CBD oil is causing quite a stir. As research discovers more and more of its impressive health benefits, it is fast becoming one of the most popular all-natural remedies for people looking to improve their health and treat various medical conditions.
However, for those of you who are new to the world of CBD oil, learning about all the different consumption methods - and then figuring out the best way to take CBD oil for you - can be a challenge. In fact, as there is such a massive overflow of information online, it can be intimidating and even off-putting.
So, to help make things simple for you, in this article we are going to tell you all you need to know about how to take CBD oil.
The basics: What is CBD oil and how is it made?
If you’re new to CBD oil, you might want to clarify a few of the basics before we dive into methods of consuming it. If that is you, then listen up. What follows is a clear and simple explanation, with no jargon, of just what CBD oil is and how its made.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found naturally in the flowers of cannabis plants. It is from a group of chemicals called cannabinoids. This group also includes a chemical called THC, which is the one responsible for the psychotropic effects most people associate with cannabis use.
CBD oil 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, meaning can’t be used to get ‘high’).
Once the CBD has been extracted, it is mixed with a carrier oil. By mixing it with a carrier oil, the CBD is absorbed more efficiently into your body. This carrier oil can vary, but olive oil, hemp seed oil and coconut oil are commonly used.
The science: How does CBD oil work?
So you know what it is and how its made, but how does CBD work to produce all these incredible effects that you keep hearing about, such as reducing anxiety, fighting inflammation and relieving pain?
Well, it works in many ways. While cannabis researchers are still working hard to accurately detail the exact ways that CBD and other cannabinoids work, we do have an idea of some of the physiological pathways at play.
CBD has been found to produce its effects through a number of different molecular pathways. Unlike the psychotropic THC, however, CBD does not seem to bind to the cannabinoids receptors in your body. Rather, in order to exert its effects on mood, emotions, pain and many other bodily functions, CBD has been shown to interact with serotonin receptors (5-HT1A), vanilloid receptors (TRPV1), orphan receptors (GPR55), and nuclear receptors (PPARs).
This is, of course, a simplified explanation, and one that is far from complete. Cannabinoid research is ongoing and the future will surely bring about new discoveries about how and why CBD is such a powerful therapeutic substance.
The Effects: 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:
- ADD and ADHD
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Digestive Issues
- Epilepsy and Seizures
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Osteoporosis/Bone Health
- Stroke and TBI
The methods: 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
There you have it. Now you know exactly what CBD oil, how it works, and, most importantly, the best ways to take it. The world of CBD oil doesn’t seem so scary anymore, does it?