Interest in cannabidiol (CBD) has been on a steep incline, both in the scientific community and the general public. Loosening restrictions around the cultivation and use of cannabis plants have allowed experts to investigate just what the plant contains, aside from the well-known psychoactive substance THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, found in medical marijuana).
The result is a whole host of uncovered active compounds, including phytocannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, THC, and others, along with flavonoids, terpenes, and so many more substances than anyone could have guessed. It is natural to be curious (and even excited!) about the potential that these natural ingredients hold. You’re not the only one – over 64 million Americans have tried CBD in the last two years!
You can take CBD in any form you like – CBD capsules, CBD edibles, CBD creams, CBD gummies, CBD vape products, and more. This post will be a short guide to CBD drops, where we will discuss when and how you can take them to enjoy the effects of CBD.
What are CBD drops?
CBD drops can come in the form of CBD tinctures and CBD oil, and they are packaged in small bottles with a dropper tool for a lid.
Cannabis tinctures are an alcohol (or water and alcohol) CBD extract. CBD oil tinctures, therefore, most commonly contain alcohol. Other versions exist, such as glycerin or vinegar tinctures, but alcohol tinctures are considered the best. Aside from alcohol and CBD, they can also include vitamins, water, herbs, melatonin, sweeteners, and essential oils that improve their taste. You will frequently run into mint-flavored tinctures that make it easier for CBD to go down.
CBD oil has an oil base and doesn’t contain any alcohol. It has a higher CBD potency than tinctures, but it is not as tasty.
There are a variety of CBD drops, and they can contain full-spectrum CBD extracts, broad-spectrum extracts, or CBD isolates. The full-spectrum products will provide your endocannabinoid system with the full effect of all phytocannabinoids (and contains THC, which has psychoactive effects), terpenes, and flavonoids. The amount of THC in these products is less than 0.3%. Broad spectrum CBD tinctures contain no THC, and CBD isolates only carry CBD, which means they are less potent because of the lack of an entourage effect (a phenomenon where, when used together, phytocannabinoids enhance each other’s effects).
Benefits of CBD Drops
- Fast Onset Time
If applied sublingually (under the tongue), CBD drops have a relatively fast onset time of 15 – 25 minutes, unlike ingestible CBD oil (30 minutes to 2 hours) and topical CBD (60 – 90 minutes). Inhaling CBD is the only way to feel the effects of CBD faster, save for directly injecting it into your bloodstream (which we wouldn’t recommend). The onset time varies from person to person, but it is well-established by science that CBD drops deliver CBD to its receptors faster than most other forms of CBD.
The reason for this is that the spot under the tongue has sublingual glands (salivary glands) through which the CBD gets absorbed before you even swallow it.
When you ingest CBD, it takes a long time for the substance to go down your digestive tract and get absorbed through your intestines into the bloodstream. Ingested CBD also goes through what is known as first-pass metabolism – a process where CBD gets broken down by your liver before it can properly take effect. The first-pass metabolism is why edible CBD products have a higher concentration of CBD than CBD drops.
It goes without saying that if you apply your CBD drops topically (on the surface of the skin), you can’t count on the same quick onset time as you would when using them sublingually.
- Easy Control of the Amount of CBD
Alongside the fast onset time, another benefit of CBD drops is that it is incredibly easy to control how much CBD you’re using. Thanks to the dropper tool in the bottle, you can measure the precise CBD you want to intake. If you know how many milliliters (ml) of liquid and how many milligrams (mg) of CBD there are in a bottle, you can easily calculate the number of milligrams of CBD in a dropper:
mg of CBD / ml of product = mg of CBD in a dropper
CBD drops offer one of the simplest ways of controlling your intake – all you need to do is decide how many drops you wish to apply in a single intake (or an entire dropper if you want), and you’re all set! Make sure to consult a medical professional on the right amount of daily CBD in your particular case.
- Simple Use
When you’re smoking or vaping CBD oil, you need to take a smoke break. If you’re making CBD edibles yourself, it’s a time-consuming process. When compared to other ways of application, CBD drops are the most simple and straightforward to use, alongside topical application.
You don’t have to take a break or spend a lot of time preparing – as mentioned before, you only need to apply a certain number of drops underneath your tongue (or on your skin), and voila! It won’t take you longer than 2 minutes for the entire application process, and you can do it pretty much anywhere – at your office desk, at home, in a restaurant, you name it.
How to Take CBD Drops
Taking CBD in the form of drops is a walk in the park. For sublingual application, follow these steps:
- Take your dropper and apply the number of drops you want under your tongue.
- Hold the liquid there for approximately 90 seconds to ensure maximum CBD absorption. You can swish it around your mouth if you wish, though this isn’t required, especially if you’re not a fan of the taste.
- Try to avoid eating or drinking right after consuming CBD in this way to make the most out of your drops.
- Congratulations! You have successfully taken your CBD!
When it comes to applying CBD drops on your skin, it’s even easier – simply add however many drops you wish to your fingers and gently massage it into the problem area. Don’t forget to wash your hands after!
Tips for CBD Drops
- You can find a wide variety of CBD oil tincture flavors on the market. Vanilla, orange, mint, chocolate, peach, and others – go for the one you like the best.
- Choose an alcohol-free or an oil product if you wish to avoid alcohol for any reason.
- Just like any other form of CBD, drops can interfere with your prescribed medication. Consult with your doctor before you start using them.
- Again, like with any other CBD product, choose CBD drops that have been third-party tested and are pesticide-free. Bonus points if they have a traceable chain of custody, meaning that you have insight into exactly who was involved in making and handling your product before it came into your hands.
- Because they’re so easy to use and make it even easier to track how much CBD you take in, CBD drops are highly recommended for beginners in CBD use. More advanced processes, like making CBD-infused foods or using a vape pen with a CBD cartridge, take more getting used to. (As well as more detailed calculations of the amount of CBD.)
If you’re looking to buy CBD oil, and you’re unsure where to start, CBD drops are the perfect option. Thanks to their dropper tool, they are convenient to use and won’t give you a headache as you attempt to calculate how much CBD you’re consuming. You can apply the drops under your tongue or on your skin, or you can add them to your favorite recipe for a delicious CBD-infused meal!
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