How to Take CBD: A CBD Oil & Flower Guide for Beginners

By 2025, experts believe that the UK CBD market will be worth a whopping 1 billion pounds (at least). But with so many people choosing to add cannabidiol to their everyday lives, there are bound to be a few questions. Here we’ll cover everything you need to know on how to take CBD oil.

How to Take CBD

Some of the most common methods of getting your daily dose are by using oils and tinctures. Others prefer to smoke cannabidiol flower in vapes or joints. Alternatively, you could take edibles like gummies or capsules. Let's take a closer look at each method.

How to Take CBD Oil Drops

If you have been thinking about starting your journey, you may have noticed CBD oil or tinctures and wondered "how do you take CBD oil drops?"

Well, this is one of the most straightforward methods of taking Cannabidiol.


When it comes to oils and tinctures, you can take them sublingually which simply means placing a small amount underneath your tongue.

These oil bottles typically come with small droppers attached. These droppers can be used to precisely apply one or two drops underneath the tongue. All you have to do is hold the oil in your mouth for a minute or so, and then swallow.

This allows the mucous membranes in your mouth to absorb the CBD compound quickly.

In Foods and Beverages

Alternatively, you can add oils and tinctures to your food or drinks. Because CBD oil has an oily texture, it is common to use it in cooking, where you would usually use oils or fats. To do this, add the recommended amount to your food while you're cooking or drizzle over a salad as a dressing.

Cannabidiol tinctures don’t usually have an oily texture, meaning they are the perfect addition to coffees, teas, and smoothies. Again, add the recommended amount to your beverage of choice and stir it in.


Many CBD oils and tinctures are also suitable to use with vapes. To use CBD oil in a vape pen, you can add the oil or tincture into the tank, where you would usually add your vape juice. Then you can use your vape pen as you normally would. Simply press the button and inhale from the mouthpiece.

When choosing an oil or tincture for vaping, make sure that the particular product you're buying is suitable for use with vape pens. This is important for you to get the most out of the product and to avoid damaging your vaping equipment.

Read our similar blog on: Vaping vs. Smoking CBD

How to Take CBD Flower

As we mentioned before, one of the best things about CBD is the range of products available. If you prefer smoking or vaping, there are CBD products like Fortune Flavours CBD flowers, that you might enjoy.

CBD flower looks and smells a lot like cannabis flower, but they're completely non-psychoactive. Many people opt for smoking or vaping Cannabidiol as your body can absorb the Cannabidiol very quickly. Using this method means that the CBD goes straight to the bloodstream. There is also a higher bioavailability rate as your body can absorb the CBD more efficiently.


To smoke CBD flower, all you need to do is grind up the dry flower and roll it into a cigarette or blunt. Blunt wraps are often thicker and more rigid than rolling papers. They are mostly used when using only CBD flower as they tend to burn at a slower rate.

Rolling papers, on the other hand, are lightweight paper that can be used for rolling CBD flower joints or cigarettes. These papers burn faster than blunt wraps and are often used when mixing both CBD flower and tobacco.

Simply place the ground-up flower into the paper of your choice, place a filter at one end and roll the paper into a cylinder shape and seal it. Light the end and then smoke your blunt or cigarette as you would smoke a tobacco cigarette.

It is worth noting that smoking can expose you to potentially harmful chemicals and carcinogens.


Vaping CBD flower offers an alternative way to take CBD without exposing yourself to potentially harmful carcinogens. A dry herb vaporiser will heat the flower to just below the point of combustion and will allow you to inhale the CBD vapour.

When choosing a dry herb vape, you can choose an electronic one that will automatically heat the herb to the correct temperature, or you can opt for a mechanical vape. These particular vapes look a lot like stainless steel pens and you apply heat using a torch-like lighter.

Most dry herb vapes include a chamber for the dry flower, a cap, and a mouthpiece. To use a dry herb vape, you will need to grind the CBD flower and insert it into the chamber. Place the cap back onto the end of the pen and evenly apply heat. Mechanical vapes will click when they're ready to go, electronic ones will often alert you with lights or discreet beeps.

Read our similar blog on Benefits of Smoking & Vaping CBD

How to Take CBD Oil Edibles

CBD edibles are an easy, discreet way of taking CBD. The most popular forms of edibles include gummies, chocolate and capsules. Edibles are perfect if you dislike the earthy taste of CBD oil and would like a no-fuss way of taking Cannabidiol.

CBD gummies and chocolates are a fun, tasty way of adding CBD to your everyday routine. Simply pop the recommended amount into your mouth and chew, as you would with a normal gummy.

Alternatively, you can opt for CBD oil capsules. These capsules are taken just like other supplements like vitamins or cod liver oil capsules. Simply take the capsule in the mouth with some water and swallow it whole.

How to Take CBD Paste

CBD paste is a thick substance that is made by combining CBD extracts with waxes or solid oils, like coconut oil. CBD paste is a versatile product as you can either use it as a topical salve or you can eat it (if made using edible oils).

Typically, CBD paste comes in easy-to-use syringes where you can dispense the exact amount needed. This can either be rubbed into the skin directly, or taken sublingually.

Cannabidiol pastes and topical Cannabidiol lotions and balms should be applied directly to the affected area of the skin and gently massaged in. This will help the product absorb into the skin.

How Long Does It Take for CBD to Work?

When deciding how you’ll take CBD, you should ask "how long does CBD take to take effect?".

How long CBD takes to work depends on the method. Each method has slightly different results when it comes to time-frames, which means that you can choose a product that will have the desired release time for your individual needs.

How Long Does It Take CBD Oil to Work?

How long CBD oil takes to work majorly depends on how you have taken it. For example, taking an oil or tincture sublingually typically yields faster results. When taken sublingually, Cannabidiol is absorbed by the mucous membranes, underneath the tongue. This means that CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

By bypassing the digestive system, CBD is absorbed faster and more efficiently. Meaning that you can enjoy the effects of CBD quicker and you get more out of your CBD oil.

Ingesting CBD oil in your food is a little bit different. When you add CBD oil to your food, the CBD needs to go through your digestive system to be absorbed.

This is often a much slower process and isn’t as efficient as opting to take Cannabidiol sublingually. However, this method is preferable for people who want to experience a slower-release of Cannabidiol into their system, as generally speaking, it lasts a bit longer.

So, how long does CBD oil take to work? Vaping or smoking can yield effects in 15 minutes or so. In contrast, edibles could take up to an hour or two.

How Long Does CBD Salve Take to Work?

When it comes to topical creams and balms, you might be wondering how long does CBD salve take to work? The timeframe for CBD salves depends on a few things:

  • The target: cells, muscles, or nerves.
  • The product: salve, lotion, or transdermal lotion.
  • The person: your skin type and individual reaction to CBD.

Topical salves and lotions work in a different way to oils and tinctures - CBD doesn’t enter your bloodstream when using them. Cannabidiol is absorbed by the skin where it reaches local “targets” like cells, muscles, and nerves. Unless the salve is designed for transdermal activity, very little, if any, CBD will enter the bloodstream.

Due to the varying factors, it is difficult to give a conclusive answer when it comes to timeframes for salves. In this case, it is best to consult the product packaging or contact the manufacturer directly for more specific information.

Read more in detail here: How long does it take for CBD to work?

How Much CBD to Take a Day

When it comes to starting on your CBD journey, finding the right dosage for you might take some time. Everybody is different and CBD oil affects us all differently, so it’s difficult to give an exact answer.

How much Cannabidiol to take depends on a few factors like:

  • The desired effect.
  • Your metabolism.
  • The strength of the product.
  • How often you’re taking it.
  • How you’re taking CBD.

To find the right dosage for you, it’s best to start at a lower dosage and gradually increase this over time. Every product will have its own recommended dosage on the packaging and it’s best to follow the instructions given by the manufacturer.

Of course, if you’re unsure what’s best for you, you can always speak to your doctor for a dosage tailored to your specific needs.

How Much CBD to Take for Nausea

Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD can help to ease the feeling of nausea. Clinical studies have been ongoing to investigate this claim since 2016, but at this time more research is needed before medicinal use can be approved.

CBD effects everyone differently, so just because it works for a friend, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will 100% work for you too. However, taking CBD is unlikely to cause any harm, so you can absolutely try it for yourself.

It is difficult to recommend a specific dosage, as everyone is different, but it is recommended to take CBD as directed by the manufacturer of the specific product that you’re using.

Start with a lower dosage, to begin with. This will allow you to see if you have any adverse reactions to the product and it will allow you to get used to it. Gradually increase the dosage until you are happy with the effects.

Alternatively, you could speak to your doctor for more information specific to your needs.

How Much CBD to Take for Anxiety

Many people opt to include CBD in their everyday routines as they believe that it helps them reduce feelings of nervousness and tension. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that taking CBD regularly can help to support positive mood changes and aids in relaxation.

CBD products have become quite popular as a way to relieve stress and frustration but how much Cannabidiol to take will vary from person to person.

It depends on your individual situation and how your body reacts to the effects of Cannabidiol. It is always important to check the recommended dosage on the packaging of your CBD products and always consult a GP, if in doubt.

Read our similar blog onCBD For Anxiety

How Much CBD to Take for Asthma

Asthma is a medical condition often caused by inflammation and excess mucous production in the airways and lungs. There are varying degrees of severity when it comes to asthma, so how much CBD to take depends on your individual symptoms.

To date, there are no clinical studies to investigate the effects of CBD on asthmatic patients, but it is believed that that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that could potentially help treat the condition. This has yet to be investigated though.

As we said, taking Cannabidiol is unlikely to have any adverse effects, but if you are hoping to take CBD to treat a medical condition, you should always consult your doctor beforehand. CBD can make prescription medicines less effective and it is always safer to err on the side of caution.

How Much Cannabidiol to Take In a Day

How much CBD you take a day is absolutely up to you. There have been no known overdoses of CBD oil, and it has been observed that doses up to 1200 mg can be taken daily, for several months, without any adverse effects.

If you accidentally take more than the recommended amount, it is unlikely to cause you any harm. However, it is always recommended following the guidelines given by the manufacturer.

Generally speaking, it is recommended that you start with a low dose of 2.5 mg per kilo of body weight, twice daily. If you wish, you can then increase this to 5 mg/ kilo of body weight after a week or so. Gradually increasing your dosage makes it much easier to find the right dosage for you.

If you find that you are feeling sleepy or groggy, your dosage is probably too high. Try to decrease the amount taken, the strength or how often you’re taking it.

How Many Drops of CBD Oil to Take

When trying a new Cannabidiol product, it is always best to check the manufacturers' instructions. Generally speaking, it is recommended to take one or two drops at a time. This, of course, depends on the individual and the desired effect.

You may also be wondering how often to take CBD oil drops? Everybody is different and the effects differ from person to person but the generally recommended frequency is once or twice daily.

How Much CBD Gummies to Take

Cannabidiol-coated gummies are a fun, tasty way of enjoying the benefits associated with CBD. When it comes to gummies, they tend to have higher CBD content than oils and tinctures. For this reason, it is often recommended that you take them less often. Many brands recommend taking 1 to 2 gummies per day, but as always, you should always check the guidelines on the packaging.


Read more in detail here: How Much CBD Should I Take?

CBD Oil: Key Takeaways

There are a few recommended ways when it comes to how to take CBD oil, but there is a lot of wiggle-room. You can experiment and find out whether you prefer taking it sublingually or in your food. It affects everyone differently so there is no “right way” to take it.

We’ve tried to answer the most common questions when it comes to how much CBD to take, but if you’re unsure the general rule of thumb is to start with lower doses and work your way up.

Alternatively, you can also consult your GP. Consulting a medical professional before taking CBD is always advised if you are taking any prescription medication or you have any medical conditions.


If you liked reading this, be sure to check our other blog: The Ultimate Guide to CBD

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