How to Use CBD Oil: A Guide for Beginners

Of the more than 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant, CBD, or cannabidiol, has proven to be the most helpful for millions of people. It provides many of the benefits that cannabis users expect, but without the high. Its many benefits make it worth asking how to use CBD oil most effectively.

What Is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol oil is made by extracting CBD from cannabis plant material. Once it has been extracted, it gets mixed with a carrier oil, which is often hemp seed oil. This allows us to ensure consistent potency from one batch to the next.

Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not give you the “high” effects that cannabis does. Instead, you get the benefits of CBD.

Other Forms of CBD

Although oil is one of the most common, it is hardly the only method of taking CBD. You can find edibles with a specific amount of CBD, pure extract in powder form that allows you to mix it into a shake, or even bath bombs!

What Should I Use CBD for?

CBD has become the go-to medicine for several common conditions. Although there are many purported benefits and suggested uses, two, in particular, stand out. Those are pain relief and combating anxiety.

Pain Relief

The medical board of Illinois moved to recommend cannabis, and in particular CBD, as a medicine for pain relief. This was in response to the opioid epidemic in America. Instead of powerful, addictive painkillers, CBD could be used as a natural pain reliever.

It appears to be most effective for chronic pain, such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Many studies show that patients taking CBD sleep better without as much pain and recover more quickly from their illnesses as a result.


One of the most touted benefits of CBD oil is to reduce anxiety. CBD has been proven to have a calming effect, reducing nervousness and anxiety. It has many advantages over pharmaceuticals.

Studies have been performed on patients with PTSD, depression, and general anxiety. All have found positive results. One of the biggest advantages of CBD oil over traditional pharmaceuticals is that it does not have the dangerous side effects that modern anti-depressants do.

Overall, CBD is an excellent choice for reducing social anxiety and uplifting your mood. Research has yet to determine if CBD is truly effective at combatting cancer and other serious illnesses, although the results are promising.

How to Use CBD Oil: Dosage

It is impossible for you to overdose on CBD oil to the point of having a serious medical issue, so you should not be worried about taking too much. However, you also don't want to waste your material.

FDA-approved CBD products often include a schedule that lets you get used to the effects of CBD. Start slow! Your first few days you may only want to use a small amount, gradually building this up as you get more comfortable.

Calculating Potency

Don't know how to use CBD Oil in liquid form? It typically comes in a small container with an eyedropper. A single drop contains about 0.05ml: but how much CBD is in that amount?

When you buy CBD, be sure to see how many milligrams (mg) of CBD there are in the container you purchase. Divide that by the number of milliliters in the entire container. Multiply that by 0.05 to see how many mg there are in each drop.

A Practical Example

Let's say that you want to take the recommended 20mg dose for an average-sized person to get moderate effects. You've bought a bottle of oil that contains 500mg of CBD in a 10ml bottle. Doing the math, that works out to 50mg/ml.

Multiply 50 by 0.05 and it comes out to 2.5mg per drop. 20mg divided by 2.5 equals 8, so you need 8 drops to get the desired effects.

Knowing the math will help you if you ever purchase a different size bottle or different strength blend of oil. If you always use the same product, then you can simply remember how many drops you need to feel a certain way. Now you know how to use CBD oil, regardless of where you get it!

What Is the Right Way to Take CBD Oil?

If you've figured out the ideal dosage, the next question is what to do with that oil. Fortunately, taking CBD in oil form is quite easy. The two main ways to take CBD are sublingually and orally.

Sublingual Absorption

Sublingual means under the tongue. The soft tissue under your tongue is a mucus membrane that can absorb nutrients and chemicals. This bypasses your liver's filtration systems and puts the material into your bloodstream quickly.

Sublingual absorption is faster than simply swallowing the CBD. The effects will come on sooner. However, if you don't particularly like the taste of CBD, then this method is not going to be your favorite.

Oral Administration

Oral administration is just a fancy way to say “eating it.” You can pop the drops into your mouth and swallow them right away to send them down the oral ingestion route. Potency may be slightly reduced as your body processes the material more slowly and it has to pass through several systems. A common technique is to blend the two methods: put a few drops under your tongue, and after a few minutes swallow it all down.


CBD oil cartridges and liquids for e-cigarettes do exist. Be aware, though, that not all oils are meant for vaping! Also, be sure that your oil comes from a reputable source. Many oil blends use common cooking oils or other plant oils.

E-cigarettes, on the other hand, typically use propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin as a vaping fluid. Putting other kinds of oil in your device can ruin components beyond repair and might be very bad for your lungs. However, you can vape CBD if you buy the right blend.

How Long Until the Effects Kick In?

If you go the sublingual route, you should start feeling effects in about 10 to 15 minutes. Oral administration depends on the contents of your stomach. A full stomach may slow down the absorption of the oil, making it take longer to “kick in.” This is why CBD edibles tend to be small snacks that you can eat in between meals.

When you vape CBD, you usually get the effects within 10 minutes or less. Do note, however, that a fast onset usually means a quicker comedown. The effects will last longer when they take longer to develop.

When Should I Take a Dose of CBD?

Most CBD products recommend taking them throughout the day in two or three doses. However, it ultimately depends on you!

A dose in the morning before work may be just the thing you need to motivate you on Monday. For others, the afternoon might be best. Still others are going to dose every few hours throughout the day.

Can I Drive or Work on CBD?

Unlike THC, which impairs your ability to drive and perform other complex tasks, CBD has no such side effects. Most state laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana only consider whole plant material or products containing THC.

Work can be a little trickier. You should check to see what your local state's laws are regarding employers and medical cannabis, since CBD falls into that category. Some states still allow an employer to test for marijuana use and discipline employees accordingly.

Be aware that many CBD products still contain tiny amounts of THC, which is what a drug test looks for. It's possible to trigger a positive test result only using CBD products. Pure CBD extracts should be safe, and you can always ask your provider if their products are completely THC-free.

Is CBD Legal?

Whether CBD is legal or not depends on several factors. The main one is how it has been made. As long as your purchase follows federal and state laws, you should have no problem at all.  

Federal Laws

CBD products are in a strange legal space. Unlike marijuana, which is illegal at the federal level, CBD has actually been legalized federally. The caveat is that it must be derived from hemp, not marijuana. Remedy Farms' CBD products are derived entirely from hemp to meet this exacting standard.

State Laws

State laws vary wildly.  There are some states that still do not allow medicinal marijuana products or CBD products. At the time of writing, these are Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Other states have different laws regarding how much CBD a product can contain and what kinds of products can have CBD. This may limit your shipping options when buying online.

Order Hemp-Based CBD Products Today

If you would like to try some of the finest hemp-based, 100% legal CBD oil available, visit Remedy Farms online store today. Our CBD products include isolate extract that you can add to any recipe, high-quality oils safe for skin application and ingestion, and exciting bath bombs to brighten up your day. Your purchase promotes sustainable, environmentally friendly, natural medicine and the hard-working farmers who make it all possible.