With public opinion and interest in cannabis shifting towards the positive, there is one rising star emerging with newfound popularity: cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Dispensaries and CBD products are popping up everywhere, including drinks, oils, gummies, and vapes. New cannabis users are increasingly interested in CBD products, and there is one common question they all ask- “How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD?”
Depending on who you ask, you might get a different answer. Some people claim the effects of CBD are almost immediate, while others say that they can’t specifically “feel” the effects of CBD the way you might feel THC.
The short answer? There are too many variables to give you a straightforward answer on how long it takes for CBD to affect you, like the quality of the CBD, the concentration, the method of ingestion, your body mass, and your metabolism.
Methods of taking CBD
For CBD to take effect, it needs to hit your bloodstream.
The method that you’re using to ingest the CBD and type of CBD product you’re using will determine how it gets filtered through your body and how long it takes to get to the bloodstream.
With inhalation or vaping, you’re getting the second fastest method of distributing CBD to your body (with the fastest method being a direct injection to the bloodstream). You’re inhaling the CBD straight into your lungs, which is filtered before going into your bloodstream. The effects are quick, taking on average about 10 minutes.
Another popular method that works just as quickly is taking CBD sublingually. Instead of swallowing CBD oil, place the CBD under your tongue. This gives it access to your varicose veins. The CBD oil is absorbed through your salivary glands to your veins.
Slower methods include taking edibles or using topical solutions that contain CBD. When you’re taking CBD edibles (such as drinks or gummies), the CBD needs to pass through the salivary glands and your entire digestive system before it reaches your bloodstream. Topical CBD products need to pass through your skin and lipids and through the cells. Both of these methods can take at least 30 minutes before you feel the benefits.
Knowing your body
While the simple answer to “how long does it take to feel the effects of CBD?” depends on how long it takes the product to reach your bloodstream, each person’s unique body type also affects how you feel while taking CBD.
People with larger body mass require more CBD to feel the same effects as someone with smaller body mass. Those with large body mass can benefit from taking higher concentration CBD or a higher dose.
Your metabolism also plays a factor in feeling the effects of CBD. If you’re someone who has a fast metabolism, you may feel the effects of CBD more quickly. Also, if you’ve eaten recently or have a full stomach, it may take longer for CBD to get to your bloodstream because your body is digesting food alongside the CBD.
Medication also matters when it comes to the effects of CBD. A lot of CBD users overlook their use of medication, assuming it will have no effect on how CBD responds with their bodies. Your medication can definitely impact whether the CBD will have a stronger or milder effect. Check with your health professional to ensure that you’re able to take CBD with your medication since CBD can cause unwanted reactions when taken with certain medications.
When will I start feeling CBD?
Now you know, there’s no universal answer for how long it takes to feel the effects of CBD. The method you’re using to ingest the CBD, your body composition, and other factors such as whether you’ve eaten all contribute to how long it takes.
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