Taking CBD for the first time can be an experience because you probably don’t know what is going to happen until you finally use the product. There is also the hype, the anticipation, of trying out something you’ve heard so much about. However, if you aren’t prepared and don’t know how to take CBD the right way, that first dose could be more complicated than expected.
And no one wants a poor first impression.
That’s why the CBD experts at the Farmula have come up with this guide. Here, we provide accurate information backed up with science, so you have all the information you need to figure out the best way to take CBD for you without having to do any of the extra research.
Let’s get started.
Know Your Reasons
It’s okay to have questions about CBD, such as the effectiveness, how to take it properly, and what your CBD dosage should be. You’re not alone in this. With thousands of products, different methods of delivery, and various effects depending on how you’re using CBD, why, and when you take it can all change the way it affects you.
CBD tinctures, drops, edibles, topical creams, and vape cartridges target different parts of the body. So ask yourself what you hope CBD will help with. Do you need CBD for anxiety? Arthritis? Insomnia? Or do you simply want to feel better?
From there, you can figure out the target. Skin conditions, for instance, are best treated with CBD creams and salves. On the other hand, a medical condition might be better helped with a tincture or inhalant. Ways To Take CBD
To consume CBD, you have four main choices:
- Sublingual (under the tongue)
- Inhalant (smoking or vaping)
Each one has varying concentrations of CBD, meaning the dosage will be different. Also, there is no recommended serving size, meaning that it is difficult to know how much CBD to take from the beginning. You have to consider what you are using it for, your lifestyle, weight, medical condition, and so on.
Please consult with a physician to figure out the amount that is right for you.
Now, let’s break down the ways to take CBD:
One of the most popular methods for taking CBD is with tinctures taken with a dropper under the tongue or with lozenges or sprays. Since the membrane here is thin, the CBD dissolves directly into the bloodstream, requiring no processing by other organ systems—as seen with edibles.
Taking CBD sublingually is very easy. Just use the dropper to put a few drops under the tongue, then hold it there for around 30 seconds before swallowing. It takes less than 20 minutes for the calming effects to start kicking in.
The pros of taking CBD sublingually include:
- Easy to consume
- Requires no extra items or tools
- Very discreet – you can use these in public
- Easy dosage
- Quick effects that last a long time
- Results vary
- Not as quick as creams and inhalation
- Some tinctures are made with alcohol
CBD edibles are generally foods and beverages that have been infused with CBD, so you can find things like CBD gummy bears, lollipops, or even things like CBD butter, cooking oil, or dried pasta.
There is one thing to keep in mind when consuming edibles—food or capsule. Research from 2018  revealed that, while CBD edibles can be good for inflammation and pain, these food items are affected by something called the “first pass effect.”
What this means is that CBD needs to be broken down by the digestive system and liver before you feel anything. Depending on how much CBD is contained in the edible, it could take between 2-4 hours to kick in, and even then, you will only have consumed about 20-30 per cent of the originally ingested dose.
Pros of CBD edibles:
- Longest lasting effects
- Endless options for infusing CBD oil into food items
- Very simple to take – just have a snack
Cons of CBD edibles:
- Can take a very long time to kick in because of the first pass effect
- Dosing can be difficult and will require a few weeks of experimentation
Creams, lotions, oils, salves, and transdermal patches are all available for use, and the Farmula has plenty of options available right now. However you use topical CBD, the result is more or less the same: the chemical diffuses through the skin to local targets, like inflamed cells, nerves, joints, and muscles. Very little CBD will reach the bloodstream, so topical products are meant for localized relief.
For example, a study from 2015  looked at the effects of CBD gel applied to swollen joints in rats. The inflammation was greatly reduced, making scientists and doctors hopeful about using CBD for arthritis.
Usage is simple, too. Just apply the balm or salve to sore regions of the body, such as the feet, back, or even your temples (for migraines) and wait for the relief.
The pros of topical CBD:
- No extra steps for application
- Great for localized relief, such as sore muscles, skin acne, or swollen joints
- Mild therapeutic effects
The cons of topical CBD:
- Those who have a higher tolerance to CBD may need to use a lot more topical products to have an effect
- Effects happen quickly but do not last as long as other methods
Vaping or Smoking
The fastest way to receive the effects of CBD is to send it straight to the lungs and into the bloodstream. There are two ways to do this: smoking and vaping. To “smoke” CBD oil, you need what is called a “dab rig” or an “oil rig.” These items look a little like water pipes and function by heating the nail, or the chamber where CBD oil concentrate is placed. From there, the nail goes into the dabber, producing smoke.
Pros of smoking CBD:
- High concentration of CBD for fast results
- Dosage is easily managed
Cons of smoking CBD:
- Requires additional equipment
- Concentration can be too high for beginners
Now, let’s comparing smoking CBD with vaping it. To vape CBD oil, you also need a vaporizer, also called a vape pen. Many people choose to vape instead of smoke because the smoke is harsh and can negatively impact the lungs and throat. Some doctors are even against smoking and vaping because it can be as damaging as cigarettes in some cases.
Be sure to discuss vaping CBD oil with your general practitioner, especially if you have some kind of lung-related condition.
Pros of vaping CBD oil:
- Maximum effect due to high CBD concentration
- Less harsh than smoking
- Controllable dosage
Cons of vaping CBD oil:
- Requires additional equipment
- Controversial amongst some medical professionals
The Best Way To Take CBD Oil
There is no one best way to take CBD oil, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying it out. There are a number of methods designed to alleviate a broad array of symptoms. Whether you choose edibles, taking CBD under the tongue, by capsule, or vaping it, you are bound to find the best way for you.