How to Consume CBD Oil – What’s the Best Way?

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( — May 6, 2019) — As CBD continues to grow in popularity, many people wonder how best to consume it. There are plenty of CBD products in the market and knowing which one is right for you and the best way to consume it for maximum benefits can be a challenge. Here’s a simple guide on how to consume CBD oil and how the options differ.

How to Consume CBD Oil

Don’t know how to consume CBD oil? You can do so via tincture, edibles, vaping or smoking, topically or through a transdermal patch.


CBD tinctures are oil, CBD extracts or alcohol that typically comes in an eye-dropper bottle or smaller container.

Tinctures are popular because you can consume CBD in small doses. They eye dropper also makes it easier to control your dosage. You can either add your desired drops of vegetable-glycerine based CBD extracts or oil into your food and beverages or place a few drops under your tongue for faster absorption (for alcohol-based tinctures).


There are plenty of CBD edibles available. You can choose anything from chocolates and pills to tinctures. Most edibles come in standard dosages ranging from 5-20 mg but can range up to 100mg for medical dosages.

Ingesting rather than inhaling CBD provides more holistic, longer-term effects as the cannabinoid is slowly broken down in the gut before entering the blood. This explains why you may take a longer while to experience the effects of CBD when eating as compared to vaping, for example. Eating is also one of the healthiest ways of consuming CBD.

Vaping/ Smoking

Inhaling CBD channels it straight into the bloodstream through the lungs. As such, it’s the quickest way to feel the benefits of CBD. However, the effects will usually wear off after a few hours. With vaping, you can choose between vaping CBD concentrates, CBD oil or dried CBD-rich flower. Vape pens are easy to use but be sure to check what’s in the oil.

CBD concentrates are another option. They can come in wax, oil, sap, shatter, or other distillations that require a dab rig or other inhalation equipment. These will typically contain higher percentages of CBD oil than vape oil.

Many people enjoy smoking hemp flower, but can irritate the lungs and throat with ash and carbon.


Topical application of cannabis products and CBD oil can also bring therapeutic results because of the cannabinoid receptors on the skin. Moreover, applying CBD in gel, oil or lotion form is the most effective way to spot-treat localized inflammation and pain. This type of treatment can be effective on more lasting issues such as arthritis and chronic pain.

Transdermal Patch

This refers to a medicated adhesive patch that’s placed on the body to supply CBD through the skin and into the bloodstream. They’re ideal if you want holistic CBD treatment that doesn’t involve consuming edibles.

In Conclusion

Everyone’s body chemistry and needs are different. Given the wide range of options on how to consume CBD oil, you may need to do some experimenting to discover the method that’s right for you. Do your due diligence and research CBD companies as well as products before choosing a method.