CBD Application Methods

There are countless variables such as weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, product consistency which make a universal application method almost impossible. You might find it useful to record your experiences so you can accurately narrow in on what application method works and feels best to you.

Sublingual Drops / Sprays

Drops or tinctures should have a “suggested serving size” and the total milligrams of CBD listed on their packaging. From there, you can determine the amount of CBD you would ingest. Simply place the suggested serving amount of drops under your tongue using the dropper and hold the CBD oil in place for a minimum of 60 seconds.

The 60 second hold allows for absorption via the blood vessels underneath your tongue. Once 60 seconds has passed, swallow the CBD oil.

Pro: Tinctures are the second-quickest method to absorb CBD, after smoking/vaping. Typically taking about 15 to 30 minutes.

Cons: It also could be challenging with tinctures to determine how much CBD you’re getting, either from the bottle dropper or from each spray, especially if the bottle shows only total CBD content and doesn’t list the per-dose amount.

Fast delivery and smoke-free  |  Effects felt within 10-15 mins  |  Benefits could last 1-4 hours

Gummies and Edibles Alike

Gummies and edibles alike offer you the benefit of long-lasting effects. When you ingest these edibles, your liver absorbs the CBD molecules they contain, which creates an extended-release of CBD throughout your system over a longer period of time. Furthermore, popping a gummy is one of the easiest and most fun methods of getting your daily portion of CBD.

Pros: Gummies and edibles alike infused with CBD may have a longer shelf life if kept in a cool, dry location, so they don’t degrade, plus they’re easy to take along with you in a bag or purse.

Cons: Eating or drinking your CBD means it will enter the bloodstream through the digestive system, so it will take a while—60 minutes or longer—before you feel it.

Slow-release  |  Precise Serving  |  Odor-free  |  Effects felt within 1-2 hours  |  Benefits could last 6+ hours


Softgel Capsules

Designed to be taken orally, CBD capsules are small, inconspicuous, and tasteless pills containing a measured serving of CBD oil. In terms of ease of use and precision, there’s simply no better way of enjoying your daily CBD supplement than by taking one or two of these capsules. CBD capsules can be used anywhere and at any time.

The bottles are designed to fit into an average-sized bag or snugly in your pocket, meaning you can carry your supplement with you to work or when you’re traveling.

Slow-release  |  Precise Serving  |  Odor-free  |  Effects felt within 1-2 hours  |  Benefits could last 6+ hours

Topical Creams / Salves

The main advantage of CBD in a topical form is that it can be applied directly to whatever part of the body needs help. Topical CBD products bypass the digestive system and can immediately go to work where they’re needed.

Pro: Topicals aren’t absorbed into the entire body, as other forms can be. It is only absorbed in the area which it is applied. This could be considered safer to new users of CBD.

Cons: To be effective, these topical products need to have a lot of CBD — which can make them expensive.

Apply directly to skin  |  Effects felt within 5-20 mins  |  Benefits could last 4-6 hours


One method which CBD can be consumed is popular amongst smokers is vaporizer devices with CBD filled vape cartridges. The vape device heats up a small portion of concentrated CBD oil until it boils, allowing you to inhale the vapor and feel the effects quicker.

Pros: Inhaled CBD tends to enter the bloodstream faster than other forms—in as quickly as 30 seconds or less.

Cons: Controlling the serving size can be a challenge when using vape method. The serving size depends on how hard and long you inhale.

Fast delivery  |  Effects felt within 5-10 mins  |  Benefits could last 1-2 hours