Cannabidiol (CBD) products are one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness space right now. It's a naturally occurring compound derived from the cannabis plant researched for its long list of health benefits from supporting sleep, healthy immune function, stress, and the list goes on.
If you've finally decided to try adding CBD to your health regimen, this article is for you. We'll answer all the questions you have about trying CBD for the first time right here, so it feels less intimidating.
Learn how to use CBD in the seven most common methods and find out which might be the most effective and easiest to integrate into your lifestyle.
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Here's an overview of this article:
- Consult With Your Health Care Professional
- CBD Oils/Tinctures
- CBD Edibles: Capsules And Gummies
- CBD Smokables
- Topical CBD
- Track Your Experience
- Be Consistent With Your CBD Use
- Morning, Noon, Or Night? When To Take CBD?
- Other Factors To Consider When Taking CBD Oil
Consult With Your Health Care Professional
We can't express the importance of consulting with a licensed healthcare professional enough, especially if you're on medications or have an underlying health condition (chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory and neuropathic pain, anxiety disorders, significant reduction, high blood pressure, cancer related symptoms, etc).
While CBD is considered a safe and non-toxic compound, it's not always the right answer for every situation. Since CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system tasked with regulating the balance of vital bodily function, the effects of CBD can vary drastically from one person to the next.
Everyone's genetics, health history, and lifestyle are different, so you must keep in mind that the methods and doses we discuss in this article are general recommendations for CBD. Finding a dose and method that works for you will take a bit of experimentation.
With that out of the way, let's get into the seven most common CBD methods and their pros and cons.
CBD oils are perhaps the most common product offering out there. They're an easy introduction to trying CBD, as you can take them in several ways. CBD oils consist of CBD extract mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or olive oil in a dropper bottle for easy-to-measure dosing.
CBD tinctures often get mislabelled as CBD oils, but there is a difference.
CBD tinctures are alcohol-based (60–70% distilled alcohol) rather than oil-based.
Alcohol-based CBD tinctures have a slightly longer shelflife, but both will deliver the same effects. To improve CBD oils and tinctures' flavor, brands may add natural flavors to their formulas, such as cinnamon, peppermint, citrus.
CBD oils and tinctures come in different strengths, indicated by how many CBD mg are in the bottle. Most dropper bottles contain 1 oz (30 mL) of fluid.
At Neurogan, we offer our CBD oil range from 500 mg of CBD to a high potency of 12000 mg (the strongest on the market) in full spectrum and THC-free broad spectrum extracts.
How To Take CBD Oil And Tinctures
CBD oils may offer the most user-friendly versatility as it doesn't require any extra equipment to get started. There are several methods you can do to get your daily CBD dose in. Depending on the mode of administration and the dosage CBD oil affects the body in slightly different ways.
1. How To Take CBD Tinctures and Oil Sublingually
Sublingual means under the tongue, where the active ingredients are absorbed through the oral mucosa and into the bloodstream relatively quickly.
You can place the desired dose of your CBD oil or tincture under the tongue and hold it there for a minute before swallowing. The mucous membrane under the tongue transports the active compounds into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system.
You can feel the effects of sublingual CBD within 10–15 minutes.
This isn't the most palatable method, but it's efficient and will do the trick for most people.
2. Add CBD Oil And Tinctures To Your Favorite Beverages
CBD oils can have a bitter, earthy taste. If you're not used to the distinct flavor, it may be off-putting.
The easiest way to get around this is to add CBD oils or tincture to your beverage. We recommend adding it to a flavorful beverage like a smoothy or fresh juice to mask the bitter flavor better.
Adding tincture or CBD oil to your coffee or tea could drastically alter the flavor, defeating the purpose of masking it in the first place.
If you're not keen on these methods, the next options may suit you better.
CBD Edibles: Capsules And Gummies
Another easy delivery method for getting your daily dose of CBD is with premeasured capsules and gummies.
CBD capsules are available in either soft gel or regular hard-capsule casings. At Nerugan, our CBD capsule philosophy is to keep it simple. We use vegan capsules to hold premium whole-ground, full spectrum buds from the cannabis sativa plant..
The bonus about capsules is that they're a flavorless option, which means it's great for those with an aversion to hemp's natural flavor. On top of this, you don't have to worry about measuring out your doses. Capsules are ready to go right out of the bottle.
CBD gummies are a delicious option too. If you're wondering "how to take CBD gummies," it's simple. Think of your CBD gummies like vitamin gummies.
They're a delicious way to get your CBD dose in. They come premeasured, and unlike capsules, you can cut the dose in half by simply splitting the gummy.
3. How To Take CBD Gummies And Capsules
Taking your CBD gummies and capsules is as straightforward as they sound. Pop a delicious gummy into your mouth or take your capsule with a glass of water — and you're set.
You'll find that gummies and capsules are available in a wide range of potencies, so choose the one that matches your needs best.
We recommend taking your edible CBD with food as it helps to increase the compound's absorption into the gut.
One of the downsides of edibles is that they're not always the most bioavailable option. They can take up to 45-minutes to feel the onset of effects, so you're not making the most use of the active cannabinoids.
Your body starts to breakdown the cannabinoids through the first-pass metabolism before it enters the bloodstream to exert its effects, meaning you could lose up to 40% of the CBD with this method. It means you may increase your dose with capsules and gummies as opposed to sublingual delivery methods. Still, for those who would rather have a more pleasant dosing method, this isn't an issue.
The most traditional way of using cannabis products is by smoking the herb.
Smoking CBD isn't the best option for everyone, especially those prone to lung irritation — but it's still an enjoyable method for many and the fastest and more potent way to experience the benefits of CBD.
Smoking CBD bypasses the first-pass metabolism, which happens when you ingest CBD, breaking down many active compounds. When you smoke CBD, it enters the bloodstream through the gas exchange in the lungs' alveoli and capillaries.
And as long as your CBD product is hemp-derived and not marijuana-derived with less than 0.3% THC — you don't have to worry about intoxicating effects.
One of the downsides of smoking your CBD is that it's often difficult to measure accurate doses. It's not the most beginner-friendly product, but it's a favorite method for many people.
When it comes to smoking your CBD, you have many options.
4. How To Smoke Your CBD
Neurogan offers nicotine and tobacco-free CBD cigarettes featuring whole-hemp flowers. They're ready to smoke out of the packet, and they offer fast-acting relief. Many people find them useful for fast-acting pain relief and relaxation.
Whole hemp buds contain a wide range of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that lend a rich earthy flavor profile that many smokers enjoy. Get all the relaxation benefits without intoxication.
5. How To Vape Your CBD
CBD products for vaporizers are made up of CBD extract and vape juice (vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol). At relatively low heat, the liquid turns into a vapor that's much more gentle on the lungs than smoke.
One of the downsides to vaping is that you'll need a vaporizer device to use your vape juice and it can be an expensive starting cost.
CBD brands may sell single-use vape pens, refillable cartridges, or you can fill vape juice directly into the tank of your rechargeable vaporizer.
These also provide fast-acting benefits and are much more discreet than smoking real hemp flowers.
6. How To Dab Your CBD
Dabs are a concentrated form of CBD. They're available in pure CBD isolate crystals, glass, or wax. The texture of the hemp concentrate will depend on the filtration process of the extract and its cannabinoid and plant esters content.
Inhaling concentrated CBD is the most potent and fast-acting way to feel the effects of CBD — but the process is a bit more involved and requires a dab rig.
Dab rigs or oil rigs are similar to a bong. They're made of glass and hold water at the base to cool the smoke. It has a metal or glass "nail" that you would heat with a mini torch to get to a high temperature. You'd then drop the concentrate into the nail where it instantly vaporizes and it cools through the water before hitting your mouth.
We don't recommend this method for beginners as dab rigs are a costly setup, and it delivers extremely high potencies of CBD at once that's difficult to measure.
Topical CBD is a category of products that you apply to your skin. It includes lip balms, massage oil, lotions, or salves.
The skin is our largest organ and plays a critical role in regulating our internal temperature and protects us from our environment. The epidermis contains endocannabinoid receptors as part of an adaptable system that regulates inflammation [ 1].
When you apply CBD to your skin, it interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors at the site. It doesn't enter the bloodstream, which means you're able to target your CBD use to the applied areas.
7. How To Use Topical CBD
Depending on the formula of your topical CBD products, they'll have different use cases. For example, CBD lotions with capsaicin (the compound that gives chili peppers their heat) warm the skin, easing discomfort in muscles and joints.
All you have to do with topical CBD products is apply it to the affected area and let CBD benefits and the additional ingredients work their way into your skin.
Different topical CBD formulas may contain more skin-nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil, shea butter, and beeswax if you're looking to improve the natural skin barrier to protect from.
If you're looking to use CBD for your face, make sure it doesn't contain comedogenic (pore-blocking) ingredients like coconut oil or lanolin, as it may defeat the purpose of using CBD on your face. The skin on your face is much more prone to clogging and sensitivity.
Just because a product contains CBD doesn't always mean it's good for you. Pay careful attention to the additional ingredients in the formula and patch test on your skin before applying liberally.
Track Your Experience
People's experiences with CBD can differ significantly from one person to the next, so finding your unique threshold for optimum use will take some experimentation.
When you first begin taking CBD, we recommend detailing a few factors in your phone or in a journal, so you track your doses and experience.
Follow our helpful chart that recommends dosage based off of severity of the issue at hand. Contact our customer service team for more personalized dosage recommendations at (858) 832- 2065.
Be Consistent With Your CBD Use
We've heard a lot of feedback from customers who have noticed positive changes as early as the very first time they take CBD. However, many of the benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids come with consistent use.
Being consistent with your CBD use helps to maintain appropriate levels of endocannabinoids in your system, which facilitates the communication of the ECS, giving you the best results possible.
Morning, Noon, Or Night? When To Take CBD?
This will depend on what you plan on taking CBD for.
For example, the best way to take CBD oil for sleep support is about an hour before your bed-time. CBD has been found to support the GABA receptors in the brain, helping you to feel calm and relaxed.
Other people who use CBD to support their cognitive or athletic performance will take CBD in the morning or before their workouts.
Like finding the right dosage, figuring out the best time of day to take CBD will require some experimentation.
Other Factors To Consider When Taking CBD Oil
Over time, any changes in our health and diets can cause our sensitivity to CBD to change, which means your dose can change over time.
Some people have found that with regular use, CBD oil may not feel as potent and may require higher doses to achieve the same effects. If this happens, you can take a break from CBD to bring you back down to lower doses.
This is one of the reasons why it's important to track your doses and adjust accordingly.
The Takeaway: Best Way To Take CBD
CBD oil brands are only getting more creative with their dietary supplements offerings making CBD more convenient and enjoyable to use.
We always recommend discussing CBD with your health care practitioner especially if you have an underlying health condition or are on any medication to ensure there are no possibilities of negative interactions.
Luckily, CBD is a non-toxic compound even at high doses, so it's relatively safe, though it may take some trial and error to get the appropriate dose and method that suits your lifestyle.
If you're looking to learn more ways to take CBD oil and its health benefits, you can find more articles on our blog.
Happy CBD shopping!
- Caterina, M. J. (2014). TRP channel cannabinoid receptors in skin sensation, homeostasis, and inflammation. ACS chemical neuroscience, 5(11), 1107-1116.
We wish you the best with using hemp to heal! Please reach out to us with all of your CBD related questions and we'll be happy to help.