Ways to Take CBD 

How to Use CBD Oil

What kind of CBD should I take?

How much CBD should I take? 

When should I take CBD?

What is the Endocannibinoid System?

Why should I use CBD? 

What is Dabbing?

CBD for Pets

DISCLAIMER: this page should not be construed as medical advice. This page was written because people are using CBD oil, and it's best to know a little about the product in order to get the most benefit from it. Talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns. 



  • Capsules or Pills
  • Edibles such as Gummies, Coffee, Creamer, Jellybeans and many other food products
  • Oral Oil Drops (Tinctures)
  • Oral Sprays
  • Topical Lotions, Creams and Balms
  • Vape Pens, Diffusers or other inhalation methods

CBD is being added to many other household products, but in my opinion it makes the products much more expensive without providing much (if any) benefit from the CBD. The best way to take CBD if you want real health benefit is with topical creams, or oral drops (aka Tincture.) The next paragraph tells you how to use the oil drops or topical creams.


  • SUBLINGUAL. Put a few drops of CBD tincture (oil drops) under your tongue and keep it there for 30 to 90 seconds so it can absorb directly into the bloodstream. This is the sublingual method and is possibly the best way to take CBD if you want maximum absorption.
    • The sublingual method is very easy but it's best to do it in front of a mirror
    • When you drop the oil under your tongue, be careful to keep the dropper clean: don't touch your mouth, teeth, lips and don't suck on the dropper. The human mouth has many germs, and there's no sense in putting those germs back in the bottle. You can wash the dropper off with hot water or wipe it with alcohol, if you do accidentally contaminate it. Make sure the dropper is dry before you put it back in the bottle.
    • I've watched videos demonstrating how to use CBD and many of them sucked on the dropper at the end, then put the dropper back in the bottle. No doctor or medical professional would ever recommend this! 
  • BELLYBUTTON. You can apply the CBD oil to your bellybutton and allow it to absorb there. This is almost as good as sublingual. Put a few drops in the bellybutton. Some of it is likely to run out, so rub the extra drips into your skin around the bellybutton. CBD absorbs very well through the skin.  
  • TOPICAL. Cannabidol absorbs very well through the skin, as a topical. Put a few drops of the oil tincture on your hands or affected area, and rub it in. 
    • In my experience, this method is very effective for joint pain or other aches and pains.
    • You can add CBD oil to your favorite lotion or cream. CBD is very popular and effective in massage oil, as well.
    • I first researched CBD lotion because my Mom gets very bad back spasms (due to a car accident) and CBD topical cream has given her more relief than anything else she's tried in the past.  


  • Personally I like to use topical creams for joint pain, muscles spasms, or other aches and pains. And, CBD is very effective on fire ant bites! I use the topical cream for many things. 
  • For problems that are more than skin-deep, it's better to take the oral CBD Oil Drops (tincture) as a sublingual (under the tongue), in order to get the most whole-body benefit. 
  • CBD pills or CBD candies do not absorb as well into the body: some of the CBD is lost during digestion. The gummies and candies are certainly appealing, and they are helpful: but perhaps not as helpful as oil tincture or topical cream
  • Full-Spectrum CBD means that you're getting all the cannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids found in Hemp.
    • The full-spectrum oil is green because of all the hemp goodies that are in it. 
    • When you select full-spectrum CBD you are getting all the beneficial compounds in the same ratios as Nature intended.  
    • Experts believe a full-spectrum CBD Oil provides what’s called an Entourage Effect. Simply, this effect occurs when all the components of the hemp plant work together (synergy) to enhance and activate each other, thus increasing and intensifying the health benefits. 
    • Full-spectrum CBD has only trace amounts of THC and cannot make you high. 
  • When you buy CBD Oil that is THC-free, it is not full-spectrum but it is still very beneficial.
    • Some people might be allergic to the full-spectrum CBD but can take CBD that is not full-spectrum.
    • Some states allow CBD but only if it's completely THC-free.
    • If you are subject to drug testing, the THC-free CBD might be ok to use but sometimes there's some risk even with that. 


  • Start slow, with only 2 or 3 of the CBD oil drops twice a day, for the first few days. (There is some science behind this: read about the endocannibinoid system in the next section.)
  • Gradually increase the amount of CBD you take daily (over a month's time), until you're taking an optimum amount twice a day. "Optimum" means you're getting results without taking more than you need. 
  • If you think you're too sleepy during the day, then back off a bit
  • It is possible to become tolerant of CBD (desensitization) and then CBD won't be as beneficial, so don't take more than you need to. 

The amount of CBD you take can be adjusted depending on your size and weight. It may also depend on what you're using CBD for. The chart below may help you. 

weight chart


Experts advise consistency for best results: take CBD twice a day, morning and evening. 

  • If you are taking prescription meds, it's always best to talk to your doctor about CBD first. 
  • If you are taking medications that are metabolized by the liver, some people take CBD an hour before or an hour after those other medications so the liver isn't trying to process everything at once. And of course you should talk to your doctor about CBD. 
  • CBD is a natural blood thinner so if you're on blood thinner meds this is another reason to talk to your doctor. 
  • If you're diabetic, you should always monitor your blood sugar anyway, but you may notice that CBD is helping to lower your blood sugar. Let your doctor know if you're using CBD. 


The human body has an endocannibinoid system that responds very well to cannabis products but it needs to be "awakened" first, in order to get the most benefit from CBD oil. This is why you should start out slow with CBD oil and gradually increase how much you're taking. 

This link explains the human endocannibinoid system

This next link explains the endocannibinoid system in scientific detail. In fact, I don't understand this page but I'm posting a link to it just to show you that the endocannibinoid system is serious science

And this link has more than 14,000 research articles about the endocannibinoid system:


I belong to Facebook groups where people share what CBD is doing for them.  I also looked for customer reviews online. The stories are amazing. It's the personal testimonies that have really convinced me, as well as my own experience. 

CBD is helping with many aches and pains that I figured I had to live with as part of old age - but I'm finding out I don't have to live with it. Makes me want to ask people, "WHY HAVEN'T YOU TRIED CBD YET?"  You won't know until you try! Once I tried CBD I couldn't believe how much good it was doing, far beyond the original purpose that I bought it for. 

  • I'm not allowed to list what CBD is doing for others (endless amazing stories!), but I can tell you what it's done for me. CBD is helping with joint pain and arthritis, carpal tunnel, muscle spasms, essential tremors and even fire ant bites!
  • I find more reasons to be grateful for CBD every day! In fact, I'm disgusted that our FDA has kept hemp products from us for the past 50 years, especially when hemp CBD is proven to be a safe product (according to the World Health Organization WHO Report on CBD.) 


The only thing I caution folks about: make sure you get a QUALITY brand because there are a lot of scams and substandard CBD products out there. 

IMO, the best way to use CBD is with the oral drops (tincture) or topical creams. Some people buy the gummies and then they're disappointed because they don't get results. If you're serious about using CBD for your health, I recommend the oil tincture or a topical cream (I use both.)

And I really don't see any benefit in adding CBD to a zillion household products such as cleaning supplies or soaps. Although some people have told me that CBD shampoo has been very helpful for their scalp problems. 


Dabbing is another phrase I've come across while researching CBD. Traditionally, Dab product is produced from marijuana for the purpose of getting a more intense high. But hemp CBD is also being manufactured in Dab form, so it's good to know what it is. CBD Dab is a concentrated form of CBD (oil or crystals) that is heated into a vapor and inhaled. The "dab" is heated and vaporized through various means, usually with a bong. This article from a substance abuse website explains what dabbing is:


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My ancient 19 year-old cat (Nosey) doesn't like ANYTHING that I sneak in his food, and he's a fussy eater - so even if he does eat some of the supplements I've tried to give him, he never gets enough to do any good. I wondered how I could give him CBD because I'm sure he would reject any additives in his food.

I can give CBD to Nosey with a dropper but cleaning the dropper after every dose is a pain.

I decided to try something different. I put a few drops of unflavored CBD on a plate and then use my finger to rub the oil on his upper lip (not on his nose or he might inhale it.) Nosey was offended the first few days that I did this, but now I think he enjoys it, if for no other reason than it's a bit of attention. Nosey licks off the CBD within a few minutes, and I think some of it also absorbs through his skin.  

It's nearly impossible to give this stubborn old guy any kind of health supplements or pills, but giving Nosey the oil this way is easy and he's OK with it. 

Cats have a very slow metabolism so I only give Nosey the CBD oil every 2-3 days. The CBD will help Nosey with old age pains, and it also helps him with constipation.