How Long Does It Take For CBD To Work?

How Long Does It Take For CBD To Work?

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How Long Does It Take For CBD To Work?
The million dollar question for anyone interested in the potential benefits from CBD is how long it takes to have an effect.

The problem is we’re all built differently. There simply are no hard and fast rules besides very rough approximations. Some people will simply be naturally immune.

CBD oils can be a little frustrating for this reason when setting out, as it’s a case of finding a dose that matches your body chemistry and it may take a while to ‘set in’ anyway.

There are equally no certain rules or scientifically based facts as to what benefits/effects it may deliver.

But don’t lose heart! Here’s a discussion of the topic and a few pointers that everyone ought to consider.

Understanding The Endocannabinoid System

Everyone has a natural endocannabinoid system – a fact that was only discovered by scientists when researching the way marijuana affects the body a few decades ago.

Following further research, it was concluded that played an important role in balancing how many parts of our body work in balance (homeostasis).

Yet as with any kind of internal chemical process, it stands to reason that now and again it could use supplementary support.

CBD is believed to be the best way of helping achieve this.

In accordance with UK law, it must be extracted from industrial hemp and contain no more than a residual 0.2% of THC (the component that makes you ‘high’).

However, there are no restrictions when it comes to concentration of CBD which is why there is such a variation in strengths/purity.

One other legal note: it’s prohibited to make clear-cut claims regarding certain health benefits. So let’s just say plenty of people report back saying it has helped them with all sorts of ailments.

Consumption & Concentration

Starting out with the highest concentration you can afford/source is frankly pointless.

It takes a varying length of time (see above) for CBD supplements to settle into the body depending on your personal composition.

The best way is to start low and gradually taper on until there’s hopefully a noticeable difference.

Regarding consumption, it again varies. Whether you choose to take capsules, vape oils, sprays, tongue drops or one of the other ways to ingest CBD is also a very personal matter.

The key is finding a suitable dose – how it is delivered shouldn’t make much of a difference providing top quality manufacturing and production methods have been used.

Can Your Choice Of Method Make A Difference?

Let’s assume that you have found a ‘sweet-dose’ that works for you.

Remember that unlike marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive so you won’t necessarily feel anything.

Instead, look for an alleviation of symptoms. Understanding this is essential when choosing the best format that will work for you in the longer term.

For the fastest possible way of taking CBD into your body then vaping is likely the most efficient. Unlike capsules, supplements and to an extent oral oils and sprays, it bypasses the digestive tract and immediately hits the bloodstream.

For people who use their CBD on an ad-hoc basis, and are OK with vaping (there’s no nicotine or nasty chemicals in any related e-liquid) this is probably the most useful.

However, for long-term consistent users, capsules or oils/sprays may provide a more convenient and steady routine.

Capsules have the advantage of being tasteless but will absorb slowly into the system, oils and spray applied directly underneath the tongue are relatively swiftly taken into the body.

Topical methods – primarily skin creams – are increasingly hitting the marketplace and come complete with plenty of healthy other ingredients.

Ensuring a consistent dosage with these can be awkward, but the skin is the body’s largest organ and can absorb nutrients well under the right circumstances.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article will have explained that there is no exact science in ‘making’ CBD work.

Even detecting the potential benefits can be tricky enough.

The best way forward is to follow the sensible advice of tapering on until a suitable dosage is found, and experimenting with a method of delivery that suits you best.

I’m Thomas Jones. I graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 2016 with an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. I’m currently reading for a PhD at The University of Glasgow. I started using CBD in 2017 as a result of finding it in my local vape shop. My experiences in using these products inspired me to undertake my current doctoral research. You can find out more about me and this site here.