You have finally got your hands on some excellent quality cannabidiol oil, more commonly known as CBD oil, which you have heard all of your friends and colleagues raving about and you can’t wait to get started. You open the fancy packaging box and take out the little bottle of tincture. Now what?
One of the main reasons that certain people aren’t taking CBD yet, or they aren’t getting the results they hoped for, is because there is still relatively little information on how it should be taken correctly. This refers not only to how much you should take but also how you take it. Do you drop it down your throat or onto the tip of your tongue? When should it be taken? If looking for pain relief should how much I take relate to it being normal pain or chronic pain? The questions are endless and as CBD has only just recently taken the spotlight in the mainstream media and the medicinal world, several potential customers are missing out on all of the benefits it can provide simply because they have no idea how they should be taking it.
In this guide, we will be looking at some of the most poignant FAQs when it comes to using CBD tinctures (or oil) to give you a deeper understanding into the world of CBD and how it can help you to effectively overcome the ailments and issues that you have been struggling with for a long time. We also want to provide you with the important must-know information, so you have to spend hours online trawling the Internet for the answers to your burning questions about how to get the most out of your recently purchased CBD tinctures.
Will CBD Tinctures Get Me High?
Unlike cannabis, a good quality CBD oil, as well as other CBD products like vaping CBD and CBD gummies, which have been lab tested for quality will not get you high, regardless of the potency. THC is the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant and CBD is one of the therapeutic elements found present in the plant. With the correct extraction method, the CBD found present in the tincture will eliminate all of the psychoactive effects of any THC that is present in the oil. In short, no. You will not get high from using commercial CBD tinctures.
What Is the Best Way to Take CBD Tinctures?
While the taste of CBD oil products can be off-putting to some, customer-focused brands are creating flavored products to counteract the earthy and somewhat unpleasant taste that the tincture can have. The most effective way to experience the therapeutic benefits of the CBD tincture is to drop the desired amount directly under your tongue and hold it there for a couple of minutes before swallowing.
How Often Should I Take the Tincture?
We are all unique individuals, which means that we all have different endocannabinoid systems. Some people prefer to take their drops in the morning and again in the evening, while others prefer to microdose throughout the day. As it stands, there is no firm advice with regards to how often you should be taking CBD and it is a matter of trial and error to see what works best for your individual needs. It is a good idea to investigate the strain of the tincture that you have purchased, as some strains of the hemp plant will be more suited to energizing you, while others are thought to have more of a sedative effect and are excellent for dealing with sleep and anxiety issues.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?
There is currently no conclusive decision on the exact dosage that should be taken for a particular condition. Again, it comes down to trial and error and finding the dose that works best for you. We recommend that you start low and slow with just a couple of sublingual drops daily and then increase gradually until you notice a positive improvement in your symptoms. However, it is important to understand two things when it comes to using CBD tinctures:
- It is not possible to overdose on a CBD tincture and experience harmful consequences (at the most you would have a bad headache and an upset stomach).
- Taking more drops does not necessarily mean that you will feel more benefits.
With regards to finding your perfect dosage, you might be surprised at how little it takes to experience the benefits. Taking more than necessary could end up being wasteful, so take the time you need to increase or decrease your dosage until you hit the sweet spot.
Should I Take CBD Tinctures with Food?
Whether you take your tincture on a full stomach or prior to eating is a matter of personal choice. It has been suggested that using CBD oil after eating optimizes bioavailability and enhances its effect in less time, but it all depends on how well your body metabolizes the tincture.
I Feel Much Better: Should I Stop Taking My CBD Tincture?
Like most natural supplements, a CBD tincture is not just a “quick fix” to an immediate problem. It works to improve symptoms by triggering your own body to make necessary internal changes and while many people experience instant relief within an hour after taking the oil, for best results we recommend incorporating the tincture into your daily routine to maintain optimal health.
How Long Does It Take to Work and How Long Do the Effects Last?
Some people report that they can feel a positive effect in as little as 15 minutes after taking the tincture sublingually, but there are a variety of different factors that will determine how long it will take to work and how long you will feel the effect for—it all depends on your personal metabolism. As a broad guideline, effects last between 4-12 hours.
Can I Safely Use CBD Tinctures Alongside Existing Medication?
CBD oil can be used perfectly safely alongside most medications, even aggressive treatments like chemotherapy. In fact, many chemotherapy patients take CBD oil as a supplement to ease their uncomfortable symptoms. If in doubt, you can check with your physician to obtain peace of mind.
Can I Use the Tincture Before Driving or Going to Work?
Yes, absolutely. CBD will not affect your cognitive ability in a negative way; therefore, you can use it wherever and whenever you like. Providing a tincture contains less than 0.3% THC, it is classified as hemp by the federal government and therefore entirely legal to use in most states. If you are subjected to drug tests at work, then you will need to ask your employer or physician how using the tincture could affect your results.
As time passes, many more questions are likely to arise with regards to the use of the CBD tincture and its specifics, as well as other CBD products, but we hope that the main questions that seem to be crossing everyone’s minds at the moment have been answered above.