In addition to its ease of use and rapid effect, CBD oil also has the argument of history. Indeed, this liquid full of the benefits of the plant Cannabis L. Sativa (or Indica) is used in the Chinese pharmacopoeia from the year 1 AD. to treat a wide spectrum of disorders and pathologies, in particular those involving acute or chronic pain of varying intensity. Before detailing the best practices for using CBD oil to maximize the benefits felt, let's first see how to choose the best product according to your objectives.
How to choose your CBD oil?
You may follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter, but a poor quality CBD oil will not give you the benefits of cannabidiol on sleep, pain management, stress, anxiety, etc Worse: by consuming CBD oil of poor quality, adulterated or of unknown origin, you risk developing a tolerance with unpredictable side effects, especially of a digestive nature. But how do you recognize a premium quality CBD oil? Here are our pro tips for making an informed choice:
- The best CBD oils come from carbon dioxide extraction. More common, more economical and less demanding, the alcohol extraction technique is also acceptable.
- Favor a CBD oil from an organic culture or a reputable farm. Since the hemp plant soaks up the soil in which it grows so heavily (hemp is said to be a "hyperaccumulator"), the use of pesticides can be a problem.
- Choose a CBD oil that bears an explicit label and that gives guarantees of traceability (a QR Code for example). Avoid CBD oils with imprecise or intentionally generic labels, which for example refer to a concentration of "hemp extract" rather than CBD.
- Always choose CBD oil that has been tested by a third-party organization, including an independent laboratory contracted to certify the CBD level and especially THC.
- Avoid Full Spectrum or Broad Spectrum CBD oils that do not explicitly mention their active subtances. Take the time to document the effect of each active ingredient to ensure that the CBD oil in question meets your needs. Note: Full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil is enriched with active ingredients that can synergize with CBD, enhancing the effects experienced.
- If the purchased CBD oil smells very strongly of solvent or alcohol, it has "suffered" during the transformation process.
- If the CBD oil comes in a clear or translucent colored bottle, it is most likely an oil low quality cannabidiol. Indeed, the best CBD oils are packaged in dark or amber containers to protect them from UV rays.
Now that you know how to get quality CBD oil, let's see how to use it properly. We'll look at three usage parameters:
- Which way to use your CBD oil: sublingual (under the tongue), oral or topical?
- What concentration of CBD for an oil in line with your goals?
- Finally, we'll give you tips on how to improve your sleep with your CBD oil.
Using your CBD oil well: the three routes of administration
CBD oil can be administered three ways: sublingually (under the tongue), orally, or topically. Each route of administration of CBD oil has its own characteristics in terms of the speed of action, the ease and the mode of diffusion of the benefits of cannabidiol and other molecules in the case of a spectrum CBD oil. full or broad spectrum. Let's see all this in more detail.
#1 How to use CBD oil sublingually?
The sublingual route consists of administering a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue. The liquid is held for 60 to 90 seconds, and any remaining residue is swallowed.
Sublingual CBD Oil: Bypass Digestive System and Liver Metabolism
Since the mucous membranes lining the sublingual region are thin, the absorption of cannabidiol sublingually is rapid, and the active ingredients of CBD oil are immediately found in the bloodstream via the sublingual gland.
CBD, which thus bypasses the digestive system and hepatic metabolism, is not degraded by digestive enzymes and interacts more quickly with the endocannabinoid system. Clearly, the consumer will be able to benefit from the soothing effects, anti-inflammatory properties and analgesic properties of CBD a few minutes after taking.
Sublingual CBD oil: better bioavailability
According to a study, CBD oil used sublingually has an interesting bioavailability (between 12 and 35%), which is significantly more than other modes of consumption.
In detail, CBD oils and sprays in sublingual application have a half-life of between 1.4 and 11 hours, and remain in the body between 7 and 55 hours depending on the concentration. The effects last, on average, between 2 and 8 hours.
Remember that not all molecules are suitable for sublingual consumption. Indeed, some substances can burn the sublingual mucosa. This is not the case with cannabidiol. It would therefore be a shame to deprive yourself of this practical, fast and effective mode of administration.
Here is a summary of the three main benefits of applying CBD oil sublingually:
- The benefits of CBD oil are felt within minutes of taking it. The sublingual route is therefore to be preferred if one wishes to relieve acute or chronic pain, better control stress at the time and above all promote rapid sleep;
- The sublingual intake is fast, convenient and discreet. Simply administer a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue, without the need to massage (topical application) or eat (oral application, with CBD oil in food for example);
- By bypassing the digestive system and liver metabolism, CBD oil consumed sublingually preserves its active ingredients and guarantees the consumer of the optimal effects.
Sublingual CBD oil: pay attention to these points of vigilance
Since CBD oil is intended to be held under the tongue for several seconds, the consumer must opt for a quality product. Indeed, a CBD oil very concentrated in solvent or alcohol can cause a burning sensation and attack the sublingual mucosa, a very fragile region.
Also, avoid consuming CBD oil (or any other molecule) sublingually if the consumer has lesions under the tongue. Also, it will be a question of keeping a well hydrated mucous membrane so that the CBD oil can dissolve easily. Finally, be careful not to drink or eat until the CBD oil has completely dissolved (approximately 90 seconds).
#2 How to use CBD oil orally?
CBD oil can also be consumed orally, either by swallowing a few drops of the liquid or by seasoning your dishes if you want to dilute the particular taste of CBD. Oral administration remains the most common for several reasons: it is the most "intuitive", the least impressive, and the most familiar to users. On the other hand, it is the least effective, as explained by several studies that have looked at the different modes of consumption of CBD:
- According to this study conducted on patients with Huntington's disease, oral CBD has a very low bioavailability (6%). Indeed, the blood concentration of CBD has been described as "minimal" in comparison to the doses consumed.
- According to this other study, the CBD consumed in chocolate cookies (40 mg of CBD and 20 mg of THC) was found in very low plasma concentrations.
This low concentration of CBD consumed orally is explained by two phenomena: degradation in the gastric juice, then the hepatic portal passage (referring to the portal vein) which reduces the concentration of CBD compounds under the effect of CYP450 enzyme. This is called the "first pass effect". If orally administered CBD oil is so ineffective, why is this mode of consumption so popular? In fact, there is a significant advantage to ingesting CBD oil: while the blood concentration is relatively low, the CBD stays in the body longer. This observation has some interesting advantages:
- Some consumers ingest CBD oil for breakfast, in an omelet for example, to diffuse the active ingredients gradually and evenly throughout the day.
- Consumers looking for a full-body effect, including soothing and increased resistance to stress, may prefer this mode consumption.
- Finally, some consumers enjoy the raw, organic taste of CBD oil and use it as a cooking ingredient, without necessarily look for effects on the body.
#3 How to use CBD oil topically (or dermal)
Some CBD oils are intended for topical use and are applied in massage, as one would with a classic cosmetic oil. As a general rule, users who consume CBD oil in topical application do not seek the same effects mentioned above (improved sleep, relief from chronic pain, soothing, etc.). Instead, we'll aim for:
- A massage with CBD oil to relieve joint stiffness and muscle pain, especially in the context of a practice intensive sports;
- A topical application of CBD oil to promote the reconstitution of the hydrolipidic film on the surface of the skin in order to better protect against daily aggressions;
- A topical application of CBD oil to reduce inflammation in insect bites, irritation, redness, etc.
Recent studies have highlighted the potential of CBD oil to reduce psoriasis symptoms and calm eczema flare-ups. Of course, larger studies still need to be conducted to validate these results. Warning: Never apply CBD oil (or any other product not intended for this purpose) to damaged skin without asking your doctor for advice.
How to use CBD oil for sleep?
By its soothing and relaxing effect, CBD oil is a natural remedy of choice to balance your sleep cycle and help you overcome your episodes of insomnia. Remember that 7 out of 10 French people suffer from a more or less restrictive sleep problem (Ifop). It is therefore a real public health problem, insofar as lack of sleep increases the risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
A study in 103 patients demonstrated the ability of CBD oil to lower scores anxiety in 79.2% of participants, with a noticeable improvement in sleep in 66.7% of them. Another study demonstrated the potential of CBD oil in reducing REM sleep disorders, including nocturnal verbalization and muscle spasms. So here are our tips for getting your CBD oil to put you in the arms of Morpheus for a good night's sleep:
- How to apply CBD oil: prefer the sublingual route;
- Time to take CBD oil: approximately one hour before bed;
- CBD Oil Type: If you are just looking to improve your sleep, we advise you to opt for a pure CBD oil. If you prefer broad-spectrum CBD oils, make sure that the other active ingredients in the product are not energizing or stimulating.
The CBD concentration depends on several factors such as your "experience" with CBD products, the intensity of your insomnia, the specifics of your organism, etc. Here is an order of magnitude to guide you:
- 5% CBD oil: Each drop contains 2.5 mg of cannabidiol;
- CBD Oil 10%: Each drop contains 5mg of cannabidiol;
- CBD Oil 15%: Each drop contains 7.5mg of cannabidiol;
- CBD Oil 20%: Each drop contains 10mg of cannabidiol.
In short, simply divide the concentration (in percentage) by two to obtain the amount of CBD in each drop (in mg). In the study cited above, participants improved their sleep with dosages ranging from 40 mg (4 drops of a 20% CBD oil) to 160 mg of CBD. We advise you to start at 10 mg (one drop of 20% oil or two drops of 10% oil) and increase the dose gradually if necessary.