A comprehensive guide on how to use CBD oil. How much do I take? When should I take it? We've created a guide to help you discover best way take CBD oil. There are more ways to take CBD than ever these days. Edibles, topicals, capsules, smokables…pet products and human products…the list goes on. But is there any product as tried-and-true as the CBD oil tincture? Probably not. And it’s not just us saying that. History agrees! A lot of people don’t know this, but ca
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One of our most common questions that we are asked is how to use CBD oil and what dosage should new users take. Since CBD oil is not a one-size-fits-all supplement, it can be difficult to nail down exactly what the best recommendation will be. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help walk you through using your tincture.
1. Choose your CBD flavor.
If you have chosen a tincture as your preferred form of CBD, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself before taking your tincture. Ask yourself — do you want to take an unflavored or flavored tincture? Because tinctures are oil that are taken orally, unflavored tinctures tend to be an acquired taste. If you’re just starting out with CBD, we would recommend trying a flavored CBD oil, like Populum’s full-spectrum orange-infused tincture.
2. Choose your CBD dosage.
Now that you have your tincture, it’s time to figure out your dosage. Since CBD oil is not a one-size-fits-all supplement, it can be difficult to nail down exactly what the best recommendation will be.
We recommend 8 to 8.5 mg of hemp CBD oil per day to start. This amount will vary depending on the CBD concentration you purchased. Here’s a short breakdown of how concentration differs among our full-spectrum tinctures:
250mg concentration: Take a 1ml (i.e. a full dropper) for 8mg of hemp CBD oil. A 250mg concentration is a great option for first-time CBD users. It allows users to adopt the “slow and steady” approach, meaning you can start with very small amounts of CBD oil and dose up to determine your optimal concentration.
500mg concentration: Take .5ml (i.e. a half dropper) for 8mg of hemp CBD oil. The 500mg full-spectrum tincture is Populum’s best seller, and for good reason. It provides all the benefits of the 250mg but double the concentration. As a first-time CBD user, you can easily dose the 500mg up or down.
1000mg concentration: Take .25ml (i.e. a quarter dropper) for 8mg of hemp CBD oil. If you have tried CBD a few times and are looking for something that’s a little stronger, we would recommend trying the 1000mg. While you can still start with a quarter dropper and get 8mg of hemp CBD oil per day, you can also quickly scale up your dosage.
2000mg concentration: Take .12ml (i.e. half of a quarter dropper) for 8mg of hemp CBD oil. Populum developed the 2000mg concentration as a result of consumer demand. We have customers who have ordered from us monthly since our founding in 2016. For these experienced CBD users, they are looking for a more concentrated CBD supplement when taking their CBD oil tincture.
To learn more about dosage recommendations, check out this infographic.
3. How to Take CBD Oil.
If you’re new to CBD, it’s important to know how to use CBD oil. The most effective way to administer our CBD is to take it sublingually, which means under your tongue. Here are 4 easy steps:
Fill up the dropper with your desired oil dosage (see step 2 for recommendations on how much CBD to take when starting your routine)
Squeeze the oil under your tongue but do not swallow
Allow the oil to sit under your tongue for 30 seconds
Swallow the oil after 30 seconds
We recommend allowing it to sit under your tongue for 30 seconds, then use your tongue to distribute the remaining oil to your inner cheeks. This method allows for maximum absorption and helps the supplement enter your bloodstream more instantaneously.
For best results, we suggest taking after a meal. When nutrients are present, our body can more readily absorb additional compounds like vitamins, supplements, or medications. Think about it this way: the body can absorb the CBD oil better when it isn’t hungry for other nutrients. Like your breakfast.
To see a demonstration of how to take CBD oil, watch our video at the top of this article, which goes over the process with step-by-step instructions.
4. Establish a routine.
Routine is crucial to understanding how your body responds to CBD oil. Most people take their dosage in a single serving, but you could try splitting your dosage into two or more servings throughout the day. Finding what’s right for you requires experimentation – CBD doesn’t behave the same for everyone. But once you do find what works for you, repeat that every day to develop a consistent routine that your body can rely on. One thing our bodies do agree on: they thrive on regularity.
When considering how to take CBD oil and establishing a CBD oil routine be sure to ask yourself these questions:
Am I feeling immediate effects from taking CBD? CBD works differently for everyone. For some, they will immediately get their desired effect when taking CBD. For others, it takes time for the CBD to accumulate in their systems to feel the impacts.
What is my desired effect from taking CBD? Ask yourself what am I trying to achieve by taking CBD. Are you taking CBD just as part of your overall wellness routine? Are you taking CBD for sleep? Depending on what you’re trying to achieve you will want to experiment with your dosage, and potentially the form of CBD. For example, if you started out by taking a tincture, but feel the effects are too immediate, you may consider trying hemp CBD capsules. Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Capsules are digested and absorbed, which allows for a slower release of CBD.
After taking CBD for 30 days, how do I feel? Do I notice any differences in overall wellness? It’s human nature to want things to happen immediately, but at Populum we encourage all our customers to be consistent with their CBD routine for 30 days to achieve their desired results. If you try CBD for 30 days and you’re not feeling the impacts you wanted, try reading our article on 5 Reasons Why CBD Isn’t Working For You for tips to help ensure you are getting the results you want.
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5. Ask us for help.
Do you still have questions on how to take CBD oil? We’re here for that! We have customer service representatives dedicated specifically to helping you understand CBD oil, and they’ll answer all your questions as best they can.
You can reach out to us via chat, email, or by phone during our regular business hours: 8am-5pm CT. If we miss you, just leave us a message. We promise we’ll see it and we’ll get back to you. We’re here to ensure you can try pure CBD oil in such a way that you’ll know you did it right, gave it plenty of time, and all your questions were addressed. And if you’re nervous it won’t work for you? Take advantage of our 30-day trial on your first bottle. If it doesn’t work, we’ll take it back – no questions asked.
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How to Use CBD Oil: 5 Creative Ways
There are more ways to take CBD than ever these days. Edibles, topicals, capsules, smokables. pet products and human products. the list goes on. But is there any product as tried-and-true as the CBD oil tincture? Probably not.
And it’s not just us saying that. History agrees! A lot of people don’t know this, but cannabis tinctures were actually a staple of western medicine throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. British doctor William O’Shaughnessy declared the cannabis tincture an “anticonvulsant of the greatest value,” and over a hundred US pharmaceutical companies listed cannabis or hemp tinctures in the drug catalogs. [ 1 ]
But that was then, and this is now. Things are finally coming full circle — and in today’s article, we’ll be looking at 5 creative ways you can take CBD oil.
Way #1: Treat it like a sublingual
Most CBD oils are meant to be taken sublingually – a fancy way of saying ‘held under the tongue’. Research indicates that CBD works best when held sublingually for 30-60 seconds.
The longer one tends to wait before fully ingesting, the faster CBD tends to absorb! This occurs because the mouth contains permeable mucous membranes that can directly absorb CBD. CBD’s bioavailability may rise drastically if you give these membranes and blood vessels enough time to ‘soak’ things up.
Sublingual CBD is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Some users may actually prefer to ingest their CBD faster so that more of it reaches the digestive system intact. This is most applicable for those with IBS or other gut health problems, but good for all to know.
Chemist Jessie Kater agrees. “Most of the literature supports the notion that CBD has better bioavailability when consumed sublingually versus orally,” she tells Well and Good , “[and] MCT oil-based tinctures are thought to provide better uptake than a traditional oil.” ( Readers will be happy to know that our tinctures contain plenty of MCT-rich coconut oil.)
Way #2: Infuse it into your favorite drink
Variety is the spice of life, and tincture usage is no exception (aka sublingual tincture usage is no longer enough)!
We see Toast CBD oil as part of a fun, and totally healthy, lifestyle routine. That’s why we only add clean organic flavors to our oils, flavors which lend themselves to the right drink for the moment, whether that’s a cocktail, tea, or other drink of choice. So if you’ve been considering topping your favorite drink with some CBD, don’t hold back.
Need some more specific guidance? With its bold, fresh flavor, our cold-pressed lemon tincture makes a perfect addition to your favorite spritzer.
Way #3: Try Adding CBD to Your Coffee
Try infusing your coffee with Toast CBD oil to experience the many benefits of consuming two lifestyle daily favorites together!
First there’s the practical benefits. How often do you skip your morning coffee? If the answer is “ never!” . then it could be a good idea to safeguard your CBD routine by taking your caffeine and cannabinoids all at once.
Another plus: CBD may counteract the jitters that can come with high caffeine intake. This is thought to be due to its calming effect on adenosine A2A receptors. [ 3 ] Granted, we’ll be the first to admit that biochemistry probably won’t be on your mind when CBD-infused coffee is making your workday a breeze.
Coffee may also increase your CBD oil’s bioavailability. How? Research has shown time and time again that CBD is absorbed better alongside a fatty meal. [ 4 ] Putting two and two together, could the same be said of a fatty drink? Better put an extra tablespoon of grass-fed butter in your coffee just to be sure.
And don’t worry about the taste of CBD oil ruining your next cup of Joe. Instead just opt for an organically flavored CBD tincture like Toast Spiked Pumpkin!
Way #4: Bake Some Edibles
Do you like experimenting with new recipes, especially those of the CBD variety? If so, baking yourself some CBD-infused edibles could be a great way to keep yourself happy and healthy — and perhaps even escape the quarantine blues.
CBD oil can be added to almost any recipe, after all, so long as the recipe doesn’t call for baking at super high heat. You can add our CBD oils to cookies, cakes, chocolates, and other treats. you can bake it into your favorite bread recipe. you can even pair it with olive oil to make a great base for salad dressings. The sky is practically the limit!
And if you’re not feeling up to baking your way to CBD-infused culinary heaven, no worries; skip the process and opt for already-made CBD chocolates instead. These ones get their deliciousness straight from artisanal chocolate maker Fine & Raw.
Way #5: Don’t vape your CBD oil
Okay, this one isn’t actually a new creative way to take CBD; instead it’s more of a warning of what not to do .
As the headline implies, CBD oils are NOT meant to be vaped . For that activity you’ll need a dedicated vape juice; regular CBD oil just won’t cut it. That’s because CBD oils use a carrier oil (ours is coconut oil) that is perfectly healthy when ingested, but is not meant to be inhaled. Vaping CBD oils can lead to health problems like lipid pneumonia.
Even vaping vape-specific juice/oil isn’t immune to risk. Many vape juices may contain PG, PEG, or vitamin E acetate. In other words. vaping isn’t always as safe as it may seem.
A better alternative would be to smoke all-natural CBD-rich hemp like the kind found in our customers’ favorite Toast Emerald . It’s about as natural as natural gets: full spectrum hemp flower (never biomass) rolled in hemp paper. Plus the experience is truly immersive.