soak in the tub with a CBD bath bomb or CBD bath salts. Research shows that taking a hot bath an hour or two before bed can help you sleep by raising your level of melatonin, one of the hormones that regulate your sleep cycle.
After the bath, you can take more melatonin directly by taking our award-winning CBD and melatonin combo, CBD PM. Before long, you’ll be off in dreamland and ready to start all over again the next morning.
How Do You Take Your CBD?
Although we’ve given some suggestions for how to take CBD oil throughout your day, people worldwide have been figuring new ways to combine CBD products. So what have you found to be the best way to take CBD oil? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in a product review!