How to take CBD oil – CBD dose guide How to determine the correct CBD oil dosage and the different ways to take CBD oil You’ve looked into how to identify high quality CBD oil and chosen Your weight, tolerance and what you want to cure are some factors which determines how much CBD oil you should take. Check out our chart here.
How to take CBD oil – CBD dose guide
How to determine the correct CBD oil dosage and the different ways to take CBD oil
You’ve looked into how to identify high quality CBD oil and chosen which brand you’re going to buy. Now it’s time to look into how to take CBD oil most effectively. This guide unpacks the different aspects of using different CBD products and how to get the most out of them. Remember, the first step in your CBD journey should be consulting your medical professional.
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CBD oil dosage – how much to take?
There are a couple of reasons why it’s difficult to get a straight answer to this question. Firstly due to the legal status of CBD oil, suppliers are not able to able to give medical advice so clear dosage instructions are harder to come by compared with other products.
Secondly, the ‘best’ or optimal CBD oil dose varies from person to person, based on a number of factors from size, how their system reacts to CBD supplementation, what conditions they are looking to alleviate and also the method of CBD intake.
The dose range for CBD is broad, that means it can be effective for different people at very different dosage amounts. Some individuals see effective results from very small doses, as low as 5-10 milligrams (mg) of CBD a day. Some take a number of 10-15 mg doses per day (we will look at dosage timing and frequency shortly). The following section outlines the best method for working out how much CBD oil is optimal for you.
Fortunately, experimenting with CBD dosage is low risk and those in clinical trials are exposed to very high doses in the 300-700 mg, though we certainly don’t recommend a dosage this high at home.
“CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”
The World Health Organisation, November 2017
The CBD dosage that yields the best results will differ from person to person. The best way to find your optimal dose is to start out slowly, with very small dosages and slowly increase the amount taken from there.
What this small dose looks like will depend on which form of CBD you’re taking. For example, start with only a few drops from a tincture (depending on concentration of CBD) or ingesting a single low strength CBD oil capsule. Generally speaking, bigger people will have a higher optimal dose but the strategy for finding the right dose is the same, start off with small doses to see how your body reacts to the CBD before increasing dosage.
Finding your optimal CBD dose:
- Start with a low dose, a few drops (5-10mg) and see how your body reacts
- Take the same dosage for a few days to give your body time to respond
- Record and keep track of how much CBD you took, when, and how you were feeling before and after
- Adjust the dosage and experiment with slightly different amounts over 3 days to see how your body responds
- Don’t dramatically increase dose, the optimal dose is the minimum amount to feel desired effect
- If you feel any discomfort, reduce dosage
- Remember, CBD can have a subtle effect, there isn’t a ‘high’ or dramatically noticeable effect like THC (recreational cannabis)
When to take CBD oil and how often
Depending on how your body reacts will impact on when you may want to take CBD. If your feel relaxed and sleepy, it may best suit you to have CBD oil after your evening meal before sleep. If you find CBD energises or gives you a pick up, after breakfast or early afternoon may be a good option.
That being said, many users find they get the best results taking small amounts at various intervals during the day, as the effects of CBD last approximately for 4-6 hours depending on how you take it. You feel the effects faster with vaping and sublingual application, whereas the effects are slower and longer lasting when CBD oil is ingested.
Along with dosage amount, experiment with timing of dosage to see what suits you best. Another factor to consider when deciding what time of day to take CBD is dependent on the strain of cannabis that was used to produce the CBD you’re taking as this can impact the effect.
Consumers in Europe or Australia will most likely be using a product made from legally grown industrial hemp, a sativa strain of cannabis which is known for a stimulating and energising effect. Consumers in North America often have a choice of strain and may opt for an indica variety, known for its sedating effect.
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Should I take CBD daily or as I need it?
In clinical trials, participants are administered CBD daily. This is consistent with the anecdotal advice from CBD communities and suppliers, which claim that taking CBD daily produces the best results as it keeps a regular level of CBD in your system.
Some users utilise multiple forms of CBD products in their routine to get the best results for their particular needs. For example, taking CBD drops in addition to applying a topical to their skin is a particularly effective method to use as needed in localised areas.
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Sublingual administration: Taking cbd oil the under tongue
Sublingual is latin for ‘under the tongue’. In this case it’s used to describe a method of drug administration where substances (CBD in our case) are absorbed into the bloodstream through thinner tissues under the tongue and through the gums.
Compared to ingesting a capsule or edible, this process is the faster and more effective way to take CBD. This is because more CBD is absorbed by the body, rather than passed through the digestive system, so therefore less is needed to feel the same effect. When swallowed and digested, CBD is broken down by enzymes in saliva and processed in the liver, which results in less ending up in your bloodstream compared to sublingual administration.
When taking CBD with a dropper / tincture, spray or concentrate, hold it under your tongue for at least 90 seconds to allow the CBD to be absorbed. You can also swish it around your mouth before swallowing as the gum tissue also absorbs the CBD.
How to take CBD oil with a tincture
Dosing CBD with a tincture or dropper is one of the most popular methods of administration and the most commonly sold form of CBD oil. Tinctures should be made of dark glass, as plastics and sunlight can damage the cannabinoids. Store your CBD oil tincture in a cool, dark place.
If you’re new to CBD, we recommend dropping CBD oil under tongue with a tincture. Based on our research it’s the most effective and accessible form of taking CBD and also allows the most flexibility with dosage amounts.
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|Fast acting – absorbed into the bloodstream directly, much faster than digesting||Potentially more messy than other CBD products. Glass bottle and dropper are breakable|
|More effective than digesting – more economical use of CBD oil||Not as simple as taking a capsule or edible|
|Allows flexibility and control over dosage quantities||Many dislike the taste. Holding the oil under your tongue more tricky than other methods|
- Shake the bottle well before using. It’s normal for the contents to separate and important that you don’t consume an unmixed product
- Squeeze the top of the dropper to fill with desired amount of oil. If the oil seems too thick to fill or empty dropper, use your hands to gently warm the bottle
- Drop under your tongue and hold it there for 90 seconds or more before swishing around your mouth and swallowing. We recommend chasing it with some juice as the flavour is very strong and many dislike the taste. This method of administration allows the CBD to diffuse into the blood through tissues under the tongue and in the gums rather than being ingested
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CBD oil sprays
Some suppliers sell CBD oil sprays rather than tinctures/droppers. Their reasoning is that it’s more easy and less messy to administer CBD oil under tongue. Even though these suppliers estimate CBD dose per spray, you have less control over dosing compared to a traditional tincture.
How to take CBD oil concentrate
Concentrates are a paste which contain a highly concentrated amount of CBD. They are sometimes 10 times the potency of tinctures and are recommended for those who are more experienced taking CBD products, because it is more difficult to calculate dosage sizes.
Place the desired amount of CBD oil concentrate, typically a drop the size of a grain of rice under your tongue, hold it there for 90 seconds or rub onto your gums with your tongue.
|It is fast acting and absorbed into the bloodstream much faster than ingesting it||Difficult to measure dosage sizes|
|More effective than ingesting it, making it a more economical use of CBD oil||Slightly more difficult to administer compared to other methods|
How to take CBD isolate crystals
CBD isolate crystals are the most pure form of CBD product, there is nothing else added or included. CBD isolate should look like pure white crystals
There are many advantages of using CBD isolate: Firstly, there’s many ways to dose – how to use CBD isolate . Secondly, exact dosages are easy to measure using sensitive scales. Additionally, you are able to use the pure product to make your own CBD consumables, from tinctures, to edibles, to creams.
|Pure form of CBD – no unwanted additives||It’s strongly believed that pure CBD is less effective than a ‘full spectrum’ alternative|
|Able to measure and take very precise dosages||Requires sensitive scales to measure dosage properly|
|Can be used to make a variety of CBD products at home to desired strength||If not using to make an oil or edible, requires a dabbing rig to administer directly|
CBD isolate crystals can be used to make
- CBD oil tincture – dissolve the desired amount of CBD isolate crystal in olive, coconut or hemp seed oil, before sealing and gently warming in a hot water bath for 10-15 mins
- Homemade e-liquid for vaping – dissolve crystal in preferred e-liquid and gently heat
- CBD topical (cream) – CBD isolates can be mixed with coconut oil, olive oil or shea butter to make a CBD infused cream
- Edibles – CBD isolate can be dissolved into fatty foods like butter or coconut oil, which can then be used in cooking
Some people use dabbing rigs to smoke CBD isolate crystals. Unless you’re familiar with and have experience with this form of smoking, we don’t recommend it as an effective method to dose CBD, particularly as a new user.
What is CBD isolate and how to use it
CBD isolate (crystal, slab or shatter) is the most pure form of CBD you can buy. CBD isolate benefits include being THC free, cheaper & able to be used to make DIY CBD products.
How to vape CBD oil
Vaping or vaporizing is a popular new activity which for many replaces smoking cigarettes. Vapes, vape-pens or electronic cigarettes are devices which heat up a special liquid (e-juice) to a certain temperature that produces a vapor, an inhalable gas which looks alot like smoke.
Vaping CBD is the same as normal vaping (you’re able to use normal vapes to do it) but with added CBD to the e-liquid. When vaped, CBD enters the bloodstream via blood vessels in your lungs.
Similarly to taking CBD oil under the tongue, vaping CBD is more effective and users feel the effects of it faster than swallowing and ingesting it.
|Fast acting – absorbed into the bloodstream much faster than ingesting||Little is known about the health implications of vaping the thinning agent in e-liquids, propylene glycol alternative|
|More effective than ingesting – more economical use of CBD oil||Difficult to measure and consume exact dosage|
|The act of vaping is enjoyable for many||Requires purchase of a vape, in addition to the CBD e-liquid|
Different options for vaping CBD:
- Disposable CBD vapes: These are thrown away after one use, making them less ecologically friendly, but they are a convenient way for new user try vaping without investing in a reusable vape
- Special CBD cartridges: These are designed for a specific vaping device, and need to be replaced once empty. These are easy and convenient to use, but also ties you to a particular supplier, offering less flexibility over the longer term
- Premixed CBD vape oil: This form of CBD can be added to any vape. Just like CBD oil tinctures, premixed vape oil come in varying strengths
- Make your own CBD vape oil by dissolving CBD crystal isolate in preferred e-liquid and gently heating it to combine the two. This method requires the most preparation and hassle, but it does allows you to keep using your favourite e-liquid.
You cannot vape normal CBD oil
CBD oils which are intended for oral consumption are not able to be vaped. You must use particular e-juice which has added thinning agents that allow it to be vaporized.
- Fill your vape pen with CBD vape oil the same way as you would with normal e-juice
- Follow your device’s user manual for steps to heat up liquid
- vapor for about 4 seconds, then fill your mouth with fresh air, hold for 10 seconds or more before exhaling, this maximises the amount of CBD absorbed
- Most users find 4 to 8 inhalations are enough for them to feel effect
- Similar to other forms of CBD administration, different users prefer different doses and dose frequency
Ingesting CBD oil
Ingesting CBD is a popular method of dosing with suppliers selling capsules, pills, drinks, CBD candy and an array of other different edibles. When ingesting CBD, the onset of effects take a lot longer, sometimes 30-90 minutes as the CBD is first digested before reaching the bloodstream. For this reason, less CBD is utilised by the body when ingesting compared to inhaling or taking CBD under the tongue and a higher dose may be required to feel the same effect.
|Most simple method of administration||Less effective than other methods, more CBD is required for the same effect|
|Variety of different products and flavours available||Takes longer to feel effects|
|Effects last for longer||If buying pre-made edibles, usually a more expensive option.|
Take CBD with food or an empty stomach?
Taking CBD oil with food increases the bioavailability of the CBD, that means that it makes it easier for your body to absorb and more will end up in your system.
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Smoking CBD-rich flowers
A new method of taking cbd is to smoke cannabis flowers or CBD bud which has been specially grown to contain a high amount of CBD and no THC (the chemical which causes the mild altering high).
This method of administration will not suit everyone as smoking plant matter can have negative effects on the respiratory system. However, it may suit those wishing to replicate the feeling of smoking cannabis without the psychoactive element and cognitive distortion that comes with it.
|More effective than ingesting CBD and is also fast acting||Smoking plant matter can have negative effects on the respiratory system|
|Ability to take CBD with no other added chemicals or agents||Difficult to calculate and take standardised dosages|
|Replicates the feeling of smoking cannabis||It is currently difficult to source CBD flowers in a lot of countries|
How to use hemp buds / CBD bud
CBD-rich strains of cannabis are an exciting product of the CBD and medicinal cannabis movement. Hemp buds offer an alternative to CBD oil as a source of CBD that can be smoked, vaped or used to make edibles and ingested.
Taking CBD using a dry herb atomizer
A dry herb vaporizer or atomizer is a vaping device that heats up a herb or CBD flower rather than e-liquids or oils. This method of administration is one of the most effective as CBD is absorbed via blood vessels in your lungs without the potential risks resulting from the thinning agents in e-juice.
The drawbacks of vaping CBD with a dry herb atomizer is that is requires investment in a vaping device, a supply of CBD-rich flowers and a more involved learning process.
|More effective than ingesting CBD and is also fast acting||Requires investing in a vaping device|
|Ability to take CBD with no other added chemicals or agents||Difficult to calculate and take standardised dosages|
|The act of vaping is enjoyable for many||Currently difficult to source CBD-flowers in many countries|
- Break apart or grind your CBD bud, use a herb grinder for best results, this increases the surface area exposed to heat
- Fill your dry herb atomizer with CBD flowers. Experiment with how much / how tightly you pack the chamber, don’t over pack and ensure the bottom of the chamber, closest to the heat source is covered with the ground flower. Your particular vape device may have more detailed instructions
- Follow your device’s user manual for steps to heat up. Again, vaping temperature is something you can experiment with, as it can affect the flavour as well as the intensity of its effects
- Inhale vapor for about 10 seconds in a slow controlled manner, then fill your mouth with fresh air and hold briefly before exhaling. This maximises the amount of CBD absorbed
- Similar to other forms of CBD administration, different users prefer different doses and dose frequency
- Keep the chamber, vapor path and screens clear of residue using a q-tip and cleaning alcohol
How to use CBD oil topicals
CBD topicals are creams, lotions, balms, massage oils and salves infused with CBD. They are applied directly to the body and once absorbed by the skin interact with the local CB2 receptors directly. CBD topicals are an unobtrusive way to treat localised pain points.
|CBD topicals are unobtrusive and allow users to target specific pain points||While suspected to be effective in treating many ailments, little clinical research has been done|
|Safe form of administration for those who are concerned with drug tests||It’s relatively unknown how much CBD is absorbed into the system|
CBD cream for pain
Regularly using a topical cannabidiol (CBD) cream is an effective source of targeted pain relief for many, especially for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or those who often have sore or inflamed muscles.
CBD Oil Dosage: How to Take Cannabis Oil and How Much You Need
You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of CBD, but how much should you take to feel those?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 60 active compounds in the cannabis plant. These active compounds, known as cannabinoids, affect your body in many different ways.
CBD isn’t psychoactive, which means you will not get high. Instead, there are several pieces of research that says it can help you:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Improve sleep
- Reduce seizures in people with epilepsy
- Soothe pain and inflammation
- Improve heart health
- Improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
No matter what condition you’re trying to treat with CBD, giving yourself an accurate dosage is key, or it might not help against severe conditions like back pain.
Different ways of taking cannabis oil
You can buy different CBD products both online and from a shop, ranging from CBD oil, cookies, ice cream, massage oil and much more.
Depending on if you want to treat conditions like stress, anxiety or better sleep you want the oil to enter the bloodstream. Once the CBD is in your blood it interacts with certain elements to decrease your stress.
If you have knee pain it is better to massage the CBD directly to the knee to get the best effect.
The two most popular ways of consuming CBD is either under the tongue or massaging it onto the body.
Drops under the tongue
We recommend taking CBD oil under the tongue for the best effect, also called “sublingual application”. You simply drop the desired amount under the tongue and let it stay for at least 20 seconds, then swallow.
The longer the oil is under the tongue, the faster the effect comes for you.
The reason why you keep the oil under the tongue is that you have a lot of veins that quickly absorbs the oil into your blood system. If you take sublingual CBD you can expect to feel the effect within 15-45 minutes, depending on the disease you want to treat.
Further down you can read how many drops you need to take.
On the body
Apply topical products such as massage oils, creams and balms directly to the skin over a painful area. So-called “topical application”
Using CBD on the body works best if you have a specific area where you need CBD the most. It allows the cannabidiol compounds to work right where you apply the topical cream.
With CBD topicals, the effects are more concentrated because the oil never gets absorbed into the bloodstream and they aren’t spread thin throughout the entire body. This makes it a great choice for treating minor pain in muscles and joints, or soothing skin after being out in the sun.
Do not apply CBD oils that are designed for taking orally to the skin. They have nothing to keep them on the skin or make them work there because they are supposed to be in your blood.
Figuring out the right amount
Research from 2017 showed that there’s no universal dosage of CBD that a person should take. Everybody responds differently to CBD, but most people take between 20 and 100 mg per day.
Therefore, we always recommend starting small and gradually working your way up. The amount of hemp oil you take might not be the same as your girlfriend need.
The amount of CBD you should take depends on a range of factors, including:
- Your body weight
- The condition you’re treating
- Your individual body chemistry
- The concentration of CBD in each drop, massage oil or candy
We recommend starting by dosing 20 to 40 mg a day. After a week, increase this amount by 5 mg. Continue this until you feel that it’s effectively treating your symptoms.
If you are a heavy guy with severe back pain, we recommend starting with 40 mg. You take this on days when you’re in a lot of pain. After a week you can increase to 45 mg, and next week you use 50 mg. At this point, you might feel that your pain is tolerable.
How to calculate CBD oil dosage
Some products, such as Midnight CBD Oil tell you how much CBD is in a single bottle and serving. The product also comes with additional information on how much you should take for different ailments you want to treat.
However, sometimes it’s harder to figure out how much CBD is in one drop because the packaging specifies the total amount of CBD in the entire bottle, but not the amount that will be in a single drop.
The first thing you need to know is how many millilitres your bottle is. The next step is knowing how many ml a drop of liquid is (normally 0.05 ml). The final step is to see how much CBD your bottle consist of
Here’s an example:
- One drop – 0.05 millilitres (ml)
- Bottle size – 10 millilitres (ml)
- CBD in the bottle – 1,000 mg
The equation for taking 40mg of CBD oil:
Bottle size/one drop = Total amount of drops in your bottle
10/0.05 = 200 drops
CBD in the bottle/total amount of drops = How much mg CBD per drop
So, to have 40 mg of CBD oil, you should take eight drops.
CBD oil dosage from a ‘random shop’
Some products don’t come with a label on how much CBD they contain. Some even contain THC which is the product that will make you high.
Whether the product contains THC or not is dependent on which extraction method the producer has used. Make sure to ask the owner of the shop if the oil contains THC. If it does you will get high. This is something we have noticed when we have bought oil from our competitors online, but also smaller health shops in the countryside here in Thailand.
You can usually get two types of oil if you buy it from a random shop, which contains different levels of concentration:
- Pure CBD oil – Dark colour, sluggish, musk smell and tastes like a mix of soil and leaves. This oil is usually more expensive since it is very concentrated. We recommend starting with 1 drop of oil.
- CBD & Mixed oil – Yellow/white colour, runny, smells coconut and tastes coconut (or whatever its been mixed with). The CBD oil has been diluted with coconut/sesame/vegetable oil and you need to take a bigger dosage. Start with 4 drops.
Wait at least one hour. If you don’t feel any effects you may take an additional dosage of 1 drop of pure CBD oil or 4 drops of CBD & coconut oil.
Is it possible to take too much CBD?
Research shows that continuous use of CBD, even in high doses like 1,500 mg a day, is okay for humans.
To put 1,500 mg in perspective you need to take 2.5 bottles of Bloom’s CBD oil to reach this. Cancer patients take somewhere around 500 mg a day, so it is safe to say you cannot take too much CBD.
However, if you’re currently taking strong medications and would like to try CBD, it’s essential to discuss this with your doctor.
Avoid CBD if your medications have a grapefruit warning on the label. This warning indicates that people taking the medication should avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice.
There are very few known side effects of CBD. When side effects do occur, they can be diarrhea, appetite changes, and fatigue. However, it usually goes over fast.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to buy CBD oil, you can find many CBD brands online. But make sure you research each brand before purchasing. While pure, genuine CBD is considered safe, fake and low-quality products can make you unintentionally high.
At Bloom, we only sell tested and legal premium CBD products. Whether you prefer taking CBD oil under the tongue or eating CBD infused popcorns, you can be sure to get a safe and relaxing experience with Bloom.