CBD Oil Dosing: The Best Way To Take CBD Oil

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One of the best things about CBD oil is its versatility and ability to be easily integrated into any daily routine. But with so many options available, it can be hard to understand the typical CBD dose or know which type of CBD oil dosing is right for your lifestyle. In this article, we’ll outline the best ways to take CBD oil, as well as the pros and cons of each administration method. Read on to learn what method of CBD oil dosing is right for you!

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Oral CBD Oil Dosing

Oral CBD oil dosing is just like it sounds—CBD oil or pure CBD oil products that you take orally! While products from varying brands will contain different CBD content and dosing instructions, to consume high-quality CBD oil or CBD-infused edible products, simply check the label for the correct dosage and ingest your preferred amount.

Patience is key with oral CBD consumption. Unlike topical or sublingual administration which is quickly absorbed by the skin or capillaries under your tongue, oral CBD must pass through the stomach before being absorbed through the walls of the digestive tract. This means that feeling the effects of oral CBD can take longer than other dosing methods.

Best Way to Take Oral CBD Oil: Add to your favorite beverage or food, or consume directly. Orally consumed CBD can take 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect.


  • Doesn’t need to be held under your tongue or in your mouth for a long time.
  • Comes in a wide variety of flavors like mint chocolate and pink lemonade.
  • Subtle to use in public.
  • It is gradually released in your system for long-lasting relief.


  • Some people don’t like the taste or texture of CBD oil, no matter the flavoring (this can, however, be solved with CBD chewables or edibles as well as adding CBD to food).
  • Takes more time to absorb than other methods.

Sublingual (Under the Tongue) or Buccal (Against the Cheeks) CBD Oil Dosing

Sometimes you need relief, fast, and waiting for your digestive system to do its job just isn’t an option. Outside of directly vaping CBD, sublingual or buccal CBD dosing offers a faster, more efficient way to dose.

Think of the area beneath your tongue as a shortcut to the bloodstream. The capillaries in your cheeks and under your tongue are extremely vascular, allowing CBD to be directly absorbed into the bloodstream without having to go through the digestive system. This makes it one of the best ways to take CBD oil.

During digestion, your stomach, intestines, and liver break down and metabolize what you ingest. This process has the potential to reduce a fraction of the CBD’s efficacy. For some people, this effect is negligible, but for others who want the strongest possible effect from their CBD quickly, sublingual application is preferred.

Similar to sublingual application, the buccal method of CBD oil dosing involves placing and holding CBD oil between the gums and inner lining of the cheek. When compared to sublingual application, however, this method is marginally less effective, though it does offer an alternative to those who can’t tolerate the sensation that comes with holding oil under their tongue.

Best Way to Take Sublingual/Buccal CBD Oil: Place your preferred dosage under your tongue. Hold for at least 90 seconds before swallowing.


  • Great for subtle, on-the-go use.
  • Fast-acting. Sublingual or buccal application takes effect faster than oral consumption.
  • Bypassing digestion means your CBD may have a stronger effect.


  • The texture of oil can be off-putting to some people.
  • Holding the oil in your mouth long enough to take effect may be uncomfortable.

A man applies a topical CBD oil dosing to his elbow.

Topical CBD Oil Dosing

Topical CBD products, like lotions and creams, are one of the most popular methods of administering CBD oil. It’s simple, soothing, and highly effective. Like sublingual or buccal dosing, topical CBD oil is more quickly and easily absorbed than oral CBD solutions. Our endocannabinoid system contains CB receptors that run throughout our entire body, including our skin! However, unlike sublingual or buccal CBD dosing which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, topical CBD is absorbed directly into our CB1 receptors where it can deliver immediate relief.

Best Way to Apply Topical CBD Oil: Rub CBD oil or CBD lotion directly onto the affected area until evenly covered and absorbed.


  • Easy to apply to isolated areas of discomfort.
  • Targets problem areas directly for isolated relief.
  • Absorbed quickly for a fast effect.


  • Problems with absorption can occur if you do not apply properly or wash off too soon after application.
  • Requires a greater quantity of CBD than oral or sublingual CBD oil dosing methods.

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The Best Way To Take CBD Oil Depends On The CBD

No matter how meticulously you research CBD oil dosing, it’s not going to have its maximum effect if it’s low quality.

Hemp-derived CBD is still fairly new on the holistic health scene and is largely unregulated by the FDA. That means you should be on your guard for subpar products floating around, such as ones who claim to have more CBD than is actually there or ones that use harsh chemical solvents to extract CBD from the hemp.

There are several factors you should take into account before purchasing and using any CBD oil:

  • Is it lab-tested? Never purchase a CBD product if you can’t find their CBD lab testing report. Thorough lab reports include a list of every chemical and compound present in your CBD. Most importantly, they check if harmful substances are present, such as pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals.
  • Is it full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate? Full-spectrum CBD oil retains a federally legal THC level below 0.3% and contains all the naturally beneficial terpenes, cannabinoids, and other parts of the hemp plant. Broad-spectrum CBD is similar, but it extracts all THC. CBD isolate, on the other hand, is nothing but CBD.

    At EndoCoast, we’ve listened to what science has to say on the matter, and believe that the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil offer the most natural and effective method of CBD oil dosing. Important compounds in full-spectrum CBD (like the terpenes and cannabinoids) work together in the body for a phenomenon called the “entourage effect,” giving you the most potent, natural relief possible.

  • Is it derived from non-GMO, pesticide-free hemp? Your CBD isn’t going to be high-quality if the plant it was derived from was not. Look for CBD extracted from organic, sustainable hemp. You’ll not only achieve the best efficacy this way, but you’ll also feel better about where you’re sourcing your product.
  • Is it too cheap to be true? You might see a cheap CBD product on the shelf of your local drugstore and think it’s a total steal. With CBD, too cheap is always too good to be true. If companies can afford to mass produce CBD products and sell them for a pittance, that means they’re loading their product with ineffective ingredients or their CBD content is too low to have decent efficacy.

At EndoCoast, we’re passionate about meeting these standards. Not only are our products safe, holistic, and effective, but they’re tasty and convenient, too! From CBD drink mixes to eucalyptus mint CBD lotion, we provide full-spectrum care that provides maximum efficacy with minimum effort. Browse our shop today or visit our Learning Center to learn more about CBD.