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Oils, topicals, capsules, oh my! How to take CBD for beginners


CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Just like THC, CBD benefits can be enjoyed by the body and brain. The difference is that unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects. In other words, it doesn’t make you feel “high.”

From depression and anxiety to trouble sleeping, there are many reasons why people opt to incorporate CBD into their daily lives.

Before you try it, it’s important to know how to take CBD.

Keep reading to learn all about the best way to take CBD and how to use it!

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an essential cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. There is no evidence of any dependence potential or health-related problems with using CBD.

Many users find it can help alleviate things like:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Acne
  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • Insomnia
  • Heart health

The cannabinoid system found in cannabis plants is very similar to our endocannabinoid system, found in humans and other mammals. CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to produce its own cannabinoids.

CBD also slows the breakdown of those cannabinoids by inhibiting the FAAH enzyme. That way, endocannabinoids can stay active for longer.

CBD can help achieve a state of homeostasis, which restores balance to our bodies and minds.

How Is CBD Used?

CBD comes in many different forms. Many people who benefit from CBD opt to smoke it in flower form, derived from high-CBD and low-THC cannabis plants.

Other users prefer vape pens or edibles. Tinctures and oils are probably the most popular choice.

There Are 3 Types of Oil

CBD oil comes in 3 different forms – CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD.

CBD isolate refers to a CBD-rich oil or product that has been isolated from the rest of the cannabis plant’s compounds. 

After the CBD concentrate gets extracted and then separated from other compounds like THC, it then goes through another process that extracts any remaining cannabinoids, terpenes, and waxes.

The result is a product that can test as high as 99% pure CBD.

Full-spectrum CBD refers to a CBD product that extracts all the beneficial cannabinoids and other compounds from the cannabis plant. Full-spectrum products are often said to produce the “entourage effect” in which users can enjoy and benefit from the experience of using all the compounds in cannabis.

While there isn’t enough THC to get you high in a full-spectrum product, many users opt to stick with CBD isolate if they’re worried about THC showing up on a drug test for work.

Broad-spectrum CBD is considered a happy medium. It starts as a full-spectrum oil that includes the full range of beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids. However, it goes through an additional refinement process in which all THC compounds are removed.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Every individual is different, so if you’re wondering how much CBD to take, the best advice is, to begin with, a smaller dose.

If you’re trying out a vape pen, start with just 1 or 2 small puffs. If you’re ingesting CBD edibles, take the smallest recommended dose and no more on the first day.

If it’s an oil, start with a couple of drops or the lowest recommended dose listed on that particular product. It’s also recommended that you wait before trying a higher dose.

For example, if you began with a vape pen, wait an hour before you try any more. For anything ingested, wait 6 hours or more before you take another dose.

How to Take CBD Oil

Knowing how much CBD to take is different for everyone, and it’s common for individuals to increase their CBD dosage as their body becomes more accustomed to taking it.

If you’re ingesting CBD oil, start with just a few drops, or the lowest recommended dose. Let the oil sit under your tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing it so that the blood vessels under your tongue can absorb it.

If you’re taking CBD capsules, start with 1 and go from there. The average beginning dose for edibles is about 5mg of CBD, per edible. It’s not uncommon for daily CBD users to consume around 25mg of CBD, twice per day.

Wait until 6 hours later or the next day to up your dose if you feel like you would benefit from a higher dose.

How Long Does CBD Take to Work?

How long CBD takes to work depends on the method of use or ingestion.

Ingestible’s, including edibles, tinctures, and powders, typically take 30 to 60 minutes to take effect. The duration can last anywhere between 2 and 6 hours.

For smokable CBD, including vape pens and flower, the time of onset is almost instant and can last anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour or more.

Topical CBD is slower to take effect and can last up to 5 hours or more. How long it takes to take effect depends on where the user is applying it, how much hair and fatty tissue is there, and how severe their pain or discomfort is.

Transdermal patches can take hours to take effect, but the duration can last anywhere from 1 to 2 days.

There is no established overdose amount for CBD. Some users report taking up to 1500mg per day. However, if you initially take too much, it’s possible that you’ll experience minor side effects such as nausea, dizziness, or dry mouth.

These side effects are rare, though, as CBD is considered generally safe for consumption.

Individuals who keep increasing their daily intake of beneficial cannabinoids buy wholesale CBN extract and other distillates in bulk.

Knowing How to Take CBD Is Important

If you’re looking to alleviate something like stress or trouble sleeping with CBD, it’s important to know how to take CBD first.

The last thing you’d want to do is take too much and end up with a bit of dizziness that turns you off from using it and enjoying its many benefits.

Try what works best for you, too. If you’d rather be more discreet and plan to use CBD to alleviate anxiety at work, edibles are an excellent option.

If you like smoking and prefer instant effects, a vape pen or smoking CBD flower might be the better option for you.

If you enjoyed this article on how to take CBD for beginners, check our health section daily for more guides and blogs concerning health and fitness.

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