Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has gained a lot attention in recent years from those looking for a way to enjoy the health benefits of cannabis without becoming intoxicated. One of the benefits of CBD oil is the number of different ways it can be taken. This guide should help those unfamiliar with CBD oil understand what it does and find a comfortable way to administer it to themselves or loved ones.
Common CBD Oil Uses
CBD contains none of the psychotropic characteristics found in other components of hemp or cannabis plants. That means it can be taken without making people feel high. CBD is extracted from the buds and flowers of these plants and turned into an oil which can be taken in different ways.
Epilepsy patients have been shown to receive a significant level of relief when they take a low-level dose of CBD oil. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recently approved the CBD drug Epidiolex to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy.
Many people take CBD oil to treat other health conditions. Medical research continues into the true effectiveness of CBD oils on these conditions. But the approval of Epidiolex shows that it may simply be a matter of time before we see other CBD-based drugs receive similar approvals for other issues.
Other Conditions Frequently Treated With CBD Oils
- Chronic Pain Relief
- Depression and Anxiety
- Nausea and pain symptoms related to cancer
- Neurological disorders
- Heart health
- Easing withdrawal from other substances
CBD Dosage Amounts
The amount you need depends on the severity of the symptoms you’re suffering from. These are general guidelines when first starting out with CBD oil. Ease yourself in slowly so you can figure out what your body can handle.
- Start with one drop on your first day.
- Raise that amount to two drops each day for the next few weeks while monitoring the effects on your symptoms.
- Gradually increase the number of drops you use each day until you notice a marked decrease in the issues you’re taking the oil for.
Spread the drops out evenly throughout the day.
The Effects Of Ingested CBD
The easiest way to take CBD oil is by swallowing it. Your digestive system absorbs it and sends it on through to your liver, which metabolizes it and reduces the CBD concentration before letting it pass into your bloodstream.
That reduction in CBD levels makes it one of the least effective ways to gain any benefit from the oil. Some of this can be mitigated by mixing the oil with some type of fatty acid to keep your liver from breaking down so much of the CBD before it can be used by your body.
You can orally administer CBD oil in many ways. Some of them include:
- Adding it to candies like gummies
- Putting them in food
- Taking it in capsule form
- Placing it in a drink
It’s easy for anyone to take CBD oil in one of these forms. The key is making sure you’re properly measuring the dosage amounts in each form.
Using Topical CBD Creams
Topical CBD products get absorbed directly into the skin and can provide an immediate shot of relief. It’s popular to use creams, salves, or sprays when suffering from joint inflammation, skin issues, or whenever you want to target an area with CBD oil.
Most people use topical creams to manage day to day health issues. They’re not designed to be used for serious medical issues like fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis. That’s because they only work on the surface of your body and never enter your bloodstream. The amount of time the effects last depends on the concentration of CBD in any products you choose.
Taking Sublingual CBD
Placing CBD oil under your tongue allows it to be absorbed into the capillaries of your mouth and sent directly into your bloodstream. This method can give you immediate results that last a long time because it bypasses going through your digestive system.
You hold the oil under your tongue for around a minute and a half, allowing for complete absorption of the oil. This method works well for those with more sensitive taste buds. Sublingual CBD usually comes in a glass bottle with a dropper and mixed with other ingredients like essential oils, spearmint, or other healthy items.
A Few CBD Recipes
Try out some of the recipes below if you’re curious about CBD oil and looking for a way to ease yourself into using it. You can also use them if you’re an experienced CBD oil user searching for some different ways to take in the oil.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pull the following ingredients together:
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 3 cups of flour
- A cup of white sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- 2 eggs
- A cup of walnuts or another nut type (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of hot water
- A cup of brown sugar (packed)
- A cup of softened butter
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ an ounce of an unflavored CBD Tincture
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your butter, tincture, and sugars together until you have a smooth mixture. Put each egg in one at a time before adding your vanilla extract.
Put your baking soda in hot water before pouring it into your mixture along with your nuts and salt. Place large spoonfuls of batter on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes or until brown.
Banana, Berry, and Mango Smoothie
Use frozen fruit in your smoothies to get the best results.
- 1 whole banana
- A cup of mango chunks
- 1 tablespoon of whole or ground flaxseeds
- ¼ cup of plain vanilla yogurt
- ½ a cup of blueberries or blackberries
- ¾ cup of coconut water
Mix all your ingredients together in your blender together until smooth.
Curried Tomato, Lentil, and Coconut Soup
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 1 13.5-ounce can of well-shaken unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 2 1/2″ piece of peeled and finely grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon of medium curry powder (or stronger if you like)
- 1 finely chopped medium-sized onion
- 3/4 cup of red lentils
- 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 14.5-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (keep the leaves and stems to serve with your dish)
- Salt and Pepper (for taste)
- 0.5 ounces of unflavored CBD tincture
Use a medium saucepan to heat your oil over medium heat. Use it to sauté your onions until they appear golden brown. Add your garlic, curry, ginger, red pepper flakes, and curry powder and cook for around two minutes. Your lentils should go next for one minute. Mix in your cilantro, tomatoes, salt, and pepper along with 2 ½ cups of water. Finally, add your CBD oil to half of the coconut milk in the can and add it to your mixture. Let everything cook for around 25 minutes.
Good Luck On Your Journey
Do your research and find oils known to be pure and not full of other harmful chemicals or other additives. We hope we’ve given you a lot to think about when it comes to CBD oil.