How long does CBD take to work?

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At Cornbread Hemp, we often get asked about how long it takes to feel the effects of CBD. In this article, we’ll explore the endocannabinoid system in depth to get to the bottom of this question: how long does it take for CBD to work?

In general, the therapeutic effects of CBD are achieved within 10 minutes to 2 hours depending on your route of administration. Other variables like the dosage, potency, and quality of your CBD oil also play a role in how quickly the effects take hold.

However, there’s one caveat to all this: you can only experience the full benefits of CBD by taking it on a consistent basis. If you’d like to know more, read on as we explore the fascinating properties of CBD oil.

Factors That Impact CBD Absorption

To get the full picture, you should know that CBD is not a one-size-fits-all solution. As it turns out, there are actually quite a few elements that can impact how long it takes to feel the effects of your CBD oil.

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Factor 1: Method of Intake

There are many different ways to consume CBD. Each of these methods has a different impact on how much, and how quickly, the CBD gets absorbed into your bloodstream.

This phenomenon is called bioavailability. It’s important to understand this because it will help you determine how much CBD you’ll need to take to feel its effects; and you can also get an idea of how quickly it will work.

By consulting this chart, we see that the four common ways to consume CBD have different onset times.

Because CBD capsules have to travel through your digestive system, they have what’s known as a first-pass metabolism. This means that it’ll take longer to feel the effects of the CBD. (To clarify: this applies for all edible CBD products.)

On the other hand, CBD flower avoids first-pass metabolism by going straight to your lungs. This makes it the most effective route of administration, and it means you’ll feel the effects quicker.

There are other variables at play too; but this should help you determine when your specific form of CBD will start working.

Factor 2: Dosage & Potency

The amount of CBD you take will affect how quickly you will begin feeling its effects. In general, the more CBD you take, the quicker you’ll feel it.

For example, if you take a high dose of CBD to improve your sleep, you’ll probably feel sleepy in about 15-30 minutes. In contrast, if you take a lower dose for general wellness, pain, or inflammation, it could take a few days of dosing to notice significant results.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

The bottom line is that, when you’re choosing a CBD product, you should consider the type of ailment you’re trying to treat and adjust your dosage accordingly.

Everyone is different, and this is something you need to dial in for yourself. A full dropper of our 750 mg CBD oil is 25 mg, which we think is a great daily dosage. But some people take more, and some take less. 

You should also be careful to avoid self-medicating. CBD is a powerful supplement, so it’s best to consult with your doctor to determine the right dose for you.

Factor 3: CBD Quality

We’ve said it time and time again: not all CBD products are created equal. Because CBD is largely unregulated, many CBD brands on the market do very little to maintain the quality of their products.

Some CBD brands will have impurities, additives, and adulterants that will significantly dilute the potency of your product. This is why you should always look for a third-party lab test to know what you’re getting.

We also recommend looking for a full-spectrum product, which contains more cannabinoids than just CBD. Just like CBD, these other cannabinoids don’t get you high; but they do have a synergetic effect that heightens your body’s response to the CBD.

The origin of the hemp is another key factor that determines the quality of your CBD.

Hemp is a powerful bioaccumulator, meaning that it soaks up all the nutrients and toxins in the soil it grows in. If the soil isn’t pre-tested for toxins, pesticides, or heavy metals, those things could end up in your CBD.

In addition, if the farmer uses synthetic fertilizers; or if the field doesn’t go through a multi-year crop rotation, there will be fewer nutrients in the soil and the hemp will contain less CBD.

You can avoid all of these problems by opting for an organic CBD product that’s been certified by the USDA. As we explore in this article, the USDA has strict guidelines for organic farming and processing. This means that USDA-certified organic CBD will be responsibly sourced and of higher quality.

Factor 4: Individual Biology

Although you can count on certain effects to take place, no two people respond exactly the same to CBD. One person could feel the effects of CBD in 10 minutes; yet someone else could take the same dose and feel the effects in an hour.

There are several key considerations that fall into this category, and they all affect the amount of time it will take to feel CBD’s effects.

Body Weight

Like most cannabinoids, CBD is fat-soluble. Those who weigh more tend to have more fat cells in their body, which means that they’ll absorb and store more CBD in their body.

While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that people with more fat cells in their body will most likely need more time to feel the effects. It’s not all bad news, though: people with more body mass will feel the effects of CBD for longer.


While individual metabolism does involve burning calories, it also affects how your body breaks down compounds like CBD.

Depending on your age, your lifestyle, and your genetic profile, your metabolism can function at different rates.

If you exercise regularly and have a high metabolism, you’ll feel the effects come on faster; but you’ll also feel the effects wear off more quickly. On the other hand, if you have a slow metabolism, you’ll notice that it takes longer to feel the effects coming on; and the CBD will stay in your body for longer.

Endocannabinoid Balance

CBD is part of a unique set of compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds interact with a biological system found in nearly all mammals. It’s called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), and it’s found throughout your entire nervous system.

While we’re just beginning to understand how the ECS works, research suggests that it’s responsible for many of your biological functions like your mood, sleep, appetite, and pain response.

If your ECS is imbalanced, you could experience a large range of negative symptoms as a result. CBD helps alleviate these symptoms by attaching to the receptors and rebalancing your endocannabinoid system.

In general, the more your endocannabinoid system is imbalanced, the longer it will take to feel the effects of CBD.

While there’s no way to quantify how much of an imbalance you’re experiencing; you can probably gauge this yourself by assessing the severity of your symptoms.

Factor 5: Consistency

For some people, the positive effects of CBD come immediately. A lot of people will notice that they’re experiencing less stress, less tension, and better sleep after just one dose of CBD.

For others, though, it might take a few weeks to notice the powerful effects of CBD. So if you don’t feel the effects right away, be patient.

A lot of people give up after a few doses of CBD and brush it off as snake oil that doesn’t work. This couldn’t be further from the truth – while these people might be taking a bad-quality CBD product, they’re also ignoring one of the key properties of CBD oil.

Regardless of what you’re feeling, the positive results of CBD oil come slowly. The key to getting the most benefits out of your CBD is consistency!

A consistent, daily dose of CBD will eventually restore balance your ECS; and you’ll be glad you stuck with it.

Feeling out how CBD works for you

When you’re new to CBD, the first thing to know is that the effects take a few days to become noticeable. That means when you begin taking CBD, it’s good to be mindful of how your body responds to your daily CBD dosage. To discover its full effects, we recommend trying CBD for a full 30 days. 

Your first 30 days on CBD is an important time to better understand your body and how it responds to CBD. Here are the questions many people ask when starting CBD, that we have answered for you below. 

The many therapeutic benefits CBD oil has to offer are becoming more recognized, making people interested in getting started with CBD. The first 30 days of taking CBD can be a trial and error time in finding what works best for the individual.

After answering these questions, it won’t be long before CBD is part of your everyday routine

What kind of CBD should I take?

For first time users, we always recommend starting with the CBD oil, which you take sublingually — which means a dropper of oil under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds to let the CBD absorb through the mucus membrane in your mouth. 

Some people have trouble taking our CBD oil under the tongue, and so they prefer the CBD capsules. CBD capsules are also worth considering if you’re experiencing inflammation in the lower digestive tract, as the capsules get the CBD further down into the gut. 

People with chronic pain in a specific area often use a CBD lotion on the affected area. For best results, we recommend pairing CBD lotion with CBD oil or CBD capsules.

What time of day should I take CBD?

This answer is different for everyone. The important thing is to find a time of day to best incorporate CBD into your daily routine. If you’re suffering from body pain during the day, maybe it’s best to take our CBD oil in the morning. But if you’re using CBD because you’ve read reports that it can help you sleep, then taking CBD just before bedtime is a good idea. 

How often should I take CBD?

To begin, start taking CBD once per day, a full dropper of 25 milligrams. See how you’re feeling and sleeping. For first time users, it can be good to “load dose” at first — taking larger than normal doses. That means, take a full dropper in the morning, and another full dropper before bedtime. 

You have taken too much CBD If you feel groggy in the morning, or if you experience diarrhea symptoms. If you feel these side effects, dial back your current daily dosage to find something that works best for you. 

How long does it take for CBD to work?

It takes a few days, and it’s not something that you’ll notice right away. Be mindful of your chronic pain, anxiety, and sleep patterns as you work through your first week of CBD. Keep journal entries to track sleep and progress. On the other hand, many people experience nearly immediate results from topical CBD products. 

After one month of CBD: how will I feel? 

After a month, you’ll feel different. But go ahead and stop taking CBD for a few days, and feel those bad feelings return. That’s when you’ll know what CBD is doing for you, and you’ll be ready to re-order here

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