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What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?

trying to figure out what CBD is best for you
when you google CBD & find a million options all claiming to be the best

There are a lot of options out there – from full spectrum to isolate; from topicals, to edibles, to sublingual drops, to capsules, to vapes, all with different dosage options – so how do you know what is right for you and your needs? We want to help clear up the confusion and give you the clearest path to better vibes with our #FixYourVibe Guide to CBD Dosing & Delivery

Full Spectrum Extracts vs. Pure CBD Isolate

CBD is one of many cannabinoids (compounds found in the cannabis/hemp plant) that interact with our Endocannabinoid System in order to restore balance & promote healing. When your CBD is from a full spectrum extract or whole plant extract, you are getting other plant compounds that have their own sets of benefits and can activate your Endocannabinoid System in different ways. 

You may have heard of something called “the entourage effect”. The entourage effect describes the way that cannabinoids, terpenes and other therapeutic plant compounds all work together to enhance each other’s effects. The entourage effect lends itself to the conclusion that full spectrum extracts are superior to isolate formulations, which is definitely a valid argument, but there is also a time and place for isolate.

One thing to be cautious of when looking in to purchasing a full spectrum CBD oil is the presence of THC.

To be compliant with section 7606 of the US Farm Bill, industrial hemp’s THC content (the cannabinoid responsible for the “high”/ psychoactive effects of cannabis) must fall below .3%.

So, let’s say you get a full spectrum CBD oil that has .23% THC. At that level, the THC is low enough to be considered legal under the statutes of the Farm Bill, but high enough to cause a failed drug test.

Because of concerns such as drug testing, many turn to isolate-based products.

Isolate is a crystalline powder that consists of pure CBD. There are no other cannabinoids or plant compounds. There is also no smell or taste with isolate, which makes it easier to formulate with. This definitely takes a lot of the risk away from purchasing CBD, but does it take away the benefits as well?

TONIC's answer to this question...

We use a broad spectrum hemp extract in our sublingual doses and isolate in our topical oils!

Broad spectrum means that our oil DOES retain therapeutic plant compounds such as terpenes, healthy fats and vitamins&minerals, but DOES NOT contain THC.

Why not use that for our topicals?

We experimented with both a full spectrum and an isolate-based formula when developing our Warrior and Chronic blends.

The isolate was definitely easier to work with when it came to getting a high dose in a small size without having to worry about smell, stickiness, or viscosity. So, we did some blind comparisons on friends, family, co-workers, really anybody who was willing to give it a try, to see if the entourage effect was as important in topicals.

The verdict was that there was no difference in effectiveness between the 2 formulations (of course, this can vary as everybody’s Endocannabinoid System reacts a little differently and THC, but we felt we used a strong sample of people to make our decision).

The special combination of essential oils used in TONIC Topicals also contribute to the effectiveness of our formula.

& it should be noted that we tried a similar experiment with the sublingual doses and found it to be true that a whole plant extract (minus the THC) provided longer lasting and more balanced effects.

happy customer who found relief from pain using TONIC

@soulful_savv sharing her amazing experience with Warrior TONIC!

Speaking of Topicals…. are they your best option for pain relief?

Topicals are perfect for concentrated, targeted relief from pain and inflammation.

Topicals work where they are applied, penetrating the skin and tissue in that area to manage inflammation and pain perception. Whether it is acute or chronic pain, if it is pretty constant in one or two areas, topicals are definitely a great choice.

If the pain is more widespread, nerve related, or severe, then ingesting CBD might be a better option for you as it will travel through the bloodstream to relieve systemic inflammation and improve immune/nerve function that may be imbalanced and contributing to your pain. But there are still a lot of options when it comes to ingesting CBD….

[read more about CBD&Pain Relief]

Edibles/Gel Caps vs. Sublingual vs. Vapes

For the best rate of absorption sublingual and vape delivery are clear winners. Both allow CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream more readily, delivering faster and more reliable activation of the Endocannabinoid System.

Edibles and capsules need to pass through the liver and other organs of the digestive system, leaving only a percentage of the CBD you just ingested to be bioavailable. But, when consumed in high amounts (over 150mg/day), the excess CBD that isn’t initially absorbed get stored in fat cells and can be gradually released use by the Endocannabinoid System. This could be a great option for those seeking treatment for chronic conditions.

When using our sublingual doses, hold your dose under your tongue for as long as you can to maximize absorption. Even a “good” absorption rate achieved through sublingual dosing or vaping is still around 35-40%. That is why you won’t see any of our 30mL tinctures below 600mg – even at lower, daily-maintenance-type doses, we want to make sure we are giving you enough of what you need to get real results… which leads us to our next (and final) question….

How Much is "Enough"?

Forgive me, but I have to start with the usual caveat when it comes to dosing: everybody is different, your needs depend on your unique Endocannabinoid System as well as factors such as height & weight, metabolism & severity of symptoms

Rule of thumb: start small (1/2 dropper or less) and work your way up until you find your “sweet spot”. Sometimes waking your ECS up with a smaller dose can be more effective than flooding the system, so don’t always assume that more is more!! Even breaking up a full dose into 2 half-doses a few hours apart could be a good option!

*Following recommendations are for TONIC products. As you learned from all the info stated earlier in this article, not all CBD supplements are equal, so I only feel comfortable making recommendations for TONIC products* 

For general wellness, maintaining balance: 


Bare 600 – 1 dropper per day

OG – 1/2 dropper 1-2x per day

Bare 800 – 1/2 dropper per day

For Anxiety


Chill – 1 full dropper when feeling anxiety come on OR 1/2 dropper for daily maintenance.

OG – 1 full dropper at once or 1/2 dropper a couple of hours apart for maintenance, general good vibes. Full dropper as needed for more severe anxiety.

For Sleep:


Chill – full dropper (or half dropper in late afternoon/early evening and larger dose an hour or 2 before bed)

For Pain:

Topicals: apply as needed

Bare 1000 – half dropper 3x/day

Again, these are suggestions/starting points.If you have more specific questions please contact

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