How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Start Working?

Posted on August 24, 2018
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So you’ve taken your CBD oil and now you begin to wait. And that’s when you begin to wonder, how long does it take for CBD oil to start working? What you’re really asking yourself about is called “onset time,” or the time it takes for any biologically active compound to take effect.

Many of you ask us about the onset time of our CBD oil and various other products such as CBD edibles, CBD vape oil, and CBD skin cream.

How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Start Working?

It All Depends on A Number of Factors

Because each of us is unique, we all react to CBD oil differently. Factors such as age, physical condition, weight, and metabolism can all affect the onset time of a CBD product.

Another important consideration is that the endocannabinoid system varies from person to person. Variables include the number of cannabinoid receptors in various areas of your, as well as your body’s ability to produce endocannabinoids. People who have more cannabinoid receptors or who produce fewer endocannabinoids may be more sensitive to CBD than people who’s endocannabinoid system is functioning properly.

The conditions you are attempting to treat with CBD oil are also a factor in onset time. While some conditions might improve very quickly, others may require ongoing treatment. An excellent example of this is topical preparations. If you’re treating a skin condition such as itching the product may act much quicker than if you’re treating sore joints and muscles.

In addition to these personal factors, onset time can also vary depending on the type of product being used and how it is being administered. A product which works quickly for some conditions may take time with other conditions.

Let’s take a look at the various types of products available and their range of onset times.

How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Start Working?

CBD Vape Oil

The method of CBD administration that has the fastest onset time is inhalation. CBD vape oil, like Chong’s Choice Vape Pens, contains an oil base which is infused with CBD.

When vaporized and inhaled the CBD is absorbed through the lungs where it quickly enters your bloodstream. Many people who experience sudden onset conditions such as anxiety prefer this method of administration for its extremely fast onset time.  

CBD Oil Tinctures

CBD oil tinctures such as our Diamond CBD Full Spectrum MCT Oil are generally taken sublingually (meaning under the tongue). They can also be swallowed, but a sublingual application has a much faster onset time.  

CBD oil is held under the tongue long enough for some of the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the capillaries in the mouth rather than having to pass through the digestive system. Effects are generally felt within minutes in some cases and may increase over the period of 20 to 30 minutes.

CBD Capsules

Because CBD capsules such as Meds Biotech CBD capsules are taken orally, they take longer to take effect than tinctures. Oral application of CBD oil can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to take effect.

With oral applications, for the CBD to make its way into the bloodstream, it must first pass through the digestive system. This method is more suitable than tinctures for long-term applications and for administering higher doses of CBD.

CBD Edibles

As with capsules, CBD edibles such as our Diamond CBD Cake Pops must pass through the digestive system before the CBD makes its way into the bloodstream. Depending on the type of edibles it can take anywhere from a half hour to an hour or more for the CBD to enter your bloodstream.

Candies such as gummies, because they melt quickly will deliver their CBD faster than baked goods containing CBD which take longer to digest.

CBD Skin Creams

CBD-infused topicals such as Lawrence Taylor Pain Master CBD Cream are often used to treat skin issues, muscle tension or spasms, muscle pains, and achy joints. They are applied directly to the skin. The CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream and can also be absorbed directly into skin cells and other cells with which it comes in contact.

It can also penetrate to muscles and joints below the skin. As mentioned above, depending on the reason you’re using a CBD topical, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour or more to take effect. Also, some areas of the skin may absorb topicals faster than others.

How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Start Working?

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