How fast does CBD work and how long does it last?
If you’re here, you might be thinking about using CBD for the first time (if so, welcome!) and trying to determine what kind of product might suit you best.
Here, we’ll talk you through the factors that determine how long CBD takes to do its thing, and how long those effects hang around for.
The effects of CBD on the body
Communication throughout your body relies on a complex network of messengers and receptors called the endocannabinoid system. This regulatory system helps to regulate essential functions within your body.
The messengers of this system are called cannabinoids. The cannabinoids made by your body are called endocannabinoids (the prefix endo means “within”). Under the influences of injury, illness, or stress, your body could need more endocannabinoids than it produces.
How long does it take for CBD to work?
Because everyone is different, your CBD experience may not be the same as someone else’s. Some people find CBD works almost immediately; whereas for others it may take a week or two to achieve the results they are looking for. Several factors play a role, including:
Your body composition and metabolism influence the rate of absorption delay to effect. Since CBD is attracted to and absorbed by fat, only a percentage will end up in the bloodstream. Unfortunately, there are no studies investigating fat cell absorption rates yet, but many people find they need to adjust the dosage to compensate for fat absorption or metabolism.
Edible products take longest to begin acting because CBD must pass through your digestive tract first. Sometimes the full effects are apparent only after two hours. Effects from vaping CBD can often be felt within minutes, since it bypasses the digestive system. Topical CBD products also have a quick delivery time with the potential effects being felt approximately 5-10 minutes after application.
CBD quality and type
The quality of your CBD has a direct impact on your experience. Crop growing conditions, extraction methods, and manufacturing processes all affect CBD quality. Poor quality CBD often has significantly lower cannabidiol content than manufacturers claim. That’s why it’s essential to purchase high quality CBD products from companies that verify the purity and potency of products with third-party test results (like us!).
How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?
Some of the same factors that affect how long it could take for products to work will also influence how long it remains in your body. These include your weight, age, metabolism and lifestyle. How long your effects last will also depend on:
Dosage or quantity consumed
A larger dose of CBD may take longer to leave your system than a smaller dose. A smaller dose may need to be repeated more frequently.
Delivery method or form of ingestion
Product type also determines how long effects last. Edibles or capsules take longer to enter your bloodstream but the effects could last 6-8 hours. The effects of vaping can commonly be felt within minutes, but do not last nearly as long as consumable products.
Half-life refers to the time it takes to metabolise half of any substance.
While CBD’s effects are typically apparent for 4-6 hours (for ingestible products), it takes quite a bit longer to fully clear your system. A small-scale study found that the half-life of a single dose was 27-35 hours. For people using CBD frequently, the half-life could be 3-7 days, or even more.
Where to find high-quality CBD
A poor quality CBD product will not likely produce the results you are looking for. Often, lower-quality CBD is not as pure or as potent as it suggests it is. We stock only the highest-quality product, sourced from brands that practice the safest and most controlled processing. From us, you can be sure your CBD is:
- Sourced from plants cultivated from non-GMO hemp seeds
- Created from plants grown using natural farming methods
- Crafted from hemp oil extracted using safe techniques
- Third-party tested to ensure potency and purity
The many variables affecting your CBD experience
As we have seen, there are many variables that can influence how long it could take to feel the health and wellness potential of CBD and how long those effects last.
Your experience will be influenced by:
- Product type
- Product potency
- Your age
- Your body composition
- Your metabolism
Of course, the quality of the product will also affect your experience. Luckily, we stock exclusively high-quality, independently-tested products on our shelves! Browse now.