How to Take CBD Oil: CBD Drops

So you’ve heard all about cannabidiol, or more commonly known as CBD, and now you’re heavily thinking about trying it out. We get it! The food, drink, and wellness industries are buzzing with goodness about this organic and natural cannabinoid, which has been suggested to help with a wide array of health concerns including anxiety, pain relief, sore muscles, and others just to name a few. 

So what happens next? When it comes to the logistics of just how to take CBD oil, you’ve got a plethora of options! From CBD drops to topicals to capsules to edibles, you’ve got plenty to choose from! This is where we come in, tada! Below you’ll see our CBD Oil guide to help you navigate how to best to take CBD oil. 

How Do I Take CBD Oil?

While there are tons of ways to take CBD drops or CBD oil, it really comes down to strength or potency of the oil itself. With our 1000 mg CBD Oil Gold Series Tincture (a solid CBD oil to start with), you can put 4-5 drops under your tongue and hold it there for 30-60 seconds. You can even do this a couple of times a day! You can also add drops to your drinks or food, it’s really up to how you want to style it! 

8 Ways to Take Your CBD Oil at Home

1. CBD Oil 

Of course you knew we’d start with this one. A tincture, commonly known as a CBD Oil, is an oral method of taking CBD where you can drop drops of the oil directly under the tongue. This method will allow the CBD to get into your bloodstream quicker compared to eating CBD or taking a capsule (which would have to be completely digested to go into effect). 

So try dropping a dose of CBD oil under your tongue, holding it there for a minute to a minute and a half, and swallow. Reaping the benefits is to come!

2. CBD Capsule

CBD oil can also come in capsule or pill form, who would have thought! CBD Capsules can be an excellent option for people who want to maintain or establish a consistent amount of the CBD compound in their body. However, do note, when CBD is ingested it has to pass through the digestive tract, which means the absorption rate may take longer compared to taking a CBD oil. 

3. CBD in a  Shake or Smoothie

Some CBD oils may have a more earthy taste to it. It may not be the flavor for everyone, which is why so many people like to flavor their CBD with more delicious options and ingredients. Add half to a full teaspoon of CBD oil to your morning or post-workout shake to boost your day! You can reap the benefits of the CBD without tasting anything you may not want to as you would on its own.

4. CBD Coffee

Can you capture the energy of coffee without the jitters?! Oh you surely can!

There are increasing numbers of people who are reporting that they put CBD in their daily cups of jo. This may make the “up” of your coffee a little bit of a smoother “up”. Infuse CBD into your coffee with a CBD dropper, this will allow for you to use your favorite CBD with your favorite cup of coffee. Win win. 

5. CBD in Dressing

CBD and salad? Who would have thought? Try adding a little CBD oil into your daily cooking routine to get a wide array of potential health benefits without much effort at all. For delicious salad dressing, start with three to four tablespoons of olive oil then add one to two teaspoons of CBD oil, a little lemon juice, and add some salt and pepper. 

6. CBD in a Vape

You may be a little skeptical about this one, but vape pens are easy to use and can go nearly undetected due to them producing little to no smoke. The positive side of taking CBD via a vape pen is that when CBD is inhaled, it enters the lungs where it can enter the bloodstream more rapidly than an ingestible or capsule. Do note, the long-term effects of vaping are still largely being researched. 

7. CBD Topical 

Rub on, lotion, chapstick, topical, you name it, CBD is often blended with coconut oil or beeswax to make a CBD Topical. This can make it super easy to spread onto the skin and may even make the area of application smell great! When used topically, CBD can reach local areas, like sore muscles or joints.

8. CBD in Sweet Treats

The beauty of CBD is that it can easily be baked into just about anything. Hence, this is why you find everything from cookies to brownies to gummies and candies infused with CBD. Sweets are easy to munch on and take with you on the go, while baked goods may need to be kept in the fridge. Our CBD Gummies feature of variety of flavors in each bottle, including cherry, orange, and lemon with no artificial flavoring.  

How Much CBD Should I Take Each Day?

We always suggest starting the day with a few CBD oil drops, it may just be the start to your day you’ve been looking for. But you can top up throughout the day too, no problem. Everyone will have an amount or varying amount that works best for them, just play around with it and see what feels good. We recommend starting with 5 milligram doses, 1-3 times per day, increasing your dosage over the course of a few weeks at a pace that feels comfortable to you. 

Check out our CBD Dosage Calculator and Chart for detailed advice.

Should I Keep CBD Oil in the Fridge?

In short, no. However, it is best kept in a dark place like a pantry or cupboard so that it stays cool without getting too cold. We definitely do not recommend leaving in your in car though, especially in extreme temperatures. 

Should I Drink CBD Oil or Rub it Into My Skin?

This one is totally up to you! Whichever you prefer! As we briefly mentioned above, you can add CBD oil to a variety of different drinks or foods or rub it directly onto your skin as a topical balm or rub. 

Depending on what you’re aiming for, a CBD Topical that is applied to your skin tends to be better for sore joints or muscles, while CBD oil may be better for mental calmness. 

What Does CBD Oil Under the Tongue Do?

This is one of the many ways the body can absorb CBD oil – as we discussed above, your tongue is capillary-dense, meaning this oral method will allow the CBD to reach your bloodstream more quickly compared to eating a CBD edible or using a CBD topical. 

How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work on Joint Pain?

It depends on a variety of factors, such as 1) how strong the CBD oil is (the stronger the concentration, the faster you may feel its effects) as well as 2) how you are consuming it. For example, if you are taking CBD oil by placing a few drops under your tongue, it should take effect in around 30 minutes to 2 hours, while a CBD topical may take longer. 

How Often Should I Take CBD Oil?

This varies from person to person and, as a golden rule of thumb, we always recommend consulting with a doctor. As for products, we do recommend starting with one of our Pure CBD Oil  and taking three to five drops one to three times a day. After you begin to learn how this affects your body personally, you can better decide whether you should scale your dosage up or down.

Should I Take CBD Oil in the Morning or Evening?

Again, this is up to you and how you feel that CBD oil affects your body. People who find that CBD oil makes them feel energized, awake, and calm-minded may prefer to take it in the mornings (or afternoons when they need a bit of a boost), while those who find that CBD oil helps them unwind and relax may prefer to take it in the evenings. If you’re maybe part of the latter half, check out our CBD Oil Night Formula.

Can CBD Keep Me Awake at Night?

It is entirely possible, given that there are so many factors that may affect how you respond to CBD. So there may not be a clear answer here yet. While some people do feel that CBD oil makes them feel more alert, preliminary studies have shown that CBD oil is an effective way to approach aiding in insomnia.

Have we caught your attention? Now that you know how to take CBD oil, are you interested in trying it out for yourself? Check out our CBD Drops & Tinctures and start experimenting with your shakes, baked goods, and more!


Nanocraft Sciences
Content Writer | Professor | Researcher

Kirsten Thornhill was born and raised in a small farm town in Stanislaus County, California. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from CSU Stanislaus and her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. She is currently in pursuits of a PhD in Health Sciences: Human & Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Northern Utah, specializing in Cardiology and Human Performance. She is very passionate about human physiology and the metabolic and nutritional adaptations that occur during exercise in athletes. Kirsten enjoys educating and informing people about the importance of lifetime movement, plant-based eating, and health research and development. Her passion for natural, lifestyle medicine enables her to strive when promoting health and education.

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