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What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?

Green Shoppers Written by Green Shoppers
Updated on January 14, 2019

Getting into the world of CBD can feel a little overwhelming at times. There’s a whole dictionary of new terminology, a lot of scientific facts you might want to learn before trying it, and then there’s all the products to experiment with!

CBD oil is likely the first thing you heard of when you learnt a little about CBD, and that’s because it’s the original and probably still the most popular product. However, as the market grows, there are plenty of new products to try out. That means that there’s something out there for everyone, so there will certainly be a way that works for you.

In this article, we will talk about all the different ways to take CBD, including all their pros and cons, so that you can see which one is the best.

CBD Oils

One of the easiest and most effective ways to take CBD is by using sublingual oils, which is why these remain the most popular products out there in the industry. They essentially refer to CBD suspended in an oil, usually coconut or hemp oil. You take them by placing the required number of drops beneath your tongue, holding it there for around 90 seconds, and then swallowing.

The CBD is absorbed quite quickly sublingually, and you also retain a lot of the compound this way. This means it is a very effective means of taking cannabidiol, which is probably why it is so favoured. Furthermore, CBD oils usually contain a range of different cannabinoids and terpenes, allowing the entourage effect to take place. In case you were unaware, this refers to the phenomenon in which cannabinoids work synergistically, taking better effect when consumed together. In other words, it could be healthier to take more cannabinoids than just CBD.

However, the raw goodness of CBD oil is also what gives it a strange taste, which is why some people dislike it.

Who is CBD oil for?
The simplicity of CBD oil makes it a great option for anybody taking CBD. Newbies or veterans, young or old, CBD oil is absolutely perfect since it’s so easy to use. It’s very ideal for newcomers though, as this is where most people start out.

Pros:

  • Since oils are the most common way to take CBD, the industry has had time to develop. There is a vast array of strengths out there, making them ideal for people who are just trying out CBD.
  • These products are usually more organic and unprocessed than some other forms of CBD supplement.
  • The fact that CBD oils often contain other cannabinoids could make them better for your health.
  • Ease of use means it’s very easy to incorporate CBD oils into a daily routine; they can even be added to other things rather than taken sublingually!

Cons:

  • Some users can’t stand the taste of CBD oil, even though it washes away easily with a glass of water.

CBD Edibles/Gummies

Edibles are growing in popularity, with quite a range available on the market now. This is a great, easy way to get your CBD intake, and it’s also delicious! What’s more, you don’t actually have to buy pre-made edibles; you can make your own using other CBD products. With this in mind, the possibilities are more or less endless.

The edibles sold online are usually sweet treats such as gummy bears, as these are very easy to portion. If you are looking to take a certain dosage of CBD each day and find that you hate the earthy flavour of raw CBD oil, you can invest in a tub of gummy bears and simply eat one per day, giving you a certain amount of CBD with each bear. Aside from gummies, you can also buy chocolates and other treats.

Aside from this, those who simply want to add a little more CBD to their diet without necessarily taking it daily can add it to whatever meals they so desire in order to up their cannabinoid intake. You can also cook CBD into cakes and brownies to portion the amount you take at once, or cook up a whole dinner party meal with CBD sauces and dips.

Who are CBD edibles for?
Once again, CBD edibles are for pretty much anybody. Even if you’re hopeless at cooking, you can buy them online. Edibles are perfect for foodies or professional chefs, or even those who just want to learn to cook a little better.

Pros:

  • Edibles taste a lot better than raw CBD oil, which is why some people favour them.
  • Some edibles are very easy to portion, such as is the case with CBD gummies.
  • There is a huge variety of options, meaning you’ll never really get bored.
  • You can make your own at home!

Cons:

  • Certain edibles are not healthy and may contain additives.
  • The edibles sold online and in shops can be very expensive.
  • When making your own CBD edibles, you might not be able to dose them as accurately.
  • CBD takes longer to absorb when ingested this way.
  • It is hard to find as many different strengths when it comes to online edibles.

CBD Capsules

Now, you can actually buy CBD pills. These are usually capsules made of gel which contain CBD oil or isolate inside. The beauty of this is that it much resembles normal pharmaceuticals, which the vast majority of us are familiar with. It’s more like taking any other supplement when you take your CBD this way.

It’s easy to take capsules, and very simple to slip into your daily routine. All you need to do is wash one capsule down with water, as the dose is already pre-measured right there in the capsule.

A word of caution: If you can pull the capsule apart in the middle, it is likely to lead and is an indicator of law quality. This is why gel capsules are preferred.

Who are CBD capsules for?
While anybody can take CBD capsules due to their ease of use, it’s likely to appeal more to the older generation who are very much used to pharmaceuticals and tablets. If you’re trying to get your parents on the CBD train, these might be the way to go!

Pros:

  • Once again, capsules are very simple, making them accessible to everybody.
  • There is no need to worry about dosage – it’s already done for you.
  • Just like CBD oil, there are few other ingredients or additives.
  • Capsules hold a similar range of benefits to CBD oil, except without the taste.

Cons:

  • Capsules are not yet as widely available as oils, meaning they aren’t as available in different strengths.
  • CBD takes longer to absorb this way.

Vaping

While vaping was traditionally invented for cigarettes, it is now also a way to get CBD. The manufacturers of CBD oil cottoned on that, once it has been thinned out, you can use CBD oil in a vaporiser or e-cigarette in order to inhale your CBD. This offers great bioavailability, meaning you get a large intake of CBD.

With the current research, it seems as though CBD is a lot safer than nicotine, which is addictive and may cause cancer. CBD, on the other hand, is a natural, healthy supplement that can help you maintain wellbeing. So if you smoke an e-cigarette often, why not swap out that nicotine cartridge for a CBD one?

Note that you can’t just fill up your vape pen with your CBD oil – it has to be specifically made for vaping, as CBD oil is too viscous to be vaporised. Furthermore, while CBD is better than nicotine and while vaping is thought to be healthier than smoking cigarettes, we are not claiming that vaping CBD is completely healthy. There may be risks associated with any kind of vaping, especially when it comes to vaping oils that have been thinned out with solvents.

However, it is a possibility to get your CBD via a vape, so if it sounds like your thing, then go for it! Furthermore, you can actually buy different flavoured cartridges, meaning you’ll likely enjoy the experience more than CBD oil alone.

Who is vaping CBD for?
Cigarette smokers, vapers, and casual CBD users who don’t mind inhaling something will probably benefit the most from vaping their CBD. This is more niche than the other things on our list so far, but it’s worth a mention for those who enjoy it.

Pros:

  • There are quite a few strengths available out there, meaning you can use whatever suits you.
  • You can buy different flavours, making the vaping experience an enjoyable one.
  • Inhalation offers a lot of bioavailability, meaning you will take in a lot of CBD.

Cons:

  • Vape pens or e-cigarettes can be a pretty expensive investment, as can constantly refilling the cartridges.
  • Vaping is not really a method suited to everyone.
  • It can be hard to accurately dose how much CBD you’re getting depending on whether you vape the whole cartridge or not.
  • Vaping is not necessarily good for you, as some research indicates that it can cause respiratory and even dental problems.

CBD Creams

With a market for just about everything nowadays, you can buy CBD-infused creams, moisturisers and lotions. With this method, the CBD can sink through the layers of your skin and directly stimulate the cannabinoid receptors in a localised area, meaning it will never actually enter your bloodstream. Why would you want to do this? Well, CBD is actually an antioxidant, which means it can keep your skin looking youthful and glowing.

It’s simple to use these creams. You could swap out your normal moisturiser for a CBD-infused one, and then it’s an easy way to get some CBD goodness into your daily routine.

The only real issue is that it can be hard to tell how much CBD you’re getting in each dollop of lotion.

Who are CBD creams for?
Topical CBD treatments are ideal for beauty queens (and kings) who want to utilise the anti-oxidising effects of cannabidiol to rejuvenate their skin. If you have a skincare routine, then this one’s for you.

Pros:

  • Creams are very simple and easy to use.
  • More and more products are being launched often, making it easy to find something that’s right for your skin.
  • CBD’s antioxidant effects can take action well through this method.

Cons:

  • If you want to use CBD as a dietary supplement, this would not work at all to promote general wellness.
  • It is hard to accurately dose CBD in this manner.

Dabbing

Concentrated extracts of isolated CBD are sometimes referred to as ‘dabs.’ These can come in the form of isolate powder, shatter, and wax. Basically, all of these are isolated forms of CBD that come in a slightly different state. Dabbing can be a fun way to consume CBD, and it is quite similar to vaping except you can do it with a concentrate.

Dabbing involves placing the concentrate on a heating element and inhaling the vapour that forms as a result. Usually, this involves use of a ‘dabbing rig’ which uses a heated ‘nail’ to actually do the dabbing.

Who is CBD dabbing for?
Dabbing is generally only going to be used by smokers and vapers who are looking for an alternative method to traditional e-cigarettes. While it’s not that hard when you get the hang of it, it’s not necessarily a useful skill to learn except for those who want to dab their CBD isolates consistently.

Pros:

  • CBD isolates are pretty high-strength, which is great for veterans to the industry.
  • It is a more fun way to consume CBD than other methods.

Cons:

  • It is quite niche and not accessible to everyone.
  • The whole thing requires purchase of a dabbing rig.
  • Isolates do not contain other cannabinoids and terpenes, meaning the entourage effect cannot take place.

The verdict?

Taking CBD is a matter of personal preference. We can’t really say which method is the best, because that’s really all down to you as an individual. Now that you have these handy lists of pros and cons, you can make an informed decision on which might be the best route for you. If you’re still unsure, try more than one!

While we can’t outright tell you what is the best, we can recommend that CBD oil is where complete beginners should start. Such a wide variety of strengths available makes them ideal for those who have never tried CBD before, and the fact that it is so easy to use means that they’re perfect for everybody.