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6 Different Ways to Use Your CBD Oil

Drops | Cooking | Drinking | Topical | Morning | Evening

By Plant Power Team
December 9, 2020 – 8 min read

CBD has a variety of consumption methods that boast different benefits for every individual. To find the most suitable method for you, you’ll have to consider two criteria – purpose and lifestyle.  Uses vary from products functioning as general well-being supplements to helping ease pains, insomnia, anxiety and other health related symposts. These 6 methods can help you optimize your CBD experience and effectiveness. 

Top CBD Consumption Methods

  1. Direct CBD Drops | Under The Tongue
  2. CBD with Food | Digesting
  3. CBD Coffee & Teas | Drinking
  4. Topical CBD | Through The Skin
  5. CBD in the Morning | Drinking, Topical
  6. CBD in the Evening | Food, Drinks, Topicals

1. Direct CBD Drops | Under The Tongue

Reported as one of the fastest and most effective methods to alleviate pain. It is great for people looking for a more instant form of relief, as it’s proven that consuming tinctures under the tongue is the fastest way to absorb CBD. 

  • Direct and fast-acting. For more details read this blog post. 
  • Can be effective in treating pain delivering immediate relief.
  • Can have a positive effect on the nervous system.

2. CBD with Food | Digesting

Cooking is a great way to prolong the effects. When we consume CBD with our food, it takes longer to break down in our digestive tract, and longer to enter our bloodstream. As a result, the entire activation process is slower but longer lasting in effect. CBD may take up to 2 hours to release when ingested with food. 

  • Slow releasing and long-lasting. 
  • Suitable for work or school days. 
  • Great for people who favor CBD supplementation to daily diet. 
  • Easy way to save money and prolong the shelf-life of your CBD.

3. CBD Coffee & Teas | Drinking

While drinking CBD has similar benefits to ingesting it in food, there are a few key differences. The main benefit lies in that it’s better for night time and travel. Eating a meal in proximity to sleep or travel can cause discomfort such as restlessness and nausea, respectively. Adding CBD to your drink helps avoid these symposts and facilitates a slower release over longer periods of time, which helps prolong its effect. 

CBD Coffee | Day Time: CBD coffee is great for highly-productive people who spend hours at work or school. Unlike the “jitter-inducing” effect that regular coffee may have, CBD coffee helps to create a sense of “blissful alertness” as it cancels out the negative side effects of caffeine, including accelerated heartbeats, anxiety, edginess and over-thinking.

CBD Tea | Sleep: Drinking chamomile tea with a few CBD drops will be a lot more effective with double the ingredients for better sleep. CBD tea is also great for nausea and anxiety—as tea is a naturally calming and soothing substance, with an array of health benefits. 


CBD Tea | Nausea: Peppermint and ginger teas combined with CBD prove to be the most effective for reducing vomiting and feelings of nausea. It’s commonly given to people who are undergoing chemotherapy to help alleviate some of the same symptoms.

  • Slow releasing and long-lasting. 
  • Suitable for before bed or travel. 
  • Can be effective in treating nausea and preventing vomiting. 
  • Can be effective in treating insomnia and anxiety. 

4. Topical CBD | Through The Skin

Topical CBD products are great for direct absorption to areas where you might have sore muscles, arthritis pain or inflammation. The CBD activates and soothes the cannabinoid receptors in the skin, helping cells restore and rejuvenate . It may take up to an hour to activate but can last up to 5 hours. 

  • Slow releasing and long-lasting. 
  • Can be effective for pain relief and inflammation. 
  • Can target specific areas. 
  • Can be mixed in with lotions for daily use 

5. CBD in the Morning | Day Time Treatment

This treatment is most useful for helping manage anxiety, mood swings, and levels of productivity throughout the day. The best way to take CBD for day time treatments is with your coffee, tea or food in the morning if you’re working, studying or doing physical exercise. In cases of pain management, it’s better to apply CBD topically to the affected area for optimal results. Be sure to take your CBD early in the day so that it is activated throughout it.

  • Slow releasing and long-lasting. 
  • Can be effective for pain relief and inflammation. 
  • Suitable for working and studying. 
  • Take early in the morning for longer effect

6. CBD in the Evening | Night-Time Treatment

Night time treatment is best suitable for people who suffer from insomnia, parasomnia (nightmare disorder), jet-lag or chronic pains. The CBD is released throughout the night to soothe your mind, body, and emotional state. Since chronic pain and overthinking are the two most common symptoms in cases of insomnia, CBD teas may act as a great solution as they help ease both. Overall, having a genuinely good night’s sleep, reaching a deeper REM state, allows you to wake up feeling better and more refreshed with higher levels of energy to tackle the next day.

  • Slow releasing and long-lasting. 
  • Can be effective for pain relief and inflammation. 
  • Helps soothe sleep restlessness.
  • Can be effective for jet-lag.
  • CBD tea is the most recommended solution for night time use.

Which method is right for you?

It may take some experimentation to find the best method for you. But, once you find a solution that works, it’s highly recommended to practice consistency, as it will produce the optimal overall experience and effectiveness. Another thing to consider is dosage, as every human body is different and requires different amounts of active ingredients. It’s considered best practice to begin with lower dosage and follow the administration instructions of your CBD products.