How long will it take for the effects of my CBD to start working? 🕒
We are hoping to shine some light on a very frequently asked question when you are introduced to CBD. Now this answer can depend on a few contributing factors but all in all we can give you a general idea on what to expect.
First thing you need to decide is which method you will use to consume CBD. Whether you choose to use CBD topically, by injection, by inhaling through vaping or by ingesting it via supplements, tinctures or edibles the effects vary. The body needs to absorb the CBD into the bloodstream so that it can be distributed throughout the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) and so the benefits can start working for your needs. Bioavailability plays a large factor as well as it is a measurement of the rate and extent to which a substance reaches the site of action, so this amount can be broken down depending on the way it is administered.
Of course, the fullest absorption and most immediate way to get CBD into your bloodstream would be the intravenous method, as it would be delivered directly into the vein but given that this is not a common method we are going to dig deep into other options.
The most common method of use is metabolizing CBD through oral consumption. This means the cannabidiol will have to pass through the digestive system and a large amount of the CBD will filter out depending on the metabolic rate, body weight, quality and composition of the individual. Many CBD products can be used in this manner including capsules, edibles or drinks. The metabolizing method is estimated to start working in around 20-30 minutes but this timeframe can range depending on the metabolizing rate per person or whether you have taken CBD on a full or empty stomach. The effects of this method can last an average of 6 hours or more.
Another option would be the sublingual method of dropping CBD tincture or oil directly under the tongue, sucking on a lozenge or using CBD oral spray for consumption. This method will allow absorption by the sublingual gland, the vein found under the tongue, that will allow the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Sublingual consumption allows the CBD to be absorbed at a higher rate than ingestion because it does not have to be processed through the digestive system. This method also works a bit quicker with an average of 15-25 minutes to begin working. Sublingual use may not last as long as ingestion but the duration averages between 4-6 hours.
The method of vaporizing or inhaling CBD can allow it to enter the lungs and the bloodstream directly which reduces breakdown and increases bioavailability. This method is one of the most direct ways to use CBD and allows you to absorb more cannabinoids than the other methods mentioned here. The effects can be felt as quickly as 30 seconds or may take up to 10 minutes. Bioavailability of this method is found to be around 50% and can last up to 4 hours.
The final method we will be discussing is dermal absorption through topical uses such as lotions, salves or patches. These types of CBD products are diffused on the skin, can take 25-60 minutes to feel the full effects, and can be felt for 2-4 hours. In some cases effects have been found to ease pain or discomfort for up to 6 hours after application. This method is best used to treat physical ailments as well as pain in joints or muscles directly.
Taking time frame into consideration will help you achieve the results you ultimately want. The best way to truly know how long CBD will take and last for YOU is by testing it out and seeing what works best for your specific needs and body.