CBD Preparations 



  • Liquid hemp oil, like CBD tinctures or CBD drops

  • CBD concentrated into a thick paste (often referred to as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO)

  • Encapsulated CBD oil

  • Phytocannabinoid-rich sprays/spritzers (generally designed for application beneath the tongue) 

  • Bottled water containing nano-sized CBD particles

  • CBD-infused chewing gum

  • On-the-go dissolvable powders containing CBD (oftentimes blended with other adaptogenic herbs)

  • Cooking oils (such as coconut oil or olive oil) with added cannabinoids

  • CBD-infused edibles (i.e., gummies, brownies, cookies, etc.; generally for individuals who are sensitive to smoking/vaping)


  • Crystalline isolates

  • Wax (similar to THC-containing marijuana concentrates called “shatter”)

  • CBD-rich eLiquids and/or vape cartridges (akin to an e-cigarette)


  • Transdermal patches with CBD (similar to a nicotine patch)

  • Cannabidiol-infused salves, balms, lotions, shampoos, or soaps (for topical use)

  • Bath bombs infused with CBD

Learn more about the different form, including pro and cons of each, in our Expert Course.



This is the information most consumers are looking for, but without regulations or scientific evidence to support the many claims made on the internet and by many CBD companies, our Medical Advisor suggests that we do not make recommendations for use of hemp-derived CBD.  The only FDA approved version of CBD is a pharmaceutical called Epidiolex, that is approved for two types of pediatric seizure disorders.  

As stated previously, there are numerous reports (anecdotal evidence) that suggest a myriad of uses.  But if your CBD company or salesman are making any such claims, they are doing so illegally.  



You'll find a lot of varying information on this topic on many websites.  Some websites have even listed ‘Mayo Clinic CBD Dosing recommendations’ for dosing. We have had no reply from the sites who have shared this chart, and Mayo Clinic has informed us that they have never given such recommendations.


Because of the variability of each CBD product, and the countless variables such as weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, and more, there is no standard dosing that can be recommended across the board.  


What we do recommend is starting low.  There is generally a standard recommended dosage for each individual CBD product.  We recommend starting much lower than that. For instance, if the CBD oil comes with a dropper and the recommended dose for that brand is a dropper full, we would still recommend starting with 2-5mg twice a day, and increasing every 3-5 days until you find the ‘sweet spot’ and see the results you are looking for.  Some may need much less than others.  Also note, that lower dose can be ‘activating’ which means they may act as a stimulant for some people.  This is great if you are looking for energy, but perhaps not so great if you are looking for sleep.


The most reported side effects of CBD are sleepiness, decreased appetite, and diarrhea, which generally occur at higher dose, but could happen at any dose. CBD has not been shown to  cause tolerance. It has actually been shown to increase receptor activity and some reports show that after a few months, you may need less CBD to get your desired results.