Over the past few years, CBD oil has proven itself to be far more than any passing fad; in fact, they’re only continuing to boom!
While more research on CBD needs to go underway, there are a few potential benefits behind it that have attracted a lot of attention.
Plus, CBD is notably both relaxing and non-intoxicating.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have the psychoactive properties we associate with marijuana, and while there are full-spectrum CBD gummies that contain THC, these should still contain less than 0.3%.
On top of that, CBD is not addictive, and there is even some evidence suggesting that it may help break some habits, particularly those associated with substance abuse.
And even with all of the different types of CBD products released every day, CBD oil tinctures remain a crowd favorite.
Characterized by their glass bottle and smart, squeezable stopper, CBD oil tinctures are among the most iconic CBD products, noted for both its simplicity and versatility.
But how versatile is it, really?
We’ll show you!
Here are 7 creative ways to consume CBD oil tinctures.
1. Add to Smoothies
If you’re not a fan of CBD oil’s natural, somewhat earthy flavor, you can always mask the taste by infusing it into your daily smoothie.
CBD smoothies are especially popular for those on their way to an intense workout where they’ll want some anti-inflammatory properties kicking in. Additionally, CBD smoothies are a great option for those looking to combat their nerves for the day, whether it’s for a tough marathon, a first-impression to make, or a major presentation at work.
And here’s a tip for making CBD smoothies: incorporate something rich in healthy fats, like almond butter, avocado, or full-fat yogurt into your blend.
The idea behind this is not only that healthy fats will leave you feeling fuller, but also because CBD is fat-soluble, which means it’ll make the dose more effective.
2. Infuse Into Your Coffee or Tea
It’s our two favorite daily staples coming together: CBD and caffeine!
Adding a few drops of CBD to your morning cup of coffee has a couple of different benefits–for starters, how often do you forget your morning power-up?
When you couple new habits with established ones, you have a better chance of establishing that rhythm you need for a balanced daily life, and CBD in your coffee is a great example of this.
On top of that, it’s actually even possible that CBD may help combat the “jitters” that come with coffee by interacting with adenosine receptors, though research is limited.
3. CBD Straight from the Dropper
Perhaps one of the simplest, most straightforward ways to take CBD is by doing so straight from the dropper.
CBD oils can be taken sublingually, or under the tongue, where the CBD oil can be absorbed into the sublingual gland and sent to the bloodstream.
For folks using CBD to get a better night’s sleep, arguably the easiest way to go about it is with a couple of drops under the tongue before bed.
But CBD straight from the dropper can go more places than under the tongue; in fact, many individuals have found benefits by applying it topically.
This works because there are cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies, under our skin. And when CBD is applied to a patch of skin, it’s transdermally absorbed into the receptors within that area. This is great for when you wish to target a specific pain point in your body with CBD oil.
4. Naturally Sweeten Your Snacks With CBD Honey
You’ve probably heard of CBD gummies, but that’s not the only way you can enjoy CBD as a sweet treat!
Case in point: CBD honey sticks offer a natural, CBD-infused sweetener that’s easy to dissolve, energizing, and delicious. CBD honey can be added to peanut butter for a snack, squeezed into your smoothie, or you can even take them on hikes or workouts for an energy boost!
5. Have a CBD Massage Night
Massages are great because they can be sensual, but they don’t have to be when you’re just looking to relax. And no matter the situation, a massage with your partner is going to make for an intimate, peaceful evening.
And believe it or not, you can amp up your massage even more with CBD massage oil.
CBD massage oil combines the benefits of CBD with a nourishing massage oil, which helps lubricate the muscles for stronger, more fluid motions.
When giving your partner the perfect massage, a massage oil is like popcorn at the movies: sure, you don’t need it, but it’s just going to make the experience even better.
6. Make CBD Mocktails
Whether you’re on a 30-day sober challenge, quitting alcohol completely, or even if you’re simply looking to add some non-alcoholic variety to your evening, CBD mocktails are a fantastic way to both get their benefits and exercise a bit of creativity.
Whether it’s a Moscow Mule, a Cosmopolitan, or even a margarita, there’s a CBD mocktail version of it.
It’s worth noting, though, that because CBD oil is, well, an oil, it’s not going to completely dissolve into a beverage, and there may be some “floaters” on the surface of your drink. If this doesn’t bother you, great! But if it does, CBD isolate powder is a great alternative, since it’s going to dissolve well into any beverage.
7. Use It in a Salad Dressing
Remember how we mentioned in idea #1 that CBD oil works well when consumed with other oils?
If you’re not a fan of the sweeter CBD snacks, enjoy something on the savory side with a CBD salad dressing!
Making your own salad dressing is a wonderful way to bump up your culinary prowess while saving money, and adding some CBD oil truly is the perfect finishing touch.
This CBD vinaigrette uses simple ingredients you might already have on hand!
- 2-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Juice from ½ a lemon
- 1 teaspoon Dijon or spicy brown mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 10-30mg CBD oil
- Combine ingredients and whisk together in a small bowl or dressing bottle until completely combined.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.