How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?

Oil, droppers, tinctures, vape, edibles, topicals.  Which is best for you and how long do the effects last?

CBD comes in many forms CBD Oil droppers, tinctures, vape, edibles and more.  We often get asked how long the effects of CBD last in the body.  The answer is dependent on the way you take your CBD.  Remember that everyone is different and that CBD affects everyone differently.  If you are new to CBD it is important to give your body time to adjust to taking CBD.

On average, research says that the effects of CBD tend to last anywhere between 2-6 hours, but this can largely depend on what methods you’re using to take the cannabinoid.   Here we provide you with some of the most popular methods of taking CBD, the absorption rate and how long the effects may last.

Droppers.  Droppers are one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD. CBD tinctures are taken most effectively sublingually (held under the tongue).  Try holding the CBD oil there for one to two minutes before swallowing.

It typically takes 15–30 minutes to feel the effects of a CBD tincture, and the effects are known to last between 4–6 hours.

Capsules.  When you take CBD orally, it must first pass through the digestive system and then the liver, where CBD molecules are metabolized by various enzymes. This is something that reduces the concentration of CBD compounds that are then passed into the bloodstream. Because CBD must pass through both the digestive system and the liver, it takes longer to feel the effects.

It can take up to one hour to feel the effects of capsules, which usually last between 6–8 hours.

Edibles/ Beverages.  Much like CBD capsules, CBD edibles and beverages work in the same way. When CBD is consumed in this way, it must pass through the digestive system and the liver.

Many people who take CBD in the form of capsules, edibles or drinks prefer to do so on an empty stomach.  When you consume your CBD in this way you reduce the time it takes for CBD to make its way through the digestive tract and be broken down by the liver. However, consuming capsules or edibles with fatty-acid-rich foods may help increase bioavailability.

Like capsules, it typically takes up to an hour to feel the effects of edibles or beverages, the effects last between 4–6 hours.

Topicals.  CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin, coming in the form of lotions, creams, balms, salves and oils.  Topicals are excellent for providing localised benefits to the area of the body to which they are applied. They are absorbed through the skin, bypassing the digestive tract completely.

More research on the endocannabinoid system of the skin is emerging which has been proven to bean important, multifaceted homeostatic regulator, which influences a wide-variety of physiological processes all over the body.  Because CBD topicals bypass the digestive tract and liver, the effects can be felt much quicker than when using other methods.

Generally, CBD topical effects can be felt within 15–20 minutes whilst the effects of the CBD last up to 6 hours.

Vaping.  Vaping CBD is generally the quickest way to feel the benefits of CBD. When you vape CBD, your lungs quickly absorb the CBD you inhale. From here it quickly enters the bloodstream, where it then travels to various parts throughout the body.

When vaping CBD the affects are felt almost immediately but don’t last as long as other methods. The effects of vaping CBD last around 2–3 hours.

As you can see there are many ways of taking CBD.  Many people prefer to incorporate a number of these into their CBD strategy.   Remember whatever way you decide to take you CBD ensure its of the highest possible quality from a trustworthy company.

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