The 4 primary ways to take CBD.

Although, the benefits of CBD have been known for decades, if not centuries, the healthcare industry is now in the process of conducting the proper clinical trials and research to confirm any of the potential health benefits of CBD.

There are 4 primary ways to take CBD.

  • Edibles and Gel Caps
  • Sublingual
  • Topical
  • And Smoke or Vape


Edibles and Gel Caps

CBD edibles come in a variety of forms including gummies, chocolates, powders or soft gels.

With all edibles and gel caps, the CBD is broken down in the liver and digestive tract. This process takes time and means that the CBD will potentially take up to two hours to go into effect.

With edibles, it is estimated that you will absorb 20 to 30 percent of the CBD in the edible or gel cap.


A faster method is to use sublingual CBD oils, tinctures, sprays or lozenges that are designed to be absorbed under your tongue.

When CBD is absorbed under your tongue rather than subjecting it to the digestive tract more of the CBD is preserved in your system. You’ll absorb an estimated 30 to 40% using this method.

Sublingual application of CBD also allows the CBD to take effect much faster than edible products.


CBD topicals are designed to be applied directly to the skin. You can find CBD-infused lotions, balms, creams, salves, and transdermal patches.
Topicals are a great choice when it comes to treating localized pain or skin conditions like eczema.

A 2015 study found that CBD gel applied to the skin greatly reduced joint swelling in rats— these are promising results for people with conditions like arthritis.

While studies on topicals haven’t provided measurements of CBD absorbed, we do know one thing: The permeability of your skin is pretty poor relative to sublingual tissue.
That means when using a topical product, you’ll want to choose one with a high amount of CBD and apply generously.

Using a topical CBD product that contains additional analgesics including menthol, camphor or capsaicin may provide additional benefits to CBD creams.

Smoking or Vaping

Hemp with high CBD concentrations can be smoked or used with all types of vaporizers. CBD is widely available in hemp flower or in vape cartridges.

When you vape or smoke CBD hemp the CBD to goes directly into your bloodstream, delivering potential results much faster. In 10 minutes or less, you’ll absorb 34 to 56 percent of the CBD.

Keep in mind smoking hemp can expose you to carcinogens. Vaping circumvents this somewhat by heating the hemp to just below the point of combustion.

If you do decide to vape with a CBD vape cartridge. Avoid cartridges made with thinning agents or carriers such as fractionated coconut oil (MCT), propylene glycol, or vegetable glycerin.
It is important to know exactly what you are vaping. There are potential dangers in vaping that have not been completely researched