10 Ways to Take CBD

How to Take CBD

CBD health and beauty supplements have become so pervasive in the market that it’s hard to choose just how to take it. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive compound in hemp and cannabis that provides pain relief and reduces inflammation. Other therapeutic benefits are supported by a wealth of anecdotal evidence. These include relieving anxiety, reducing stress, fostering appetite, enabling better sleep, stabilizing mood and treating seizures. Treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravat syndrome – are the only current medically approved uses. However, many other CBD medical treatments are under investigation. [1] 

Medical News Today reports that more and more researchers are investigating the therapeutic and medical benefits of cannabidiol. [1] CBD connects directly with CB receptors in cells that manage movement, pain, emotions, appetite, memory and other functions. In short, CBD products can generate many of the beneficial effects of medical marijuana without the mind-altering high of cannabis. 

Due to the bioavailability of CBD, there are a number of different ways to take CBD. In this article, we explore the pros and cons of the ten most common methods of CBD consumption.

1. Swallowing CBD Directly

Many people choose to ingest CBD oil orally because it’s simple and convenient. CBD oils and tinctures come in applicator bottles that make it easy to ingest a few drops anytime. 


The pros of direct oral ingestion of CBD products include: 

  • CBD oil is easy to consume privately at home or in public.
  • You can manage cravings better when trying to quit smoking, alcohol or drugs.
  • Ingestion is ideal for promoting restful sleep and relieving insomnia.
  • Ingestion can ensure a long-lasting effect.

The cons of direct oral ingestion of CBD include: 

  • You must wait for an hour or more usually to feel any effects.
  • The effects are reduced because not all of the CBD will reach the bloodstream.
  • The digestive system passes through some of the CBD.
  • The liver breaks down cannabidiol significantly before passing the rest into the bloodstream.

2. Applying Topical CBD Products to Skin

Applying CBD lotions, creams, balms and other topical products allows you to relieve the symptoms of localized pain and inflammation. These include sore muscles, aching joints and skin outbreaks. CBD is permeable to skin because of absorption through the pores. 

The pros of topical CBD therapy include: 

  • You can apply CBD to specific areas of inflammation, pain and skin outbreaks.
  • This method is ideal for reducing acne and rosacea outbreaks.
  • Many people–especially women–prefer topical cosmetic treatments to deal with localized skin issues.
  • Creams and lotions often contain other beneficial skin ingredients including moisturizers, vitamins and herbs.
  • CBD creams and lotions can be used to on skin disorders such as acne, rosacea and other pore-related problems.
  • The process is noninvasive.

The cons of topical CBD therapy include: 

  • The CBD doesn’t reach the bloodstream.
  • Some people find creams, salves, balms and lotions messy and greasy.
  • You need to apply a heavier dosage to get a strong effect because of the low absorption rate.
  • Topical solutions require privacy and right place to apply them.
  • Topical creams and lotions deliver the smallest portion of CBD based on their absorption rate.

Topical application of CBD is the slowest method of ingestion and ranges from a low of 60 to 90 minutes. The bioavailability of topical CBD can take up to 8 hours. [2] 

CBD Pain Relief
CBD provides amazing pain relief

3. Vaping or Inhaling CBD

Vaping is the inhalation of smoke produced in a vaporizer pen designed to burn liquids. The practice has become extremely popular in recent years. It’s no surprise that CBD manufacturers have adopted the method to reach more consumers. At CB Genius we offer CBD vaping cartridge to vaporize CBD oil. The oil is a concentrated version of cannabidiol. You can easily purchase bottles to refill your vaporizer or use directly in your vaporizer pen. 

Another popular method is smoking CBD crystals. These are produced by refining hemp oil using winterization techniques that remove fats and lipids. The crystals can be smoked in a water pipe, or dab rig, in a process called dabbing. Crystals are more concentrated–up to 99 percent purity. That means dabbing can deliver a higher concentration of CBD. 

  • You can vape among groups of friends and co-workers as vaping becomes increasingly popular.
  • Inhalation results in a larger absorption rate in the widespread area produced by the alveoli of the lungs.
  • CBD molecules immediately enter the bloodstream to produce a calming effect or relieve pain.
  • The availability rate for inhaling CBD is in the moderate range–from 20 to 40 minutes up to 3 hours. [2] 

The cons of vaping or inhaling CBD include: 

  • Some e-juices can be harmful if you don’t know or trust the manufacturer.
  • Many people judge others harshly for engaging in a practice that they don’t understand.
  • You can become dehydrated when you vape too much.
  • Dizziness is also an occasional side effect of vaping.
  • Vaping can irritate the lungs.
  • The battery in your vaporizer could cause problems or even blow up if it’s not well maintained.
  • It’s important to monitor your intake of CBD when vaping or dabbing to prevent ingesting too much.
  • Some people develop allergies to substances in the oil such as coconut oil, spearmint and herbs.

4. Taking CBD Under the Tongue

Taking CBD under the tongue, or sublingually, benefits people who are sensitive to taste. The CBD acts quickly because it’s absorbed directly through the capillaries. This ingestion method bypasses the digestive system and delivers the beneficial effects rapidly. You can take the CBD in multiple forms: oil tinctures, drops and 

The pros of sublingual ingestion of CBD include: 

  • Fast absorption ensures quick relief.
  • You can choose from oil concentrates and hemp oil tinctures, which are milder.
  • Sublingual absorption can deliver results in as few as 60 seconds.
  • Sublingual ingestion is easy to manage anywhere.
  • Taking CBD under the tongue bypasses the digestive system and liver.

The cons of sublingual ingestion of CBD include: 

  • You could take more than you need if you don’t pace yourself.
  • You might be allergic to other ingredients in tinctures or concentrated oils.
  • Consumable CBD oils aren’t meant to be vaped.
  • The duration of sublingual therapy is reduced because of the faster effects.

5. Using CBD Patches

CBD patches can provide the longest relief from symptoms of any CBD delivery method. Some patches last a full day or night while others commonly last 4 to 6 hours. Patches can use two methods of transdermal treatment 

The pros of CBD patches include: 

  • CBD patches can provide continuous therapy over a long period of time.
  • The CBD reaches the skin for a direct effect and also reaches the bloodstream in small quantities for a general effect.
  • This double treatment can relieve the symptoms of chronic pain better than other methods..
  • There are fewer side effects in patches than any other method of CBD ingestions.

The cons of CBD patches include: 

  • A slow initial absorption rate makes patches a poor choice for immediate pain and inflammation relief.
  • Choosing the right company is difficult because there are no regulations governing the manufacturing process.
  • Dosage, consistency and purity are not monitored.
  • Patches can fall off when you have oily or sweaty skin–often without being noticed.
  • If you take certain medications for high blood pressure or heart conditions, CBD patches could render them ineffective.

6. CBD in Beverages

Many people mix CBD isolate power or consumable CBD oils directly into their beverages, smoothies and shakes for a pick-me-up. You can mix your own or buy a beverage that already has CBD. One company company reportsthat Expo West featured many new CBD-laced beverages including coffees, teas, craft brews, smoothies and others. [3] 

Beverages can get absorbed a little faster than other orally ingested foods. Some of the beverage enters the blood through the gums and mucous membranes. Most beverages, however, share the characteristics of direct oral ingestion. 

The pros of taking CBD in beverages include: 

  • Beverages are easy to drink in most places, and additives are easy to apply.
  • You can consume your favorite beverage laced with CBD at home or in public.
  • Home ingestion widens the range of beverage options to include smoothies and shakes.
  • A beverage at night can promote better sleep.
  • The effects of CBD beverages last longer than some ingestion methods.
  • Drinks with caffeine and energy drinks can increase the CBD effect.
  • CBD-infused water is a great option for hydration and health.
  • Bottled CBD beverages offer expanded options.

The cons of taking CBD in beverages include: 

  • Any kind of drink can result in eating less nutritional meals.
  • Beverage absorption rates are slow because of beverages must pass through the digestive system and liver.
  • It’s better to get calories from food and hydration from water.
  • Knowing how much CBD to add is difficult.

7. Taking CBD in Pill or Capsule Form

CBD Gel Capsules.

It’s easy to take CBD in pill or capsule form–no fuss. Many people prefer the simplicity of swallowing a pill in the recommended dosage for their needs. [4] However, capsules have a slow absorption rate, and a relatively high percentage of the product doesn’t reach the bloodstream. You might need to increase your dosage to get the same effect of other methods of ingestion. 

The pros of CBD pills and capsules include: 

  • Pills and capsules are easy to take and transport.
  • Time-release capsules can provide a long-lasting effect.
  • Pills can provide long-lasting therapeutic benefits.
  • Pills and capsules share the benefits of oral ingestion.

The cons of CBD pills and capsules include: 

  • Much of the product doesn’t reach the bloodstream because of digestive and liver screening.
  • The absorption rate takes a long time–one of the longest of any ingestion method.
  • Some people don’t like taking pills of any kind.
  • Pills and capsules share the drawbacks of oral ingestion.

8. Cleansing with CBD Shampoos and Soaps

Bath bombs form a fizzy wonderland in your bath tub.
Bath bombs form a fizzy wonderland in your bath tub.

There are many shampoos, soaps and bath additives that can create a soothing and therapeutic bath experience. Popular with women, CBD soaps, shampoos and bath products offer a simple way to absorb CBD. At CBGenius, we offer a line of Bath Bombs and products for anyone who enjoys baths and soaks. 

The pros of CBD shampoos, soaps and bath products include: 

  • CBD therapy is easy to incorporate into your bathing schedule.
  • Other ingredients moisturize your skin and deliver aromatherapy benefits.
  • The effects are mild and suitable for new CBD users who worry about strong CBD effects.
  • You can enjoy stronger therapeutic benefits by soaking your tired muscles and joints while you absorb CBD.
  • After bathing, you can apply CBD creams or lotions for painful or inflamed areas.

The cons of shampoos, soaps and bath products include: 

  • The rate of absorption is heavily diluted in bath water.
  • The skin already creates a barrier to absorption.
  • The process can only be performed in your own home.
  • Busy households might make it impossible to take very many luxurious baths.

9. Consuming CBD Prepackaged Edibles

CBD prepackaged edibles rank among the easiest and most discreet ways to ingest CBD in public or at work. There is an incredible variety of choices to suit any taste. The products include snacks in different flavors and formulations. Typical edibles include sweet and sour gummies, chocolates, candies, cake pops, trail mix, organic teas, infused beef jerky and many others. 

The pros of CBD prepackaged edibles include: 

  • There is a great variety of edible products from which to choose.
  • Edibles are a discreet way to consume CBD.
  • The products look like ordinary snacks and are easy to transport and store.
  • The effects can last longer than other methods of ingestion.
  • Many people enjoy consuming CBD edibles before bed to relax or combat insomnia.
  • There is generally no throat irritation.
  • The method is safer than inhalation, which could generate lung irritation in some people.

The cons of CBD prepackaged edibles include: 

  • The slow rate of absorption and bioavailability could make it hard to confirm the right dosage in edibles.
  • Some people might be sensitive to the ingredients including CBD, preservatives and sugar.
  • Worries about purity, dosage, pesticides and unwanted ingredients are a big concern for many people.
  • It takes a long time to feel the effects.
  • It’s possible to confuse non-psychoactive CBD edibles with marijuana edibles that deliver a psychoactive punch.
  • The quality of ingredients might be questionable from some suppliers.

10. Mixing CBD Isolate Powder for Multiple Ingestion Methods

CBD Isolate

You can create your own supplements and add CBD to your favorite foods or topical creams. CBD isolate is a product that fosters creativity and versatility. Made from a reduction of hemp oil, the process produces crystals. When these crystals are ground into powder, they become isolate powder, an ideal additive of 99 percent purity. 

The pros of using CBD isolate powder in custom ways include: 

  • Create your own CBD-laced lotions, foods, snacks and beverages.
  • No taste or odor will result from adding CBD isolate powder.
  • You can craft a fancy cocktail, mix a CBD smoothie or sprinkle the powder on coffee, chocolate milk and other beverages.
  • You can mix your own supplements.
  • Add CBD isolate powder to your favorite creams and lotions.

The cons of using CBD isolate powder in custom ways include: 

  • The dosage is uncertain until you test it, so add CBD sparingly..
  • The effects are governed by your ingestion method–whether you mix up a topical product, food or beverage.
  • There are risks of mixing certain foods and beverages with CBD because some foods retard the effect.
  • Other risks and downsides apply based on your method of ingestion.

Final Thoughts

About 13 percent of American consumers admit that they’ve used a CBD product. 90 percent of those users attest that the product eased their symptoms. [5] If you want to explore our website or browse our products at CBGenius, click here. You can also read more about the hottest trends in supplements and better understand your options for taking CBD. 

At CBGenius, we support CBD therapy over medical marijuana. CBD products are not medical marijuana, and they’re legal in every state. You can find out more about CBGenius by clicking on the link. We feel you shouldn’t have to worry about processes, formulations and the skills of your manufacturer. That’s why we hire biochemists, doctors and clinical researchers to develop and test all our products. 

Our founder, Dr. Kevin Marchitto, has published scholarly articles in more than 100 scientific publications. Dr. Marchitto is an accomplished scientist, entrepreneur and executive leader. Our company was founded as a clearinghouse for education and information about CBD.