What Are The Best Times To Take CBD Oil?

Best Times To Take CBD Oil

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Best Times To Take CBD Oil

Not many people are aware that we all have our own endocannabinoid system within our bodies.

It’s increasingly believed that supplementing this with the cannabinoid (CBD) that comprises around 50% of the marijuana plant may provide a significant boost to our general health.

The Human Endocannabinoid System

Image Source: Advocates For CBD

While cannabis itself is indeed still a class B drug in the UK, this is applied because of the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive component that makes people ‘high’.

When CBD is extracted from the marijuana hemp it’s entirely legal and leaves such a little trace of THC it becomes perfectly legal.

Before we get started, it’s worth just pointing out that everyone’s body is different and consequently will react differently to CBD.

Pinpointing A Dose That Works

Some people need higher concentrations, others much less to feel an effect.

For others, no matter what they take they will not feel any difference at all.

Either way, when setting out start with a low dose then gradually work up until you hopefully find that ‘sweet spot’.

When Should You Take It?

This leads us onto the topic of this article. Can the time of day make any difference to how effectively your body absorbs CBD?

As we shall see, it may make a difference – but so too will your individual biochemistry, size, weight and a host of other factors.

Times should be considered as important as these, and not a stand-alone ‘quick fix’.

Also, do not compromise on quality. There is a huge gulf between decent CBD oils. Only look for the purest products ever that should be 100% organic, natural, chemical free and employ a decent CO2 extraction method with a THC content of less than 0.3%.

Starting Out Sensibly

When you begin taking these supplements you may start to notice after a little while certain effects.

For some, it could be a sense of more wakefulness or cognitive speed, for others a relaxing and natural sedative. This will obviously play a great part in deciding how to take your dose.

Most people will find that they do not such a clear-cut reaction, and instead will be looking towards dosing two or three times a day depending on the strength of the dose.

Maintaining a sustained dose is really the best way to reap the potential benefits on offer.

The Food Debate

CBD With Food

The question is: Should you take CBD oil with food, without food or on a completely empty stomach?

Plenty of people find it easy to time their dose with a meal, perhaps with breakfast and dinner for twice a day dosage or incorporate lunch as well if needed.

Sounds logical, right? Well if only it were so simple! Your method for taking CBD makes a big difference here.

If you vape as your method of ingestion, eating makes no difference as it will be absorbed immediately into the bloodstream regardless of the digestive tract.

However, with capsules and oral oil drops, it takes longer to enter the bloodstream and some say it causes wastage as well.

This is called ‘bioavailability’ and while taking on an empty stomach may lead to faster absorption, it may not last as long because it will be so swiftly processed.

Yet with food, it can theoretically be longer lasting. The only way to find out what works best for you is to experiment.

A good proportion of people who take CBD orally find it best mixed into a beverage/smoothie. But once again – no guarantees!

How Long Should A ‘Dose’ Last?

It depends a great deal upon the strength more than the time of day/process.

Vaping a standard 200mg CBD e-liquid with an adult of ‘normal proportions’ can expect a deep puff to last between 4-12 hours. Quite a broad spectrum isn’t it!

This is one of the advantages and disadvantages of vaping. It’s great for immediate and swift absorption but may not linger around too long.

Plenty of vapers also supplement with a capsule routine and use their vape pen when they need that quick fix.

Committed users who are looking to the long-term will find that three doses a day are as close to ‘certain’ as it gets.

Final Thoughts

If you’re just starting out or concerned that you aren’t feeling any benefits from CBD, we’d suggest checking out the experiences from other people who have had successes with either your product or method of delivery.

Of course there’s the unavoidable fact that body differential is an unavoidable problem when addressing it this way, but it can’t hurt to try.

If we had to speculate the best way for most people, it would be one dose with breakfast and dinner, with a supplemental vape for the day if needed.

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.