When it comes to consuming CBD or cannabidiol, there are four main methods:
- Inhaling – by smoking or vaping
- Topical – applying it directly to the skin
- Ingesting – eating as edibles or mixed with food
- Sublingual – under the tongue
However, these methods can have varying results. Below we’ll explore each option to see how effective they are so you can make an informed decision on what’s best for you.
Since it goes directly to the pulmonary system and into the bloodstream, inhaling CBD is one of the fastest ways to feel its effects and to absorb higher concentrations of the product. CBD can be vaped by using a vaporizer pen or device. Through these mechanisms, the dosage can be easily measured.
However, inhaling cannabidiol demands the purchase of additional tools and devices and can become quite costly. In addition, the smoke produced when vaping can be harmful to the lungs, increasing the risk of developing related diseases. Not much data is yet available but extensive research is being conducted in both the US and UK to outline in more detail the potential risks associated with vaping in general.
CBD can be taken topically through application to the skin in the form of balms or ointments. It is unlikely that a topical CBD will reach the bloodstream and is instead produced as targeted relief for skin or muscles. The skins pores absorb the cannabidiol and are picked up by the cannabinoid receptors. The topical method is relatively easy to administer because it doesn’t require any special tools or knowledge.
Topical products that contain CBD are not necessarily used to help manage anxiety, stress or medical ailments commonly associated with CBD, but rather used in beauty products or pain relief gels and are blended with other active ingredients. We will explore CBD as a beauty product in a future post.
Edibles are known for their long-lasting effects due to the time it takes to digest. Adding CBD oil to food creates endless options to consume. On the other hand, getting the right dose can be tricky and takes some experimentation to achieve the required dosage. In addition, the effects can take some time to kick in, which often results in people intaking more CBD than intended.
This simply means to take CBD oil under the tongue. It is considered to be the best way to take CBD oil and for that reason, we’ll explore it in a little more detail.
How to take CBD oil drops
To take CBD oil sublingually, you’ll need to purchase a CBD oil or tincture that comes with a dropper/pipette. This will allow you to place the drops easily under your tongue and carefully measure your dosage.
The best way to measure your dosage is by checking for two things and doing a simple calculation. These are;
- How many ml is in the bottle.
- How many mg of CBD is in the bottle
(Volume based measurement = 20 drops to 1ml)
So, if there are approximately 200 drops per 10ml bottle, and the bottle has 500mg of CBD in it, you simply divide the mg by the number of drops.
E.g 500 (mg) / 200 (drops) = 2.5 mg of CBD per drop.
Now if you wanted to administer 10mg of CBD per serving, you would simply take 4 drops under the tongue and hold it for up to two minutes before swallowing. This can leave a bitter, earthy taste in your mouth which can easily be washed down with water. But you do get used to it after a few servings.
Why put CBD oil under your tongue?
As already mentioned, the sublingual method is the best way to take CBD oil as it reaches the bloodstream in the quickest way. The sublingual route has an extensive blood supply network and is relatively more permeable, and so leads to rapid absorption of chemical compounds with high acceptability.
The CBD oil dosage can be easily controlled and measured using the simple formula above. Also, because it doesn’t have to pass the digestive tract, using this method preserves more cannabidiol, achieving a higher concentration and further increases the chances of feeling its effects and benefits.
The effects are relatively long lasting and other than a pipette (that most CBD oils come with), no other accessories or devices are required.
How much CBD should I take for pain?
Although cannabidiol has been the subject of a lot of discussion and research over the past few years, there is still no established dosing guideline nor recommended daily intake. Many products include serving suggestions, but these are created by the companies and not by any official authority.
Considering this, researchers have demonstrated that different people respond to different dosages of CBD oil, and are recommended to calculate the dose depending on body weight, the condition to treat, the individual body chemistry and metabolism, and the concentration of cannabidiol in the product.
When it comes to working out how much CBD to consume, it is best to consult your doctor or physician beforehand. However, there are some fairly good resources to help guide your dosages, such as the cbddosagecalculator who work on research based data.
Can I drive after taking CBD?
This is a commonly asked question, which is rooted more around the possible side effects that taking CBD can have.
On the particular question of CBD and driving, the simple answer is that it doesn’t affect most people’s ability to drive and is relatively safe. However, a small number of people can experience drowsiness or become light-headed.
As a new user it’s advisable to test CBD first and see how it affects you before driving or operating machinery. CBD has zero or trace levels of THC and therefore doesn’t have the psychoactive effects that is commonly associated with hemp or marijuana.
To conclude; taking CBD sublingually in the form of an oil is the most effective method for ingestion. Although it’s also important to note that the method of ingesting CBD is only part of the answer when it comes to its varying effects.
The quality of CBD is also a major factor as well as human physiology. Everyone has a different metabolic rate, body composition and weight/mass, so it’s best to start off small and work your way up to a dose that’s right for you.
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