CBD consumption guide

In our CBD consumption guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about the different ways to consume CBD. From how to consume oil, to how to use CBD cosmetics, to the legality of edibles and more; it’s all in our CBD consumption guide.

CBD consumption guide

CBD is a compound that allows for multiple administration methods, i.e. it can be taken in different ways. In this consumer guide, we explain the different methods of consuming CBD and in which countries they are legal.

The same CBD product can be consumed in different ways. However, some may be illegal depending on the country you’re in.

How to take CBD oil

Firstly, this guide has a page explaining the different ways to consume CBD oil. This is a product that can be taken in three main ways: by ingestion, sublingually, and topically. It’s worth remembering that in Spain, only the latter is currently legally permitted.

In other countries where taking CBD under the tongue is permitted, such as Canada, Switzerland, and the United States, you should follow a number of steps to do so. The first step would be to calculate the required dosage.

Once you have done so, you can place several drops of oil under your tongue and hold them there for 30 to 60 seconds. Before and after taking CBD oil sublingually, you should avoid consuming food or drink for the CBD oil to be as effective as possible.

Ingestion is also a common consumption method in these countries. As with taking it under the tongue, the first step is to calculate the dosage. Once you’ve established the necessary amount of CBD oil, it’s added to a beverage such as coffee or juice with a dropper and consumed as normal.

The difference between the two administration methods is that the first one gets to work slightly faster.

Lastly, CBD oil can also be applied topically, i.e. on the skin, which is the only way it’s legally permitted in Spain. CBD applied in this way can help soothe muscle or joint pain resulting from intense sporting activities, as well as moisturise and protect the skin.

Smoking CBD: is it feasible?

The current legal framework in Spain only allows the use of CBD buds for decorative, aromatic, and/or collection purposes. In other countries such as the USA, Canada, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, the sale of hemp buds for smoking is permitted.

In countries where this form of consumption is legally permitted, certain factors must be taken into account when smoking CBD flowers.

First and foremost, you must be aware of where the buds come from, to ensure their quality. Organically grown hemp is always the best choice, as it’s free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

This guide also includes a page covering this administration method, with a mention of the countries in which it’s legal.

Vaping CBD: a non-burning alternative

Smoke is produced when burning any kind of plant matter, such as when smoking it. It contains many chemicals that are potentially harmful. However, inhalation is one of the fastest routes of administration available for CBD.

CBD e-liquids are a non-burning alternative that allows consumption via inhalation, so you can feel the effects quickly. It’s very useful as a replacement for e-liquids that contain nicotine, as it can help to reduce the anxiety generated by a lack of nicotine.

This type of product and consumption is completely legal in Europe, as well as in other countries where CBD is sold.

This guide has a page especially dedicated to vaping e-liquids with CBD, with an explanation on the specifics of this consumption method.

Vaping flowers or resins

You can also vape flowers and resins with CBD using vaporisers. These are devices that heat the plant matter without burning it. Therefore, the CBD is converted into steam and can be inhaled without the toxic substances generated through burning.

This form of bud consumption isn’t legally permitted in Spain, unlike vaping e-liquids.

Taking CBD under the tongue

Taking CBD under the tongue is one of the most common ways of consuming cannabidiol in countries where this is legal. As mentioned above, the first and most important step in taking CBD sublingually is to calculate the dosage.

Taking CBD oil under the tongue is a quick way to feel its effects, as it takes between 15 and 30 minutes to kick in. For users who prefer not to inhale CBD, whether smoking or vaping, this consumption method is ideal.

The Tree CBD is a company based in Spain, where the sublingual use of CBD isn’t legally authorised. Consequently, we’re obligated to warn you that its use must only be topical, i.e. on the skin.

This guide has a specific page on this type of consumption, in addition to the one dedicated to CBD oil.

Topical use of CBD

CBD applied on the skin has a number of benefits. This form of consumption includes CBD oil as well as CBD creams and balms. There are products with cannabidiol for skin treatment with a wide variety of uses, thanks to the many benefits offered by this cannabinoid.

Our sun cream with CBD, as well as aftersun with CBD, are ideal for protecting our skin from the sun and helping it to recover, thanks to their protective and antioxidant properties.

Lip balm with CBD is also a product for topical use, which helps to keep our lips moisturised and protected against external aggressions.

Moreover, sports balm with CBD, thanks to the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that this cannabinoid offers, helps us to recover after intense sporting activity. It’s without a doubt something that should be in every sports bag.

This form of CBD administration also has a special page in our guide dedicated to it, of course.

Are there any cases in which the consumption of CBD isn't recommended?

Although CBD is a very safe substance, there are certain cases in which it’s best not to take it as a precaution. For example, pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid taking CBD unless it’s expressly recommended by a doctor.

Also, CBD should not be given to minors unless specifically prescribed by a doctor.

Another contraindication of CBD would be taking it with alcohol or other drugs. Although cannabidiol is a very safe compound, it shouldn’t be mixed with toxic substances, as doing so may lead to unwanted effects.

Lastly, as far as possible contraindications are concerned, we should mention that CBD may have undesirable reactions with some medications. Therefore, if you’re undergoing any medically prescribed treatment, you should consult your doctor to make sure that no adverse effects will occur.

What are the side effects of taking CBD?

CBD is a very safe substance and the vast majority of people who take it report absolutely no side effects. However, in a few isolated cases, there have been users who have reported some mild side effects.

Therefore, new CBD users should be aware that, although CBD is a very safe substance, they may still experience some side effects. The most common ones are a dry mouth, slight drowsiness, a temporary loss of appetite, and low blood pressure.

In summary, this guide to CBD consumption has several sections outlining the different ways in which you can take cannabidiol.

Firstly, in the section on CBD oil consumption, we explain the many different administration methods for this versatile product.

There are also sections dedicated to each method of consumption: from sublingual, to topical, to the various forms of CBD inhalation. It also mentions the benefits that these have, whether to help us when we’re anxious, or in our sporting activities, etc.

Lastly, we should bear in mind that not all ways of consuming CBD are legal in all countries where this cannabinoid is sold.

As explained a few paragraphs above, The Tree CBD is a company based in Spain, where any form of consumption other than topical or inhalation via e-liquids is prohibited by law. Therefore, we’re obligated to warn you that its consumption should only be topical or through the inhalation of e-liquids containing it if you’re in Spain.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la guía de consumo de CBD

Frequently asked questions about the CBD consumption guide

CBD can be taken in various ways, including the following:

  • Orally: this consists of ingesting capsules or food products containing CBD, either as one of its ingredients or because CBD or CBD oil is added.
  • Sublingually: with this method of administration, CBD is placed under the tongue for absorption without passing through the intestinal tract, taking effect faster than with oral consumption.
  • Topically: this consists of applying CBD to the skin, either in the form of a cream or oil.
  • Inhalation: This consists of inhaling CBD, either by smoking hemp flowers, or by inhaling CBD e-liquids using electronic cigarettes or disposable vape pens.

The endogenous cannabinoid receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system or ECS are located in the mammalian brain, as well as throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems.


This means that not only humans enjoy the benefits of CBD, as animals can too. For example, some dogs and cats suffer from anxiety at certain times and this cannabinoid can help to keep this under control.


CBD also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can contribute to the well-being of our pets. Just as it can help you recover after sport, CBD can also help dogs and cats relax after a session of intense physical activity.

At The Tree CBD, you can find Petly Pet CBD Oil, with a 3% concentration of CBD. This is ideal for our small pets, as lower percentages of CBD are suitable for them due to their weight. It can be administered orally, sublingually, or topically.

However, as mentioned above, any CBD oil must be sold for topical use only according to European legislation. Therefore, in Europe oral or sublingual administration to any animal would be considered misuse of the product. CBD oil for pets is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease, so you should always consult a veterinarian.

CBD is able to affect our bodies by binding to the cannabinoid receptors that make up our endocannabinoid system. This system is part of the body in all mammals.

This allows it to contribute to the regulation of important physiological aspects such as appetite, pain, memory, mood, and anxiety, among others. It can therefore contribute to improving well-being in general.

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