Whether you’ve heard all about CBD oil and would like to try it for yourself, or you’re simply CBD-curious, you’ve come to the right place.
In this guide we will run through all the different ways you can consume CBD oil, as well as the different benefits for each method.
Hopefully this will help you decide to-CBD or not-to-CBD and how it may be able to help you – let’s get started!
What is CBD oil?
Let’s get the basics covered first: what is CBD and what is CBD used for?
What is CBD?
CBD – short for cannabidiol – is a compound derived from the hemp plant. Not to be confused with the marijuana that some people smoke, CBD oil is legal and contains very little of the ‘psychoactive’ compound THC.
The hemp cultivated for CBD oil will always be high-CBD and low-THC. With THC only present in trace amounts, this allows the users to enjoy CBD without the psychoactive intoxication that THC is associated with.
What is CBD used for?
When we take a CBD product, it interacts with out endocannabinoid system – that’s right, we already have a natural system for these endocannabinoids to interact with! In human and other mammal bodies, this physiological system is made up of millions of CB1 and CB2 receptor sites.1
6 of the best ways to use CBD oil
How to take CBD oil
CBD comes in a variety of formats, so you should be able to find one that can work for you. Whether it’s straight-up CBD oil you’re interested in or balms, capsules or beauty products, read about them and how they work below.
1. CBD oil
The original – and maybe – the best? CBD oil is likely the easiest to get your hands on and perhaps the simplest to use. The brand and product type will dictate how many drops or the dosage (e.g. 2ml) per day it is recommended that your take.
It is usually taken under the tongue to help absorption. This could make it somewhat difficult for some people to swallow, so if you have a sensitive palate, a different method could be better for you!
CBD oil with food
Taking your CBD oil with food can improve its bioavailability2 – the rate and degree that a substance is absorbed and sent to the bloodstream. What’s more, choosing to take your CBD oil when consuming certain food types can improve the bioavailability of CBD compounds even more.
Some of the best foods to eat alongside taking CBD oil is medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids ‘bind’ to the cannabinoids before they reach the liver (with less CBD concentration loss), where they get metabolised instantly together – ready for your body to put to work straight away.3
Studies have been conducted to test the link between fatty foods and how bioavailable CBD supplements can be. They found that eating fatty foods alongside supplementing CBD may ‘substantially increase the systemic exposure to orally administered cannabis-based medicines.’4
Here are some of the best foods to eat in conjunction with supplementing CBD:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Sesame oil
- Soybean oil
You could easily combine some of those ingredients to make a healthy, CBD-friendly meal that helps you make the most of your supplements.
Try making a hearty guacamole with olive oil, avocado, tomatoes, onion and garlic. Or why not treat yourself to some coconut oil in your morning fruit smoothie to get your day started off right.
CBD oil for pets
Some CBD is specially formulated for pets so that they can feel the natural benefits too. Always make sure to find a pet-friendly product and consult your vet before administering, though!
2. CBD balm
Many product manufacturers recommend that CBD balms are best used when massaged into the skin.. When used like this, it may cause pleasant warming and cooling sensations.
3. CBD beauty products
In a very similar way to CBD balms, the CBD in beauty products like CBD-enriched moisturisers, serums and facial oils gets absorbed through the skin.
4. CBD capsules
CBD capsules are a great option for people who don’t get on with the Earthy taste of CBD oil. They usually contain similar recommended dosages to CBD oils, so you can use them in the same way.
Some CBD capsules also contain added vitamins and nutrients, e.g. B vitamins, so you can enjoy additional health benefits with your dose of CBD.
5. CBD gummies
In the same way as CBD capsules do, CBD gummies take away the sometimes-unpalatable taste of CBD without taking away any of the benefits. If anything, CBD gummies take it one step further, with their fruity flavours.
They’re great for travelling too, as you can take them without a drink.
6. CBD oral sprays
Quick, simple oral sprays are also an option when it comes to taking CBD. Most have a pleasant flavour or are flavourless – ticking the ‘I don’t like the taste of hemp’ box. In addition, some of them also contain vitamins and other nutrients so you can enjoy even more benefits with each spray.
As it is administered onto the tongue via spray, this CBD will enter your bloodstream faster than capsules and edibles, as they don’t have to pass through the digestive system. You don’t need a drink to ‘wash them down’ either, making CBD sprays perfect for travelling.
A final note
Everybody is different – some products will suit you nicely, and others will not work for you and your lifestyle.
We recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional before you decide to supplement CBD oil for the best advice.
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before trying any remedies.
Last updated: 21 August 2020