how to use cbd oil for the first time

How To Take Cbd Oil: A Guide For First-time Consumers

In this article, we’ll take a look at the different ways in which Cannabidiol (CBD) can be consumed.

We’ll be looking at how individual consumption methods affect the way in which each preparation is absorbed and how each method of ingestion has different effects and potential benefits.

CBD is a legal naturally occurring Cannabinoid found in Cannabis. Although similar to THC, CBD isn’t psychoactive in the same way so isn’t subject to the same stigma and stringent legal restrictions.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has exploded onto the UK market in recent years, since
MHRA’s decision to license CBD as a medicine which subsequently created the legal grey-area that allows for CBD to be sold as a food supplement, bringing with it a great variety of products and means of consumption.

Let’s break down these various consumption methods into different types or groups. For convenience sake in this piece, we’ll be categorising the methods into the following subsections.

    • Vaporising and Combustion
      • Sublingual (under the tongue)
        • Oral Ingestion (Eating)
          • Topical and Cosmetics
          • Other

          Vaporising and Combustion

          These methods share the same delivery route – the bloodstream via the lungs.

          There are a variety of ways to consume CBD this way, these are: Combustion, Vaping or Dabbing.

          Consumption of Cannabinoids by combustion or vaporising has the advantage of being the fastest absorption method.

          Within seconds of the smoke/vapour hitting the lungs, the chemicals contained within are circulating the bloodstream interacting with CB receptors all over the body and brain.

          This means of ingestion also maximises the effects of individual Cannabinoids by being absorbed directly into the blood and not having to be metabolised via the liver thus lessening the effects and delaying the onset as a result of the first-pass effect.


          CBD rich Cannabis strains are slowly becoming more popular in the UK and Europe.

          Seed companies are scrambling to produce Hemp and Cannabis flowers rich in CBD and other currently legal Cannabinoids that are also less than 0.2 THC. (The current European and UK legal limit)

          Unfortunately, however, the draconian laws in the UK mean that you couldn’t legally grow those seeds or any other genetics regardless of how low the THC content. This is because it is illegal to grow any genus of Cannabis without a license from the Home Office in the UK.

          Another interesting development in the legal Cannabinoid combustibles market is CBD Hash, which is derived from Hemp with added Cannabis Terpenes and has an average CBD content of 5% and trace to 0.1% of other Cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, and THC.

          CBD Vaporising

          There are a few different ways to vape CBD. One method that is currently growing in popularity is the consumption of CBD vape liquids that work in the same way as Nicotine juices.

          Vaping CBD gives all the natural health effects of botanical herbs, and you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re avoiding the harmful toxins and carcinogens that come from smoking.

          Also, a little really does go a long way, as it allows almost four times as much CBD to enter your circulation for a maximum bioavailability of roughly 50 to 60%.

          C02 oil is a concentrate produced by using expensive botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide to separate the plant material.

          The amber coloured oil it produces is mixed with polypropylene glycol, a medical-grade solvent which gives the liquid its consistency.

          It is most often used in vape pens and sold in disposable cartridges that can be consumed quickly and discretely everywhere as the cartridge gives the appearance of a simple nicotine vape.

          CBD Dabbing

          Using a special rig, bong or dab pen, Cannabinoid extracts are dropped on to an attachment known as a nail (or coil in a vape pen), which is heated either using a blow torch or an electronic nail to produce a high enough temperature so that the concentrate vaporises on impact.

          It is then inhaled for an immediate, intense and a rather potent effect. Dabbing produces vapour not smoke, so again reduces any potential harms from combustion.

          Image: CBD Dab It

          Demand for CBD concentrates has been steadily growing in the UK for years and as with its illegal sister THC, CBD extracts come in all shapes and consistencies.

            • Crumble
              • Shatter
                • Wax/Honeycomb
                  • Isolate
                  • Sugar

                  Although all of the above are different end products, the production process is typically the same. They’re all produced using solvents and classified as BHO Butane Hash Oils.

                  Dabbing extracts like these is another fast way to get cannabinoids into your system.


                  When Cannabinoid-rich oils are ingested subliminally, they should be held under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing to ensure maximum absorption.

                  When placed under the tongue, the oil is absorbed through the mucous membrane and enters the venous circulation making it a rather quick and efficient cannabinoid delivery route.

                  Sublingual ingestion is the second fasted method of consuming CBD after vaping or smoking. It takes on average 20-30 minutes before effects are noticeable. They can last 4-6 hours depending on the individual.

                  In contrast, when orally ingested it is subject to the first-pass effect, which reduces the potency and absorption time by having to be metabolised via the liver.

                  There are various products that utilise the same sublingual absorption mechanism

                    • Tinctures (Drops)
                      • Sublingual sprays
                        • Chewing Gum
                        • CBD Strips

                        CBD Tinctures/Sublingual Drops

                        A cannabis tincture is a Cannabinoid infused compound that is applied directly under the tongue (Subliminally). They enter the bloodstream much faster than capsules, infused foods or drinks as they are absorbed quicker by avoiding metabolism in the liver.

                        Image: Discover our range of CBD oils

                        Sublingual CBD oils are a convenient and user-friendly way to take high strength CBD, and comes highly recommended for first-time users.

                        Tinctures come with a built-in dropper that allows people to take carefully-measured, small doses.

                        CBD Sublingual Sprays

                        The most famous of these types of Cannabinoid medications is Sativex.

                        Sativex is a sublingual mouth spray that is a THC heavy 1:1 ratio Cannabinoid product that uses Alcohol as a carrier. Although other viscous liquids can be used too.

                        CBD Chewing Gum

                        CBD chewing gum is evolving in much the same way Nicotine gum did. First arriving on the market with a good concept but overall poor experience.

                        However, that seems to be a thing of the past. It benefits from being discreet, convenient and while chewing it freshens your breath while you absorbed the cannabinoids through the same mechanism as subliminal consumption.

                        CBD Strips

                        Again, this method utilises the same delivery method as those breathe freshening strips that had a rather brief day in the sun in the UK in the mid-2000’s and is absorbed subliminally. This also benefits from being subtle and pocket-sized.

                        Oral Ingestion

                        Ingestion via oral consumption or simply eating CBD is a traditionally popular way of consuming that is now becoming more ubiquitous.

                        Oral ingestion can be broken down into these three main groups

                          • Edibles
                            • Capsules
                            • Isolates

                            CBD Edibles

                            A staple of cannabis consumption for generations the edible has traditionally been a great slow delivery method for ingesting Cannabinoids. CBD edibles are no different from gummy bears to Cookies, Breath mints to Popcorn. CBD oil is being infused into all manner of sweet and savory treats.

                            Essentially there is no limit as to what foodstuff can be made into edibles. The only limit is your imagination and current culinary ability.

                            CBD Capsules

                            Capsules are one of the most convenient ways to ingest CBD.

                            They provide discretion, convenience, and consistency when dosing.

                            Image: CBD Capsules

                            Typically, CBD capsules range in strength from 10mg to 100mg and are either produced using FECO or adding CBD Isolate to cold press Hempseed oil.

                            Using capsules stops people from having to experience the taste and viscosity of the oil. Most people don’t mind it, however there are some who find it unpleasant.

                            The tradeoff here is that it will be subject to the first-pass effect and will subsequently have reduced potency and a delayed onset as it is metabolised by the liver.

                            CBD Isolate

                            CBD crystalline is 99% pure CBD that’s extracted from Cannabis/Hemp. It has zero trace amounts of other Cannabinoids, Terpenes or the other minor but vital components necessary for the entourage effect.

                            Isolate isn’t absorbent in water but can bond with fats in food so can be utilised in various foods and preparations.

                            CBD Water-soluble isolate

                            A recent development in the legal Cannabis world is water soluble cannabinoid isolates, as Cannabinoids are naturally crystal formations or a viscous liquid as an oil. They’re non-soluble in water meaning that up till now, in order to infuse food or drinks with Cannabinoids when cooking, you’d first need some oil or fat to bond with the Cannabinoids.

                            But not anymore, as there are new ways of using different solvents, glycerine, detergents, and other means utilising undisclosed methods to produce water-soluble Cannabinoids. This opens up the potential for a whole series of new novel applications and preparations.

                            Topical and Cosmetics

                            Hemp was previously widely used in topical applications and cosmetics all over the world. Hempseed oil and Cannabis oil has been utilised in the production of various preparations for countless generations.

                            Image: Cannabis balm

                            Topicals are absorbed through the largest human organ, the skin which is packed with Endocannabinoid receptors. They need to be heavily applied though in order to overcome the fact that although the skin has such a large surface area it also has a particularly low rate of absorption.

                            Topical applications have one of the slowest absorption rates of any cannabinoid delivery methods, however, its effects should last a solid five hours.

                            Pre-prohibition industrial Hemp was widely utilised in many topical preparations for treating various common skin ailments and cosmetic complaints.

                            Cannabis oil can be used it the production of Cosmetics and Topicals such as

                              • Balms
                                • Creams
                                  • Lotions
                                    • Shampoo
                                      • Conditioners
                                        • Moisturisers
                                          • Make-up
                                            • Lipstick
                                              • Sunscreen
                                              • Face cleansers

                                              A lot of Cannabinoid infused topical and cosmetic products are produced using Cannabis oil as well as Hempseed oil so they’re typically rich in essential nutrients like Vitamins, Minerals, Proteins, and Fatty Acids all of which aid in good skin health.

                                              The primary function of the abundant cutaneous ECS receptors that are found on the nerve fibers and the cells of the skin is to control various functions of the skin cells. So supplementing this system by applying topical Cannabinoids in the form of topical applications could potentially promote and facilitate healthy skin and hair.


                                              Suppositories produced from Cannabinoids can be utilised anally or vaginally.

                                              They are useful when oral ingestion just simply isn’t an option.

                                              Cannabis suppositories make it possible to bypass first-pass metabolism in the liver. This allows the cannabinoids to reach the blood in much higher concentrations and become effective quicker.

                                              CBD suppositories effects will start to be noticeable from 10-15 minutes after administration with the effects typically lasting between 4-8 hours depending on the individual’s physiology and tolerance.

                                              Final thoughts

                                              As you can see, there are many ways to consume CBD.

                                              The current plethora of products provides for all needs and lifestyles. Each method of consumption has its own individual advantages that would benefit certain consumers more than others.

                                              Vaporising and Combustion are by far the quickest ways to ingest cannabinoids.

                                              Vaping is easy and discrete thanks to the ubiquitous nature of nicotine replacement vaporisers. Ideal for existing smokers or vaporiser users. Good for those on the go. Obviously, these products are age restricted as they are smokable.

                                              Sublingual ingestion is another popular way to consume Cannabinoids. Using a dropper/pipette to titrate the dose gives you greater control of your daily consumption. The drops are being used by all demographics from Pets to War vets, Children to the elderly.

                                              Topical and Cosmetics benefit from being applied to the largest human organ, the skin but suffer from rather poor absorption rates. Nevertheless, the dermal application of Cannabinoid rich balms and salves provides vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and oil-based moisturisers.

                                              This could benefit those who suffer from common skin conditions.

                                              Suppositories would benefit consumers who are incapable, for various reasons of oral ingestion. This method allows for consistent and quick direct dosing. Perfect for carers.

                                              Ultimately, as the science and technology evolves so too does the market. Every day there are new innovations and endless varieties being produced to satisfy all consumer needs.

                                              All vertebrates have an Endocannabinoid system that positively interacts with exogenous Cannabinoids, so ideally we should all be consuming Cannabinoids daily to supplement the deficiency in our own ECS’s caused by nearly 90 years of the prohibition of Cannabis.

                                              First Time Taking CBD? Guide for Newcomers

                                              Here at Highline Wellness, we’re on a mission to make a more pleasant world, one dose at a time. We want to give everyone access to a more peaceful state of mind and body!

                                              If it’s your first time taking CBD, we’re here to guide you! It’s actually simple and easy to take CBD and incorporate it into your lifestyle. This guide will help you figure out which form of CBD is best for you, as well as your dosing and frequency!

                                              About Broad-Spectrum CBD

                                              There are three main types of CBD that are sold:

                                              • Full-spectrum
                                              • Broad-spectrum
                                              • Isolate

                                              All of the products at Highline Wellness are formulated with broad-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD has no THC (the property that gives you a high), but it still retains all of the other valuable terpenes and cannabinoids that are naturally found in the hemp plant. These give what’s referred to as the “entourage effect”—which is just a fancy way to say that all of the properties in the product work together to give you benefits, versus just having pure CBD isolate.

                                              Forms of CBD

                                              When you’re taking CBD for the first time, you might wonder which form you should take it in. There are quite a few options available, and each has its benefits!

                                              CBD oil is taken by placing the oil under your tongue and holding it there for 60–90 seconds, then swallowing. Many people also incorporate it into beverages, like coffee or a smoothie!

                                              Many people don’t like the taste of pure CBD oil as it can taste grassy, which is why we offer Mint and Citrus CBD oil. Both flavors are formulated with all-natural, organic flavors.

                                              Best if you want:

                                              • Immediate relief
                                              • Flexible dosing


                                              CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin, usually in the form of a cream or oil. If you’re looking for physical relief in your joints or muscles, topicals are the best option for you because you’ll get results exactly where you need it.

                                              Best if you want:

                                              • Targeted physical relief


                                              Gummies are the preferred option of many people, because they are easy to take and taste great! They’re discreet and are easy to incorporate into your morning or evening routine!

                                              Highline Wellness offers Day Gummies, formulated with B12 for energy and clarity, and Night Gummies, with melatonin to help you fall and stay asleep.

                                              Best if you want:

                                              • Ease
                                              • Different formulations for day and night

                                              How to Take CBD

                                              One of the main questions people have when they take CBD for the first time is how exactly they should take it! Of course, that depends on the form you take CBD in, but there are a few general steps to taking CBD to ensure you get the best results.


                                              We recommend starting out with 8–10mg of CBD, which will vary depending on your product. (That’s one Highline Wellness gummy, and one dropper-full of our CBD oil.) It’s absolutely important to start with a small dosage—likely less than you think—in order to figure out what the best dosage is for you and your body.

                                              Stick with the same dosage for 30 days to give your body time to adjust. If you’re ready to increase your dosing, we recommend doing so very slowly to ensure you get just the right amount for your needs!

                                              As a general guideline, we recommend this dosage based on your pain or stress levels:

                                              • None–mild = 1mg per 10 lbs
                                              • Medium = 1.5mg per 10lbs
                                              • Strong = 2mg per 10lbs

                                              NOTE: Everyone is different, and this is just a suggestion based on weight. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is a dietary supplement and isn’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.


                                              It might be tempting to take CBD multiple times a day, as soon as you start to feel the effects wear off. We recommend taking CBD twice a day—one dose in the morning, and one dose at night—to start off with.

                                              What to Expect

                                              If you’ve never taken CBD before, you might be wondering what to expect when you take it for the first time!

                                              At first, you might not notice a huge change in your day-to-day life. Many people want to see quick, immediate results, but as we stated earlier, it’s best to stick with the same routine for 30 days to let your body adjust!

                                              However, over the course of those 30 days, you’ll likely notice a subtle difference in how you feel. You might feel less anxious or less stressed, or you might feel an alleviation of some muscle and joint tension. It can be helpful to keep a log of how you feel so that you can see how it improves over time!

                                              Start Small

                                              Like we mentioned earlier, it’s important to start small with your dosing. While there are no major side effects to taking CBD, you want to start small so that you can take the exact right amount for your body and needs.

                                              Give it Time

                                              If it’s been 30 minutes and you don’t feel any different, don’t worry! It takes time for the effects of CBD to kick in, so don’t automatically think it’s not working and either give up or take another dose. It takes time, so don’t give up if you don’t notice immediate results!

                                              Adjust Dosage

                                              With all that being said, you will likely have to adjust your dosage to find what works best for you. You might only need half a dropper, or you might take two gummies. (We do offer varying potencies of gummies, so that once you find your ideal dosage you can take one gummy!)

                                              Of course, if you are feeling more stressed, you can adjust your dosage temporarily and then go back to your usual dosage.

                                              Drink Water

                                              It’s so important to stay hydrated in general, but especially when you take CBD! Drinking plenty of water will ensure that your body is functioning properly and will be able to function at its healthiest! You’ll get the most out of your CBD product that way.

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                                              Taking CBD Oil For The First Time

                                              Many of you are taking CBD oil for the first time. I was in your place not too long ago and know how you feel!

                                              Being in the health industry for many years has made me very skeptical about product claims and the ability of supplements to make a difference. I am also very cautious about what I put into my body, never smoke or take cannabis in any other form (no judgment if you do, that’s just my preference), and I don’t intend to get high or alter my reality. Putting all of these things together, the whole experience of trying CBD foil for the first time was uncomfortable and unsettling for me.

                                              So, don’t worry, you are not alone! Let me guide you through this journey step-by-step to take some of the pressure off.

                                              “I tried it for the first time and my day passed normally… but at the end of the day I noticed one key difference: I realized I hadn’t been worrying about the little things throughout the day and was just overall more relaxed. That night, I also slept very peacefully – normally I toss and turn. Very impressed!”

                                              Step 1: Buying CBD Oil For The First Time

                                              First and foremost, make sure you get CBD oil from a trusted source. Find a company that YOU trust . I got referred to a company, by a friend, but struggled to find their products, hence why I started my own company. I am also a huge believer in customer reviews since any other statements made on the internet can easily be fake. In addition, all of ICARIA’s products are lab tested, proving that there is 0.00% THC content, giving you even greater peace of mind. And, let’s not forget that ICARIA is from Vancouver, BC!

                                              Step 2: Figure Out How Much CBD Oil to Take For The First Time

                                              Figuring out how much CBD oil to take the first time around can be intimidating. So, please, check out this blog post for more dosage information. However, let me assure you that it is safe and that you most likely end up taking too little than too much. The truth is, you won’t know how much CBD oil you will need until you give it a try.

                                              You can also download a Dose Journal to help you figure out the perfect dosage for yourself.

                                              Step 3: Know What to Expect Taking CBD Oil

                                              CBD oil is just a supplement, so don’t expect to feel any new emotions or have an altered state of reality. I like to compare it to drinking a cup of coffee; it doesn’t change your perception of reality, but you KNOW when caffeine has kicked in. Some people need a sip, and other people need three cups to feel any effects. Coffee doesn’t alter your reality; it just makes you feel more alert. Of course, CBD works completely differently from coffee , but our point is that you can know when CBD oil is working for you.

                                              You can read more about what to expect and what you will feel when taking CBD oil in one of our blogs!

                                              “I had a very bad experience taking medication and therefore was hesitant to try CBD thinking it would be a similar experience. Well for the first time in years, I feel “normal”. I’m not crying every day, I don’t feel an impending sense of dread and hopelessness, I am able to deal with difficult situations… I can live my life.”

                                              Step 4: Listen to Your Body

                                              Everyone can have a slightly different experience because CBD brings your body back into balance. In other words, different people experience different things. Packages often say that you shouldn’t drive after taking CBD oil, but that is more of a precaution when taking it for the first time. Once you’ve tried CBD oil, you will see that there should be no concern about driving after taking it; neither are there any laws about taking pure CBD (without any THC in it) like the one in ICARIA’s products.
                                              I have also personally experienced how CBD can have very different effects on different women. For example, I get really bad acne from eating dairy, and taking CBD oil doesn’t help if I continue to eat dairy. On the other hand, I have had customers who say that CBD oil has done wonders for their acne. This is most likely due to the reason that there would be a different root cause for the acne. The main point is, to listen to your body and stay open-minded, sometimes it can take some time to adjust before you feel the desired results.

                                              Step 5: That’s it!

                                              Now that you have tried CBD oil, there is nothing else to worry about. You can freely experiment with your dosage, timing, and other reasons to take it.