CBD oil is most commonly taken using the sublingual method, which means you place the oil under your tongue and allow your sublingual gland to absorb the CBD. This allows for the highest bioavailability — the amount of CBD that makes it to your bloodstream and ultimately delivers the relief you’re seeking.
We’ve encountered a number of people who claimed CBD didn’t work for them. When asked for more detail, we usually uncover that they were taking CBD incorrectly or inconsistently.
So we put together the infographic below to help you stay on track and realize the most benefits of CBD oil.
Below you’ll find the steps to properly take CBD oil, along with an infographic.
How To Take Full Spectrum CBD Oil
To take CBD oil using the sublingual method:
1) Fill the dropper provided with your bottle to the 1.0mL line. This is equivalent to one dose.
- In Homestead Alternatives 750mg and 1500mg CBD oil products, 1mL equals 25mg of CBD.
- In Homestead Alternatives Extra Strength 3000mg CBD oil, 1mL equals 50mg of CBD.
2) Using the dropper, place the oil under your tongue. Avoid touching the dropper directly to your mouth, as saliva may enter the dropper and your remaining CBD oil when placed back in the bottle. While unlikely, this could cause contamination of the bottle.
3) Hold the oil under your tongue for 45-60 seconds, or until full absorbed. The idea is to avoid swallowing the oil as much as possible, because CBD is not quite as effective if it has to travel through your digestive system.
Repeat this three step process 1-2 times daily at a consistent dosage.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
While there isn’t a universally-recommended dosage, our customers tend to start at 25mg per day and adjust from there until desired benefits are realized. Those with more severe ailments may find more relief with our Extra Strength CBD Oil, which starts at a daily dosage of 50mg.
Ultimately, it’s safe to experiment with varying doses for a few days at a time until you find what works best for you.
How Often Should I Take CBD Oil?
You should take CBD oil daily at a consistent dosage to realize the maximum benefits. Skipping days between doses will reduce the effectiveness. Some people report it can take a few days or even a week for the CBD to build up in their system and relief to set in.
Should I Take CBD Oil In The Morning or At Night?
Either is okay. It depends on why you’re using CBD and how you respond to it. For those taking CBD to help with sleep, taking it at night makes most sense. For those taking it to relieve pains throughout the day, taking it in the morning is most helpful.
Some of our customers split 50mg of CBD between two doses – one in the morning, one at night. Experiment and monitor the impact to find what works best for you.
How Do You Find A High Quality CBD Oil?
1) Research and Know The Company
The most important consideration is what company you’re purchasing from. There are many “fly by night” CBD companies pushing products that aren’t high quality or even labeled correctly.
Know that when you shop with Laura, you’re buying from someone you can trust. Laura has 35 years of experience in the natural foods and health and wellness spaces as the founder of Laura’s Lean Beef. Read more about Laura’s story.
2) Understand Where The Company Sources Their Hemp
Laura’s Homestead Alternatives CBD is extracted from USDA certified organic hemp grown by us here at Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm in Winchester, Kentucky. Certified organic means the hemp is grown in rich soil without use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.
You’ll find that many companies, even those who would be considered industry leaders, don’t know the farmers who grow their hemp. Even fewer companies are able to claim the USDA certification; those who do claim it often can’t provide the proof.
We make our USDA organic certification public for all to see. View it here.
We also know foods grown organically in rich soil have higher nutritional values. We expect the same is true with hemp — that hemp grown organically yields stronger cannabinoids, which help us feel better.
Do your homework, research how the company sources their hemp, and check that it’s USDA certified organic hemp.
3) Seek Companies That Are Vertically Integrated
The highest quality CBD products come from companies that are vertically integrated. Because we grow the hemp ourselves, we can guarantee the quality of the farming environment and methods.
We then work very closely with a local extractor. Because it’s local, our Quality Assurance team is able to make regular visits to meet with the Plant Managers and ensure our hemp is processed with the customer always in mind.
Finally, we work with local third-party labs to ensure our CBD products are true to the label and safe for consumption. We test for cannabinoid profile, microbials, heavy metals, and more, to make sure you receive the highest quality product possible.