How to take CBD paste

by Tom Russell June 22, 2022

How to take CBD paste

CBD paste is a useful alternative to oil and can be just as versatile. It’s usually made from hemp extract mixed with simple carrier substances such as coconut oil and beeswax. Most are preloaded into a syringe to make it easy for you to measure out a precise amount.

Often, CBD pastes contain a whole plant extract that is packed with naturally beneficial plant compounds including terpenes, flavonoids and fatty acids. Manufacturers add natural oils and waxes to adjust the concentration and produce the correct consistency.

CBD paste and hemp paste are made from the flowers of low-THC hemp plants; they are high in CBD, contain only traces of THC, and won’t get you high. Cannabis paste is similar but comes from high-THC cannabis plants and will produce an intoxicating high.

CBD paste FAQ

How do you take CBD paste?

CBD paste can be taken under your tongue, swallowed, added to food, taken in a capsule, or inserted rectally.

What’s the best way to take CBD paste?

The most efficient way to take CBD paste is to rub it under your tongue.

When should I take CBD paste?

CBD paste can be taken at any time of the day but taking it with a fatty meal increases the rate of absorption.

How often should I take CBD paste?

Most people take CBD 2 or 3 times a day, but you can adjust this to suit your needs.

Four ways to take CBD paste:

CBD paste can be used in several different ways. Its smooth texture means that it can be taken as it is or mixed with other products.

1. Take under your tongue


You can place a small amount of the paste under your tongue. This area of your mouth is rich in blood vessels and the membrane that separates them is very thin. Your saliva helps prepare the CBD to cross from the paste into your bloodstream.

From there, it travels around your body and can take effect in around 15 - 25 minutes. As with most methods of consuming CBD, some is lost or broken down before it can be utilised. When taken this way about 35% of each measure is likely to reach your bloodstream, which makes it one of the most efficient ways to take a CBD paste.

2. Swallow as it is or add to food


You can put the paste on your tongue and swallow it or mix it into food. It's a highly fatty substance so it won't combine easily with water, but it can be included in your favourite recipes or even blended into butter and spread on toast.

This is a great way to use your paste if you want to mask the flavour, but when CBD is ingested, only 4% - 20% is likely to make it through your digestive system to be used in your body.

3. Make your own capsules

CBD capsules

If you want to make your own CBD capsules, paste is a great product to use. You can buy empty capsule shells ready to be filled. Add a small amount to each shell and close them ready for use.

It's much easier to add a measure of paste to capsules than oil or powder. This method is most often used by people who don't like the flavour of CBD or if they want a way to discreetly take it at work or on the go.

4. Insert it rectally

A small amount of paste can be inserted rectally. This area is rich in blood vessels that are close to the surface. In some cases, as much as 50% will reach your blood for use in your body.

What we recommend 

The best way to take CBD paste is to place it under your tongue and let it absorb into your blood vessels. This method is highly efficient and quick to take effect. To do this you must dispense a small amount onto your finger, smear it under your tongue then leave it for at least 60 seconds.

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For best results, follow these steps:

  1. Grip the syringe firmly in the palm of one hand. In this position, it should be held by all four fingers and your thumb is free to push the plunger. This gives you the most control, so you're less likely to accidentally express too much paste.
  2. Remove the safety cap with your other hand. Some pastes may also require you to twist the nozzle or plunger to allow the paste to be released. You may also need to attach an applicator nozzle.
  3. Slowly, press down on the plunger with your thumb and squeeze a small amount of paste out onto a finger. With PharmaHemp 50% CBD paste, they recommend that you use a piece the size of a grain of rice twice a day. Most paste syringes also have useful marks to help you measure out a precise amount.
  4. Now use your finger to rub the paste into your mouth under your tongue. Leave the paste under your tongue for as long as possible. This should be for at least 60 seconds, but the longer you leave it, the more will be absorbed. Some people swallow any remaining paste after this time, but others just leave it to absorb completely.

When should I take CBD paste?

If you’re looking for a stronger CBD product or don’t enjoy taking oils, now might be the time to try a CBD paste. Pastes are just as versatile as oils but come in higher concentrations and have a thicker texture.

CBD paste can be taken at any time so it’s best to choose one that matches your existing daily routine. However, at for the Ageless, we recommend taking CBD alongside your meals because all cannabinoids are fat-soluble. Even if you take the paste under your tongue, a fatty meal will improve the effectiveness of any excess that you swallow.

A good way to decide when works best for you is to try a few different times to see which has the impact you’re hoping for.

How often should I take CBD paste?

CBD affects everyone slightly differently depending on several factors, including body mass, internal chemistry and existing health conditions. Consequently, how often you take it depends on how it works for you and what results you’re hoping for.

The Biphasic Effect of CBD

Start by using a small amount of paste twice a day, once in the morning and once in the early evening. Then after a week, you can choose if you want to increase the amount or how often you take it.

CBD is biphasic and can produce different effects with different serving sizes so it’s important to keep making adjustments until you find the right routine for you.

As you increase the amount of CBD you take per day you must bear in mind that the Food Standards Agency recommends that “healthy adults do not take more than 70mg a day”.

CBD oil vs paste

CBD oil and CBD paste both contain a mixture of hemp extract and carrier substances. Which one is best depends on your needs and what results you’re hoping to achieve. Before making your choice, look at the pros and cons of each to find the right product for you:

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CBD oil pros

  • Comes in a range of strengths from 1% to 50%
  • Can be taken under the tongue or swallowed
  • There are lots of different brands to choose from

CBD oil cons

  • Counting out drops under your tongue can be tricky
  • Some people don’t like the texture of oil
  • Some oils can have an intensely bitter taste

CBD paste pros

  • Comes in various strengths from 15% to 50%
  • Can be taken under the tongue, swallowed, placed in capsules, or inserted rectally
  • Usually comes in a syringe for easy application
  • The thick texture makes it easier to use a precise amount

CBD paste cons

  • They aren’t available in low strengths
  • Some pastes can have an intensely bitter taste


The best CBD products are those that match your needs and effectively deliver a potent measure of CBD. The versatility of paste means that it has multiple uses and can be applied in different ways.

If you're unsure of where to start with your paste, begin by placing the recommended amount under your tongue. Once you know if that works for you, you can decide what to try next.

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Tom Russell
Tom Russell


Tom Russell writes extensively about CBD oil and other groundbreaking food supplements. He and his wife share their home with two daughters and a lifetime’s collection of books.

1 Response

Lisa Bellew
Lisa Bellew

October 14, 2021

Day 1!!
Just received my first order and placed the first dose under my tongue. I am taking cbd paste to help with arthritis pain and to help me to reduce or completely stop the high doses of morphine that I have been taking for 10 years. I am excited for my future…

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