How to Take CBD and Dosage Recommendations
Over the past few years, the CBD narrative has snowballed. From anecdotal accounts to mass media reports, it seems like everybody’s talking about CBD. But this increased coverage does not always provide clear information, especially when you’re trying to work out the best way to take CBD.
Whether it’s via Facebook, Instagram or email, the questions we see the most are ‘how do I take CBD?’ and ‘how much should I take?’. And we hear you, which is why we’ve put together a detailed look at the different forms of CBD and recommended dosages for each of them.
The best ways to take CBD
Sublingual (under the tongue)
We recommend the sublingual (under the tongue) route when using CBD oil. Simply dispense the oil under the tongue and hold for a minimum of two minutes before swallowing to maximise absorption into the bloodstream.
Studies estimate bioavailability (absorption) is 35% for this method, which basically means that 35% of the CBD in the oil you take is absorbed, so you don’t need much in order to feel the effects. By contrast, ingesting CBD-infused food offers a bioavailability of around 6%, as most will be metabolised by your body.
As discussed, CBD is not as effective when it’s ingested, although it does stay in your system a few hours longer than when it is taken under the tongue. This can be taken by dropping CBD oil into foods, or eating foods which have been specifically infused with CBD, such as gummies, capsules, or chocolates. Many people prefer this method due to its convenience.
You can also boost your daily intake alongside the sublingual method by adding a few drops of CBD oil to your food, or having it shortly after eating. For example, you may choose to have a CBD gummy after eating a main meal.
The topical method is taken via any skincare products, such as moisturisers, face creams, and lip balms, with the CBD absorbed through the outer layer of skin.
In February 2021, CBD was officially added to the European Commission database of cosmetic ingredients. This means the positive functions such as, being anti-sebum, antioxidant, and conditioning, have been recognised and empirically proven.
How much CBD should you take?
The most common questions that we receive relates to daily serving size, but there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, and it depends on your tolerance to CBD, and your reasons for taking it.
Generally speaking, the lower the CBD concentration (such as 300mg), the higher your dosage will need to be.
If you’re new to taking CBD, we recommend starting with a low-concentration oil, such as the Narrow Spectrum 1000mg. Each drop contains 3.7% of the active ingredient, so we suggest taking between 5-7 drops to gently ease you in, then altering your dose as necessary.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have the same oil available at 3000mg per bottle, which is a much higher concentration. For this, you should start at no more than 3 drops, before altering the dose.
When you first start a new oil, we recommend continuing with the minimum dosage stated on the packaging for at least a week before slowly adjusting to suit your needs. There are plenty of CBD oil-based products to choose from, ranging in factors like strength, price, and taste. Read up on our guide to choosing CBD products to find the style that’s best suited for you.
How your body reacts to CBD oil, regardless of strength, depends on the level of your own cannabinoids. Everyone produces their own cannabinoids, and this differs from person to person, so the natural response to CBD is unique to every individual. Feel free to contact us for more expert advice.