How long does it take for CBD to work?

How long does it take for CBD to work?

People have many questions about CBD. One of the most common questions we hear: How long do the effects of CBD last?

It’s a great question! And anyone interested in taking CBD deserves to know the answer. Whatever your reason for taking CBD, you naturally want to know how long the effects will last. Who not? We are here to clarify this once and for all.

This article discusses how long the effects of CBD last, how long it takes to feel the effects, how long you can expect that a CBD oil product can be kept and how you can properly store CBD tincture products.

What is CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring substance that occurs in cannabis. Although it is from the cannabis plant, it does not get you high. The feeling of being high is caused by the (Tetrahydrocannabinol) THC substance in the plant.

CBD is the most important ingredient in medicinal marijuana and although clinical trials of CBD are still in their infancy, there are many convincing experiences and more and more studies that CBD has significant therapeutic potential. CBD oil is available everywhere as a dietary supplement in North America and Europe.

How is CBD obtained?

CBD is extracted from industrial fiber hemp .

This crop is known for its high CBD and low THC content.

Fiber hemp is an annual plant that is processed into fiber, food products and animal feed as arable crops.

Parts of this versatile plant are supplied to, among others, the construction industry, the automotive, paper, textile and food industries, but also to the pharmaceutical industry.

Important to know:

  • You don’t get high from CBD
  • No side effects are known for CBD
  • CBD is not addictive
  • There is no risk of overdose
  • CBD products are 100% natural
  • CBD is 100% secure

CBD can in principle be used by anyone, but it is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. This is because hardly any research has yet been carried out into the effects and safety in these situations.

Optimal results are achieved by combining the use of CBD with a healthy lifestyle, such as good nutrition and adequate exercise.

Although there is no risk of overdose, it is advised not to use more than the maximum recommended amount.

How long do you experience the effects of CBD?

One of the first things to understand how long CBD effects last is that CBD affects everyone else. How long it takes to feel the effects and how long these effects are experienced depends greatly on the person who uses them.

That said, there are a few general things to keep in mind when determining how long CBD effects will last.

Usually the effects of CBD are felt for about 4-6 hours. However, this depends on the strength of the dose, with stronger doses taking longer.

To meet this time period, it is common for people using CBD to choose a daily and evening dose, particularly for ongoing problems such as anxiety or chronic pain.

How the CBD was administered also affects the duration of the effects. Taking CBD, with edible substances or capsules, takes longer to come into effect, but the experience also takes longer compared to other methods of taking CBD.

When CBD is taken, they must first be digested and processed by the liver before they enter the bloodstream, after which their effects can be felt in the body for the first time.

Taking CBD through a tincture, via dropper under the tongue

Taking CBD through a tincture, via dropper under the tongue

For comparison: when CBD is administered using a sublingual tincture product (using a dropper under the tongue), by evaporation or smoking, CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream much faster and the effects of CBD are felt much faster.

Different methods of taking CBD oil fit better with different users, depending on why they use it.

Anecdotally, people who are looking for a faster treatment will often use it sublingually or by vaping. However, if you are looking for an easier solution that is a bit easier to measure or dose, it may be better to take CBD capsules or other edible forms of CBD.


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How does CBD feel?

If CBD is new to you and you wonder how long the effects of CBD last, you want to give your body some time to adjust. Many people who have just started their CBD journey are trying for the first time and think they will see extraordinary results immediately, but this is not always how CBD works.

Maybe it does that for some (and we like to hear these stories), but remember that CBD affects every person differently. It is best to give your CBD regime some time before you decide how long different methods will work for you.

CBD produces a calming, relaxed feeling, with many of its potential benefits being realized after consistent use. Those who use CBD to treat inflammation pain may feel effects within 30 minutes, depending on the dose.

When they try CBD for the first time, many users don’t know what to expect, and many overlook the more subtle effects.

Unlike the other known cannabinoid THC, the chemical responsible for the famous ‘high’ of marijuana, CBD does not produce such a clear response.

The effects of CBD can vary per user

The effects of CBD vary from user to user, mainly depending on the user’s reasons for using it.

Those who use CBD oil to treat pain, in particular pain caused by inflammation, have been reported to feel rapid effects when sufficient CBD oil is taken.

Its effect on other ailments, such as anxiety, can be more difficult to measure, with many describing the feeling as calming and “removing the edge.”

Dosages that are far below an ‘optimal’ level for an individual can lead to no effect at all. Finding the right dose of CBD for individual use can be difficult.

When starting, it is generally recommended to start ‘slow and slow’ with regard to dosage amounts.

Based on this advice, it is always advisable to continue experimenting wisely with different dosage levels before giving up if you feel no effect the first few times you take a slightly lower dose.

Try to change your dosages step by step instead of suddenly and take into account any changes that you notice.


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How you use CBD determines how long it takes to feel the effects and how long the effects last

There are different ways to take CBD and the method you choose ultimately determines how long the effects last.

Although there is the option of CBD flour, which can be smoked or inhaled in various medical marijuana dispensers, most people who use CBD prefer products made with CBD oil.

How long it takes for CBD to work and how long the effects last will vary. In general, CBD effects will last between 2-8 hours.

Some of the most popular methods to use CBD (including how long it takes to feel the effects of each and how long these effects last) include:


Tinctures are one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD. CBD tinctures are most effectively taken by mouth – many people hold them for one to two minutes before they swallow.

It usually takes 15 to 30 minutes to feel the effects of a CBD tincture and the effects are known to last for 4 to 6 hours.


CBD capsule effects CBD capsules are taken just like a regular supplement. When CBD is taken orally in this way, it must first pass through the digestive system and then the liver, where CBD molecules are metabolized by various enzymes.

This is something that reduces the concentration of CBD compounds that then end up in the bloodstream. Because CBD must pass through both the digestive system and the liver, it takes longer to feel the effects.

It can take up to an hour to feel the effects of capsules, which usually last between 6-8 hours.

Edible substances / drinks

CBD edible substances and drinks work just like CBD capsules. When CBD is consumed in the form of CBD gummies or infused hard candies, chocolates, drinks or other edible substances, it must pass through the digestive system and liver.

Many people who take CBD in the form of capsules, edible substances or drinks prefer to do this on an empty stomach, which can reduce the time that CBD needs to penetrate the digestive tract and be broken down by the liver.

However, consuming capsules or edible foods with fatty acid-rich foods can help increase bioavailability.

Like capsules, it usually takes up to an hour for the effects of edible products or drinks to be observed, and the effects last 4-6 hours. (See also our excellent CBD rubber guide for additional information)


CBD topics are applied directly to the skin and come in the form of lotions, creams, balms and ointments. CBD topics are excellent for providing localized benefits to the area of ​​the body to which they are applied. They are absorbed through the skin and completely pass through the digestive tract.

Research indicates the presence of an endocannabinoid system in the skin that is associated with various biological processes. Because CBD substances bypass the digestive tract and liver, the effects can be felt much faster than with other methods.

CBD current effects are generally felt within 15-20 minutes and can last up to 6 hours.


CBD Vape Pen effectsVapen CBD oil is generally the fastest way to feel the benefits of CBD. When your CBD evaporates, your lungs quickly absorb the CBD that you breathe. From here it quickly enters the bloodstream, where it then travels to different parts of the body.

The effects of vapen CBD can be felt almost immediately, but do not last as long as other traditional products. The effects of CBD vapen are expected to last around 2-3 hours.

How long does it take for CBD oil to work?

CBD usually takes effect within 30 minutes, depending on how it was taken. Evaporation, smoking or sublingual use of CBD oils bypass the digestion process, making the effects felt faster

When inhaling or smoking CBD, it is passed through the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. When the sublingual is taken, the CBD is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream through tissues under the tongue or through the gums.

It takes longer to feel the effects of CBD when you take it, up to an hour when it is taken with a meal, which is recommended because it helps with the absorption of CBD.

Unfortunately, some suppliers and informational sites have recommended that you take CBD on an empty stomach.

This will cause the effects to be felt faster, but due to the way in which CBD is metabolized by the digestive system, less enters your bloodstream if taken without food, so this is not the best way to ingest the product. take.

It is believed that the half-life (the time it takes for half the concentration of a substance to decrease) of CBD in the human system is 2-5 days.

This is supported by the results of a clinical study conducted at the College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

In this study, 14 patients with Huntington’s disease received a high dose of CBD, 10 mg / kg (average 700 mg / patient) daily for 6 weeks. One week after the conclusion of the study, blood plasma concentrations of CBD in patients were “virtually undetectable,” even after such a high dose.

“No plasma delta-1 THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana, was found on any subject.” – College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson.

How long does a bottle of CBD oil last?

This depends on how many mg (milligrams) of CBD oil a person takes per day and the strength and concentration of the product that someone uses.

Most CBD products last 20-60 days, of course depending on the dosage per day.

If you take a daily dose of 10 mg (which is the minimum amount normally found in capsules and CBD-edible products), then a 200 mg CBD tincture will last about 20 days and a 500 mg tincture about 50 days, depending on how accurately you can dose it.

How to properly store CBD oil

Cannabinoids such as CBD break down and decrease in quality when exposed to heat, light or oxygen. To prevent damage from light, CBD oil tinctures (drippers) are usually sold in dark brown or colored containers.

Storing CBD oil in a cool, dark place, ideally in the refrigerator, ensures that there is no loss of potency.

Properly stored, most CBD oil products can last up to a year, and some suppliers claim it may take longer.

However, not all CBD oil products are designed for a long shelf life. Some CBD oils contain other additives that do not last that long, so always pay attention to the expiration date of purchased products.

How much CBD should you take?

Now that you know how long the effects of CBD last, you may wonder how much CBD you need to take to feel these desired effects. Remember that CBD affects everyone differently and the ideal portions will vary enormously. As we said before, it’s best to give it some time.

When you first start using CBD , it is best to give your body time to adapt to something new. Start by slowly taking a small portion (5-10 mg) and then work your way up over the course of a few weeks until you get to that place and feel the desired benefits.

CBD works differently for everyone, which will ultimately determine how long the effects last for them personally. The type of CBD product and how you use it also has an important influence on how long the CBD effects last. In general, depending on the type of CBD product you use, the effects will last for 2 to 8 hours.

For those looking for an alternative therapy option, however, CBD shows great promise.

When any type of CBD oil is combined with positive lifestyle changes, there can be a greater synergistic effect.

When you are looking for CBD products, you will notice two major varieties on the market – full / broad-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. There are more than 100 cannabinoids in cannabis.

Isolated CBD products are exactly as they sound and contain only one of those cannabinoids (CBD) in an isolated oil.

Although isolated oils are efficient, they are not the highest quality CBD products available. This is because CBD works better in combination with other cannabinoids. This is known as the ‘entourage effect’.

In full / broad-spectrum CBD products, the efficiency of CBD in your system is enhanced by:

100+ cannabinoids.
30+ terpenes (including myrcene, eucalyptol, linalool and geraniol).
Amino acids.
Omega fatty acids.

By using full / broad spectrum CBD products, you get all the benefits of the cannabis plant, minus the THC.

For those new to the world of CBD, in addition to buying a high-quality product, it is important to optimize your dosage and delivery for the desired effect.



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