Three Ways to Take CBD Oil

Full spectrum CBD oil can be taken in three ways: sublingual, as an active topical, or by ingestion. Here’s how to take CBD oil using each of these methods, including some specific examples.

How to Take CBD Oil: Three Ways to Enjoy CBD


Sublingual (“under the tongue”) is the recommended method for the fastest absorption. To take a sublingual dose, you would simply use the dropper to dispense the desired number of drops of CBD oil under your tongue. Hold the oil there for approximately 30 to 60 seconds, then swish it around your mouth and swallow.

If possible, avoid eating or drinking anything (including water) for about fifteen minutes. This is the method recommended by NuLeaf Naturals, and it is considered to be the most rapidly absorbed by the body.

Active Topical

To apply CBD oil topically, either rub a liberal amount or add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer. Most people tolerate topical application of CBD oil very well, but if you feel concerned, try it on a small area of skin first.

If you wish to apply topical CBD to a non-specific area, consider rubbing it onto your wrists, temples, shoulders, elbows or knee joints, or the soles of your feet. Use a generous amount and massage it deeply into your skin.


CBD oil can be ingested directly from the bottle (via a dropper, to ensure you receive your desired dose), or incorporated into a variety of foods and beverages. Many people ingest the pure CBD oil directly, but if the natural flavor feels a bit strong for you, try blending it into your favorite beverage. CBD oil can be added to warm or cold drinks and mixes well with smoothies, lattes, hot or iced tea, mocktails, and more. It can even be drizzled on a salad or over vegetables or grains.

The green taste of CBD oil is an excellent complement to a range of lettuce types and can mellow out an acidic vinaigrette. Try mixing full spectrum CBD oil into whipped butter or cream cheese. If you prefer to mask the taste, add it to your morning fruit or veggie smoothie and you won’t even taste its vibrant flavor. Truly, the culinary possibilities are endless.

Humans tend to be creatures of habit, but don’t feel you must stick with just one way of taking organic CBD oil. Why not try out a new method of ingestion? You just might find you like it better than your standard go-to. You may also wish to try a combination of methods, such as a sublingual dose accompanied by a topical application.

However you like to take CBD oil, remember to take it with you. Keep a bottle at work, at home, and in your gym bag, so you’ll always have it handy when you need it.