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How to Take CBD

How do you take CBD Oil?

The public profile of CBD, or Cannabidiol, has grown immensely over the last few years. From anecdotal accounts to mass media reports, the interest and uptake of CBD oil continues. But this increased coverage does not always translate into clear, or accurate information, especially when it comes to understanding the best way to take CBD or how much to take.

Whether it’s via Facebook, Instagram or email, the questions that we receive the most are ‘how do I take CBD?’ and ‘how much should I take?’. We’ve put together a helpful summary of the different forms of CBD and recommended dosages for each of them.

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Here's how to take CBD oil the right way

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.

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Sublingual (under the tongue)

Dragonfly recommends the sublingual (under the tongue) route when taking CBD oil. This involves dispensing the oil using a pipette under the tongue and holding it for a minimum of two minutes before swallowing. This maximises CBD absorption directly into the bloodstream.

Studies estimate absorption (or bioavailability) is 35% for this method, which basically means that 35% of the CBD in the oil is absorbed into your body. By contrast, ingesting CBD-infused food offers a bioavailability of around 6%, as most of it will be metabolised by your body and the effect will be less.

To boost your daily intake when taking your CBD oil under the tongue, you can also add a few drops of CBD to your food or take a CBD gummy or capsule, for example, after eating a main meal.

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CBD is not as effective when it’s ingested as we’ve just heard; however, it will stay in your system for a few hours longer than when it’s taken under the tongue. To achieve this, try dropping CBD oil into foods, or by eating other types which have been specifically infused with CBD, such as gummies, capsules, or chocolates. Some people actually prefer this method due to its convenience.

Topical Application of CBD 

The topical CBD oil method is applied via skincare products such as moisturisers, face creams and lip balms. The CBD is then absorbed through the outer layer of skin.

In February 2021, CBD was officially added to the European Commission database of cosmetic ingredients. This means that certain CBD oil topical beneficial properties have been recognised and empirically proven. This makes CBD oil very powerful in helping to treat very common skin ailments afflicting thousands of people daily. The three properties are:

  • Anti-sebum
  • Antioxidant
  • Conditioning

‘How much CBD oil should I take?’ A Guide to CBD Oil dosage

The questions that we most commonly receive relate to daily dosage. It’s worth noting that all Dragonfly CBD oil products state a recommended daily amount on the packaging to keep it nice and simple.

However, the simplest and honest answer to the question is that there is no one-size-fits-all. Like everything else we put into our body, it very much depends on how well your own body reacts to CBD oil and your reasons for taking it. As a rule, if you choose a lower CBD concentration, such as 300mg, the higher your dosage can be.

Dragonfly CBD 1000mg 30ml Narrow Spectrum dropper bottle with box

Low strength CBD Oil

If you’re new to taking CBD, we recommend starting with a low-concentration oil, such as the CBD Oral Drops 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.

Dragonfly CBD 3000mg 30ml Narrow Spectrum dropper bottle with box

High strength CBD Oil

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 three drops, before altering the dose.

Ease yourself in gently

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.

Reach out to us today for further information

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.