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How to take CBD oil correctly

As of 2019 45 million Americans have tried CBD. But not everyone knows how to take CBD oil correctly. We’ve reviewed the pharmacokinetic studies (the most well-known is this one) and wrote these instructions for you. Whether you’re trying CBD for the first time or you’re not sure if you’ve been taking it correctly; you’ve come to the right place!

People all over the world are taking CBD for pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia as well as pain from injuries. They’re also finding relief from anxiety when taking CBD. Studies are being conducted at the time of this writing to see how CBD can help with they behavioral components of autism and possible benefits for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

With that being said, there is a lot that we still need to learn about how CBD affects things like high blood pressure and cancer. Without a doubt, CBD is here to stay as the demand hasn’t begun to hit its peak yet.


There are a few ways to take CBD and not all of them have the best absorption rate. In order of the highest rate of absorption to lowest rate of absorption

1- Inhalation (vapes and smokable hemp flower)
2- Sublingual
3- Orally
4- Transdermal

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Inhalation causes CBD to kick in the fastest out of all the methods of administration. Smoking hemp flower or vaping CBD will allow you to

feel its effects faster than any other method.

The downside?

It’s the shortest lasting and smoking or vaping has its negative health consequences. Vape juice contains chemicals and preservatives that are not intended to be in your lungs naturally. We stay away from inhalation products since there just isn’t enough research to prove they’re safe yet.

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Sublingual (CBD under the tongue)

Taking CBD not just orally, but specifically under the tongue is the most effective and most popular way to take CBD daily. This is because it absorbs readily under the glands of your tongue and in the areas between your cheeks and gums.

When you place drops of CBD under your tongue, they will bypass your stomach and intestines and go to your blood stream first. This means that your liver won’t metabolize and destroy CBD like it would if you just swallowed it. It will last up to 6 hours (on average) in your system according to published studies.

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Topically (CBD on top of the skin)

CBD does not penetrate into the blood stream when applied to the skin. It does however affect the skin itself and the areas just below it. CBD is a potent anti inflammatory and studies show it may reduce itching to the skin, symptoms of eczema and psoriasis (all are forms of inflammation).

If you’re looking for skin relief, using a tincture of CBD oil will help since hempseed is non comedogenic (won’t clog pores)

If you’re looking for pain relief to joints, use a CBD that’s suspended in a solution made to absorb through your skin like a lotion or cream would.

Instructions: Sublingual (under the tongue)

Step 1- Shake well

A close up of someone's hand demonstrating how to take CBD oil correctly.

Not so important if it hasn’t been sitting too long, but you’ll ensure an even and consistent dose if the tincture has been sitting and allowing the ingredients to settle. You can’t disrupt or hurt the ingredients in the oil so when in doubt, just shake!

Step 2- Draw up a full dropper

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Most droppers only fill up a little more than halfway when drawing up oil. This is one serving (1 mL)

Step 3- Administer a full serving under the tongue

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It’s important to hold the oil under your tongue for at least 60 seconds, but if you can hold it for 2 minutes that would allow for even more absorption. The skin underneath your tongue is about the thickness of a sheet of notebook paper, and it takes a bit for the oil to seep through.

Important: Swish the CBD around after 2 minutes under the tongue

You have glands around your mouth that will help with absorption.

Step 4- Swallow the rest of the CBD oil after 2 minutes

Whatever is left of the CBD oil after 2 minutes, you can swallow. It has been proven that CBD ingested in fatty acids or fatty foods have 4x the absorption rate compared to an empty stomach, and our CBD is suspended in hemp seed oil, so that counts! You won’t absorb nearly as much through the digestive tract as you would under the tongue, so that’s why you should start off with sublingual.

CBD oil will enter the blood stream almost immediately when held under the tongue, and it will continue to trickle into the blood stream the longer you hold it under your tongue. It can take up to an hour for CBD to reach peak levels in your blood.

The most important thing to remember

You must try to hold CBD oil under your tongue for at least 60 seconds to ensure absorption. Most studies have shown it takes several days for CBD to consistently affect your endocannabinoid system (ECS). There is no point in taking CBD if you don’t know how to take CBD oil correctly. Things like prior marijuana use and a high body fat content will contribute to a higher than average amount of CBD affecting your ECS. So, now you know how to take CBD oil correctly, check out some of the research that shows what CBD can do!

Also check out which type of CBD is best for you: Full/Broad spectrum or isolate. (Full spectrum has Delta 8 and/or Delta 9 THC)

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Most of the research that has been performed has been for sublingual CBD. It’s also been shown to be the most effective absorption rate after inhalation.

At least 60 seconds, but there is some good evidence that says the longer the better. We recommend at least 2 minutes before swallowing the remainder of CBD

No! CBD absorbs 4x more when you have a full stomach since it likes to bind to fats. Eating an avocado before you take CBD could make it way more effective!

There is no standard dose that is recommended or regulated. Always start with one dropper and increase after a few days if needed

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