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  • by Nicola Boulton September 27, 2022 5 min read

    Best Ways To Use CBD Oil

    Have you ever wondered how to use CBD oil? This article dissects CBD oil's world. What are the types of CBD oil? And how to take CBD oil.

    Recently, there has been an increase in people using CBD oil, primarily because of many pieces of research and clinical trials done on the health benefits of the cannabinoid. CBD oil is readily available in different products such as capsules, soft gels, tinctures, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and CBD vape oil. CBD oil treats chronic conditions such as arthritis pain, acne, post-stress traumatic disorder (PSTD), ADHD, Parkinson's, and many more. Therefore people are eager to understand how to take the ingredient effectively and efficiently. Knowing the best ways to harness CBD health effects with different CBD oil products can be tricky.

    Best Ways To Use CBD Oil

    What is CBD Oil?

    Johnson et al. (2010) explained that CBD is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis sativa plant. It is mainly extracted from the hemp plant's leaves and flowers, whose cultivation and manufacturing are legal under united states federal law. Additionally, the hemp plant contains a high CBD concentration and no minuscule THC traces. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another famous cannabinoid primarily known to bring a feeling of highness to marijuana users. CBD, unlike THC, is a non–intoxicating compound with no mind-altering effects but exhibits health benefits such as relieving pain, inflammation, anxiety, and stress, treating sleeping problems, and hydrating the skin. CBD molecules are diluted upon extraction using organic carrier oils such as coconut, olive, hemp seed, or jojoba oil to form highly potent CBD oil.

    What Are the Types of CBD Oil?

    Crippa et al. (2018) stated that companies use different extraction techniques resulting in three other types of CBD oil available over the counter. They include:

    • CBD isolate- is pure, containing 99% of CBD with no contamination from other plants' psychochemical. It is crystalline and tasteless before diluting with carrier oils to form highly concentrated CBD oil.
    • Full spectrum CBD oil- contains all cannabinoids existing in the hemp plants, including traces of THC. It allows you to harness the health benefits of CBD and the power associated with other cannabinoids like terpenes, CBG, and more. However, it can induce a feeling of highness if the product contains traces of THC above the recommended mark (less than 0.3%)
    • Broad-spectrum CBD oil- lies in the middle of the other two CBD oil types, containing CBD compounds as the main cannabinoids and traces of minor cannabinoids with no THC content. It allows you to incorporate the entourage effects of cannabis without the risk of getting high.

    How To Take CBD Oil

    Many CBD products like edibles, lotions, vape juice, and gummies are readily available on every street corner. CBD oil is the most popular form of consuming CBD. Using it depends on personal preference and the health problem at hand. The following are five ways to use CBD oil;

    • Cooking with CBD oil
    • Sublingually
    • Inhaling
    • Apply directly to the skin
    • orally

    Cooking with CBD Oil

    CBD oil is characterized by a bitter, oily taste that is a significant roadblock to many people. Most people add them into their daily dinners, breakfast, and lunch to harness CBD power with delicious flavor. You can easily include CBD oil in beverages, food recipes, or baking.

    CBD Beverages

    According to Di Marco et al. (2018), CBD beverages are coffee, tea, or soft drinks infused with CBD oil during preparation. They are quickly broken down by body enzymes, allowing quick absorption of CBD into the bloodstream.

    Food Recipes

    Adding CBD oil to the ingredients of making a favorite dish is the best way to incorporate CBD into your bloodstream. It does not change the taste or texture of the meal, allowing covering the earthy flavor of the supplement. However, avoid exposing CBD oil to direct heat since it may alter the composition of the cannabinoid degrading its effectiveness. Therefore, it is recommended to drizzle the oil after cooking is completed.


    Baking with CBD oil is very common since it doesn't involve direct heat that may dissociate the oil. Example of baked goods with CBD includes CBD chocolate, cookies, brownies, and CBD cakes.


    One of the simplest ways to consume CBD oil is through droppers and tinctures. It is more of a straightforward approach where you take the CBD Oil sublingually by placing a few drops under the tongue. It is crucial to hold the liquid for a few seconds before swallowing for an effective result. This allows CBD compounds to penetrate through the soft mucous membrane of the mouth to the bloodstream. You will feel the effects of CBD in less than 5 minutes. Another advantage of taking CBD orally using droppers is that it ensures a controlled dosage as the user can easily manage the consumption of the product.


    It involves using electronic devices such as refillable vape pens or pods where CBD oil is subjected to the heated coil that transforms it to vapor for inhaling. The vape pen contains a cartridge filled with CBD juice that is refilled when finished. You inhale the vapor directly into your lungs through the mouth, and exemplary CBD molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream through lung tissues. It is the fastest method to incorporate the cannabinoid into your system since the onset time to feel the calming effects of CBD is 2 to 3 minutes. It has increased bioavailability, meaning you can take a high dosage and concentrated CBD with just a puff.

    Applying Directly to the Skin

    Topicals such as cream, salve, lotion, and balms are mostly infused with CBD oils to form CBD skincare products. You can make your own CBD topical at home, only needing a few ingredients, and customize your CBD topical to best suit your skin. Ashton & Livvy  (2021) commented that when directly applying CBD to the skin, it's absorbed into the inner layer, which helps moisturize, nourish and cleanse the skin. It can also reduce muscle and joint pains by acting as a massage oil to induce a calming effect. The onset time to feel relieved from your problem after skin application is between 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the potency of CBD oil.


    It involves swallowing CBD capsules, soft gels, and edibles such as CBD gummy bears already synthesized with CBD oil. The products pass through digestion and metabolic breakdown before the cannabinoid is absorbed into the bloodstream. One to two hours is when you will feel its effects after consumption.


    Newbies to the regime of CBD products find a range of ways to take CBD oil, but the right thing they can do is to try different methods to figure out what is best for their problem. Most people prefer adding CBD oil to beverages and meals because it is more convenient and masks the oily bitter flavor of cannabis products. But, it isn't easy to control the CBD dosage using this technique. Using droppers and tinctures is more efficient in regulating your CBD dosage.


    Ashton, L. (2021)  CBD Oil For Skin Care: Benefits Of Using Hemp Facial & Beauty Products.

    Crippa, J. A., Guimarães, F. S., Campos, A. C., & Zuardi, A. W. (2018). Translational Investigation Of The Therapeutic Potential Of Cannabidiol (CBD): Toward A New Age. Frontiers In Immunology, 9, 2009.

    Di Marco Pisciottano, I., Guadagnuolo, G., Soprano, V., De Crescenzo, M., & Gallo, P. (2018). A Rapid Method To Determine Nine Natural Cannabinoids In Beverages And Food Derived From Cannabis Sativa By Liquid Chromatography Coupled To Tandem Mass Spectrometry On A QTRAP 4000  Rapid Communications In Mass Spectrometry, 32(19), 1728-1736.S

    Johnson, J. R., Burnell-Nugent, M., Lossignol, D., Ganae-Motan, E. D., Potts, R., & Fallon, M. T. (2010). Multicenter, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study Of The Efficacy, Safety, And Tolerability Of THC: CBD Extract And THC Extract In Patients With Intractable Cancer-Related Pain. Journal Of Pain And Symptom Management, 39(2), 167-179.

    Nicola Boulton
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