CBD oil can be consumed in several different ways.
Capsule: CBD oils may be manufactured as small capsules that are orally ingested.
Tincture: Another form of oral CBD oil ingestion is the tincture, often used as a food additive. Tinctures are sold in dropper bottles; most users place one or two drops beneath their tongue for several minutes in order to experience the full effects. Tinctures normally have stronger concentrations compared to other CBD products.
Vapor: CBD vapor (also known as ‘vape’ or ‘vape juice’) is heated and inhaled using a vaporizer pen or e-cigarette. Concentrations vary.
Spray: CBD oil can be ingested as an oral spray. Sprays tend to have lower concentrations compared to other CBD products.
Topical: This form of CBD oil is applied directly to the skin; it usually has the consistency of lotion.
CBD oil may be unscented (‘natural’) or manufactured in different flavors, such as peppermint, vanilla, lavender, and cinnamon.
The vast majority of CBD oils come in bottles measuring either 15 milliliters (mL), or 0.5 ounces; or 30 mL, or 1 ounce. However, CBD concentration is more important than bottle size. Concentration refers to the ratio of hemp oil solution (measured in mL) compared to the amount of CBD cannabinoid (measured in milligrams, or mg). A 15-mL bottle may contain 100 mg of CBD, 300 mg, 500 mg, or more. The higher the mg amount, the stronger the CBD oil will be. For this reason, the ‘mg’ measurement is also referred to as the oil’s strength; i.e., 400-mg oil might be called 400-strength oil.
How much CBD oil you should take largely depends on your bodyweight, as well as the desired effects. The next table breaks down the effects of different doses based on these two factors. ***Always consult your physician to determine the best dosage for you.
weight group, mild effects, moderate effects, strong effects
|Light (less than 130 pounds)||11 mg or less||12 to 14 mg||15 to 17 mg|
|Medium (130 to 230 pounds)||18 mg or less||15 to 23 mg||18 to 28 mg|
|Heavy (more than 230 pounds)||23 mg or less||24 to 30 mg||29 to 45 mg|