Best Ways To Take CBD Oil

Best Ways To Take CBD Oil

May 29, 2019

First The Basics: What Is CBD Oil?

If you’re new to CBD oil, this section is for you. CBD is short for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found naturally in the cannabis plants. Cannabinoids also include a chemical called THC, responsible for the psychoactive effects of the cannabis plant. 

In short, CBD is simply an oil solution that contains CBD. It is made by extracting the CBD from a cannabis plant (often hemp plants are used, which just a legal variety of cannabis with very low levels of THC). Hence, CBD is NOT psychoactive as it contains less than 0.3% of THC. 

Once the CBD has been extracted, it is mixed with a carrier oil. The carrier oil allows optimal absorption as CBD is fat-soluble. 

How does CBD oil work?

How does CBD work? What is it that makes CBD help thousands of people reduce anxiety, fight inflammation and relieve pain issues?

As per the current scientific literature, CBD interacts with endocannabinoids system and often helps regulate it 

What does CBD oil do?

Scientific research has revealed CBD may be therapeutic for a massive number of conditions. The most common uses for CBD oil are to treat anxiety and depression, to relieve pain, and to treat sleeping problems.

Many healthy people also make use of CBD oil to improve their general health, reduces stress, or to help them recover after workouts.

Here’s a list of medical conditions that research shows CBD can help with:

  • Acne
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Digestive Issues
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy and Seizures
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Glaucoma
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Osteoporosis/Bone Health
  • PhealthTSD
  • Rheumatism
  • Stroke and TBI

How to take CBD oil?

CBD oil is a versatile substance that can be used in a variety of ways. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and your reasons for using CBD oil will determine which is best for you. Here we cover the three ways you can take CBD oil. We also discuss the pros and cons of each, as well as if it suits you and your needs.

  1. Put it under your tongue

This is probably the most popular way to take CBD oil and the way that most CBD companies will suggest you use. By putting a few drops of your CBD oil under your tongue and holding it there for a minute or two, the solution will be absorbed through your sublingual tissue and into your bloodstream.

How long until effects are felt?

This is a very efficient and effective method of taking CBD oil. The tissue under your tongue is very absorbent and the CBD can, therefore, get to work in just a few minutes.

Best for...

This method is best when you want fast-acting effects. For example, if you’re treating pain, anxiety or some other uncomfortable condition and you require fast relief.

  1. Swallow it

Another common method is to simply swallow CBD oil. When you swallow CBD oil, it will go through your digestive system before being metabolized by the liver and eventually passing through the wall of the gut and into your bloodstream.

However, CBD oil can have a pretty nasty taste. That’s why we flavored our oil. Trust us, it makes a big difference. Some like to mix theirs with food or drink, although this can delay or even dampen the effects

One downside of ingesting CBD oil is that it is not the most efficient method. Not all of the active ingredients may make it into your blood due to the long journey through your digestive system.  

How long until effects are felt?

As it must pass through your digestive system before it reaches your bloodstream, the effects of swallowed CBD oil can take some time to kick in. Depending on when you last ate, the effects may take as long as an hour or more. On an empty stomach, effects can take as little as 10 minutes.

Best for...

While effects may take a long time to take hold, they will generally last for a few hours or more. This makes ingestion a suitable option for those using CBD oil to treat sleeping problems or low-level pain.  

  1. Rub it into your skin

CBD oil can also be applied topically. This involves rubbing it into your skin, allowing it to be absorbed through your pores.

How long until effects are felt?

CBD oil absorbed through the pores of the skin is generally not that fast acting. Effects can take up to an hour to be felt. You may need to reapply the CBD oil every couple of hours for the effects to be continuous.

Best for...

This is a useful application method for using CBD to treat localized pain and injury, such as aches, cuts and sore muscles or joints. People with arthritis often choose to rub CBD oil into their affected joints.

This method is also popular with people treating skin conditions. Full spectrum CBD oil, such as Salve (coming soon) , also contains healthy fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and other nutrients that can help improve the health of your skin.


The dose: How much CBD should you take?

When it comes to working out how much CBD you should take, there are many things to consider. First, be aware that what works for some might not work for you. Everyone has a unique physiology and reasons for using CBD oil, therefore, your dose and dosing schedule is personal to you.

There are, however, some guidelines that will make the process of determining the right dose for you much easier. The most important is to start off with a small amount (between 1-5mg), be conscious over the next few hours of how it feels and if your symptoms are reduced, and then increase the dose if needed.

For a more detailed look at how to decide what dose is right for you, this in-depth article will explain all you need to know.   


The low-down: Tips for buying CBD oil

When it comes to buying CBD oil, you should be very careful. The industry is currently unregulated and that has allowed a number of untrustworthy vendors to enter the scene.

This was shockingly highlighted in this recent study that tested 84 CBD products. It found that 26 percent contained less CBD than they claimed to while 42 percent had more. Not only that, 21 percent of the CBD products tested also contained THC, potentially putting people at risk of intoxication and testing positive for cannabis, which CBD alone won't do.

Therefore, it is vital that you buy CBD oil from a trusted source. The most important thing to look for is positive reviews and to make sure they have third-party lab test results clearly displayed on their site. Like we do for popular products. 


Summary

You should now know much about CBD oil - how to take it, how it works, and what it is. No more CBD confusion. If you ever a question about our products, feel free to contact us at support@specktra.com or use our live chat online.