How To Take CBD Hemp Oil
With a variety of hemp-based CBD products available in different sizes and potencies, it's easy to get confused. Which product is the best fit for your needs? And, once you've identified a product, how much of that product should you take, and how often?
Most of the CBD products you'll find on our website list serving sizes as recommended by the manufacturer. However, it's important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all serving size for CBD. Below you'll find information on different forms of CBD products, and how to understand serving size.
What are CBD Concentrates?
Concentrates are a common form of CBD product. A pure concentrate contains only oil extracted from hemp, with no additional ingredients.
Many concentrates, including all three versions of our Proprietary Hemp Extract, are packaged in an oral syringe. This may seem strange at first, but rest assured, this is not an injection. A syringe allows you to easily dispense an exact amount of concentrate, so you can be sure of how much you are taking.
Once oil has been extracted from the hemp plant, it can be used in a number of ways. Often, the CBD is separated from the rest of the extract before being used in a product. Other products contain the whole plant hemp extract, which includes additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and nutrients.
For instance, both our Green/Raw and Blue versions of extract contain parts of the hemp plant in addition to CBD, which provides a spectrum of phytonutrients. Research shows that a diet heavy in phytonutrients is beneficial for several health conditions, as well as our overall health and well-being.
What do CBD Concentrates Taste Like?
Because no ingredients have been added to a pure concentrate, when you consume this product you will be tasting the natural flavor of hemp. This flavor is often described as "earthy" and you may find it unpleasant. Hemp oil may also taste slightly different from harvest to harvest, due to the different terpenes in each batch. Terpenes are compounds that are naturally produced by several plants, including hemp, and which give each plant its unique taste and smell. If you want to consume a pure concentrate but don't enjoy the flavor, you can try swallowing the oil with a beverage, such as orange or apple juice, to mask the hempy taste.
How to take CBD Concentrates
If you're consuming a CBD concentrate for the first time, first be sure you're aware of the manufacturer's recommended dosage. As you use the product, you many find your body needs more or less than this amount. Sometimes a product may have a ranged serving size (i.e., 1 to 2 ml). Starting at the lower end helps your body to become accustomed to the product, and gives you a baseline to either increase or decrease your daily amount as needed.
A typical serving size for CBD concentrates is an amount roughly the size of a grain of rice. When you're ready...
- Dispense a rice grain (or desired) amount of oil from the syringe. You can place it on your finger, or a spoon if you prefer.
- Place the oil under the tongue, and hold for 60 to 90 seconds. Holding oil under your tongue allows the phytocannabinoids to be absorbed into your body faster through your capillary glands, so you can begin to experience the effects of the CBD sooner. The longer the oil is held under the tongue, the more it is absorbed into the body. This is known as a sublingual application.
- When you’ve held the oil as long as you like, simply swallow what remains. You can do so with a beverage if you find the extract to taste unpleasant.
While concentrates can vary in flavor from harvest to harvest, consistency can vary as well. One syringe may contain a thicker oil, while the next may be a bit runnier. This is normal.
What are CBD Tinctures?
You can purchase tinctures in unflavored or natural versions. However, one reason tinctures are so popular is due to the range of flavors available. Manufacturers often add additional beneficial ingredients to the CBD, including flavors like mint or vanilla, herbs, and essential oils. If you don't enjoy the earthy flavor of hemp oil, these additions will help to mask the taste with flavors that are familiar and pleasant.
How to take a CBD Tincture
- Shake the bottle
- Fill the dropper with your desired serving size
- Place the drops under your tongue, hold them there for 60-90 seconds. By keeping the hemp oil under your tongue, you are helping your body to absorb the CBD more quickly. If you prefer to swallow the oil, know that it must first travel through your digestive system, and it will take a bit longer before you can feel the effects.
- Swallow the remaining oil.
Tinctures are also available in a range of potencies. If you find that you are not achieving the desired effect from a tincture, know that there are several brands available that may be a better fit in regards to flavor and potency. We encourage you to research and experiment to determine the best product to help you achieve your wellness goals.
What are CBD & Hemp Topicals?
While the above products are ingested to help benefit the internal workings of the body, CBD can also be used as a topical. CBD contains several compounds, including anti-inflammatory agents. Anti-inflammatory products are often used for sore, inflamed joints and muscles as well as to reduce inflammation on the skin caused by conditions like acne.
A CBD topical is an ideal choice if you are looking to target a specific area, such as your knee or back. It is also unique in that it is topical rather than transdermal. This means that it will not be absorbed into the bloodstream. If you have concerns about how CBD may interact with your prescription medications, or don't wish to take CBD orally, a topical can be used instead.
Salves, like the Muscle Relief CBD Salve, are typically used by those seeking to relieve sore and stiff muscles and joints. They are easy to use: simply spread an even amount of salve onto the desired area throughout the day as needed. CBD Moisturizers and facial products are also available to revitalize and hydrate the face.