CBD isn’t one-size-fits-all, and various factors—from the amount you take, the form you take it in, and where you got your CBD from—can all impact how long it takes to work.
If you added CBD to a coffee with milk and sugar, for instance, the CBD would take longer to kick in because your body has to digest the milk and sugar, too. And that’s without mentioning individual differences, biochemistry, and CBD tolerance.
This blog discusses how long CBD oil takes to work, as well as methods of ingestion and what to look out for when shopping for CBD products.
How long does CBD oil take to work?
Generally, CBD oil added to a drink would take around 30 minutes to two hours to have a noticeable effect. However, putting a few drops of CBD oil directly under your tongue (sublingual absorption) may obtain faster results due to its rapid absorption into the bloodstream. Sublingual absorption also prevents CBD from being destroyed during digestion, highlighting the method’s merits.
It’s also essential to note that CBD products come in different strengths, and what works for your best pal may not work for you. Therefore, it’s best to experiment with different strengths and doses, starting with a small amount and working your way up from there – that way, you can accurately determine your optimal dose.
It’s also important to remember that, as with any dietary supplement, CBD may take around four to six weeks to take full effect, which is all the more relevant when it comes to relief from stress, anxiety, or pain. In these cases, the most critical factors are the CBD’s quality and formulation and the brand’s capability to handle quality control.
What to look for when buying CBD
When shopping for CBD, keep the following considerations in mind to ensure you get the best product possible:
The origin of the hemp
Hemp is a powerful phytoremediation crop, which means it cleans the soil. Therefore, it’s best to ensure that the CBD you buy is grown using responsible farming practices or an accredited pharmaceutical company.
At Canavape, we manufacture all our products using pharmaceutical-grade CBD, which is perhaps the purest CBD on the planet, as demonstrated by its impurity profiling.
Is the CBD full spectrum?
As a general rule of thumb, the more beneficial compounds CBD oil contains, the more effective it is.
Full-spectrum CBD oil is derived using a method that retains all the hemp plant’s beneficial compounds, including CBDA, CBC and CBG, plus a range of terpenes and flavonoids. However, THC must be present for the product to be considered truly full spectrum.
Because THC, cannabis’s psychoactive component, remains illegal in the UK, all Canavape products are CBD isolate or broad-spectrum extracts with a level of THC below 0.01%. This means that THC is removed from the product, but the synergistic enhancement of each compound (the entourage effect) remains.
As a result, Canavape products are isolated to align with the intention of each product – night-time vaping to aid a restful night’s sleep, for example.
To learn more about the cannabinoid spectrum and CBD, check out our dedicated article here.
Not all CBD is created equally, so it’s crucial that the product you buy actually has what it needs to have for it to be effective. One way of checking is by inspecting the packaging for third-party testing, which states the product’s ingredients, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Canavape is manufactured using high-grade cannabinoids and pharmaceutical ingredients at our dedicated UK laboratory then tested at an accredited laboratory.
Beyond third party testing, Canavape formulate and manufacture in-house, so our products are far from generic. We guarantee you will not find our liquids in anyone else’s bottles.
Before third-party testing, we triple quality check every element of our production process from start to finish, ensuring you receive the best quality cannabinoid products.
How to take CBD oil
CBD’s effectiveness is largely determined by the method of ingestion. Some common methods include inhalation, tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topical balms. Head over to our How to Take CBD Oil blog to find out all you need to know about taking CBD.
How long does CBD last?
The duration CBD lasts for all depends on your body, how much you take, and how you take it. But generally, the effects of CBD can last from two to six hours.
How long does CBD oil take to work for anxiety?
Again, the time CBD oil takes to relieve anxiety depends on several factors.
Some patients see improvements in their anxiety and depression symptoms a few hours after taking CBD, while others may not reap the benefits for a few weeks – but like any natural extract, consistency is key.
It’s a good idea to keep a journal to monitor your CBD intake and how each dose, strength, and strain profile affects you. And if you don’t see improvements within a couple of weeks, it might be time to increase your dose slightly.
Final thoughts on how long CBD oil takes to work
Trial and error is the name of the game when it comes to finding your optimal CBD dose. But by doing a little research and starting with small quantities, you’ll fast be reaping the myriad health benefits CBD has to offer.