Even though CBD itself has been around for centuries, extracting and using it for certain ailments is fairly new. As cannabis in general becomes more accepted and more understood, people are opening up to trying CBD because it naturally has no intoxicating effects. CBD is also an anti-inflammatory and has many health benefits. People use it to sleep better, reduce pain, and relieve stress and anxiety. Therefore, one of the important questions people are starting to ask is how long CBD takes to start working.
A lot of first-time users aren’t sure when CBD will take effect. They are curious as to when they will see some results. Many new users expect it will work immediately. Some people will give up on taking CBD because of these misconceptions. This is unfortunate because they leave discouraged and never see the benefit. The real answer to this big question is that it ultimately depends on the individual. CBD affects everyone a little differently. Some people may notice the effects immediately, and others may not see real results for two weeks, to a month.
Methods of Consumption
One main factor in how long it takes to feel the effects of CBD is how a person consumes it. There are four main ways of doing this.
- A common way to take CBD is to inhale it either through smoking or vaping the substance. This is one of the fastest ways for CBD to start working, and in fact it should start affecting you almost immediately. From your lungs CBD will enter the bloodstream, and this process takes only seconds. It also means that the CBD will likely wear off faster than using it in the other ways that will be described.
- Another common way to take CBD is through tinctures. Taking sublingual drops of CBD works nearly as fast as vaping or smoking. This means you put the CBD under the tongue where it is absorbed in the mouth. This method usually takes between 5 and 20 minutes.
- For more lasting effects, ingesting CBD oil is the best way to go, although it takes between 30 minutes and an hour—possibly even longer—to start feeling the effects. Edibles, capsules, even coffee can be infused with CBD.
- The last method is applying CBD oil topically to one’s skin. This is a good method of applying CBD if you want to target certain areas of the body that are in pain, as in the case of arthritis. This way works within minutes.
It is important to know that how CBD works. Ultimately it will depend entirely on the individual. In fact, some people may not really feel any different from taking CBD. The best thing to do is experiment with different low doses when starting, and always remember to consult your doctor first.