How to Take CBD Oil: Guide for Beginners

How to Take CBD Oil: Guide for Beginners

If you want to start using CBD oil as a dietary supplement, you may be wondering what is the best way to take it. There are different methods, and each has its pros and cons.

In this blog post, we'll talk about how to take CBD oil drops, as well as other CBD products and help you decide which one can be most effective for you.

The sublingual intake of CBD oil (under the tongue)

Taking CBD sublingually, i.e. under the tongue, is one of the most popular methods. It is also one of the most effective, as the CBD is delivered directly into the bloodstream, and is fully absorbed absorbed by your body within 15 to 30 minutes.

The disadvantage of taking CBD oil sublingually is that it can get a bit messy and it is not suitable for on the go. Furthermore, if you dislike the taste of CBD oil, this form of ingestion is not recommended.

The sublingual method can be used with all CBD oils (full spectrum oils, broad spectrum oils, as well as mono spectrum oils)

How to take CBD oil under the tongue?

If you are not familiar with CBD oil, the best way to master the sublingual technique is to stand in front of a mirror and place a few drops of CBD under the tongue. Try not to let the pipette touch your mount or tongue, in order to preserve the quality of the product.

Woman drops some CBD Oil into her mouth

How much CBD oil should I take?

It is difficult to determine one recommended dosage to fit all. When dosing CBD oil, we recommend the step-up method. This means that you start with a small amount and increase the dose accordingly until you get the desired results.

Find your ideal dosage with our easy to use CBD oil calculator.

Mixing CBD oil with food or drink

You can add CBD oil drops to food and drink. CBD oil mixed in drinks a great way to mask it's hempy, earthy taste.

The downside to this method is that it can take a little longer for your body to absorb the CBD oil, as it needs to go through the digestive system first.

Apply CBD oil directly to the skin

You can apply CBD oil drops directly to your skin or mix it with your skincare products. You can also make your own CBD massage oil

How not to take CBD oil

CBD oil should never be put in the nose or ears. These are two very sensitive areas and even a small amount of oil can cause irritation.

Do not vaporise CBD oil. If you put CBD oil in your electronic cigarette or vape pen, you are likely to clog up the devices. CBD oil is different from a CBD vape liquid as it is thicker in consistency and mainly intended for oral ingestion.

The same applies to vape liquids: these are not suitable for oral consumption but exclusively for use in an e-cigarette or vape pen.

How often should you take CBD oil?

Although there is no one correct answer to this question, there are some general guidelines that can help you determine how often you should take CBD oil.

One of the most important factors you should consider is the CBD concentration in the oil. If you are using an oil with a high CBD concentration, you may only be told to take it once or twice a day. However, if you use an oil with a lower CBD concentration, you may be able to take it several times a day.

Another factor to consider is the reason why you are taking CBD oil. If you are taking it for your general well-being, you could possibly only take it once or twice a day.

What is the best time of day to take CBD?

The best time of day to take CBD depends on the effect you are looking for. Taken in the morning, CBD can lift your mood and make sure you start the day full of energy.

In the evening, at the right dose, CBD can help you fall asleep and sleep through the night.

How often you take CBD also depends on the desired effect or your symptoms. For pain and anxiety, 2-3 times a day has been shown to be effective.

Two hands holding a glass of water and a CBD capsule.

What other CBD products are available?

As the interest in CBD grows, so does the product range. In addition to CBD oils, you can also also purchase:

How do I take CBD capsules?

CBD capsules are a great alternative if you do not like the taste of CBD oil, as they are tasteless. Just like CBD oil, CBD capsules contain a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil or black cumin seed oil, together with CBD extract.

They are the easiest and most convenient form of consumption as you simply swallow them with a little liquid.

How do I use CBD Liquid?

CBD Liquid is vaporised in an e-cigarette or vaporiser. Vaporising cannabidiol is considered gentler on the lungs than smoking. It also has the advantage that the active ingredient passes through the alveoli into the bloodstream almost immediately.

The CBD liquid is poured into the tank of your vaporizer or e-cigarette and heated. You then inhale the resulting vapour.

How do I use CBD crystals?

CBD crystals are very pure CBD and have a CBD content of almost 100%. This makes them the most potent CBD product available.

Because the crystals have such a high CBD content, you can take them in different ways:

  • Orally, which means you can "eat" them. Some manufacturers compare eating the crystals to eating caviar - put a little on the back of your hand and enjoy.

  • Vaporise. The crystals can also be vaporised in a special vaporiser designed for crystals,

  • Dissolve in oil. You can use the crystals as a base for your own CBD oil blend and take it as you would regular CBD.

  • In food. You can also add the crystals to food. One popular way is to bake them into cookies.

As you can see, crystals are very versatile and the way you take them depends on your personal preferences. The disadvantage of crystals is certainly the slightly higher price and the fact that they only contain CBD, no other cannabinoids.

How do I use CBD balm or cream?

CBD balms or creams are intended for external use directly on the skin.

Application is straightforward. You simply apply the desired amount of cream to the skin and let it work.

Nordic Oil's balms and creams are specifically developed for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and acne.

How do I consume CBD paste?

CBD paste is a thick substance that usually consists of CBD extract and a somewhat viscous carrier such as butter or wax. The concentration of CBD is usually very high. The advantage of this is that you can get a high dose of CBD from a small amount of paste.

The paste is ideally taken sublingually, just like CBD oil. Alternatively, you can dissolve it in food or drink.

Other ways to take CBD

We have now looked at the main CBD products. However, the ever-growing market is constantly producing new products. Other interesting ways to consume CBD include

  • CBD gummies / CBD edibles: These are eaten like normal fruit gummies. They have a fixed CBD content and make dosing easy.

  • CBD coffee: There is already coffee that has been enriched with CBD during the roasting process. When you enjoy a cup of it afterwards, you benefit from the effects at the same time. Manufacturers usually state the CBD content per cup on the packaging.

  • CBD water: The CBD is not dissolved in oil, but in water. According to the manufacturers, the bioavailability of CBD dissolved in water is very good because it binds very well to our cellular fluids.

  • CBD patches: These stick to the skin like nicotine patches. They have the advantage of releasing a steady amount of CBD over a longer period of time (often 36 hours).

CBD dosage - how much CBD oil should I take?

CBD dosage is very individual and difficult to determine, especially if you are new to CBD. Dosage depends on four factors

  1. Your body weight

  2. The condition you want to treat

  3. Your individual body chemistry

  4. The concentration of CBD in your product

There are no official dosage guidelines yet. In general, however, it is best to start with a small dosage and work your way up until you feel the desired effect.

As a general rule, less body mass requires a lower dosage than more body mass.


There are different ways to take CBD oil, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Everyone reacts differently to CBD, as everyone's body responds differently to the individual ingredients.

Try all the methods of taking CBD listed above, listen to your body and observe its reaction. This way you can find out which method is best for you.

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