CBD oil has won a legion of fans over the last few years. Go online, and you’ll see many users praise it for its health and wellness properties. But how can you use CBD oil? Thankfully, there are lots of different ways that will suit every user.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s the non-intoxicating compound found in the hemp plant, called Cannabis sativa. There are 100+ differnet compounds found in cannabis plants, including:
- THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
- CBD (Cannabidiol)
- CBN (Cannabinol)
- CBC (Cannabichromene)
- CBG (Cannabigerol)
While each of these compounds has different effects on the body, THC and CBD are the most well-known.
THC is the compound that causes the euphoric or “high” feeling associated with cannabis.
CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t have these effects. It’s not psychoactive. However, CBD users report other remarkable effects, like helping treat depression, anxiety, pain, and a whole host of other illnesses and conditions.
CBD oil is a product that is extracted from the cannabis plant. Once it’s taken out, it gets diluted with a carrier, such as a coconut oil or olive oil. An additional upshot of this process is that it increases bio-availability.
If you’re struggling to keep up, here is a link to an article that goes into more detail about what CBD is and how it works.
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How to Take CBD Oil
OK, so now you’re up to speed about what CBD is, the next thing you need to know is how you can consume CBD oil.
There are four main ways to get CBD oil into your body. They are:
For a deeper dive into these methods, check out our excellent guide on the topic.
As you can see, there are many different ways to take CBD oil. Each method comes with its own pros and cons. However, there is a huge amount of personal preference involved. For example, some people won’t enjoy vaping CBD (inhalation), but they might be OK with eating CBD gummies (oral).
Because there is such a wide variety of ways to consume CBD, it has to lead to the availability a lot of different products.
Below, we’ll take a look at a few ways that you can take CBD through the prism of the different products. From there, you should have a better idea of what will work for you.
CBD supplements — i.e. CBD oil capsules — are among the most popular ways to take CBD. A large part of that popularity is down to how simple they are to use. Like other supplements, you can swallow them down with a meal or water.
Additionally, supplements are a straightforward way to manage the dose. Monitoring your dosage is simple to do when you have a bottle of supplements because you know exactly what is in each one.
Having control over your dosage is crucial when you are taking CBD oil. People use CBD oil for different things, and body mass also affects the onset of the effect.
If you’re just starting out with CBD oil, capsules are the easiest way to go. Many capsules come in quantities of 25mg. That is considered a safe dose; however, consulting your doctor before taking CBD oil is highly recommended.
It takes the body about 45 minutes to digest CBD oil via a capsule. So always stick to the recommended amount and don’t swallow a second one if you don’t feel the effects quickly.
#2. CBD oral drops
CBD oral drops, known as tinctures, are another easy way to take CBD oil. They are an excellent way to access higher quantities of CBD because they come in different strengths like 300, 600, 1000, or 1200mgs.
You can take CBD oral drops by using a pipette dispenser and dropping an appropriate amount under your tongue. Then, you can allow the CBD oil to sit there for a minute to be broken down by the enzymes in your mouth.
This sublingual delivery method is one of the quickest ways for CBD oil to get into your bloodstream quickly. Additionally, it is considered one of the most cost-effective ways of consuming CBD.
Again, it’s essential to keep both an eye on the strength of your CBD and the dose you consume. If you are just starting out, start with small amounts and work
Some CBD oil blends, like Full and Broad-Spectrum, contain terpenes. While these compounds have been linked with several health benefits, they are also responsible for the smell and taste of CBD oil.
For some users, this is a major bonus. However, for others, it’s a drawback. The taste and smell of terpenes are pretty pungent and hence, a bit divisive. As a result, many CBD oil users try to hide their taste.
One way to get around the taste of CBD oil is to use a CBD Isolate. Essentially, these products isolate the CBD compound, so it doesn’t contain any of the other compounds, including terpenes.
For a deeper dive into CBD terpenes, read our help article below.
However, because some research suggests that terpenes can provide health benefits, many users want a product that still contains the substance.
Thankfully, cooking with CBD oil is straightforward, even for the most inexperienced chef. CBD oil makes a great addition to both sweet and savoury dishes.
You can add CBD oil to all manner of foods. Some of the most popular applications are to add CBD to cake mixes and batters. The sky is the limit here, but there are a few basic culinary rules that are worth remembering.
For example, it’s important to remember that each CBD oil is different. Some products will have a sweet floral taste; others will be more earthy. Additionally, some CBD oils will be infused with coconut oil, so they’ll retain some of these properties.
So, if you are looking to add your CBD oil to food, consider the flavour profile of the oil first. A light touch is the best approach. However, if you want to add higher doses, you should consider using a concentration of CBD rather than using more oil because it can disrupt the composition of your dish.
Another thing to consider when cooking with CBD oil is that high heat can reduce CBDs’ health properties. Anything over 175C can cause these problems.
This situation puts cooks in an awkward spot. Most cakes are baked around 180 to 190C. However, it’s generally agreed that direct temperature (i.e. frying) is what does the damage. Therefore, many people still use CBD oil in the batter to make muffins, cupcakes, sponges, etc.
No-heat cooking, like salads, cold deserts, and gazpacho, are all safe and delicious ways to consume CBD oil with food.
Drinks are a great way to consume CBD oil. Remembering the 175C guideline, you can even put CBD in hot drinks like tea and coffee, generally served at a maximum of around 180 to 185C.
Interestingly, a lot of people use CBD coffee to take away that jittery edge that comes with coffee. Users report that CBD oil can make them feel calm and serene, which counteracts that hyper-alert feeling of a morning brew.
Another good idea you can try is putting CBD in a cocktail. Several London bars offer CBD-infused cocktails — and the same is probably true for bars up and down the country. Of course, if you’ve got a cocktail mixer at home, you can make your own concoctions that will cost you significantly under £15.
Another proven way to consume CBD oil is via fresh-squeezed juices or smoothies. Again, these are pretty simple to make (if you have the equipment). Alternatively, you can just stir CBD oil into shop-bought juices.
Smoothies and juices are a great way to mask the taste of CBD. Additionally, they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, so it’s doubly healthy.
How to know the right CBD oil dosage?
There are a bunch of factors that affect how a CBD oil dose is felt on an individual level. Some of the things you need to think about are:
- the quality of the oil
- your height and weight
- the ingestion methods
- what outcomes you are looking for
The best approach is to start small. Try a dose of around 10mg – 15mg and see how you feel.
There are several CBD dosage calculators and charts out there. Alternatively, you can use these rough guidelines below.
The average weight of a British man is 83kg, while the average British woman is 70kg. Using some popular charts, this suggests around 25mg as a standard dose.
If it’s your first time, dip a little below this amount and work your way up over a few days.
But remember, these are just guidelines that work for the average person. Your experience might be different. And again, it’s worth consulting with a health professional to get their advice.