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How to take CBD oil products: 14 ways

So, you’ve got your CBD oil, now what? Do you have to drop it into your mouth or are there other ways to get your dose of CBD? Thankfully, there are!

There’s lots of ways to take CBD, from classic CBD mouth drops, to food enhancers, drinks, supplements, cosmetics and readymade food products enriched with CBD, so everyone can find one that they like.

We have put together the 14 best ways to take CBD products so you can find one that works for you.

1. CBD Gummies

Like any other tasty gummy vitamin or mineral, these CBD edibles take the struggle of swallowing pills and replace it with a sweet-like solution.

Try it:

Starpowa CBD 15mg Apple Flavoured Gummies

  • Contains 15mg of premium CBD oil per gummy
  • THC free
  • No added sugar
  • Vegan friendly

2. CBD Food Enhancer

One of the easiest ways to add more CBD to you day is to use a CBD food enhancer. You can add a few drops to your favourite foods and drinks! Here’s a few foodie inspo tips on how to take CBD oil drops:

  • Cake mixtures
  • Cookie batters
  • Tea or coffee
  • Protein shakes
  • Yoghurt and granola
  • Honey
  • Butter
  • Smoothies
  • Soups
  • Pasta sauces
  • Pancakes
  • Peanut butter and other nut butter

Try it:

ADDCBD Food Enhancer

  • The most flexible way to ‘Add CBD’ into your day
  • Enjoy your favourite foods while enjoying CBD
  • Simply use the pipette to ‘Add CBD’ easily to foods and drinks

3. CBD Skincare

Did you know you can enjoy CBD on the outside of your body as well as inside?

There are lots of CBD skincare products currently on the market. Read more about that here: Is CBD oil your secret beauty weapon?

You can enjoy the following CBD-enriched creams and other skincare formulations:

Holland & Barrett CBD Serum

  • Super concentrated CBD with a light texture
  • Very moisturising
  • Helps regulate the skin’s natural oil production so you can reach a healthy balance
  • Vegan friendly

Cubid CBD Re:juvenate Stay Active

  • A powerful combination of plant-based ingredients to help ease tension and support skin health
  • Made with 500mg full spectrum hemp oil
  • Vegan friendly

Holland & Barrett CBD Night Cream

  • Enriched with highly moisturising shea butter, CBD and hemp seed oils
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Vegan friendly

Or you can make your own!

4. CBD Cosmetic Enhancers

If you already have a day cream you swear by or even a full beauty regime you have perfected for your skin type, you may be hesitant to switch brands for a bit of CBD.

The good news is you don’t have to with CBD cosmetic enhancers. You simply add drops of the CBD-enriched formula to your regular beauty products, e.g. face moisturising cream

Try it:

AddCBD Cosmetic Enhancer, 2000mg

  • Allows you to enhance your favourite cosmetic products with CBD
  • Easy to use, simply drop into your existing cosmetics and use as normal
  • Add to hand cream, face wash, muscle balm, overnight masks, body oils, massage oils, and so much more
  • Vegan friendly
  • 200mg of CBD per ml

Try adding it to some homemade cosmetics, like:

5. CBD Drinks

You can enjoy your daily dose of CBD in a tasty drink if you wish! Enjoying it in a drink can make it less of a chore and more of an excuse to pause and enjoy a delish drink, that also happens to enrich your body with CBD.

Choose from non-alcoholic cocktail mixers and fruity, juicy little numbers to adding a CBD drinks enhancer into your favourite drinks.

Try it:

Bumblezest Ginger, Turmeric and CBD Drink

  • Shot your CBD before you leave the house in the morning or on the go
  • Contains 2.5mg of CBD per drink
  • Flavoured with lemon, turmeric and ginger
  • No gluten, dairy, lactose or nuts
  • Vegan friendly
  • Served in recyclable glass bottles

Kolibri CBD Citrus

  • Contains 20mg of CBD with lid that allows you to tailor your dosage
  • Full-bodied blend of green apple, tangerine marmalade, bittersweet herbs and sweet brioche
  • Alcohol-free but makes a mean mocktail (or add it to your alcoholic cocktails!)
  • Also comes in Dark Forest flavour

AddCBD Food Enhancer 300mg

Just like we explored above with the CBD food enhancer, you can do the same thing with your drinks. Simply pop a few drops in any hot or cold drink you like and enjoy.

Here’s a recipe for a Green Avocado, Spirulina & CBD Smoothie

6. CBD Chocolate

Sweet tooth with some CBD curiosity? CBD chocolate could be the intro into the CBD world you have been waiting for.

You can now buy ready-made chocolate bars enriched with CBD oil – bit more fun than a drop of oil isn’t it!

Try it:

Almighty Foods Raw CBD Chocolate

  • Each 30g bar provides 10mg of CBD and just 174kcal
  • The perfect snack or dessert to satisfy cravings for the sweet stuff while enriching the body with CBD
  • Made using premium Peruvian cacao beans, full spectrum CBD hemp paste and coconut palm sugar

7. CBD Coffee

Do you love to welcome the day with an energising yet relaxing cup of coffee? Now you can add the benefits of CBD to your morning routine with CBD coffee.

It’s usually made the same as your regular coffee is – with coffee beans – and simply enriched with CBD oil or extract to add that little something extra into the classic cup.

Try it:

Cheerful Buddha CBD Coffee

  • Made with luxurious Rainforest Alliance Arabica Colombian coffee beans
  • Infused with organic UK hemp-derived ‘broad spectrum’ CBD
  • Delicious and smooth tasting, with approximately 10mg of CBD a cup

8. CBD Tablets and capsules

Are you a traditionalist at heart? Just want to take your CBD quickly, easily and just forget about it? Good old capsules could be for you!

If you don’t mind swallowing them, then CBD capsules are a convenient and often cost-effective way to get your daily CBD.

More and more brands are branching out with their capsules, too, by adding in extra vitamins and minerals for even more natural benefits.

Try it:

Jacob Hooy CBD 10mg Capsules

  • Modest strength of 10mg (the equivalent of 8 drops of 2.75% CBD oil)
  • One-a-day supplement suitable for first-time users
  • Easy to swallow and gastric-acid-resistant capsule
  • Vegan friendly

Love Hemp CBD 1200mg

  • If you’re looking for something a little stronger, these 20mg capsules are highly effective
  • Made from premium water-soluble hemp extract for optimum bio-availability
  • 100% HC Free
  • Vegan friendly and gluten free

Naturopathica CBD+ Night

  • 5mg of super-concentrated, full-spectrum CBD in each capsule
  • Contains magnesium to support normal muscle function and promote physical relaxation before bed

9. CBD Coconut oil

Coconut oil is big in the food and beauty world already for its healthy fats and skin-moisturising properties – and now you can get one with added CBD!

Use this super natural blend to:

  • bake cakes and cookies, like these 5 vegan cake recipes using coconut oil
  • make date and coconut energy balls
  • sauté fresh veggies
  • spread on toast or crackers
  • soothe and hydrate dry skin
  • make a nourishing hair mask
  • makeup remover
  • massage oil

Try it:

Vita Coco CBD Infused Coconut Oil

  • Each tub contains 250mg of premium CBD from broad spectrum hemp extract
  • Organic virgin coconut oil
  • Can be used on the skin or used in cooking/baking/meals
  • A very versatile way to add CBD into your day – we doubt you’d get bored with all the possibilities!

10. CBD Spray

Like to spray your supplements? You’ll be pleased to know you can spray your CBD now too!

CBD sprays have immediate benefits when compared to CBD you have to digest, as it enters your bloodstream via the mouth, skipping that pesky stomach acid completely.

It’s also great for just popping in your bag and using it while you’re out and about at work, at the gym, shopping etc. and you can get flavoured ones to freshen your breath at the same time – woo!

Try it:

Love Hemp CBD Oil Spray - Orange

  • 2mg of CBD per spray is an idea dose for beginners – allowing you to start with a small dosage before adding more sprays (188 sprays per bottle)
  • Contains a full spectrum of natural cannabinoids, phytonutrients and terpenes
  • 100% THC free
  • Suitable for vegans

Love Hemp 1200mg CBD Spray - Peppermint

  • Strong dose of 1200mg of premium CBD hemp extract per bottle
  • 100% THC free and non-psychoactive
  • Breath-freshening peppermint flavour to keep you smelling minty fresh on the go while you enjoy the benefits of CBD
  • Comes in a recyclable glass bottle
  • Suitable for vegans

11. CBD Muscle Balm

Give your muscles some CBD-enriched goodness by massaging in a soothing CBD muscle balm. These formulas provide you with warming and cooling sensations to help muscles relax, leaving the skin feeling soft and nourished after, too.

Try it:

Holland & Barrett CBD Muscle Balm Extra

  • 100% natural ingredients + premium CBD extract
  • Extra strength
  • Helps create warming and cooling sensations when massaged into skin

12. CBD Water

Let’s face it, most of us need to up our hydration game – and what better motivator than added CBD benefits with every sip?

CBD water combines a daily necessity with a daily dose of CBD to take your hydration to a whole new level.

Try it:

Love Hemp Water

  • Europe’s first water infused with CBD
  • Spring water infused with CBD hemp droplets
  • Easy to incorporate into your day
  • Sip your CBD on the go

13. CBD Tea

Everyone loves a brew – make yours work overtime with some extra CBD.

CBD tea provides a simultaneously soothing and refreshing way to enjoy a daily dose of CBD, with the added benefits of the tea itself and the relaxing ritual that tends to accompany a cuppa.

Try it:

Tea + CBD Infused Tea

  • 3mg of 100% bioavailable CBD per tea bag
  • Naturally caffeine free
  • Flavoured naturally with apple and baobab
  • Perfect for CBD wherever you have access to a kettle!

14. Simple CBD Oil

Prefer to keep it simple? Investing in a good CBD oil gives you maximum versatility and is often the cheapest option.

You can fully control the dose, adding it to food, cosmetics, drinks and even just massaging it into your skin.

Try it:

Holistic Herb Premium CBD Oil – Single Strength

  • This fast-acting unique micro-emulsified CBD reaches the bloodstream complete as it doesn’t degrade in the stomach
  • 100% free of the psychoactive compound THC
  • This CBD oil is a low dosage (1.4mg of regular CBD per oil, per drop), so may be beneficial to first-time users to try out and build on

Jacob Hooy CBD Oil – 5%

  • If you want a slightly stronger dose, this 5% CBD oil provides 2.1mg of regular CBD oil per drop
  • 100% free of THC
  • Vegan friendly
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Do you swallow CBD oil?

Place CBD oil under the tongue and let it sit for around a minute to let it absorb before swallowing. You may want to have a nice tasting drink ready as the taste is not pleasant for most!

How much CBD oil should a person start with?

The general rule is to start off slowly with a low dose and gradually build up to a higher one if your body needs it – this way you can monitor how it affects your body and make sure it is a positive experience for you.

You should also always check with your GP that CBD oil is safe to take alongside any regular medication you may be taking.

How do you take CBD oil at home?

Choose how you want to take your CBD oil, e.g. food enhancement drops, capsules, coffee or even chocolate and follow the manufacturers recommendations.

It may be useful to try out a few CBD formats to find out which one works best for you and your lifestyle.

What is the difference between CBD% and mg?

CBD% refers to the amount of CBD compared to other ingredients, e.g. a 10ml bottle of CBD oil with approximately 275mg per bottle could be sold as 2.75% strength CBD.

CBDmg refers to the total amount of CBD in the products, e.g. that same 10ml bottle of CBD could also be sold as CBD oil – 275mg.

Most manufacturers provide both strength indicators, but a little maths could be your friend if not and you want to compare. Read more about it here: How much CBD should I take?

Shop CBD At Holland and Barrett we’re committed to bringing you the latest innovations in CBD. We only bring you high-quality CBD products that are safe, pure and traceable from source. So when you buy from us, you know you're using CBD you can trust.

Last updated: 15 December 2020


Author: Bhupesh Panchal, Regulatory Affairs

  • Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019
  • Qualifications: Masters Degree in Toxicology, BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a clinical toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products. After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

Bhupesh specialises in vitamins & minerals nutrition, health benefits & safety of botanicals and traditional herbal medicines. View Bhupesh's LinkedIn profile. In his spare time, Bhupesh likes to cycle and has been learning to speak Korean for several years.
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