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How to take CBD Oil

CBD is most commonly consumed as an oil, mixed with a carrier such as olive oil, coconut oil or hemp seed oil. When CBD is consumed with fatty acids this maximises the bioavailability as it binds to the fat molecules during the absorption and digestion process. This same concept applies to other fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. As a general rule, consuming CBD with a fatty meal will improve absorption rates.

Drops can be placed under the tongue and absorbed into the blood, or the oil can be vaporised and inhaled.

Taking CBD oil in a dropper under the tongue is extremely easy, quick and efficient. Vaporising the oil and inhaling it can improve absorption and the speed at which it is absorbed, particularly useful for treating seizures and when an immediate reaction and response is required. When vaporising, the effect is faster and stronger but doesn’t last as long as if one was to consume CBD oil orally. Depending on the condition you’re treating either method of consumption will work.

CBD Dosages

CBD dosages vary depending on the person and the goal or disease they wish to treat. A typical CBD dose may be 30mg per day but range up to 100mg for someone with a disease. However everyone is different and should experiment by starting off with low dosages and gradually increasing to where you believe you’re feeling the best.

When choosing a CBD oil you may come across some marketed as ‘hemp oil’ which could be a less refined oil that may not have as much CBD as some isolated CBD products but might contain higher levels of other important cannabinoids and terpenes.

CBD/THC Ratios

CBD oil is best consumed with other cannabinoids such as THC, as they help the absorption and potency of the CBD oil and have their own benefits. Ideal ratios vary depending on the disease but most people will come out of a dispensary with a 1:1: ratio of CBD to THC. Unfortunately, over the counter CBD oil products have stringent regulations on the amount of THC and often only contain isolated CBD oil.

These ratios require trial and error with the individual taking it as cannabinoid dosages are not a one size fits all. Some may be more sensitive to the THC and require a lower level to be completely comfortable. It is best to seek an expert who can best advise you based on your medical history and current supplements and medication.

Once you add in more molecules of the plant over just CBD and THC, higher doses can be handled and more real cannabis benefits can be experienced. The more of the natural cannabinoids and terpenes present in the oil the better.

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