CBD 101 – Finding your optimal dose and format

What are your goals? What do you want to improve?

Before jumping on the CBD train, it’s important to ask yourself what you want CBD to improve. Do you suffer from back pain or arthritis? Are you trying to find a solution to manage your stress? Are you just curious?

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the variety of CBD products on the market today. Each method will deliver CBD to your body in a different way, which affects what it can be used for and how often you’ll want to take it. Everybody is going to respond a little differently to CBD, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all CBD dosing. This little guide should help you understand the different ways of consuming CBD, so you can choose the method that best fit your needs and health goals!

In order to be effective, CBD must reach the zone where it’s needed. For example, for body pain, an ointment applied topically might be more efficient than oil. If you’re looking for a stress-relief, the CBD needs to go inside your body, so it needs to travel through your bloodstream, to reach your brain, immune system, or other locations. In this case, an oil might be preferable.

Finding the right dose for you:

Each method will work differently from a person to another. To make sure your body is not going to have any bad reaction to an ingredient, we recommend starting slow, like one or two drops of an oil. Wait a few hours for your body to process and try a higher dose.

If you’re worried of taking too much, just know that clinical trials have prescribed CBD doses up to 1,200mg daily for month without observing side effects! That’s the same amount as an entire bottle of our Lavender CBD oil! We still recommend speaking with your healthcare provider before starting to use CBD, especially our botanical CBD oil. CBD and other botanical extracts could lower your blood pressure, or interfere with your body’s ability to process certain drugs! And if your job requires drug testing, high CBD dosing could lead to a false positive!

Ways to take CBD:

Oral –  Sublingual

With this method, CBD can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. Hold the CBD oil under your tongue or swishing it around your mouth, for 30 seconds to 1.5 minute before swallowing. Peak bloodstream levels range from 0.5 to 5 hours. Absorption will be even faster if you have recently eaten, researchers discovered when evaluating an oral spray.

Oral – swallowed

When CBD is ingested, it passes through your digestive system, where it’s absorbed into your bloodstream and travel through your body. This is the slowest route for CBD to reach its targets, but also the longest period of time that it’s active. Peak bloodstream levels are reported anywhere between 1-6 hours. Best for long-term supplementation.

Since CBD is fat-soluble, it is better to consume CBD on a full stomach, for a better absorption. Consuming CBD with a healthy does of fat can increase the amount of CBD that reaches your bloodstream by 3, which is why Esanssi contains olive oil!

We personally love to put a small dose of lavender CBD oil in iced-coffee or tea for a subtle floral taste!


Topical CBD will diffuse across your skin and will reach local targets, like muscles. Very little will enter your bloodstream. Efficiency varies and will depend on the target. You can easily create your own ointment by mixing our botanical CBD oil with a face cream, moisturizer or coconut oil! You’ll get the benefit of the CBD and of our botanical extracts! For example, turmeric is amazing for inflammation and can help relieve back pain!


When CBD is inhaled, it passes to the lungs where it rapidly passes into the bloodstream. Inhalation avoids first-pass metabolism. This is the quickest way to get CBD circulation thought your system, but it’s also effective for the shortest period of time. Peak bloodstream is within 10 minutes. Studies say that inhalation can get anywhere from 2 to 56% of the molecule in your bloodstream, depending on your inhalation technique.

Whatever you think is best for you, keep it mind to start your CBD dosing slow and to be consistent (think everyday at the same time). By testing different methods, you will find what is right for you and your body.


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