How Long Will it Take for a CBD Product to Work?

Are you ready to start a new CBD routine?  It’s very important to know how to choose the right product based on the milligram strength, quality, delivery method and more.  But, it’s equally important to know what to expect when you start taking CBD so that you can customize your routine as needed according to what it is that you’re trying to get out of hemp.

One thing that’s important to know is how long it takes for a CBD product to start working.  This is actually something we get asked a lot.  Many people who have never taken CBD before, think that there will be some sort of drastic sensation once the CBD kicks in, but this isn’t the case.  Hemp is a gentle product that merely supports the body’s endocannabinoid system which regulates the bodily processes that are involved in our well-being.  So, that can make it hard to know whether or not the CBD is actually working for some, which is why knowing how long it takes after administration for the CBD to peak in the system is valuable information.

It Depends

Here’s the thing about CBD – there are so many variables involved that it’s hard to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to any aspect of starting a routine.  Let’s talk about the determining factors so that you can plan your schedule accordingly.

Factor #1: Delivery Method

The biggest factor that determines how long it takes for CBD to start working is the delivery method you’ve used.  This refers to the type of product, whether it be a topical, tincture, edible or something else.  Each delivery method absorbs into the body at its own rate based on the natural absorbency of the tissue to which the CBD is applied.  Some delivery methods take longer to take effect than others, so refer to the breakdown guide below.

  • Tinctures: Are applied to the sublingual tissue beneath the tongue and can take 15 to 45 minutes to peak.
  • Gummies: CBD gummies and other edibles can take 1 to 2 hours to take effect, because they have to travel through the digestive tract before being released into the bloodstream via the liver.
  • Gel Caps: Capsules can take 45 minutes to 90 minutes to take effect.  While they are taken orally like edibles, they tend to be more bioavailable due to the use of nanotechnology to make the hemp compounds more easily absorbed by the body.
  • Salves: These are topical solutions, so they tend to only provide noticeable effects to the area onto which they are applied.  Can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes to take effect.
  • Oral Sprays: Tend o work as quickly as salves, except by nature they tend to be sprayed into the mouth.

Factor #2: Milligram Strength

This refers to the potency level.  The more potent the CBD, the faster it will take effect, because the more compounds there are to be readily absorbed by the body.

Note: Identical milligram strengths can have different potency effects depending upon how they are administered.

Factor #3: How Long You’ve Been Taking CBD for

It’s believed that you can’t really get the full effects of CBD until you’ve been taking it for at least two weeks.  This may sound odd, but it has to do with the endocannabinoid system.  The endocannabinoid system is the bodily system that processes CBD and utilizes it throughout the body as needed.  This system will tend to store CBD first, until it gets the message that you’re going to be giving it cannabinoids on a regular basis.  After about two weeks, the endocannabinoid system recognizes that it’ll be consistently supplied with CBD and become efficient at utilizing cannabinoids throughout the body.

Factor #4: How Consistent Your Routine is

Again, because of the way in which the endocannabinoid system utilizes CBD based on how it receives it.  When CBD is consumed more consistently, the endocannabinoid system becomes more efficient at utilizing cannabinoids, and so the effects can be faster.  Meaning, taking CBD at the same time each day will likely give you faster effects than taking CBD sporadically and as needed.  This is one major reason why it’s recommended that you take CBD daily regardless of the symptoms that you’re experiencing.

Factor #5: CBD Quality

The quality of CBD can affect more aspects of your experience than you think, and how long it takes for the CBD to work is one of them.  The higher the quality the CBD is, the more bioavailable it is, and the more bioavailable it is, the more easily it will absorb into the body following administration. 

Factor #6: Type of Hemp Extract

Whether you use full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate can make a difference.  Full spectrum CBD has the most synergistic activity, which means that it can work faster due to its synergistic properties which allows each compound to boost the bioavailability of the others.

Factor #7: Your Body

Your individual body can determine how long it takes for CBD to fully take effect.  Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique and can determine how long it takes to process and utilize cannabinoids.  This means that while all of the factors above make a difference, ultimately, your unique bodily system is one factor that you can’t control.  And, this is also why it’s fine to experiment with different doses and times of administration until you find what works for you.

Simply Find a CBD Product Type at Swiss Relief That Works For You

As you can see, there are way too many factors involved to be able to tell you exactly how long it will take for CBD to peak in the system after taking it.  So, if you wanna control when CBD becomes fully active in the body, know how to customize your schedule based on the product that you’ve chosen.