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How to take CBD: Types, Method and Dosage

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How to take CBD: Types, Method and Dosage

CBD is taken by many for a wide range of reported health benefits. Some use it to help with a variety of conditions as well as for its therapeutic role in relieving issues from achiness to sleeplessness. However, most CBD on the market varies in forms and doses. Finding the right dose, method, and product that is suitable for your needs will help you reach your desired result so that it can benefit you the most.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient derived from the cannabis plant. Hemp-derived CBD products (which have no trace or less than 0.3% THC - Tetrahydrocannabinol) are federally legal in the USA and other countries. Three common forms of CBD products in the market are full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate supplements, so it is recommended to buy CBD products that are third-party lab tested for their quality and safety.

 Different types of CBD products

CBD products come in different forms, the most popular of these are: CBD oils/tinctures, capsules, topical (cream, balm, etc.), edibles (chocolate, gummies, etc.). Each form delivers CBD to your body differently in varying time frames. So which type of CBD should you take? To answer that question, you should know your goals. What exactly it is that you want to use CBD for?

a set of different types of CBD from oil to topical and capsulse


What is the best way to take CBD?

There are different ways to take CBD. For aches in a specific area in the body, applying a topical, such as creams or oils, directly on the skin is a preferred method for some as it offers a high concentration on a targeted area. CBD can be taken orally, in the form of oil or capsules. Users may also take CBD for its other benefits, for example, to help promote a feeling of relaxation and calmness. For this purpose, a dietary supplement could be an option for you.

1. Orally Ingested (Swallowing): CBD oil, capsules, powder, edibles.

This method requires CBD to be ingested and absorbed into the bloodstream and then delivered throughout the body. The process can take from 20 minutes to one hour, depending on the form of CBD and your metabolism. The effect may last longer using this method, as it may even last up to around 6 hours.

a man taking out CBD capsulse from a bottle to ingest orally

2. Sublingually Ingested (Putting it under the tongue): oil/tincture.

With this method, a few drops of CBD oil are placed under your tongue and left there for at least 60 seconds. The substance will be dissolved into the saliva and then diffused into the bloodstream. After that, it is recommended that users swallow it to make sure they receive the benefits of all the compounds in CBD oil.  
a CBD oil bottle

Enhancing the absorption of CBD

Some recommend that CBD be consumed with a teaspoon of olive oil or any other edible oil, and after a full meal that has some fat. Research shows that dietary lipids and a full stomach may help boost the bioavailability levels of CBD when taken orally. Some people also mix CBD with other foods to enhance its flavor.

3. Topical application (cream, lotion, oil)

This method involves simply applying CBD topical cream or oil to the desired area. For example, people who take CBD to help improve mobility and soothe aches might use a topical cream. This method provides a localized application of CBD so it is not spread throughout the body. CBD is also used to nurture the skin, with many users reporting its moisturizing effects. Many people use CBD both orally and topically for a greater effect.

a woman applying cream on her leg to ease join discomfort

What is the right dosage of CBD?

If it is your first time using CBD, you might be wondering how much should you take? Finding the right dose is essential to achieve the optimal effects of CBD. However, doses can vary depending on numerous factors:

  • Methods of taking CBD
  • Individual differences in physical characteristics such as body weight and metabolism
  • The potency of the CBD product
  • Desired effects

Start with a low dose

It is always recommended to start with a low dose of CBD and gradually increase it, unless your doctor advises differently. For example, starting with something like 2,5 mg per day for the first few days and gradually increase to 5 mg, 10 mg and then up to 20-25 mg/day or until getting the desired result. Please also keep in mind different forms and brands of CBD products contain different dosages of CBD.

bottle of Primal Bloom CBD extract with guidelines on dosage
Primal Bloom suggested dosage with 10mg CBD per serving

Topical CBD dosage

For topical CBD products, some suggest applying a pea-sized amount on the skin on the affected area.

Bottle of Primal Bloom topical cream with recommended dosage for use

How much CBD is safe?

You should always follow the instructions indicated on the label of the product you are using. If you have further questions, it is important to consult your doctor about the right CBD dosage for you.

Are there any considerations?

Although the research is still limited, the results to date show that CBD is considerably safe to use. However, just like any other supplement or medication, in some cases, CBD can include some side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and irritability. In general, the best practice is to speak to your physician about the appropriate CBD dosage for you.

There is a wide range of CBD products on the market. You can use our tips as a checklist to find the right CBD product for you. You can also check out our Primal Bloom CBD products with our recommended dosage here.

All the best,