Revised April 2022
Are you interested in supplementing with CBD? With its impressive list of health benefits — including help with insomnia, anxiety, depression, and pain relief, just to name a few — it makes sense why more and more people are giving this healing compound a try. But with all the product choices out there — including CBD gummies, topical CBD balms, and sublingual CBD — how do you choose the best way to take CBD oil?
There’s no single recommended way to take CBD oil, and as the world of hemp products expands, so will the ways to consume it. Currently, there are three main ways to consume CBD as well as other cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, and CBN: ingesting sublingually, ingesting by swallowing a softgel or mixing oil with food, and applying CBD balm topically. Keep reading to learn more about each method.
How to Take CBD Oil: Top Three Methods of Ingestion
How to Take CBD Oil Under Your Tongue
Taking CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue) is a fast and direct method of absorption as the veins under the tongue absorb the CBD and other cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream. When taking CBD oil drops, simply hold the CBD oil under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing.
When taking CBD oil orally, you’ll note the immediate effects of your dose within about 30 minutes. (The long-term benefits of taking CBD may take several weeks to notice.)
Dosing depends on the quality and strength of the CBD oil product you choose. When taking NuLeaf Naturals high-potency full spectrum CBD oil, we recommend a starting dose of 30mg (10 drops) per day taken sublingually, split between 2 doses, and increasing the dose slowly as necessary.
Ingesting CBD Softgels or Taking CBD in Food
Ingesting CBD oil, whether in a softgel or added to food, will result in slower absorption compared to taking it sublingually, with the speed dependent on the body’s speed of digestion. On the other hand, with a slower absorption method like GI ingestion, the cannabinoids remain in circulation longer and thus effects tend to last longer than when taken sublingually. GI absorption also offers systemic relief, and when CBD softgels are taken, it is a precisely dosed and tasteless ingestion method.
Topical Application: CBD Absorption Through Skin
When applying CBD topically, the CBD doesn’t enter the body but comes in contact with the skin where it’s applied. A high-quality CBD oil or topical CBD balm can relieve muscle pain and soreness within a few minutes of application.
Another benefit of topical CBD: As CBD doesn’t reach the bloodstream with topical application, this method makes localized pain and inflammation relief available to those who aren’t able to ingest CBD because they’re required to take drug tests.
Mix It Up
Humans tend to be creatures of habit, but don’t feel like you have to stick with just one way of taking CBD oil. Why not try out a new method of ingestion? You might just find you like it better than your standard go-to. Or try mixing things up with a combination of methods, such as a sublingual dose accompanied by a topical application.
If you are new to NuLeaf Naturals or cannabinoid supplementation, please read How to Begin a Cannabinoid Regimen to fully understand a typical journey with cannabinoid supplements.
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