Lotions, Lozenges, & More: Your Guide On How to Use CBD Oil - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Lotions, Lozenges, & More: Your Guide On How to Use CBD Oil


A recent survey revealed that 40% of U.S. adults are interested in trying CBD oil.

Have you noticed the craze surrounding this elixir? There’s a reason for the heightened interest: It works.

Researchers have touted the health benefits of cannabidiol for years, noting that it can be used to help treat a host of conditions, from childhood seizures to insomnia and anxiety.

If you’re a first-timer, you may have a ton of questions surrounding how to use CBD oil in your everyday life.

Can you cook it? Should you smoke it? Are oil-infused lotions and tinctures effective?

With so many options at your fingertips, it’s natural to be a little confused. It’s also important that you choose the route that works best for you, so knowledge is key.

Today, we’re sharing a beginner’s guide on using CBD oil to get you started. Ready to learn more? Let’s go!

How to Use CBD Oil: Four Ways

There are four main ways you can use CBD oil. They include:

  • Topical application
  • Orally
  • As an inhalant
  • Sublingually (under your tongue)

Next, let’s review each in greater detail. We’ll also discuss the various forms CBD comes in, from straight oil to capsules and creams.

1. Topical Application

A lotion that can lure you to sleep and quell your nerves? It might sound too good to be true, but when yours is infused with CBD oil, it’s possible.

Are you new to CBD or opposed to taking it by mouth? If so, a lotion, topical tincture, or cream is a great way to get your feet wet.

These ointments are ideal for treating muscle aches and joint pains. Rub them on the affected area and notice the soothing difference. You can also find shampoos and soaps with CBD oil in them for a whole-body experience.

One tip: If you’re using a cream or lotion, be sure to let it sink in all the way before cleansing. This way, your skin’s receptors can soak up all its benefits!

2. Orally

There are many ways you can ingest CBD oil orally and all of them are easy to learn.

Beginners often find that taking a capsule or pill is the quickest way to feel the effects. You’ll take these as you do an over-the-counter pill and you won’t have to worry about taste. What’s more, these come in premeasured dosages, so it’s easy to monitor your appropriate intake.

You can also take a dose of the straight oil, though it can be even more fun to incorporate it into your favorite foods. From desserts to smoothies, you can find a slew of recipes that include CBD oil as a star ingredient. There are even CBD-spiked cocktails!

The one caveat with taking it this way? You’ll have to wait until your digestive tract absorbs it before you feel the effects. If you’re looking for faster relief, inhaling it does the trick.

3. As an Inhalant

If you’re experienced with vaporizers, you may find that a CBD vape pen is your preferred way to enjoy the oil. However, if you’re new to the oil and the process of vaping, it’s best to stick to a different method until you learn the ropes.

This is because it can be tricky to get the tools right. You’ll need to make sure that the vaporizer you choose is built to be used with CBD oil. Many are designed for oils of a different consistency.

Got the right vape pen in hand? Now, you can buy CBD oil as an e-juice. Insert the cartridge into the vaporizer and you’re ready to start.

When you want to feel the effects almost immediately, inhaling is the way to go, as a higher concentration of the oil will enter your bloodstream. While this is great at the onset, the effects will not be as long-lasting.

4. Sublingually

While it takes longer to feel the effects of CBD oil when you take it orally, you can get there quicker by placing a few drops under your tongue. This is known as taking the oil sublingually.

This method bypasses your digestive system and allows the oil to enter your bloodstream instead as your saliva dissolves it.

With this route, you can expect the CBD to kick in within a few minutes and last a few hours.

The best part? You aren’t limited to drops. You can also use tinctures or pastes under your tongue, as well as sprays. There are even CBD lozenges that you hold between your cheek and gums for the same effect.

Regardless of the type you use, the method for ingesting CBD oil sublingually is the same. Once it’s under your tongue, you’ll hold it there for 90 seconds without swallowing.

If you invest in a tincture, you’ll have the added benefit of a dropper. This means you can mix the oil into your food if you find that it’s too intense or distasteful.

Find a CBD Oil Method That Works For You

While it can be difficult to discern how to use CBD oil at first, the fun part is finding the method that works for you! With so many options, you can experiment with a few different ways until you find the type you prefer.

If you’re taking any medications, be sure to talk with your doctor first to understand how to integrate the oil into your existing regimen.

When you’re ready to explore the fascinating world of CBD, we’d love to help!

We offer a range of CBD oil products, from creams and tinctures to edibles and even pet products! Feel free to browse our inventory and contact us for more information on how to take this step forward for your health.

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