Ways Of Taking CBD

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CBD is available in many forms, which allows people to tailor their use to their specific needs. These are some the most common forms of taking CBD:

Oils & Tinctures

These are usually coconut or hemp seed oils, infused with CBD and placed under the tongue with a dropper. Using oils this way allow the oral mucosa to absorb the compounds quickly.

Oils and tinctures are a good choice for people who can’t take pills or don't like the idea of vaping.

Creams, Lotions & Balms

CBD-infused topicals can be used to treat muscle and joint pain. They are also beneficial in the treatment of some skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.

Capsules & Pills

CBD capsules and pills are used for the treatment of seizure disorders and digestive issues. The disadvantage with capsules and pills is the time from ingestion to onset of effect can take a while.

Edibles & Drinks

Sweets and other edibles are one of the most popular ways to take CBD. They’re affordable, discrete, convenient and tasty. There’s also no guesswork involved: You know exactly what dose you’re taking.

CBD tea's have become incredibly popular over recent years, because of how easily it can be included in your existing daily routine. Simply by replacing 1 or 2 cups of your normal brand of tea with CBD tea can provide you with the continued benefits throughout the day.


Inhaling vaporised CBD e-liquid is the fastest way to experience the benefits of CBD. The beneficial compounds are inhaled and absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream.

How much should I take?

You should generally start with a low dosage and go slow with increasing your dose, until you get the desired effect. There may be variations in actual CBD strengths between products, so check the milligram (mg) content closely. Use careful when starting a new package or switching dose forms.

“It’s important to start with a low dose until you know how your body will react to CBD. A wide range of CBD dosages has been tested in clinical studies, but more evidence is needed before safe and effective dose recommendations can be made for specific uses.”  

“For now, use the product’s recommended dose unless your doctor gives you the go-ahead to take larger doses,” she continued. “People with certain health conditions, such as liver disease, may need lower doses to avoid serious side effects.”

Lindsay Slowiczek, PharmD,

When considering dosage, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • If you’re using CBD for seizure treatment, talk with your doctor about the best product and dose.
  • Many oils come in 1 milligram per drop concentrations, so increasing dosage is straightforward. But be sure to read product labels closely to ensure you know what amount each drop provides.
  • Sweets and other edibles can also come in standard doses, often 5 milligrams per item. But be sure to clarify this before changing your dose.
  • E-liquid dosing can also be tricky, as it depends on exactly how much you inhale and the concentration of the liquid. Never vape CBD in a "Sub-Ohm" device, always use the simple pen style vapes.
  • always use creams and lotions sparingly at first, as everyones skin is very different.


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