You’ve seen the news, science, and personal stories about hemp oil supplements, but with such a broad range of products available, you may find yourself unsure how to use them.
Using hemp oil properly is important, but it’s worth noting that some people opt to use it in their own way, and that’s completely fine. There is no “one way” to take hemp oil, but there are mainstream methods you should know about. Let’s delve right in and discuss all your options.
How to Use: Pure Hemp Oil Concentrates
One of the most popular ways to take hemp oil is a pure concentrate. This is a paste-like oil that’s extracted right from the hemp plant; no other ingredients are added.
When you order a pure hemp oil concentrate, it will likely be packaged in an oral syringe. If you’re not expecting that, it can come as a surprise. Your first thought may be, “is this an injection?!”
Don’t worry, that’s not the case.
To take this pure oil, simply dispense the desired amount on the back of a spoon, on your finger, or directly under your tongue. A typical serving size is about the size of a grain of rice (see below).
Make sure you are cautious in this step. Hemp oil concentrates are natural oils, so each harvest will vary in flavor and consistency. Sometimes the concentrate is a thick oil, whereas other batches will be a little runnier. This is completely normal and to be expected. Just be careful not to let it touch your new white t-shirt or dress.
Now, place the oil under your tongue. Wait 60-90 seconds (the longer, the better) and then swallow.
There’s no one-size-fits-all method for dispensing pure hemp oil, but the Made By Hemp team finds the above option to be easiest.
Tips & Suggestions
There are a few important matters to discuss regarding pure hemp oil concentrates. First, it’s important to place the oil under your tongue because the mouth consists of capillary glands that absorb the oil. This allows the CBD to enter your system quickly. By the time you swallow the oil, a significant amount of CBD will have already been absorbed.
Secondly, keep in mind that pure hemp oil does not taste good to many. Each harvest renders slightly different flavors because the flavor and aroma come from compounds within the hemp plant called terpenes. Just like cannabinoids, you don’t know exactly which terpenes have developed in the plant until the oil has been extracted and tested. This makes it difficult to guarantee how each batch will taste.
Pure hemp oil tastes like you grabbed a handful of dirt and grass and ate it. Sometimes it’s a little spicy, too.
Sublingual application of hemp oil is convenient because you don’t have to taste the oil until your 60-90 seconds are up. We believe pure hemp oil concentrates are the best way to add a large number of cannabinoids to your daily regimen. If you’re sensitive to the taste but are determined to use hemp oil, try drinking juice as you swallow the oil.
Recently, the team here at Made By Hemp had a taste testing party with our Gold Label Concentrate. The expressions on people’s faces were rather amusing. In the end, we discovered something important: apple cider and orange juice seem to do the best job of masking hemp’s potent flavor.
How to Use: Hemp Oil Tinctures
Hemp oil tinctures (or “drops”) are liquid supplements packaged in a glass bottle. They will come with either a dropper or spray top for easy dispensing.
Tinctures are very popular and for a good reason. They offer a unique opportunity for manufacturers to add other robust ingredients, such as coconut oil, terpenes, spearmint, and other natural herbs and essential oils. These additions help mask the pungent taste of natural hemp. The flavor of tinctures is typically more well-received than pure hemp oil concentrates.
To take a hemp oil tincture, fill the pipette by using the dropper top. Then, simply dispense the desired amount under your tongue. This is called “sublingual” use. Now, wait 60-90 seconds and then swallow the oil. If you find the flavor is too potent, try drinking juice along with it.
Hemp oil tinctures come in a wide array of sizes, flavors, and strengths. Something to keep that in mind as you’re trying tinctures: if you don’t like a specific tincture, there are many other brands that may suit you better in terms of flavor and potency.
How to Use: Hemp E-Liquid
Hemp oil e-liquid, also known as vape oil, has a very straightforward use. Your usage will depend on which type of vape product you purchase. If you buy vape oil, you will need to fill a vaporizer with the oil. Otherwise, you can buy a vape kit that includes a disposable vape cartridge which simply screws into the vaporizer. This option completely curtails the hassle of maintaining a vaporizer pen. If you are using a re-usable vaporizer pen, keep in mind you will need to replace the tank and/or coil once in a while.
Vaping is a uniquely powerful way to take CBD because it is the fastest known way to get CBD into your system. Through vaping, CBD directly enters your bloodstream through your lungs. The act of vaping is also considered relaxing due to the deep inhales and exhales.
When I’m feeling anxious or in serious need of relaxation, I immediately grab my vaporizer.
How to Use: Topical Hemp Oil for Skin
For dry, inflamed, or aging skin, people often try hemp oil topical solutions to target specific areas. Your skin is your largest organ, so it’s important to keep it moisturized and balanced.
Hemp oil topicals, like the Muscle & Joint Salve, make it easy to target the source of your skin problems. Using topicals is easy and straightforward; simply massage the product into the targeted skin area. Repeat as needed throughout the day. Hemp oil topicals range in consistency and it’s up to your personal preference on which appeals best to you.