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How to use CBD oil: 6 of the best ways

Whether you’ve heard all about CBD oil and would like to try it for yourself, or you’re simply CBD-curious, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide we will run through all the different ways you can consume CBD oil, as well as the different benefits for each method.

Hopefully, this will help you decide to-CBD or not-to-CBD and how it may be able to help you – let’s get started!

What is CBD oil?

Let’s get the basics covered first: what is CBD and what is CBD used for?

What is CBD?

Not to be confused with the marijuana that some people smoke, CBD oil is legal and contains very little of the ‘psychoactive’ compound THC.

The hemp cultivated for CBD oil will always be high-CBD and low-THC.

With THC only present in trace amounts, this allows the users to enjoy CBD without the psychoactive intoxication that THC is associated with.

What is CBD used for?

When we take a CBD product, it interacts with out endocannabinoid system – that’s right, we already have a natural system for these endocannabinoids to interact with! In human and other mammal bodies, this physiological system is made up of millions of CB1 and CB2 receptor sites. 1

6 of the best ways to use CBD oil

How to take CBD oil

CBD comes in a variety of formats, so you should be able to find one that can work for you. Whether it’s straight-up CBD oil you’re interested in or balms, capsules or beauty products, read about them and how they work below.

CBD oil

The original – and maybe – the best? CBD oil is likely the easiest to get your hands on and perhaps the simplest to use.

The brand and product type will dictate how many drops or the dosage (e.g. 2ml) per day it is recommended that your take.

It is usually taken under the tongue to help absorption. This could make it somewhat difficult for some people to swallow, so if you have a sensitive palate, a different method could be better for you!

CBD oil with food

Taking your CBD oil with food can improve its bioavailability 2 – the rate and degree that a substance is absorbed and sent to the bloodstream.

What’s more, choosing to take your CBD oil when consuming certain food types can improve the bioavailability of CBD compounds even more.

Some of the best foods to eat alongside taking CBD oil is medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids ‘bind’ to the cannabinoids before they reach the liver (with less CBD concentration loss), where they get metabolised instantly together – ready for your body to put to work straight away. 3

Studies have been conducted to test the link between fatty foods and how bioavailable CBD supplements can be. They found that eating fatty foods alongside supplementing CBD may ‘substantially increase the systemic exposure to orally administered cannabis-based medicines.’ 4

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Here are some of the best foods to eat in conjunction with supplementing CBD:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Meat

You could easily combine some of those ingredients to make a healthy, CBD-friendly meal that helps you make the most of your supplements.

Try making a hearty guacamole with olive oil, avocado, tomatoes, onion and garlic. Or why not treat yourself to some coconut oil in your morning fruit smoothie to get your day started off right.

CBD oil for pets

Some CBD is specially formulated for pets so that they can feel the natural benefits too. Always make sure to find a pet-friendly product and consult your vet before administering, though!

CBD balm

Many product manufacturers recommend that CBD balms are best used when massaged into the skin..

When used like this, it may cause pleasant warming and cooling sensations.

CBD beauty products

In a very similar way to CBD balms, the CBD in beauty products like CBD-enriched moisturisers, serums and facial oils gets absorbed through the skin.

CBD capsules

CBD capsules are a great option for people who don’t get on with the Earthy taste of CBD oil. They usually contain similar recommended dosages to CBD oils, so you can use them in the same way.

Some CBD capsules also contain added vitamins and nutrients, e.g. B vitamins, so you can enjoy additional health benefits with your dose of CBD.

CBD gummies

In the same way as CBD capsules do, CBD gummies take away the sometimes-unpalatable taste of CBD without taking away any of the benefits. If anything, CBD gummies take it one step further, with their fruity flavours.

They’re great for travelling too, as you can take them without a drink.

CBD oral sprays

Quick, simple oral sprays are also an option when it comes to taking CBD. Most have a pleasant flavour or are flavourless – ticking the ‘I don’t like the taste of hemp’ box.

In addition, some of them also contain vitamins and other nutrients so you can enjoy even more benefits with each spray.

As it is administered onto the tongue via spray, this CBD will enter your bloodstream faster than capsules and edibles, as they don’t have to pass through the digestive system.

You don’t need a drink to ‘wash them down’ either, making CBD sprays perfect for travelling.

A final note

Everybody is different – some products will suit you nicely, and others will not work for you and your lifestyle.

We recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional before you decide to supplement CBD oil for the best advice.

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Here at H&B, we only sell CBD that meets our highest standards for purity, quality, and safety, as backed by leading trade associations (HFMA & EIHA) and expert laboratories so you can find the CBD you can trust. And in the format, flavour and strength you want too.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Cannabis oil is flying off the shelves at Holland & Barrett – but what are the benefits?

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Cannabis oil launched at Holland & Barrett at the beginning of the year, and the health food chain has reported sales of its ‘CBD Oil’ rocketing.

The retailer, which has been selling the product for £19.99. has already seen sales increase by 37 per cent in the last four weeks.

And this mirrors an increase in demand recorded by The Cannabis Trades Association UK.

According to the body, there are now 250,000 users of CBD Oil across the UK, which is up form the 125,000 recorded this time last year.

Cannabis oil is flying off the shelves at Holland & Barrett

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A World Health Organisation report revealed that it may help successful treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications

CBD is an active substance found in hemp oil, extracted from the leaves and flowers of industrial hemp variety.

Holland & Barrett’s CBD Oil from Jacob Hooy is made with 100 per cent natural cold-pressed hemp seeds and promises a strong and ‘distinctive’ taste.

Containing natural hemp speed oil and hemp paste, a few drops are to be taken with water two or three times a day.

So what are the benefits of CBD oil?

The oil is said to be able to treat a variety of problems.

At the end of last year, a World Health Organisation report revealed that it may help successful treat symptoms relating to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, pain, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetic complications.

CBD oil has been so successful in the last four weeks that Holland & Barrett are set to launch four more CBD oil products next month, including bigger bottles and CBD capsules to help cater for the surge in popularity.

A spokesperson from Holland & Barrett said: “We have been surprised at the success and popularity of CBD Oil since launch. We knew that there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically.

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Cannabis oil is believed to help symptoms relating to a number of health conditions

“We are constantly looking to bring, new and innovative products to market that help our customers. It is great to see in this instance that we can help with the demand. We also want our shoppers to know that we listen to their needs and hope to eventually increase the CBD range to keep up with the growing popularity.”

But despite impressive sales, the product has received mixed reviews on the Holland & Barrett website.

While some customers have referred to it as “liquid gold”, the produce has received an overall rating of 3.5 stars.

One disappointed shopper wrote: “Undecided on this so far, not sure it’s doing anything for me, except giving me a foul taste in my mouth.”

5 CBD brands from Holland & Barrett to put on your radar

In the last few years, CBD has well and truly crossed over into the mainstream, appearing in everything from dark chocolate to our favourite serums.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound that’s derived from the hemp plant, so it understandably throws up a few questions. However, the hemp that’s used in CBD oil is high in CBD and very low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound most associated with recreational cannabis use. In other words, CBD products aren’t addictive and won’t make you feel high.

If you’re CBD-curious, but aren’t sure where to start, head to Holland & Barrett. The first major retailer to bring quality CBD products to the high street, it continues to only sell those that meet its high standards for purity, quality and safety — so you can find CBD you can trust in the format, flavour and strength that works for you.

It also leads the way with innovative new launches. So, whether it’s straight-up CBD oil you’re after or you’re more interested in soothing skincare, here are five CBD brands and the hero products to check out.

Grass & Co: Best for oils and balms

A sustainable business inspired by nature, the new Grass & Co range at Holland & Barrett combines high-quality CBD with botanical ingredients and vitamins that help support physical and mental wellbeing. It includes the Rest CBD oil, which has been fortified with vitamins B2, B5, B12, lavender and hops to help reduce tiredness and support your nervous system. Or, if you prefer, you can apply your CBD topically with deliciously-scented body oils and nourishing balms that can be massaged into your pulse-points to ease tension.