How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?


How long will it take to feel the effect of the CBD is a common question that a lot of new CBD oil and cannabis users have.? To answer that question truthfully, it really does depend on a lot of different factors.

Before we dive into how long CBD oil takes to work, we need to take a look at the reasons why you are interested in taking it and what types of health or pain relief are you seeking to achieve.

Common Conditions CBD Oil can Treat

  • Pain, inflammation, including those caused by headaches, menstrual cramps and arthritis
  • Insomnia – CBD oil is an excellent treatment to help those who have troubles sleeping
  • Anxiety and depression – Cannabis and hemp have been well-known for treatment for these disorders because of their anti-depressant and antipsychotic properties
  • Nausea and increased appetite – CBD and medical marijuana have long been prescribed as the go-to treatment to help patients during chemotherapy to help increase appetite and prevent nausea.
  • Seizures – an excellent treatment for those with epilepsy

Now depending on which condition you are looking for relief on, that will vastly determine how long it will take for you to feel the effects.? And while some users report feeling the compound’s therapeutic benefits within minutes of taking it, others don’t feel any significant difference until after 30 days of use or more.

Different Factors to Determine Effect

The three main factors that need to be considered when looking at how fast you will feel the effects of CBD oil are:

  1. Type of Product
  2. Quality of Product
  3. Metabolism and Tolerance

The medical term for how quickly you feel the effects is called: Bioavailabilty – the measure of how quickly the active compounds of a substance enters your bloodstream

The type of CBD Product

CBD Edibles

  • Vaping – Next to injecting a substance intravenously (which I do not recommend injecting CBD!!), vaping and other methods of inhalation, by far has the fastest bioavailability and that is because our lungs are filled with millions of capillaries which connect to blood vessels which then brings the inhaled substance to the brain.? Effective Time: 10-20 minutes
  • Oils – The most common way to take CBD Oil is sublingually, or under the tongue, and that is done with oils and tinctures.? While this method might take a bit longer to enter the bloodstream, the effects of the CBD oil last far longer than with vaping. Effective Time: 15-25 minutes
  • Pills, Capsules and Gummies? – Any form of edible takes a little bit longer to feel the effects since it needs to path through your digestive system before it enters your bloodstream.? As much as it takes longer to kick in, the good news is that with edibles you will feel the effects for the longest duration than with any other CBD product. Effective Time: 30-45 minutes

Quality of Product

While the use of cannabis and CBD oil has been around for thousands of years, the industry of marketing CBD hemp and cannabis products is relatively new with the raising lifts on restrictions and legalization in Canada, certain US states, and around the world.

And with any new industry increasing in popularity, you’re going to have a lot of scoundrels out there trying to get in the game; selling less than stellar products containing dangerous additives, low-dose strength products, or even CBD oil that doesn’t even contain any cannabinoids at all.

Signs of a High-Quality CBD Product:

  • The Price is Average? – Good quality CBD products are expensive to make – which makes them expensive to purchase.? But if you come across a product that seems to be too-good-to-be-true, then there’s a good chance they were made with low-grade or contaminated raw materials that might not contain any CBD all at. It’s always best to purchase from reputable sites and to check customer reviews.
  • No Outlandish Medical Claims?– There is a TON of medical claims out there proving how regular use of CBD oil can help with different health issues, but if a product is claiming to cure herpes or make you lose 20lbs in a week, there’s a good chance they’re full of BS.
  • Product Lable Outlines All Ingredients?– Good quality CBD oil will have a well-informed product label.? It will list items such as:
    • List of ingredients, serving size, the potency of the product, amount of CBD, product type (full spectrum, broad-spectrum, isolate), and batch number. And remember: To be considered effective, CBD oils should contain 250?1000mg per 10ml bottle.?
  • Third-Party Test Results?– This one ties into that last point of the batch number.? Any reputable CBD manufacturer will send their products to a third-party to have their Batch tested. This ensures the product’s quality and consistency, amounts of CBD and THC, and if there are any traces of heavy metals.? If your product has a QSR code on it, you can scan it which will direct you to the third-party lab report.
  • Extracted using supercritical CO? – High-quality CBD oils use safe solvents like supercritical CO? to extract the desired compounds. This ensures a safe extract is produced, free from any residues or additives?which doesn’t always occur with other extraction procedures. Avoid CBD oils made using chemicals like propane, butane, pentane, or hexane as they can leave behind dangerous contaminants.

If you stick to a reputable CBD manufacturer, you can pretty guarantee a quality product

Metabolism and Tolerance

Every person is unique in how our bodies will react to any substance that we put into our bodies. No two people process a drug or supplement exactly the same way:? Your weight, sex, metabolic rate, condition, any medication you may be on – are just some of the factors that determine the effects of CBD.

How much is already in your body? CBD, like all cannabinoids, builds up in your body over time, becoming more and more effective – this is why it’s recommended that you take CBD every day. The endocannabinoid system takes time to adjust to the influx of CBD, and as it builds up, it stimulates an increase in cannabinoid receptors. With more receptors, your body becomes more sensitive to CBD and other cannabinoids. This could explain why a few people don’t feel any effects until 3 or 4 weeks after they start using CBD. If you’ve been using high-quality CBD for a while and you’re still not feeling the benefits you hoped for, consider increasing the dosage a little. Rest assured that CBD is safe and well-tolerated, even in large amounts. CBD oil is the preferred method of consumption for beginners.

The Takeaway

As much as we would all love to take a product and have it cure or fix any issue that we might have CBD oil does take some time to get into your system before you can truly start to reap the benefits.

But like any new substance that you take, your tolerance will take some time to build up, so make sure you don’t overdo it if you are new CBD – unless of course, you’re seeking that super chill sleep 😉


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9 Replies to “How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?

  1. I learnt a new term from this post today, bioavailability, which is how quickly the active compounds of a substance enters the bloodstream. This has been the most informative article that I have read on how long does it take for CBD Oil to work. 

    I for the first time ever, about two moths ago, used some CBD oil that my nephew grew himself and then extracted the oil. My niece then made some chocolate brownies with it and as all the other family members (mostly nephews and nieces but also my sister) tried it, I also tried a small piece. It tasted lovely, but it had no effect on me. 

    This showed to me that tolerance has to be built up first, as my nephews and nieces all had different experiences to me as a first time user. This is a great post.

  2. Thank you for this information.  It’s important for people to be realistic in regard to how their CBD products will work and how quickly.  In this world we live in today, we expect everything to be instantaneous so it’s nice to have a guideline, of sorts, on which to gauge our use. I like that you included how to tell if your CBD is high quality.  Thank you for posting. 

  3. Hi! Thanks for sharing the interesting information in regard with Cannabis, I have used the oil it did help but I did not continue with it as I felt it did not cure the symptoms. I also found it very expensive so that also made me stop. It was interesting to read all the facts about cannabis and the benefits has made me think to try it again.

  4. Asides been a treatment for pains, insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea, increased appetite seizures and epilepsy, best route of entry and bioavailability, nothing is being mentioned about the side effects and the exact dosage and prescription as well as age range indications.

  5. I would like to know if there is a common product name for CBD. Because living here in Africa, I don’t think we know this product called CBD for the Treatment of pains, insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea, seizures and epilepsy, and to boost appetite.

    I was once in pains, totally depressed,
    and down when my wife to be broke up with me, I was placed on treatment and an anxiety killing drug was given to me for about 2yrs before I could be stable.

    I think CBD will be a good product to be shipped to Africa considering the level of depration, ulcer pains, and joint pains, anxiety, loss of appetite, in this region. Not only that, I also love the rapid effect of CBD oil : 15-25 minutes. Thanks for this important post. I Know this article will go a long way helping many.

    1. Thanks for the awesome comment. CBD is Cannabidiol and it is part of the hemp or marijuana plant. I will have to look into the legalities of CBD oil in Africa, but if it is an acceptable natural health supplement, I will definitely start looking into getting it shipped there.

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