Types of CBD, Usage and Consumption

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As we continue on our quest to educate the world on CBD, it’s time we tackled some of the boring stuff. Today we look to understand the different types of CBD consumption, benefits and usage. As we’ve discovered, our body’s ECS functions allow us to consume CBD through various forms (learn more about the science). CBD is available in several different forms such as edibles, vapes, lotions and more.


Tincure dropper

CBD tinctures (sometimes confused with oils) are one of the most common types of CBD consumption and usage. CBD tinctures are used by dropping a couple drops on or under your tongue.

Dosage can range from 100mg-1000mg. Tinctures are among the most common type of CBD application available on the market. There is common misunderstanding of tincture vs oil vs vape oil and it’s important to not mix the three.

In most cases, CBD is a crystal that needs to be added into a carrier oil (typical knowledge for those of you who use essential oils). In the case of a tincture they use alcohol. This is a great method to help keep the “hemp” taste almost non-existent, but some don’t want to consume alcohol daily, so oils are the next option.

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Check our guide on how to make the greatest and easiest tincture ever! Our guide to making a tincture.

How to Use CBD/THC Tinctures

A tincture is known to be most effective by not swallowing the liquid right away. You want to ingest as much as you can sub-bilingually. Place the drops under your tongue and along the cheeks for as long as you can

Topical ointments and cremes

topical cbd application

More brands have started to add CBD onto topicals, such as lotions, salve, and lip balms, for its skin benefits. CBD topicals are known to help with chronic pain, inflammation, acne, psoriasis, cancer treatment, anti-aging, and so many more.

For topical products, always look for keyword on the product labels that indicate that the product uses nanotechnology, encapsulation, or micellizationof CBD. This shows that their solution can carry CBD through the dermal layers, rather than just staying on the skin.

How to Use CBD/THC Topicals

CBD infused topicals are recommended to be used as other similar body care products –use it when you deem necessary or when you have certain skin conditions. Apply generously to body areas that could benefit from the topical solution.


Based on reviews, smoking or vaporizing CBD vape oil seems to have less effects when compared to other methods of administering CBD, such as tinctures, capsules and sprays.

On the flip side, others argue that smoking or vaporizing has less drawbacks than taking CBD orally, since ingesting CBD orally could result in inconsistent absorption and a delayed effect.

How to Use CBD/THC Vapes

In order to use CBD vape oil, you will need an e-cigarette, vape pen, or vaporizer. Add, heat and inhale the appropriate amount of vape oil to your choice of device.


hand with pill

CBD capsules are a great way to add CBD to your diet as a daily supplement. It is much easier to take than tinctures. Capsules typically offer 10-25mg of CBD.

How to Use CBD/THC Capsules

Capsules are great as it’s the easiest to take in your daily regimen. Just take one capsule (or as needed) daily with water.


CBD concentrates typically contain the strongest dosage of CBD compared to any other CBD products. It can contain up to 10 times the average CBD products. Concentrates are also convenient in that it only takes a few seconds to consume.

Overall, CBD concentrates seem to be most popular among customers who are extremely busy, yet seek high potency CBD.

How to Use CBD/THC Concentrates

Similar to tinctures, Place the concentrate under your tongue and along the cheeks and ingest it slowly.


CBD sprays are typically the weakest in concentration among the different type of CBD products. Typical concentration of CBD sprays ranges from 1-3mg.

How to Use CBD/THC Sprays

Spray one serving of the bottle into your mouth. Serving size should be labeled on the bottle (typically 2-3 sprays). Use daily or as needed


Your no-nonsense, sometimes witty, cannabis knowledgeable hippy from the Midwest, hanging around Chicago these days. Learning the ins and outs of the cannabis world while learning to blog. In hopes that our lives become a little more… relaxed.