What are the best times to take CBD? Is it better to take it during the day or night? These are the sorts of questions people ask who think about taking the food supplement or have already begun the process but need further guidance.
From oil and e-liquid to CBD-infused cosmetics, food and drink, the list of products that now contain this healthy cannabinoid is constantly growing. But whether you're thinking about introducing CBD into your daily regime or already taking CBD in some form, we take a look at the best time to take CBD, the ideal method and to understand how long it takes to work through your system. Once all of this is understood, you stand the best chance of maximising its potential at the right time.
How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?
This varies from person to person and is also based on the method you use to ingest CBD. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes with vaping (the fastest method through the lungs) to a couple of hours with oral CBD drops under the tongue before you may notice a difference. After that, it’s a process of weeks or even months to completely feel any benefits of CBD, which is still in its infancy regarding research, side effects and medical understanding. From person to person the effects of CBD differ based on the strength of the cannabidiol, as well as circumstances such as individual weight and height. The time during the day it’s taken can also impact how well it works.
Is There a 'Best' Time to Take CBD?
Whether you’re a night owl, early birder or somewhere in between, there is no right or wrong answer (currently) to what time is most effective and best to take CBD.
For example, if you are looking at using CBD as part of your nighttime routine, you should look at taking it just before bed; if you want to use it as part of your active lifestyle and training, take several drops after you finish your workout is an ideal time. Essentially, the choice is yours.
We do recommend it doesn’t interfere with any other part of your routine; that is to say that you do not consume it whilst ingesting anything else, such as a warm cup of tea or your breakfast. Whilst this isn’t detrimental, taking CBD on its own ensures the CBD does not dissolve with anything else.
Does the Strength Matter During the Day or Night?
Additionally, the time of day that you use CBD may depend on the strength and concentration of CBD you’re using and how you react, as discussed earlier. Much like the sugar rush that you experience when you eat something sweet, CBD will also have an effect of some sort.
If you find that CBD helps you to wake up, then choosing to incorporate it into your morning routine, or perhaps in the early afternoon when you begin to lag, might be the option you choose. If you find that CBD makes you feel sleepy, then avoiding the morning and choosing an early evening dose may be the way to go.
Due to the different ways our bodies absorb CBD and depending on whether you use oil or e-liquid, you’ll need to determine how often you use the supplement throughout the day, in line with the strength and not exceeding the limit.
CBD oil drops and CBD e-liquids for vaping are available in varying strengths, ranging from 300mg to 2000mg. If you are just starting, here are our recommendations for beginners (bearing in mind we would recommend starting low and increasing the strength as you see fit):
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How Often Should I Use CBD Oil?
If you are wondering, ‘how often should I be taking CBD?’, don't worry, we’re here to help.
One of the most common ways to consume CBD is by using sublingual oil and there are a couple of ways to use this supplement. By adding a few drops to your food or drink, you can easily support a healthy lifestyle. However, the way your body absorbs the cannabinoid will differ if you were to place drops of the oil directly underneath your tongue.
As mentioned above, when you add CBD to food and drink, it will travel through your digestive system and enter your bloodstream via your stomach. Due to the distance and the time it takes the CBD to travel to your bloodstream, it’ll probably be 30 to 45 minutes before your body begins to absorb the molecules; which is worth keeping in mind if you’re thinking about using them at multiple points throughout the day and looking for the best time to ingest CBD.
Alternatively, by using two to five drops under your tongue and holding them in place for 60 to 90 seconds, CBD will be absorbed by the mucous glands in your mouth and enter the bloodstream faster.
How Much CBD E-Liquid Can I Vape?
Another way to use CBD is by vaping. Suited to those who already vape or would prefer a tastier alternative to the earthy flavours that natural CBD oil possesses, CBD e-liquid is available in our online store in several sweet and fruity flavours which can make using CBD that bit more pleasant on your palate.
Due to the way our bodies absorb vapour, while CBD may enter your bloodstream quicker, the concentration of CBD that you get from vaping is lower than if you were to use the same strength sublingual oil. This means that you may need to vape more throughout the day, which is worth thinking about when it comes to incorporating CBD into your daily routine — and whether you will use oil, e-liquids, or both. For more information, please feel free to contact us.