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June 05, 2020

The first time I used a tincture I put an entire dropper down my throat. Yikes.

This was long before I understood what sublingualor bioavailability meant. I was told the effect would be almost instant, but after a short time I felt no effect so I increased my dosage. Ten minutes later I upped it one more time (Had I consumed correctly I would have already felt the effects!) Finally around an hour later I felt an encompassing sense of calm and I kept getting calmer. The tightness in my muscles began to ease and my entire body felt less rigid. I was no longer a skeptic. I had finally found all natural pain relief.

There was only one problem. The way I consumed the tincture. In the past couple of years through research, experimenting, and asking questions I have learned the best way to take tincture and how to maximize their effect. I’m putting all of my knowledge here so that you will not make the mistake that I did, because every drop counts when it comes to CBD tincture. We understand if your mind is blown.

How Do I Take My CBD Oil?

That’s the first question you should be asking that many don’t. Ensuring you’re taking it right will ensure you get all the health benefits of taking CBD.

CBD tinctures are designed to be taken sublingually (a fancy word for under the tongue.) This is because there are blood vessels under the tongue where CBD can enter the bloodstream immediately. Start with 5mg CBD  and place the liquid under the tongue. Hold the liquid there under the tongue for 1-2 minutes and then swallow.

CBD tinctures are best taken after eating, or with a high-fat snack, such as an avocado or nuts. This can provide you up to 5x the absorption rate in your body. That’s a major difference.

How Do I Maximize the Effects of My CBD Tincture?

That’s where bioavailability comes in play. When we say bioavailability we’re referring to how well our body can absorb and use the things we ingest. This is not exclusive to CBD — it applies to all foods, plants, vitamins, etc. The biggest factor is the quality of the substances you are consuming. I only consume CBD tinctures that have been third party tested for potency, heavy metals, microbials, and pesticides. CBD that is backed by science and comes from a reliable source is going to always allow for a more predictable CBD experience. Another  factor in bioavailability is how you use the specific products.

When should I take my CBD tincture?

CBD tinctures are great throughout the day. CBD has a calming effect that many users find to be most appealing in the evening hours. If you’re a CBD rookie then we do recommend taking it at night your first time so that you’re in the best location for relaxation! Once you understand the effects of your CBD tincture you can (and should!) take it throughout the day. More on that below.

4 Tips for Your CBD Tincture Consumption:

Coffee: There are coffees made with CBD that we love. But for a more accurate dose add some CBD to your morning latte. If you add

Smoothies or Shakes: I like to add CBD tinctures with a strong fruit flavor like the Sweet Orange from Illuminent. It makes the post-workout recovery much more rewarding.

Mid Afternoon Snack: Foods high in good fats like guacamole and hummus are great places to add your CBD tincture.

Yogurt: As yogurt is also a fatty food it can be a great way to add a tincture into your morning routine.

Choosing the Right CBD Tincture

This is the most important step in choosing the best CBD oil. You can follow all of our tips and steps but you’ll still be upset if you are doing it with a CBD oil that isn’t best for you. You should spend time with products and try others. There are a litany of factors such as taste, effect, and brand ethos that you have to navigate to ensure that your CBD products are best matched to who you are as a consumer. Thankfully at Cure Crate we take the time to get to know each of our customers. That way we can pair them with brands that we know, love, and trust. If you haven’t yet — take the quiz so we can create your CBD profile. Then grab your crate.