One question we often hear regarding trying CBD for the first time is how long it will take to have an effect on your body. According to Boris Shcharansky, the chief operating officer at Papa & Barkley, the length of time depends largely on the dosing method. Here’s a simple breakdown.
For ingestible products, like tinctures, capsules, gummies, and the like, the results are different. When kept under the tongue, tinctures typically absorb within 30 seconds and effects are felt within 15 minutes. When ingesting CBD (i.e., swallowing it or consuming a food that contains CBD), you can expect to feel the effects within about 45 minutes to two hours.
Topical forms of CBD
CBD topical products, like balm, ointments, and lotions, should take effect pretty immediately. Once you apply these products to your body, you should start feeling relief within about 15 minutes.
In other words, dosing should be determined on an individual basis, and consumers should be wary of high doses early on. If you’re curious what the right dosage of CBD is for you, read our guide here.
In case you’re wondering what is CBD, exactly?, here’s a quick refresher: CBD is a naturally occurring compound present in the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants. There's no THC in it, which means it can’t get you high, no matter how much you take.
For somebody that isn’t struggling with major inflammation, or mental health issues, a 10mg daily serving at night should be enough for most people to sleep better, but occasionally more might be needed.
You can read more about dosing in our guide: How much CBD oil should I take
I’ve been taking CBD oil for a while now and not feeling anything….
It’s important to experiment to find out the right dosage needed, which is also why it’s important to be patient and give it time – sometimes it can take us long as 30 days for CBD to build up in the system and deliver the life changing results you are looking for.
It’s very important to remember, that what dose works for one person might not work for the next.
For some people, results are immediate. A lot of people will notice better sleep the first night they take CBD. For others it might take two weeks to a month to even notice anything. So it’s important to be patient when starting to take CBD. A lot of people give up too soon, or don’t do enough experimenting to figure out what dose is appropriate.
Like with most medications, CBD will have heightened benefits if you continue to use it on a longer basis.
One of the main questions people ask is how long does CBD last? On average the effects of CBD tend to last anywhere between 2-6 hours, but this can largely depend on a variety of factors (explored in detail below).
It’s also increasing in popularity among those in the medical community who have been failed by the pharmaceutical drugs currently available to them.
Methods Of Consumption & How Each Impacts How Long CBD Stays In Your System
The frequency of usage and dosage can also have an impact on the effectiveness of CBD.
On average, research says that the effects of CBD tend to last anywhere between 2-6 hours, but this can largely depend on what methods you’re using to take the cannabinoid.
This includes those with rare cases of epilepsy, where studies have found that CBD can reduce median motor seizures by 70.6%.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that regular consumers of large doses of CBD can have the compound in their body anywhere between three weeks to a month after they stop consuming it.