Choosing how to take CBD

There's an exciting amount of ways to take CBD thanks to on-going innovations in the space. These include oils, edibles, sprays, pastes, creams and lotions.

What's the best way for you to take it? It really depends on a number of different things such as: 

  • What is the ailment you are looking for relief from?
  • Does your condition need localised treatment or whole-body?
  • How fast do you need it to act?
  • How long do you want it to last?
  • How important is taste to you?

Guide to different ways to take CBD

Under the tongue

Most popular way to take CBD.  It is taken sublingually (drops or spray under your tongue).
  • Good beginner product as easy to take direct under the tongue or can also be added to food or drinks
  • Place it under your tongue, leave it there for at least 1 minute and then swallow
  • Very fast acting as bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into your bloodstream (Takes about 5 - 20 minutes to onset)
  • Lasts between 2 - 4 hours.


Capsules and tablets

CBD also can be taken as tablets or capsules for simplicity  and efficiency.
  • Another good beginner product as no messing around with dosages 
  • Good long-term strategy as same dosage is taken every day
  • Slower onset (40- 60 mins) as must pass through digestive system 
  • Lower absorption than oils because they need to pass through the bloodstream
  • Lasts longer (4 - 6 hours) than some of the other methods. 



CBD pastes are the raw versions of CBD and is not mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oils. It comes in a syringe and looks like a brown gooey paste. 

  • Like CBD oils, this is taken underneath the tongue
  • Might be viewed of a more advanced way to take CBD due to its strong taste (although personally we think it is easy!)
  • Fast acting, goes straight into the bloodstream (5-20 mins) and lasts between 2 - 4 hours. 

Topical Creams

Topicals are placed directly onto the skin where they are absorbed immediately by the endocannabinoid receptors  all over our skin to provide comfort and relief to the skin, muscles and joints. 

  • Immediate localised relief 
  • Very fast acting
  • It's not absorbed by bloodstream so you don't need to worry about dosages and use it liberally


A gentle introduction for beginners who might be concerned about smell, taste or dosage. 

  • Super easy dosing
  • Quick and discreet to take
  • Taste Great but unfortunately alot of the products on the market contain alot of processed ingredients to taste this way. We're on the lookout for some clean gummies! 
  • Lower bioavailability (absorption) because they need to go through digestive system


Vaporising CBD may not be as common as injesting CBD like oils but can be a very effective way to take CBD especially for pain. It is very fast acting and has a higher absorption rates with some studies reporting up to 56%.