How to take CBD paste

by Tom Russell August 09, 2020

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 which 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.

Four ways to take CBD paste:

CBD paste can be used in several different ways. Its smooth, even texture means that it can either 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 blood.

From there, it can travel around your body and is likely to take effect in around 15 - 25 minutes. As with most methods of consuming CBD, some is lost or broken down before it can be used. When taken this way about 35% of each measure is likely to reach your bloodstream, which makes it the most efficient way 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 favlour, 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 rich your blood for use in your body.

What we recommend 

taking CBD paste

Because of the high efficiency and quick effect of this method, we recommend applying the paste under your tongue. To do this, 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.


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 it 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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