For those who are considering taking cannabidiol or CBD, there are more than one means to take the product. The number of choices may seem a little confusing at first, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each method.

Nasal Sprays

The nasal spray is an decades-old method of applying medication to relieve sinus pressure. With CBD oil, it is also a way to introduce the product into the lungs using a safe, proven method.

  • Works Quickly
  • Easy to Use
  • Can be Used on the Go

The downside to nasal sprays is the concentration of CBD is usually quite low. However, the spray does provide a compromise between smoking or vaping cannabis and consuming it. That makes the spray perfect for when you are traveling and want to be discreet.


This method may be the most common as it consists of taking CBD oil and placing a drop or two under the tongue.

  • Fast Acting
  • Bypasses Digestive System
  • CBD Oil is Relatively Inexpensive

Because of these reasons, taking CBD oil using the tinctures method is quite popular. However, there is the taste of the oil itself which is often a downside. Given that the doses are usually quite small it’s not much of a downside. But then again this has led to other methods being tried.


Vaping is the heating of water which contains CBD into a vapor which can then be inhaled into the lungs. This allows for the CBD to work quickly as it is absorbed into the blood vessels.

  • Works Quickly
  • Easy to Employ
  • Uses Familiar Vaping Devices

There are restrictions on vaping in some places. And, it may not be the method you want to use. But it does have its advantages. Keep in mind that the current medical concern on vaping THC is not related to CBD.


These are often found in foods, snacks, and beverages where a concentrated dose of CBD is applied.

  • Easy to Use
  • Wide Variety of Products

However, because the delivery system is the digestive tract, it can be slow to create an effect. Furthermore, the digestive system often passes through or destroys much of the CBD before it can enter the blood stream.


Capsules overcome many of the issues associated with the digestive system because it bypasses the stomach and is absorbed in the intestinal tract.

  • Familiar Product
  • Easy to Take
  • Quite Effective

The only real drawback is that it takes more time for the CBD to enter the system compared to sprays or vapes.

Topical Creams or Balms

This has become a popular method for athletes and those who workout frequently to address muscle soreness, aches, and pains.

  • Works on Specific Area of the Body
  • Is not taken Internally
  • Can be Stored for Years

The downside of balms or creams is that they are limited in scope. While great for muscle soreness, the absorption rate is low enough that it does not have the overall effect of taking CBD internally.

Understanding which method works best for you will help you decide the type of CBD you want to use. Keep in mind that all of them have advantages, so choosing the right one will maximize its effect.