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Choosing CBD Products and Dosage

With a dizzying array of various CBD products and ingestion methods, we thought it would be a good idea to provide a run-down of various CBD products, doses, administration methods, and their various uses.

This information is especially useful because everyone’s body is a little bit different. We all have endo-cannabinoid systems that respond differently to the different types of cannabinoids, and the different methods of ingestion. It’s best to educate yourself on your options, and then choose the CBD product that’s right for you.

Two Different Types of CBD Oil Products

In the CBD world, you’ll hear various terms being thrown around, like “Full Spectrum” and “Isolate”. This just refers to how the CBD is processed, and whether the CBD itself is isolated or comes with other cannabinoids. Here’s the run-down:

Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full spectrum CBD Products are minimally refined, leaving most of the cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant intact. “Full spectrum” simply refers to the “entire plant”. The CBD comes with all the other molecules from the plant, which contains hundreds of different cannabinoids.

Some studies suggest that full spectrum CBD products offer a potentially wider health reach, but more research must be done on this subject. Most notably, full spectrum CBD may be more effective in treating inflammatory conditions.

Some Notable Cannabinoids

So, if you choose a full spectrum CBD product, what exactly are these other cannabinoids you’ll be getting? Since all these cannabinoids come from the same plant, many of them carry the same benefits. Not surprisingly, CBD is the cannabinoid that packs the most punch, but some other cannabinoids have compelling health benefits as well.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Straight-up CBD offers the most benefits of any other cannabinoid compound (which is why it’s the focus of all those studies!)  

CBD is an antibacterial, neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant that may relieve pain, slow the growth of cancer cells, promote bone growth, reduce seizures and convulsions, reduce nausea and vomiting, and relieve anxiety.  

Cannabinol (CBN)

CBN is being researched because of its promising benefits for improving the quality and length of sleep.Research shows it can prolong sleep time and can help with insomnia.

CBN shares many other therapeutic benefits with CBD, such as being a powerful antibiotic, and may be effective in treating Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics. It’s an anti-inflammatory that may help to fight cancer and reduce convulsions in patients with epilepsy. And like CBD, CBN is very safe and has no significant side effects.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

CBC has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for pain relief and brain health. CBC is being researched for its potential to alleviate symptoms of acne and other skin conditions.

These are just a few cannabinoids that can be found in Full Spectrum products. As they are from the hemp plant, they all have various therapeutic properties that can help with multiple medical conditions.

CBD Isolate

On the other hand, CBD Isolate is straight-up CBD, with 99 percent or more of the product being pure CBD. “Isolate” refers to the fact that these products have isolated the CBD molecule from all other active cannabinoids and terpenes. This allows users to easily get a large amount of CBD and to have more control over their dosage.

Some people prefer CBD isolate purely because it lacks the “hempy” taste of some full spectrum oils.


Methods of Ingestion

Just like other medications, there are various ways to take a dose of CBD. Each method varies in their effectiveness, so it helps to know which method of ingestion works best for your needs.

Oral Ingestion

Through the teeth and over the gums! With oral ingestion, CBD is metabolized through the digestive system and metabolized by the liver before it goes into the blood stream. This means it takes longer for the CBD to take effect in the body, about 30 – 90 minutes. Benefits from oral ingestion last about 7 hours, and can be taken with capsules, edibles, and beverages.


This is perhaps the most popular way to take CBD, as it’s fast-acting, taking only 20 – 40 minutes to take effect. Lasting up to 6 hours, sub-lingual ingestion allows the CBD to reach the bloodstream faster. To take CBD sub-lingually, you place a drop of CBD oil under your tongue and hold it there for 90 seconds. This way, the mucus membranes in the mouth can absorb the oil’s active ingredients.


Topical application works best if you’re looking to relieve pain in a particular area, or to address skin conditions. Topical application takes about 60 – 90 minutes to take effect, and lasts up to 6 hours. Simply apply the CBD product to the skin so the CBD can interact with skin cells without entering the blood stream.


When you inhale CBD vapor, the CBD enters your blood stream immediately through the lungs. This takes only 2 – 5 minutes to take effect, and lasts up to 3 hours. This is the fastest-acting ingestion method, as it enters the body’s circulation almost immediately.

Should People Take CBD with Food or on an Empty Stomach?

Food affects any drug’s bioavailability – the degree at which a medication is absorbed into your system to reach effectiveness. Taking CBD orally can diminish the bioavailability of CBD, since it has to metabolize through the digestive system and the liver before it gets a chance to absorb in the blood stream. This problem can be solved by pairing CBD with long-chain triglycerides and healthy fats, like those found in fish, meats, avocados, and eggs.

Water Soluble CBD Versus Liposome

Researchers have found new ways to improve the effectiveness and bioavailability of CBD. Products that say “Water Soluble” or “Liposome” are referring to the product’s ability to take effect in your body.

Water Soluble

Water Soluble CBD is – you guessed it – CBD that can dissolve in water. The active compound of CBD is joined with a curcumin molecule to create a new compound that dissolves in water. This way, your body can more easily absorb the CBD, causing greater effectiveness in a dose.


Liposome CBD products uses liposomes – tiny protective bubbles - as “carriers” for the CBD molecule to absorb more effectively in the body. Liposomes safely transport CBD through the digestive tract so it can be released in higher quantities in the blood stream. This improves its bioavailability, and is still effective and safe.

The Only Way to Know Is to Try.

With CBD Health Pack, you can try a curated selection of high-quality, vetted products in sample sizes. Try our test kits today, which come with an easy-to-use framework that puts you in charge and helps you better understand what dose and which type of CBD product works best for you.