A Beginner's Guide to Taking CBD Oil

A Beginner's Guide to Taking CBD Oil

How To Take CBD Oil: A Beginner's Guide

Since the federal legalization of industrial hemp in 2018, the market has become flooded with cannabidiol (CBD) products. The sheer variety of delivery methods -- ranging from creams and lotions to tinctures and chews -- can leave you wondering just how to take CBD oil.

If you're a little confused or don't know where to start, we have your back! Read on for our beginner's guide to taking CBD oil. We'll tell you everything you need to know.

First Things First, How Does CBD Work?

Before we dive into the most common methods of taking CBD, it's first important to understand how CBD works.

The human body has an endocannabinoid system that translates signals from cannabinoids through thousands of tiny receptors in our brain, immune system, central nervous system, and more. This system is responsible for influencing many functions such as appetite, sleep, digestion, mood, hormones, memory, and more. It produces cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids (endo meaning inside the body).

When cannabinoids from plants (phytocannabinoids, phyto as in plant) enter your body, they interact with your endocannabinoid system receptors in the same way your internal cannabinoids do. These phytocannabinoids activate responses and provide a whole host of benefits, from soothing tension and stress relief to neuroprotective properties.

There Are Three Main Types of CBD Oil Extracts From the Hemp Plant

These include full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.

  • Full Spectrum CBD: Refers to all plant compounds being extracted into the oil — terpenes, beneficial plant compounds, and other cannabinoids like CBN and CBG, including up to 0.3% of THC.
  • Broad Spectrum CBD: Starts as full-spectrum CBD but undergoes an additional process to remove all trace amounts of THC. It still offers the "entourage effect" associated with full-spectrum CBD (which basically states the more plant parts, the better) without any chances of THC being ingested into the body.
  • CBD Isolate: Contains “pure” CBD only. This means it doesn't contain any other cannabinoids, terpenes, or other natural compounds found in the hemp plant, i.e., no entourage effect, i.e., CBD doesn’t get to work to its full potential without the help of its friends.

Research has shown that full-spectrum and broad-spectrum are superior for overall health and wellness than CBD isolate, providing a higher level of relief due to the whole plant profile and the entourage effect.

Broad-spectrum CBD hemp oil is a great choice for those who wish to use the full spectrum of beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, but can't have any traces of THC in their system, whether that be for legal purposes, passing a drug test, or just personal preference.

Here at Healist, we've chosen to use the highest quality, organic broad-spectrum hemp extract that doesn't only contain high levels of CBD (and absolutely 0.0% THC) but includes other naturally occurring cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDA, CBN, CBC, as well as beneficial compounds like amino acids, vitamins, minerals and terpenes that work in synergy with each other to power your body -- exactly as nature intended.*

What’s The Best Way To Take CBD?

As the popularity of CBD is rising, there are many different methods for taking CBD, such as tinctures, capsules, topicals, and edibles.

While there's no "best" way to take CBD oil, it will ultimately come down to your personal preference based on your individual goals, convenience, and lifestyle.

Here are the most common methods to take CBD oil:


CBD tinctures are one of the most commonly used methods of taking CBD oil, partly because it's super simple to use. All you have to do is apply a few drops under your tongue from the dropper, hold it in your mouth for 15 to 30 seconds, then swallow!

Studies have shown that this method can offer 13 to 19 percent bioavailability. Some sources claim up to 35 percent, but we'd like to see a little more research on that before we stick to that number for good.

Generally, you can feel the effects of CBD sublingual absorption in about 20 to 30 minutes.


CBD capsules are by far the easiest method for taking a preset, regular serving, along with your existing wellness stack. There's no dropper, no measuring, and no potential for messy spills. The simplicity makes capsules perfect for anyone trying CBD for the first time or who has been on CBD for a while and simply doesn’t want to count the drops of tinctures or deal with measuring the oil in the dropper.

If you do decide to go the capsule route, keep in mind that ingesting CBD this way may be less effective because it has to pass through your digestive tract, which reduces its concentration before sending it to the bloodstream. It may also take one to two hours after consumption to feel the effects as the CBD needs to go through your digestive system first -- so plan accordingly.

If you're taking CBD to help you get a good night's rest, consider taking the CBD capsule an hour or two before hitting the hay. If you're taking CBD to support your immune system, consider a capsule blended with other immune-healthy ingredients first thing in the morning with a glass of water before starting your day.

Gummies and Chews

If you're going to take CBD oil, why not get all of the benefits inside a tasty treat? CBD gummies and chews combine the ease and consistency of capsules with great flavor and a little fun.

This popular method is a really great option if tinctures or capsules seem too medicinal or regimented. What's more, they are easy to take on the go, and it’s a lot more motivating to stick to your wellness routine when it tastes this good!

Just like capsules, if you're eating your CBD, it'll have to pass through your digestive system and be metabolized before you start to feel its effects. Depending on your metabolism and the amount of food already in your stomach, it could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel CBD's effect. Patience is golden!

One of the greatest benefits of taking your CBD in the form of a tasty gummy or chew is that once the effects set in, they generally last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. You probably won't have to take more than a single dose daily, meaning you can take your CBD edible with your morning coffee and get ready to conquer the day.

Here at Healist, our on-the-go vegan chews blend broad-spectrum organic CBD with clinically backed active natural ingredients including ashwagandha, L-theanine, and a custom terpene blend to help you cope with signs of stress and unease.*

Simply start with one to three chews depending on your weight, and wait for about 30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more.

Lotions and Creams

Lotions and creams are rubbed directly on the skin. They are often designed to soothe discomfort and tension. Just take a glob of cream or lotion and rub it directly onto wherever you’re aching.

We love our Body Relief Lotion here at Healist -- it's fast-acting, effective, and soothes sore and tired muscle and joint discomfort, naturally.* Made with organically farmed CBD and other natural soothing ingredients like menthol, camphor, arnica, and a healing blend of moisturizing botanical oils, simply apply to the area of discomfort throughout the day and night as needed.*

Bottom Line

While there are many different ways to take CBD, there's really no one right or best way. It's important to try different methods and see what works for you.

Thinking about trying CBD oil? Be sure to purchase from an honest and reputable company like Healist that believes in total transparency.

On every one of our Healist products, you will find a QR code and batch code that will let you view all lab reports so you can see exactly what goes into each and every product. We choose to use CO2 extraction to provide the richest profile of cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, and flavonoids working in sync with your body, as nature intended.

Check out our inventory of organically farmed CBD and botanical blends today, and begin your holistic approach to health and wellness before tomorrow!


USDA Farm Bill | USDA

A Systematic Review on the Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Humans | NCBI

Synergistic effect of cannabinoids, or the "entourage effect” | EcoReactor