CBD, the non-intoxicating compound in cannabis many are turning to for its therapeutic effects, works best when taken correctly. If you're new to using CBD tincture, you'll want to make sure you take it the correct way so you can get the best results for your money.
Take CBD tincture sublingually for best results
The best and most effective way to take CBD is the sublingual method. This involves dropping the desired dose under the tongue and holding it for about 60 seconds before swallowing the rest.
When you take CBD tincture this way, it bypasses the digestive system and goes directly into the bloodstream*. From there, CBD circulates across the body, where it can bind to cannabinoid receptors and take effect.
*Note if you are swallowing the tincture immediately you are less likely to absorb CBD. That's why we recommend that you hold the tincture under your tongue for 60 seconds.
How long does it take for CBD to take effect?
When you take CBD sublingually, it will begin to have effects much quicker than if you were to eat it. How long it takes to start working will vary body to body, but you'll generally begin getting effects from it within the first 5 to 25 minutes.
It's important to remember that many factors are contributing to how long CBD takes to work. What works for one person may not be the best fit for others. While you may notice benefits from taking CBD once, it may take a couple of weeks before seeing a real change in how CBD is affecting you.
What's the right CBD dose for me?
As with most CBD-related things, it entirely depends on the individual. Your unique biology, the reasons you're taking CBD, and other variables will all factor into how much CBD you should take.
Since the FDA does not regulate CBD, there is no universal guideline for dosages. Researchers have found CBD to not only have a good safety profile but to work best in different doses across a variety of people. This means finding the right CBD dose for you will depend on some trial and error.
It's a good idea to talk with a doctor before beginning to take any new item, including CBD. Your doctor may offer a recommended dose, or give a general guideline for you to build off of.
The best way to dose CBD is to start small and increase your dosage over time. Generally, 15-20 mg of CBD is a good place to start if you're using it for mild concerns. Stick to each new dose for a few days and take note of the effects and bump your dosage up by 5-10 mg each time you decide to increase.
If you're looking to use CBD to provide pain relief for something more severe, you can start with a higher dose of CBD and increase or decrease from there. Beginning at 30-35 mg for more severe afflictions for a few days will help you feel out if you need more or less cannabidiol.