Most of the time, when you are using a new drug or supplement, you know exactly what you are doing. After all, in most cases, the issue in question is relatively self-explanatory: You swallow the pill and are done with it.

CBD, however, can be far more complicated.

CBD’s popularity has made many people ask how to use CBD oil. This question needs to be asked because CBD is such a diverse, versatile substance. It comes in a slew of forms, including tinctures, edibles, oral strips, creams, balms, vaping juices, and more. As a result, there is no set method about how to use CBD oil – instead, there are many, and the answer to this question depends on just how you choose to ingest your CBD.

As such, here’s a list of how to use many common CBD products:

  • CBD Tinctures: Tinctures are CBD that has been mixed with some sort of holding liquid that usually gives the substance its flavor. They usually come in a small eyedropper, which allows individuals to specifically control the amount of the substance that they take. They can be taken in one of two ways. First, tinctures can be taken sublingually, meaning under the tongue. This allows for very fast absorption and makes tinctures one of the fastest ways for CBD to be consumed. Second, if you don’t like the flavor of a tincture, you can always add it to your food or drink product.
  • CBD Edibles: Edibles are CBD-infused food or drink products. They come pre-packaged and usually in some sort of snack like gummies. CBD is also found in increasing amounts of drinks lately. The trick with edibles is that you want to make sure you don’t accidentally have too many and inadvertently produce a side effect. Like all other methods of consumption, stick with the serving size that has been recommended by the manufacturer, and gradually increase.
  • Oral Strips: Oral strips are one of the newer methods of CBD consumption. These strips are usually incredibly thin. Like tinctures, they can be taken sublingually, so you can feel their impacts very, very quickly. Generally speaking, it is better to start by just taking one strip, then adding more as needed until you feel its impact.
  • Creams & balms: Creams and balms are topical ways of taking CBD. They are usually best to use in one of two cases: Muscle pain/soreness or skin issues. You’ll always want to follow the specific instructions that have been laid out by the product’s manufacturer, as taking a topical involves massaging the substance into the area that is causing you pain. Keep in mind that topicals usually take the longest time to work, as the CBD has to travel through all the layers of your skin before reaching your muscles or bloodstream. This can delay its impact.
  • Vaping juices: Vaping juices can usually be inserted into a specific vaping pen and consumed via inhalation. Like any other vaping product, you inhale the CBD. Inhalation is regarded as one of the fastest ways to consume CBD, and can often result in you feeling CBD’s effects relatively quickly. However, there are a variety of safety concerns associated with vaping, so you may want to consider using CBD via an alternative method.

How much of each substance can I use?

This can be a difficult question to answer, because the answer can really vary, depending on your experience with cannabis products, size, chemistry, and more. Your best bet is to start slow and gradually increase the amount you consume until you get the desired impact. Keep in mind that some people do experience mild to moderate side effects from CBD use. These include fatigue or an upset stomach. Fortunately, these side effects are usually relatively minor, but prepare to deal with them if they occur. Furthermore, keep in mind that the more CBD you consume, the higher the chances are of a potential side effect. This is another reason to start slowly and gradually increase your CBD consumption, giving your body time to get used to the substance.

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