How to Take CBD: A Brief Guide to the Various Ways of Using CBD

CBD is a component of the Cannabis plant that has become popular for its health and wellness benefits, ranging from lessening anxiety symptoms and aiding in treating inflammation and oxidative stress to working as a non-habit forming pain reliever and sleep aid. More than likely hearing of these benefits, or benefits like them, is what piqued your interest in CBD in the first place. When first trying CBD, however, it is easy to become quickly overwhelmed with your amount of choices and trying to figure out which one is the right one for you. Below, we'll look at the three most common forms, the four major ways of taking CBD, and their own individual benefits. 

The Three Forms of CBD

Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate are the three most common types of CBD available on the market today. Understanding the makeup of these different forms of CBD, and what they have to offer to you, is an important aspect of knowing how to pick the right option for you. 

  1. Full Spectrum- Full Spectrum CBD offers various other cannabinoids, or chemical components of the Cannabis plant, that work in conjunction with the effects of CBD, as well as levels of up to 0.3% THC. 
  2. Broad Spectrum- Broad Spectrum CBD, while offering these same cannabinoids, lacks the THC content of Full Spectrum.
  3. Isolate- CBD isolate is also known as 'pure CBD,' and only contains Cannabidiol and no other cannabinoids. 


CBD oils and tinctures is a liquid form that can be taken sublingually, or under the tongue, using a dropper. One of the benefits of taking CBD sublingually is the speed at which the CBD begins to take effect, within twenty to forty minutes, due to not having to pass through the digestive tract as it would if eaten. In addition, sublingual use is possibly the easiest method of administration, as you simply drop the liquid under your tongue and go. For those just beginning CBD it is recommended that you work your way up in dosage. You may want to begin as low as one milligram, working your way up to two, as time goes on. 

Peak blood stream levels for sublingual can be anywhere between a half hour and five hours. This method works best to treat conditions that require immediate pain relief such as headaches, back pain, motion sickness, and nausea. Additionally, sublingual CBD works well to treat symptoms of more cognitive conditions such as anxiety, stress, and insomnia, due to its quick reaction time.

If interested in the sublingual method, check out Sunny Grove CBD's Full Spectrum 1000MG CBD oil, in Peppermint Lavender flavor, for lab tested, high quality CBD. 


The most popular method, orally ingesting CBD, is the slowest of the four to take effect, but has the longest lasting effects of any method. After ingesting CBD, your digestive tract absorbs the it and distributes it throughout your body with peak bloodstream levels ranging anywhere from one to six hours. However, due to the intricacies of this process, it may take up to two hours for CBD edibles to reach their full effect on the body. As with sublingual use, when just beginning CBD edibles, work your way up to higher doses as your body becomes accustomed to CBD effects. 

One of the major benefits of this method is its long-lasting effects, which makes it an excellent means of treating chronic pain conditions such as Crohn's disease and ColitisFibromyalgia, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ingesting CBD is also one of the easiest and most discreet methods of Cannabidiol absorption with the ability to infuse a variety of edibles, like coffee, smoothies, or baked goods, with CBD oil, in addition to pre-made edibles that pack their own CBD ingredient.

Sunny Grove CBD's 300MG Orange Blossom CBD Honey is an excellent and delicious way to get your CBD intake and can be eaten on its own or used in tea or on toast. 


Using CBD on the skin, in the form of rubs, salves, and lotions, is another method by which the body can absorb these benefits. CBD topicals interact with cells located under the skin and never enter the bloodstream. When using the topical method, effects may take up to an hour to be felt but can last as long as five hours. The major benefits of topical application are its ability to focus on specific areas, allowing it to help skin conditions, reduce inflammation and pain, and assist in healing cuts, wounds, and scars. Due to the permeability of the skin being so low, it is suggested when using CBD topically that a large amount be used in a concentrated area.  

Sunny Grove CBD's 1000 MG Full Spectrum CBD Salve is a great option if you're looking for a topical that works to ease sore muscles and achy joints.


Vaping or smoking CBD, by way of burning CBD flower, or vaping CBD oil, is another viable option for CBD absorption. The major benefit of inhaling is the speed at which the effects begin to work on the body, within ten minutes of use, however it is also the method with the shortest time of effectiveness. This makes the inhalation method a form of CBD use for treating aches and pains, as well as symptoms of cognitive conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and stress, that can arise throughout the day. 

Deciding Which Method is Best for You 

Now that you have a better idea of how long it takes each delivery method to work, the benefits of each method, and the best administration advice for each method you can begin to decide which method best suits your own individual needs. For easing of anxiety, perhaps sublingual drops? Or for focused inflammation pain, a topical salve? Regardless of how you choose to use your CBD, Sunny Grove CBD has multiple products to help you live a better daily life.



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