How to take CBD Oil: Dosage, Application & Options

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. One of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants that accounts for up to 40% of the plant's extract.

CBD Oil is also known as Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating compound of the cannabis and hemp plants with enormous therapeutic and medical potential. CBD Oil, extracted from the hemp plant has a very minor content of THC (.03%) thus does not make people high. However, cannabis plant extractions have a much higher content of THC and does you a high feeling and, unlike CBD, is also addictive. CBD is causing a substantial positive buzz within the scientific and health professional communities.

CBD is also being used to help treat chronic pain, Crohn's, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and much more.

Research centers in the USA and all over the world are currently conducting numerous research studies on the positive effects of CBD. The scientists are now calling CBD the promiscuous compound, because of the numerous positive therapeutic benefits being discovered.

CBD Dosage: How much do you need?

The first thing new CBD users need to establish is the correct dosage for them. Some packaging makes this difficult, even misleading, focusing on the quantity of milligrams (mgs) of CBD, rather than the much more important % volume of CBD – This is vitally important when choosing your product and working out the correct dose for you.

It’s important to understand that % volume of CBD, is not the same as the % volume of say alcohol. With alcohol, the stronger the %, the more you become affected, with CBD, your body uses only what it needs – “Surplus” CBD in the blood stream does not have any impact on you. Some people with very severe health conditions see a wonderful impact from just 4% CBD products, others with very mild conditions might need 20% CBD products to reach their desired benefit. It’s personal – your age, weight, physical health, diet, metabolism – all have an impact on this. 

THC is also used with CBD when having a consultation, the Dr or Professor will create a unique balance for the patient. A person's sensitivity to THC plays a vital part in this ratio of dosage. Many people have a low tolerance to THC and do not enjoy the high feeling. CBD can neutralize the intoxicating effects of the THC in the body, giving a more excellent ratio of CBD to THC means less of a high.

We recommend anyone wanting to discover CBD for health reasons, first chooses a product between CBD2% - CBD4% or above. Research indicates that any CBD dose lower than 2% will have very little impact on your health.

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With CBD Cosmetic Creams etc. anything below 1% CBD seems to be largely ineffective.

With CBD Sports products for pain, muscle soreness or stiffness anything below 2% CBD is likely to be also ineffective.

You can find out more about quantities and volumes in our article CBD %’s & MGs.

Our recommended approach to working out your dosage is:

  • Start Low –  Give the CBD products 2-3 weeks to make an impact and see how you feel. People take CBD for a multitude of health and wellness reasons, only you will know if it is supporting your needs.
  • Scale Up – If you are not feeling much difference after 2-3 weeks, it may mean that you require a higher % volume dose – Try a 10% product next. Even if you are seeing benefits – You still may want to try a higher volume to see if things improve further.
  • Trial and Error – You will know when your body has found the right balance.

What is the optimal dosage of CBD?

This all depends on the person as we are all unique. An effective dosage can range from a few milligrams of CBD Oil to more than a gram. As stated above always start small and work your way up, Use your CBD Oil as if you were on a course, do not use a large dosage in the beginning, start using the same CBD % and mgs ratio for several days to help you determine if this dosage is giving you the effect you need, or whether you need to step up to the next level strength to get the effect you are seeking.

If CBD is so good, would not pure CBD be even better?

No, as mentioned before, CBD is not a one strength product that is suitable for all. You need to start with a low CBD% and increase the CBD% after a trial period of 3-4 weeks.

CBD side effects: Does it interact with other medication?

CBD Oil is extremely safe to use as a substance, but it could also interact with medical prescriptions so before you take CBD, if you are on regular medical prescription it is best to first discuss CBD with your GP.

B Well CBD Oil has less than 0.02% THC which should not show up on any drug test as it is very minimal. Anything over 0.03% should not be listed on the public shelves as it is not following the law on CBD Oil.

CBD Options: What type of application is right for you?

There are several products on the market that enable you to take CBD – Oils, tablets, gummies, vape juice, even food & drink. Whilst they all provide you with a CBD dose, there are some differences to be aware of when choosing the right option for you;

  • OralCBD Oil and Softgels – The most common way to take CBD Oil is 3-4 drops under the tongue 3 time a day. The CBD Oil should then be left under the tongue for 60-90 seconds so that it can rapidly get into the blood stream and start to do its good work. If you take CBD because you have regular migraines for example, an oral product will be the best option for you. Food or Gummies with an added CBD content is much slower and less reliable, because it is often difficult to know the exact CBD% dosage you are taking. Taken orally, CBD products can leave long-lasting positive effects for several hours, depending on the strength and issue you would like it to treat. 
  • TopicalCreams, Lotions, Oils – This method does put CBD into your bloodstream but much slower than drops under the tongue, it still does impact your Endocannabinoid System. The Topical application of CBD enables targeted relief. For example, if you regularly play sports you may use oils or lotions for pain and inflammation and muscle
  • Cosmetic topical Applications of CBD 2% and above creams and lotions will give you visual cosmetic improvements of your skin, after a reasonable time of application.

Because the two applications impact the body differently, they are recommended to be taken concurrently with your daily oral dosage of your CBD oil or Softgels for the joint benefit of your health and healthier looking skin.

We find the most versatile product to be CBD Oil:

  • It can be used orally and topically
  • You have full control over quantities
  • You can mix it with food and drink if you so choose
  • It is the fastest acting application method when taken under the tongue 

CBD Products: At a glance

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Read our quick summary to help choose the right product type for you…

Oils / Tinctures / Drops

+ Compact and handy – Easy to use
+ They start working quickly – Fast acting
+ Full dosage control for beginners and more experienced users


+ Waste free – You get the maximum available dose of CBD straight to your bloodstream
- Not everyone likes using drops in public which makes it slightly less convenient

Softgels or Tablets

+ You don't taste anything
+ Easy to adjust and control your dosage
+ Easy to use anywhere – Very portable
- Slower acting, particularly when taken via food, drinks or gummies, the dosage is difficult or impossible to assess the correct CBD dosage you should be taking? For health purposes, taking CBD using food, drinks or gummies as the carrier for CBD consumption, is not recommended.

Gummies & Chocolate etc.

+ For fun yes, but not for serious health and wellness purposes.
- % of CBD is not reliable and often not even stated. For fun yes but watch the sugar content.

Creams & Lotions

+ Easy to use and best built into your daily skincare regime
+ Have additional benefits, for example our CBD4% Anti-Ageing Cream
- Absorption rates tend to be slower
- Remember any CBD cream with less than 2% CBD is going to bring you disappointment. Stay clear of CBD Topical products who do not have at least 200mgs of CBD in every 10ml of volume. Example 10ml needs at least 200mgs of CBD, 20ml/400mg, 30ml/600mgs 50ml/1000mgs of CBD and so on.