Finding the ideal CBD dose is dependent on multiple factors, including the individual’s weight, metabolism, other medications, genetics, and medical conditions, as well as the desired result from the CBD, and formulation and quality of the CBD. There is no “best way” to take CBD, and each person’s ideal CBD experience may be different. Some trial and error may be necessary to find the dosage that works perfectly for you.
Some products, such as CBD gummies or infused beverage cubes, have a specific amount of CBD in each serving. This may be helpful for convenience, or if you take an identical dose every day. Oil products typically come in a bottle with a dropper to administer the oil.
The most common CBD oil bottle size is 30mL and a normal serving from that bottle is 1mL. Each bottle of CBD oil will contain a specific amount of CBD per bottle, and you will adjust the dosage of CBD you take based on the volume of oil you take in. There are two factors to consider – potency of the bottle, and amount of oil in the dropper.
Dropping CBD oil under your tongue allows it to be absorbed sublingually, or directly into your bloodstream via the tissue under your tongue. Generally when taking CBD sublingually, you would dispense the oil under your tongue and hold it there for 15-30 seconds, after which it will be mostly absorbed. Since it’s bypassing your digestive system and entering your bloodstream right away, the CBD will start working in about 15 minutes.
Eating a CBD gummy, adding CBD to your coffee or tea, adding to food, or swallowing CBD oil are all ways you can take CBD by ingesting. This method will take longer to work because the CBD travels through your digestive system to get into your bloodstream, but likely will last longer due to the length of time your body needs to process the CBD. Ingested CBD should start working in 45-60 minutes after being taken.
Most importantly, you can adjust your dose anytime. Have a particularly stressful day ahead of you? Give yourself an extra boost with a higher dose of CBD to start the day. Sore back from shoveling snow or pulling weeds in the garden? Treat yourself to a better night of sleep with an extra dose before bed.
When making a purchase, be sure to recognize that some packaging will list the CBD content per piece or per dose, while others will list the total amount in the package. Both are fine, but as a consumer, be sure you know what you’re buying.