How Long CBD Takes to Enter Your System
As I mentioned above, the answer to how long CBD takes to work really depends on your own definition of the word “work.” Taking CBD for mild discomfort is going to be much quicker and easier than someone who is trying CBD for something serious.
Simply put: the answer to this question isn’t one-size-fits-all. It is a step-by-step approach that acknowledges how long it takes to achieve your goals. For example: how long it takes CBD to work will differ drastically between sublingual oils, CBD capsules, and CBD topicals because each of these uses a different method of entering your system. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
Factor 1: Best Method of Taking CBD
There are many different ways to consume CBD. Each of these methods has a different impact on how much, and how quickly, the CBD gets absorbed into your body.
This phenomenon is called bioavailability. It’s important to understand this because it will help you determine how long it will take for your CBD to work.
CBD Chart for Bioavailability
CBD capsules, CBD gummies, and CBD edibles have to travel through your digestive system. This means that it will take longer for the CBD to reach your bloodstream than if you took it via a sublingual oil.
On the other hand, sublingual CBD oil avoids first-pass metabolism by going straight through the capillaries under your tongue. This makes it the most effective method of delivery to avoid smoking, and it means it should enter your bloodstream quicker.3 This is also the main reason we formulate our organic CBD oils with medium-chain coconut oil. Because of its thin and viscous characteristics, it absorbs more quickly than long-chain triglycerides, like olive oil or hempseed oil.
Factor 2: CBD Dosage and Potency
The amount of CBD you take every day will affect how quickly you will begin notice changes. In general, the more that you take, the quicker you’ll understand how it works.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
When you’re choosing a CBD product, you should consider the level of your discomfort and adjust your dosage accordingly. This may also include testing different consumption methods as CBD experiences can also depend on your body mass, metabolism, and if you’re taking any prescription medications.
Everyone is different, and this is something you need to dial in for yourself. We think 25 mg a great daily serving to start with. But some people take more, and some take less.
CBD can be an incredible discovery for maintaining general wellness, especially when THC is alongside it. Consult with your doctor to determine the right dose for you and avoid any potential miscommunications.
Factor 3: Choose a High Quality CBD Oil
Not all CBD products are created equal. Because this market remains unregulated, many brands on the market do very little to maintain the quality of their products.
Some CBD brands use ingredients that have impurities, additives, and adulterants which will significantly effect the safety of their product. This is why you should always look for a third party lab test to know that you’re getting a high quality CBD product.
We also recommend looking for a full spectrum product, which contains more cannabinoids than just CBD. Just like CBD, these other cannabinoids don’t get you high. But they do have a synergetic effect that could impact the final result.
One of those cannabinoids that you’ve heard a lot about is THC. In order for a product to truly be considered full spectrum, make sure it contains trace amounts of THC. The legal amount is no more than 0.3 percent of total dry weight, and this is far from enough THC to become psychotropic or produce euphoric effects.
The origin of the raw hemp material is another key factor that determines the quality of your product. Hemp is a powerful bioaccumulator. That means that hemp soaks up all the nutrients and toxins in the soil in which it grows. If the soil isn’t pre-tested for toxins, pesticides, or heavy metals, those things could end up in your CBD. That is potentially very harmful, especially for anyone taking the product consistently for a long period of time.
In addition, if the farmer uses synthetic fertilizers, those fertilizers could also end up in the final product. Although CBD companies are testing for pesticides and heavy metals, most of them are not testing for residual fertilizers. Because our fields go through a multi-year crop rotation in order to regenerate our nutrients in a natural way, there will zero risk of synthetic fertilizers ending up in the final product.
You can avoid all of these problems by opting for a USDA organic cannabis product that’s been certified by a legitimate agency – in our case the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. As we explore in this article, the USDA has strict guidelines for organic farming and processing. This means that USDA certified organic products will be responsibly sourced and of higher quality with far less risk of contamination compared to non-organic products.
Factor 4: Individual Biology
Although you can count on certain effects to take place, no two people respond exactly the same to CBD. Even if they have the same consumption, the same delivery method, and the same body composition, they may have different results.
There are several key considerations that fall into this category, and they all affect the amount of time it will take to feel the potential of CBD.
Like most cannabinoids, CBD is fat-soluble. Those who weigh more tend to have more fat cells in their body, which means that they’ll absorb and store CBD for longer in their body.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that people with more fat cells in their body will need more time to adjust. The higher your body mass, the longer it might take for CBD to work.
A person’s individual metabolism affects how your body breaks down compounds like CBD.
Depending on your age, lifestyle, digestive system, and genetic profile, your metabolism can function at different rates. This is what we call our metabolic rate – and we all have different ones!
If you exercise regularly and have a high metabolism, you should feel the wellness potential of CBD more quickly. On the flip side, you should also feel it wear off more quickly as well. If you have a slow metabolism, you’ll likely notice that it takes longer to feel your CBD coming on.
CBD is part of a unique set of compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds interact with a biological system found in nearly all mammals called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The receptors for the ECS are found throughout your entire body.
We are just beginning to understand how the ECS works. Research suggests that the ECS could be responsible for regulating different functions.13 If your ECS is out of balance, you could experience any number of unwanted results. In general, the more your ECS is out of balance, the better chance you have to find comfort through CBD. While there’s no way to quantify what you’re experiencing, you can probably gauge this yourself.
Factor 5: Consistency
For some people, results come sooner than others. A lot of people will notice wellness potential after just one serving of CBD. For others, though, it might take a few weeks to notice their CBD. So if you don’t feel it right away, be patient.
A lot of people give up after a few doses and brush it off as snake oil that doesn’t work. While these people might be taking a bad-quality product, they may also be ignoring one of the key properties of CBD oil.
Regardless of what you have going on, the results of a consistent CBD routine will begin to reveal themselves slowly over time. The key to getting the most out of your CBD is consistency and longevity! A consistent, daily dose should eventually give you the end result you desire.
How CBD Works for You
When you’re new to CBD, the first thing to know is that it might take a few days to notice. That means when you begin taking CBD every day, it’s good to be mindful of how your body feels from day to day. To discover the potential effects, we recommend trying CBD for a full 30 days and keeping a journal on your daily progress.
Your first 30 days is an important time to better understand your body and how it responds. Below are frequently asked questions many people ask when starting their CBD routine.
After answering these questions below, it won’t be long before you introduce hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD oil into your routine.
What Kind of CBD Should I Take?
For first time users, we always recommend starting with full spectrum CBD oil, which you take sublingually. “Sublingually” means taking a dropper of oil under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds to let it absorb through the mucous membrane in your mouth.
Some people have trouble taking our CBD hemp oil under the tongue, and so they prefer the CBD capsules or another ingestible product like CBD gummies. Capsules could also be worth considering if you’re experiencing digestive issues because capsules get further down into the gut.
People looking for comfort in a specific area often use a CBD lotion on the affected area, almost anywhere on the body (avoid the eyes and mucous membranes to avoid irritation). We recommend pairing CBD lotion with sublingual oil, and using these two delivery methods at the same time every day.
You also want to make sure your CBD product has third party lab tests. The best CBD companies have a QR code on the product packaging. That QR code should link to all of their company information and lab testing results to be readily reviewed before or after purchase. In order for CBD oil to work, you must first make sure that what you’re taking is real! If you can’t view the third party test results before making your purchase, then hold off until you can do the research.
Unfortunately, many unscrupulous vendors sell fake CBD oil. Fake CBD oil is just hempseed oil with a misleading concentration listed on the bottle. You’ll also want to stay away from any vendor that is making lofty health claims about CBD oil.
What Is the Best Time of Day to Take CBD Oil?
This answer is different for everyone. The important thing is to find a time of day to best incorporate CBD into your daily routine. If you’re experiencing discomfort during the day, maybe it’s best to take CBD in the morning. But if you’re using CBD to shake off the day before getting ready for a good night’s rest, then taking it just before bedtime is your sweet spot.
How Often Should I Take CBD?
To begin, start taking a full dropper once per day. That’s 25 milligrams of Cornbread Hemp’s original strength, or 50 milligrams if you’re using our extra-strength CBD oils. Over your first week, be mindful how you might be experiencing things differently. For first time users, it can be good to “load dose” at first. A “load dose” is when you take larger than normal servings. That means, take a full dropper in the morning, and another full dropper before bedtime. This may give you a head start on getting a baseline amount of cannabinoids into your system.
How often you take CBD may also play a role in a drug test or work related drug screenings. After taking it consistently for a period of weeks, the cannabinoids begin to build up within our systems, especially in fat cells, which could cause you to test positive during drug screenings. If drug testing is a concern for your job, talk to your HR department before you start taking CBD consistently. You may also consider switching to a CBD topical.
How Long Does It Take for CBD to Work?
CBD takes a few days, and it’s not something that you’ll notice right away. Be mindful of your issues as you work through your first week. Keep a journal to track progress, the amount of CBD you’re taking, and when.
This will help you be aware of the potential effects of CBD that you may experience. Keep in mind, it takes time for the human body to adjust after adding cannabinoids into your daily routine.