How to Use Different Types of CBD Products
There’s a wide range of different CBD products on the market, with new ones popping up all the time. While this is great for convenience and customisation, it can become confusing. Even if you only use one type of CBD product, it’s worth understanding how they all work and how to use each one. This makes it easier for you to add new products to your routine or switch to a more suitable option. The right CBD product for you depends on your needs, preferences, and reasons for using CBD.
Calculating your CBD dosage
The way your body interacts with CBD is unique and can differ greatly from one person to the next. For example, you may be able to get all the benefits you’re looking for from a single low-dose product. In contrast, another user may find that they need to use multiple products to feel the same effects. This is due to the fact that everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different. However, what all users share in common is the fact that CBD works on a bell curve.
The bell curve shown in this CBD dosage chart is the reason why we suggest starting with a low dose product. We then recommend slowly building up until you find the level that produces peak results. This peak is different for each individual. For example, a CBD oil dosage that would overload your system could be the perfect peak dosage for someone else. CBD is not a ‘one size fits all’ product, so there’s no definitive CBD oil dosage calculator in the UK.
The most important factor is taking a gradual approach. This helps you avoid going over the curve, as it can cause adverse effects. Slowly introducing CBD into your system and increasing your dose incrementally is the most effective method. Once you find the CBD dosage that works for you, you don’t need to increase it any further. Instead, the best thing you can do is remain consistent. It’s also important to remember the UK safety guidelines for CBD. These guidelines state that you should take no more than 70mg of CBD per day.
Frequently asked questions
How to Calculate CBD Dosage
Everyone reacts differently to CBD and has their own dosage sweet spot. Therefore, there isn’t a CBD oil dosage calculator in the UK that suits everyone. Some people require a high dose and only respond well to certain product types. Others require a low dose and can use a wide range of different products. The way you use CBD and the dosage that suits your needs is completely unique to you.
While there isn’t an exact dose you should be aiming for, the universal golden rule of CBD is to start low and slowly grow. This means when you first get started with CBD, it’s always best to start with a low dose. You can then build up your dosage until you reach your sweet spot. This is when you begin to feel the results you’re looking for. At this point, you should stop increasing your dose and be consistent with what you’re taking. If you’re planning to use CBD oils, we recommend a starter CBD oil dosage of one drop three times per day. Building on this, you can increase by one drop per interval per week. For example, on the second week, you would take two drops three times per day.
The start low and slowly grow rule also applies to other product types. For example, if you’re interested in using patches, it’s best to begin with the 15mg options. You can then build up to the high strength 30mg patches if necessary. Some people also cut patches in half or wear multiple patches at a time. Trying these options is part of the building up process and can help you work out the perfect dosage for your needs. This concept also applies to other popular CBD products like gummies and tablets.
Can I up my dosage of CBD Oil?
If you’re a new CBD user, the ideal starter CBD oil dosage is one drop three times per day. If this doesn’t provide you with your desired results, you can increase the dosage incrementally. Our recommendation is to increase your dosage by one drop per interval per week. This means that on your second week of using CBD oil, you would take two drops three times per day. You can then continue increasing in this manner for up to eight weeks, or until you hit your sweet spot. As soon as you start to feel the benefits you’re looking for, it’s time to stop increasing your dose. This is because CBD works on a bell curve, so taking too much can cause adverse effects.
If you have been gradually increasing your dose over the course of eight weeks and still feel no results, you may need a different product. For example, if you began using our Green CBD Oil (2.5%), you may want to move up to our Blue CBD Oil (5%). Or, you could try something with a similar strength but a different cannabinoid profile, such as our CBG oil with CBD and CBDa (3%). When you start a new, stronger product, we recommend going back to basics. This means starting with one drop three times per day and building up in the same way as before. Taking this approach helps you avoid the risk of overloading your system with too much CBD too quickly.
For some people, traditional CBD oils aren’t the most suitable product. Some users respond better to alternative options, such as patches, gummies, or vape liquids. Others find that a combination of different products provides them with their desired results. If you’re struggling to find your CBD sweet spot with oils alone, you may benefit from adding other products to your routine. The most suitable option to add depends on your needs, preferences, and reasons for using CBD products. If you need help finding the best product balance for you, feel free to reach out for help. We have a dedicated team of Simply Experts who want to help you get the most out of your CBD journey. You can also get advice from the members of our community support group on Facebook.
How long does a dose of CBD last?
The amount of time a CBD dosage will last depends on multiple factors. For example, if you’re using CBD oil, the typical amount of time it will take for the effects to wear off is between four and six hours. However, it can happen sooner or take longer depending on how your body responds to and processes CBD. We advise splitting your CBD oil dosage into three increments throughout the day. The CBD content is actually present in your body for much longer than the effects last. While you may stop feeling the effects after around four to six hours, the CBD can stay in your system for up to five days.
The four to six hour dose also applies to some other types of CBD products, such as gummies and tablets. Other products are designed to last for longer periods of time. For example, our CBD patches deliver the available CBD content for up to 36 hours. The exact amount of time it takes for the effects of a CBD patch to wear off can differ between individuals. However, due to the way they’re designed, the effects should last for at least 12 hours. Depending on how your body responds to the product, you may still feel the benefits for three times as long. After you reach the 36 hour mark of wearing a CBD patch, you can expect to need a new dose. These long lasting effects make CBD patches one of the most convenient options, as they don’t require frequent top ups.
What is a low dose of CBD?
If you’re new to the world of CBD, you’re likely searching for a low dose product to get started on your journey. At Simply CBD, we offer a wide range of beginner-friendly products that all offer a low, buildable dose. For example, our Liquid Gold CBD Oil is considered a low dose product. It has a strength of 2% and provides 1mg of CBD per drop. Other low dose options in our range include our Light CBD Oil (2.1%) and our Green CBD Oil (2.5%). These options provide 1.1mg and 1.25mg of CBD per drop, respectively. For the sake of comparison, our high strength Platinum CBD Oil has a strength of 20% and provides 10mg of CBD per drop. We also offer low dose patches, salves, and vape liquids in our starter range.
The strength of a CBD product isn’t the only factor that contributes to a low dose. It also depends how much of any given product you’re taking per day. For example, you may take one drop three times per day, or five drops three times per day, depending on how your body responds. The dose you’re taking increases with the number of drops, despite the strength of the product staying the same. Therefore, you could be using a low strength product but still ingesting a high daily dose of CBD. It’s important to note that UK safety guidelines state that you should take no more than 70mg of CBD per day. Therefore, 70mg is considered a high daily dose of CBD.
What is a standard dose of CBD?
Due to the fact that everyone’s body reacts differently to CBD entering the system, there is no standard dose of CBD. You may find that after building up your dose over time, three drops three times per day of 5% oil works for you. However, this may be far too much or far too little for other users. Additionally, while you may only require one product, others may need a combination to reach their desired results. This is why there’s no CBD oil dosage calculator in the UK that works for each individual.
While there’s no standard dose for CBD, there is a starter dose that all CBD oil users can start off with. Begin with one drop three times per day for the first week of use. If you get to the second week and feel you need a higher dose, increase the dosage to two drops three times per day. You can then continue this process for up to eight weeks. Once you find a dose that works for you, make sure to stop increasing it. This is because your endocannabinoid system works on a bell curve, so taking too much can overload it. If you overload your system, you may end up feeling the opposite of the effects you were looking for (see CBD dosage chart for more info). This is also true of other types of CBD products, such as gummies, tablets, and patches. Therefore, it’s important to start low and slowly grow no matter which type of CBD product you start out with.
How to use CBD oils
CBD oils are the most popular method of taking ingestible CBD. They’re simple to take and you can easily adjust your dose and usage frequently as necessary at any time.
The most effective way to take CBD oil is the sublingual method. This involves taking your desired number of drops under your tongue and holding them there for two minutes. During this time, the available CBD absorbs into your bloodstream via thin mucous membranes. This allows it to avoid digestion. After two minutes have passed, you can wash the remaining oil down with a glass of water. The CBD can then travel throughout your bloodstream. This allows it to interact with your endocannabinoid system and provide your desired benefits.
CBD oil dosages
Everyone reacts differently to CBD. This means the ideal CBD oil dosage can vary greatly between individuals. There’s no CBD oil dosage calculator in the UK that works for everyone. However, if you’re about to use CBD for the first time, we always advise starting with a low dose. You can then gradually increase it over time as necessary. With CBD oil, it’s best to start with a dose of one drop three times per day. For example, you may take the first drop when you wake up in the morning, the second around lunchtime, and the third before going to bed.
To build up gradually, we recommend adding one drop per interval per week. For example, during the second week, you would take two drops when you wake up, two around lunchtime, and two before going to bed. The sweet spot with CBD occurs when you find the dose that begins to provide you with your desired benefits. At this point, you should stop increasing your CBD oil dosage. This is because too much can cause undesirable effects.
If you reach the eight-week mark of using CBD oil and feel no benefits, a higher dose or a different type of product may be necessary. Our team of Simply Experts and the members of our Users Support Group on Facebook are happy to assist you in any way you need.
Time between medications
The research on this topic is still in its infancy. However, there’s some evidence to suggest that CBD may interact with and impact the effectiveness of certain medications. Therefore, we always advise leaving a two-hour gap between your CBD dose and any other medications or supplements you take. If you take anything that is contra-indicated with grapefruit, a four-hour gap is advisable.
How to use water-soluble CBD
Water soluble CBD is a relatively new and revolutionary way to take CBD. It’s one of the easiest products to include in your daily routine.
Add to beverages or a nebuliser
Cannabinoids are naturally fat soluble. When they’re turned into water soluble compounds, they can be added to any hot or cold beverage. For example, you can include water soluble CBD in your morning coffee or tea. You can also add it to other beverages throughout the day. If you’re someone who enjoys the effects of CBD oils but doesn’t like the way they taste, this could be a great option for you. Where appropriate, water soluble CBD can also be added to a nebuliser. This allows the CBD to be inhaled in a healthy and effective way. If desired, you can take water soluble CBD sublingually.
Water soluble CBD doesn’t need to be broken down by your body in the same way as fat soluble products. It’s able to avoid the need for lipase, which breaks down fat in the gut and under the tongue. This means it’s easier for your body to absorb and can provide a higher bioavailability of CBD for your endocannabinoid system to interact with.
Water soluble CBD dosages
If you’re just starting out with CBD, the ‘start low and slowly grow’ rule also applies to this type of product. A good way to start is by adding 1 drop of water soluble CBD to a jug of water, juice, or another beverage. You can then split the contents of the jug into three drinks to enjoy throughout the day. This dose can be increased by one drop per week. As with regular oils, you should stop increasing your dose when you begin to feel the benefits. If the benefits don’t come after eight weeks and five drops per jug, a stronger product or dose may be required.
Time between medications
This product is an orally ingestible form of CBD. Therefore, leaving adequate time between medications and supplements is still necessary. The standard two-hour gap for most medications and four-hour gap for anything that is contra-indicated with grapefruit should be followed. This is to ensure that the efficacy of the CBD and any medications or supplements you’re taking remains consistent and unaffected.
How to use CBD patches
CBD patches are another relatively new type of CBD product. They offer an easy ‘set it and forget it’ option. The effects of patches can last much longer than other types of CBD products because they absorb via the transdermal method.
CBD patches can be placed anywhere on the skin for targeted relief or general wellness support. Once placed on the skin, the available CBD is slowly released over a period of 12 to 36 hours. The term ‘transdermal’ means to absorb into the bloodstream via the skin, which is exactly how CBD patches work. The available CBD is not broken down by your digestive system before reaching your bloodstream. This allows for high bioavailability and efficacy.
CBD patches dosages
If you’re new to CBD, you should start with a lower dose CBD patch. You can then move up to a higher dose patch if you find the lower dose does not provide your desired results. Once you find a dose that works for you, you should stop increasing it. The time it takes each patch to release all of its available CBD can vary between individuals. However, it should fall somewhere between 12 to 36 hours. This means that you shouldn’t change your patch before the 12-hour mark, and can expect to need a new patch after 36 hours. Unlike some other CBD products, patches can be used at the same time as any medications and supplements you’re taking.
How to use CBD gummies
While edibles can come in many different forms, at Simply CBD, we offer CBD gummies. These come in various strengths and flavours, including apple and mango. You can take gummies by eating them in the same way you would any type of snack. The only difference is to keep your dosage in mind. It’s important to stay well hydrated when using any form of CBD. Therefore, taking gummies with a full glass of water is advisable. After taking a gummy, it travels through your digestive system. The remaining CBD content then enters your bloodstream and interacts with your endocannabinoid system.
Another way to enjoy edibles in different forms is by adding other types of CBD to food recipes. For example, we have a CBD-infused banana bread recipe on our blog page. We’ve also shared multiple other delicious recipes across our social media pages.
CBD edibles dosages
As a new user, you should start with a low dose gummy and slowly increase the amount you take over time. You may find it beneficial to cut gummies in half so you can take a lower dose. This also provides even more value for money. Our lower dose edibles provide 10mg of CBD per gummy. Our higher dose option provides 25mg of CBD per gummy. When cut in half, you can enjoy a 5mg or 12.5mg gummy, which allows you to build up slowly between doses.
The most beneficial dose differs between individuals. It’s important to not take more than 70mg of CBD in a day to remain within the UK’s safety guidelines. In the interest of achieving the best results and value for money, you should stop increasing your dose when you start feeling results.
Time between medications
Edibles can make it easy to forget that you’re not just enjoying a delicious treat. It’s important to remember that they still count as a form of ingestible CBD. This means you’ll require gaps between them and any medications or supplements you take. As with other types of oral CBD, this means a two-hour gap between medications and supplements and a four-hour gap between anything that is contra-indicated with grapefruit.
How to use CBD salves and balms
CBD salves and balms offer a way to achieve targeted relief. At Simply CBD, our muscle salves and balms include additional natural ingredients that are beneficial for the skin. These include mint, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
Applying CBD muscle salves or balms involves rubbing the product into the affected area. In addition to the benefits of CBD, the action of rubbing the area stimulates blood flow and relief. The CBD content of the balm or salve doesn’t enter your bloodstream. Instead, it remains within your skin’s pores. There are endocannabinoid receptors within your pores. These receptors allow topical products to provide the benefits of CBD without entering your bloodstream.
CBD salves and balms dosages
It’s very difficult to determine an exact dose when using balms or salves. However, we do provide different strengths. As with any CBD product, it’s best to start low and build up as necessary. As a general rule, we advise applying these products liberally and making sure they’re fully rubbed into the area of concern. You can employ trial and error to find the best amount for you. As with any type of CBD product, using salves and balms regularly offers the best results.
How to use a CBD nasal spray
CBD nasal sprays are useful for fast, targeted relief from seasonal allergies or chronic sinus conditions. They’re much less harsh than many over-the-counter nasal sprays and offer an alternative way to ingest CBD.
Using the nasal spray
Using a CBD nasal spray involves the same process as any other nasal spray. It’s important to shake it well before each use, and deliver one to two sprays in each nostril. Due to the fast absorption rate in the nasal passages, you can expect to feel relief in your sinuses within 5 minutes of using the spray. The CBD content then continues to interact with your endocannabinoid system after the initial relief.
CBD nasal spray dosages
Our CBD nasal spray delivers 2mg of CBD per spray. It’s an effective way for you to ingest your daily dose of CBD. You can use this product as desired throughout the day, but we recommend around two to three uses per day for the best results. For example, if you take two sprays in each nostril three times per day, that results in a 24mg daily dose of CBD. This remains well within the daily limit of 70mg. It also allows you the option to incorporate other CBD products if desired.
How to use CBD tablets and capsules
CBD tablets and capsules are popular options as they offer a simple way to take a precise dose of CBD. They also come in various strengths, which makes it easy for you to build up gradually.
Taking tablets and capsules
Taking any CBD tablet or capsule is as simple as swallowing it with water. It’s important to stay hydrated when using any form of CBD product. We recommend drinking a full glass of water when taking tablets or capsules. This also helps ensure that the product reaches your digestive system quickly. At Simply CBD, we offer high-strength SoftGels, as well as lower-strength capsules that are delayed release. These capsules bypass the stomach acid and release the available CBD later in your digestive tract for higher bioavailability. Both products absorb into your bloodstream via digestion and go on to interact with your endocannabinoid system.
CBD tablets and capsules dosages
CBD tablets and capsules are a great way to get started with CBD as they offer precise doses and are simple to ingest. At Simply CBD, we offer 7.5mg and 15mg delayed-release capsules, as well as 30mg SoftGels. This range in strengths makes it easy to start low and build up as necessary. Depending on the strength of the product, you can take CBD capsules up to three times daily. When taking our SoftGels, it’s important not to take more than two per day. This is because doing so would cause you to ingest more than the daily recommended limit of 70mg of CBD per day. Most users only require one SoftGel per day.
Time between medications
As with other orally ingestible CBD products, it’s important to leave a gap between CBD tablets and capsules and other medications and supplements. Leaving a two-hour gap for most medications and supplements and a four-hour gap for anything that is contra-indicated with grapefruit is advisable.
How to use CBD vape liquids
CBD vape liquids offer an alternative way to take CBD. They’re perfect for an on-the-go top-up and can be used in conjunction with other CBD products.
Using CBD vape liquids is the same as any other e-liquid. The process involves adding the liquid to a compatible vape device. You can then inhale the amount necessary to achieve your desired effects. The CBD absorbs via your lungs directly into your bloodstream. It can then begin to interact with your endocannabinoid system.
Vape liquid dosages
It’s very difficult to determine the exact dose when using CBD vape liquids. At Simply CBD, our vape liquids are all 2% strength, meaning they provide a low yet buildable dose. You can vape CBD throughout the day and use it in combination with other CBD products if desired. For example, you may take drops or a SoftGel in the morning and use CBD vape liquids to top up your dose throughout the day. Unlike some other CBD products, vape liquids can be used at the same time as any medications and supplements you’re taking.