How to use CBD oil?
How to Use CBD Oil?
So you’ve decided that you want to try CBD and you’re unsure exactly how to use it. When it comes to CBD, there are many unanswered questions. We’re here to help clarify those unknowns and guide you on your path to better health and vitality.
There are a myriad of CBD products out there in the market, so how do you know which one you should pick and how it should be used? It comes down to personal preference and exactly what it is you’re trying to accomplish by taking CBD.
So let’s dive into some of the basics about CBD oil and some do’s and dont's.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and it’s a type of endocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBD plays a role in the regulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies.
THC is another endocannabinoid that people typically know about. This is the substance found in marijuana that gets you ‘high’.
However, CBD does not get you high is used mainly for its health benefits. CBD products are made from industrial hemp and has less than 0.3% THC – this is too low an amount to have any psychoactive effects.
What is CBD used for?
Here is a small list of conditions that people manage using CBD:
As you can see, it’s like a jack of all trades in that it can be used to help with many different things.
CBD and its many forms
CBD comes in many forms and the one you choose will depend on your specific wants and needs. So let’s go over the different types of CBD products and how to use each one.
Ingestibles are any CBD products that are swallowed and end up in your stomach.
Of this list, CBD oils or tinctures would be the most commonly used CBD product. These oils come in small glass bottles with eye droppers.
If you’re not sure where to start, then using CBD oil is a great starting point until you get more accustomed to using CBD.
Onset time: 30-60 mins
It can take 30 mins to an hour for the CBD to take effect if you swallow it. This is because it takes time for the body to digest it.
Duration: 2-4 hours
Since it takes time for your body to digest the CBD and break it down to get into the bloodstream, it does stay in your body a little bit longer.
Ingesting CBD is a great way to get longer-lasting benefits if you don’t mind waiting for it to take effect.
How to use CBD products that you ingest or swallow.
Step 1: Find your dosage amount
Not sure what dosage to start off with? It’s going to depend on what you’re using it for and the severity of your condition. Everyone is different so it’s going to take some trial and error.
At Buddii, we like to recommend 1-2 mg per lb of body weight as a starting point.
Example: If you weigh 100 lbs then you would start with 10-20 mg of CBD.
Remember this is just a starting point. You may have to go higher in order to feel any effects. If you feel that amount is too strong and you get negative side effects, then use less the next day.
Eventually, you’ll find the right amount that works for you. Don’t give up. Keep trying until you find your dosage sweet spot.
Step 2: Place in your mouth and swallow
It’s as simple as that. Swallow your oil, pill or capsule like you would any other pill. You can use water or your favorite beverage to help it go down. This is especially helpful for CBD oil since its earthy taste may be off-putting for some people.
If you can’t stand the taste of CBD oil, then capsules or gummies are a good choice for you. Capsules and pills have no taste while gummies usually come in delicious fruity flavors.
There are CBD infused drinks and water that you can drink as well.
Tip for CBD oil users: place the desired amount of CBD oil under your tongue and leave it there for at least 1 minute before swallowing. This is because there are lots of tiny blood vessels under your tongue and around your mouth. By letting the CBD oil get absorbed into these blood vessels, you’re going to get a stronger effect.
Vaping CBD is a popular choice if you already vape or would like more immediate relief.
When vaping CBD oil you don’t have to wait for digestion time. It immediately goes into your lungs and bloodstream and the effects are near immediate.
Onset time: Immediate - 5 mins
Duration: 45 mins - 1 hour
Since the CBD is absorbed so quickly, it is also broken down quickly as well. You may have to vape CBD regularly throughout the day to achieve a steady, long-lasting effect.
Let’s go over how to vape CBD.
Step 1: Get a vape device
First, find yourself a vaping device. If you currently have a device, make sure it has low wattage and low temperature settings. High temperatures have been shown to degrade the CBD, making it ineffective.
If you’re new to vaping and don’t have a vape device, many companies offer disposable pens. Just use the pre-packaged pen with CBD oil and throw it away after you’re done. What’s great about these products is that it contains everything you need to start vaping right away and you don’t have to fiddle with complicated settings.
Step 2: Find CBD vape juice
There are many CBD vape juices on the market. Some come in great flavors that make vaping even more enjoyable.
Step 3: Start vaping!
Load up your vape device with your chosen CBD vape oil. If you’ve bought a disposable or a pre-loaded vape pen, you can skip this step.
Inhale the vaporized air that comes out of the device. Sometimes you have to press a button while inhaling in order to make the vaporizer work.
As you inhale make sure you’re inhaling it into your lungs and not just your mouth. Once you reach the end of your breath, hold it in your lungs for a few seconds before letting out a big exhale. By holding it in your lungs for a short time, you really get maximum absorption.
So, if you’re looking for something fast-acting or if you already vape, then vaping CBD is a great option that can be fun and enjoyable with great taste.
Topicals are creams, balms and lotions – pretty much anything that you rub into your skin.
Topicals are a good choice if you have specific areas of pain or inflammation that are bothering you. You can directly apply some CBD cream to the area for relief. It’s easy to use and a quick fix.
Onset time: 5-10 minutes
Duration: 4+ hours
You’ll love topicals because they’re easy to use and fast-acting. There are fewer side effects with topicals too, as the CBD is not running through your entire system. The cream is localized to one area.
How do I use CBD topicals?
Just take some CBD cream or balm and rub onto your affected area(s).
Clean the area of skin where you’re going to apply the cream for less contamination and better results. Our skin has lots of oils and dirt on the surface, so cleaning the area before use can help maximize the effects of CBD.
Transdermal patches are great for very long-lasting effects. Placing a patch on those pesky areas of discomfort can give you relief for long periods of time.
If you have only one or two areas of chronic pain then patches make a lot of sense. We highly recommend them for very specific, localized pain.
Onset time: 20 - 30 mins
Duration: Up to 12 hours
How to use CBD transdermal patches?
Step 1: Clean area of skin
Use alcohol or a clean wet cloth to clean the area where you will apply the transdermal patch. This will remove any skin oils or grime that may contaminate the patch.
Step 2: Apply patch to area
Just apply your patch to the area that needs relief. Once the patch stops working, you can discard the patch.
Patches are great if you just have one or two areas that need attention and the effects can last for a long period of time.
Possible side effects
Now that you know how some of the ways to use CBD oil, you may be wondering whether it is safe for use. There have been some reported side effects regarding CBD use. Some people just don’t tolerate it well, but often it is simply because you may have taken too much. If that’s the case, reduce your starting dose by one half and see if the negative symptoms go away. Potential common side effects are:
- Dry mouth
This is just a small list and is by no means comprehensive. Please do your research if you are taking any medications before using CBD. Refer to your doctor for any possible negative interactions.
Is it possible to overdose on CBD?
Another common question for new CBD users is, “Can I overdose on CBD?”. Clinical studies have shown single day dosages of over 1000 mg with no ill effects.
Epidiolex, a prescription form of CBD, states that the maximum daily dose of 20 mg/kg/day can be used. This equals over 1300 mg of CBD for a 150 lb person. That’s more than most entire bottles in a single day!
Unless you are just chugging CBD oil by the drum full, there is very low risk of you taking too much CBD.
Well, there you have it. Some basic information on what type of CBD products are out there and how to use them. As always, these are just recommendations and provide the foundation for you to get started. It will take some trial and error to find out what works best for you. We hope this has been informative for you and wish you the best of luck.