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With the legality of CBD increasing, more and more people are using CBD oil in various forms. But if you are interested in trying CBD oil to potentially help with various ailments, you may find yourself wondering: How long does CBD oil take to work? That depends largely on the method of consumption, but four other factors – how empty your stomach is, weight, metabolism, and frequency of use – play a part as well.
As the world of CBD expands, so will the ways to consume it. As of this writing, there are four main ways to consume it: vaping/smoking it, holding it sublingually, eating an edible with CBD, or applying it topically.
Holding CBD oil sublingually (under your tongue) for 30 to 60 seconds is also a quick method of absorption as the veins under the tongue can absorb the CBD directly. According to RemedyRescue.com,
“You can expect the CBD to take effect within 5 to 20 minutes when administered this way.”
Ingesting CBD oil, whether in an edible, added to a smoothie, drinking a CBD-infused coffee, or taken with a meal will result in a slower onset but the effect will last much longer. According to CBDSafely.com,
“We’ve seen some suppliers and informational sites recommend you take CBD on an empty stomach. This does result in the effects being felt more quickly, however, due to how CBD is metabolised by the digestive system, less will end up in your bloodstream if taken without food, so this is not the best way to take the product.”
When applying CBD oil topically, the CBD does not directly enter the body but just comes in contact with the skin where applied. A good quality CBD oil, balm, salve or lotion can relieve muscle pain and soreness with a few minutes of application. According to WeedMaps.com,
“In some cases, CBD-infused topicals should be applied liberally to overcome the low cannabinoid absorption rate of the skin, allowing CBD to pass through the skin via the pores. When CBD is applied topically to the skin, the permeability of CBD is tenfold higher than THC, and peaks after 90 minutes. This method of administration is ideal for dealing with chronic pain in specific areas.”
Vaping or smoking is the quickest method as it passes through the lungs and is absorbed into the bloodstream. According to HealthCareWeekly.com,
“[If] vaping or smoking CBD, for example, you may begin to feel the effects in as little as 5 minutes.”
However, this practice is not without its precautions.
“You should also recognize that introducing anything into your lungs other than oxygen probably isn’t the healthiest practice. Weigh the pros and cons before trying any new supplement, especially one that includes inhaling a foreign compound. This application style may be best for the converted smoker rather than non-smokers, who may find vaping or smoking to be too harsh,” according to RemedyReview.com.
As always, if you have additional questions about how much time CBD oil might take to work for you specifically, you may always call our customer service department at 720-372-4842 from Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM MST. Or if you like using email more, write us at [email protected].