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November 28, 2020

How Long Should it Take to Feel the Effects of CBD?


Paaez Coleman

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You got your hands on a particular CBD product you were eyeing for a while, and now you’re wondering how long it should take to feel the effects of CBD? 

This is a common question that everyone thinks about, especially if you need the benefits sooner rather than later. 

Several factors contribute to the time it takes your CBD product to take effect. When you understand how all of these factors apply to your personal situation, you’ll have a more fulfilling CBD experience. 

The onset time of your CBD product varies for each individual. We’ll explore some of the factors, such as weight, method of consumption, concentration, fat content, and overall product quality. 

Furthermore, all of these elements factor into the bioavailability of your product. If you don’t know much about bioavailability, don’t worry. We’ll talk about it more in-depth, so you can better understand how CBD goes to work in the body. 

Understanding Bioavailability

Two women laughing and smilingBioavailability refers to the amount of time it takes CBD to enter your bloodstream. 

As referenced above, many different factors affect the rate CBD absorbs into the bloodstream. Let’s take a look at each of these factors closely and see how it works into the overall outcome of your CBD experience. 

Once it fully absorbs into your bloodstream, the endocannabinoid system sends out signals to the receptors throughout the body, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The goal of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis in the body. 

The relationship between bioavailability, the endocannabinoid system, and the receptors are intertwined and responsible for the relaxing, calming effects CBD provides. 

Method of Consumption

As you’re aware, there are many different types of CBD products on the market. 

Most of the time, we gravitate towards what we feel is most beneficial for our lifestyle. However, bioavailability is something to keep in mind as you’re experimenting with different types of CBD. 

Different types of CBD products have varying levels of bioavailability. For example, CBD edibles have the lowest bioavailability rate because it has to fully pass through the digestive tract and lose some of its concentration in the process. 

It takes anywhere from 30 minutes up to two hours to feel the effects of edible CBD products. 

On the other hand, CBD vape pens have the highest bioavailability rate because the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lungs with each inhalation. 

It only takes a few minutes to feel CBD’s effects from vape pens because the method of consumption gives it expediency. 

CBD tincture oils are a long-standing favorite because they have a decent bioavailability rate. They’re not as fast as vape pens, but they’re the runner up. 

This has everything to do with the tincture drops being placed on the capillaries under the tongue. The capillaries help the bloodstream absorb all of the cannabinoids, giving you the results in 30 minutes to an hour. 

As you can see, all of these products have varying rates of bioavailability, ranging from 4% up to 20%. But the method of consumption is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s move on to the fat compounds and their role. 

Fat Compounds

Fat moleculesCBD’s effects can be delayed and sometimes nonexistent if you’re missing the needed fat content for the body to properly absorb your CBD. 

Let’s break this down a little more. CBD is a fat-soluble compound, and the body is primarily composed of water—60% to be exact. If we all recall, middle school science, water, and oil don’t mix. 

So what does this mean for your CBD consumption? 

It means your product needs to contain some type of fat compound for your body to properly absorb the cannabinoids. Most companies consider this, so you don’t have to worry about formulating products with MCT oil. 

When MCT oil is already blended with the CBD oil, it allows for greater absorption and effectiveness. 

Besides this, consuming healthy, high-fat meals is another way to ensure your CBD product’s absorption and vitality.                                                                                                                       

Overall Quality of the Product

 Another aspect of your product’s bioavailability is the quality of your product. 

All CBD products start with the hemp crops, but not all hemp companies you run across go through the same process as far as quality farming techniques are concerned. 

When organic farming doesn’t result in the needed areas, the hemp contains pesticides, chemicals, and toxins that interfere with how the body absorbs the CBD. 

You can always confirm the quality of your product by checking the third-party lab results. When you reference these results, you can ensure your product’s potency, making sure it lines up with the advertised amount. 

The lab results also list toxins, heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals present in the hemp. It shouldn’t be hard to find these lab results. In fact, any well-known, reputable company prides themselves on showing off each of their products’ purity and potency.

Other Factors to Keep In Mind

A man reading a bookPart of the beauty of human life and human nature is how vastly different we are, individually. All of the unique things that make you distinct have a strong influence on your CBD’s effectiveness and bioavailability. 

For example, your weight has a direct impact on how you metabolize CBD. 

When you weigh more, you’re able to metabolize a larger amount of CBD because you have more fat cells. And if we jump back to the influence of fat cells, we know CBD is a fat-soluble compound. 

This is why those individuals who weigh more will feel CBD’s effects faster and for a more extended time frame. 

Aside from weight, your genetics and personal body chemistry hold some value in the equation as well. 

Things To Keep In Mind Moving Forward  

How long it takes for CBD to take effects depends on who you are, along with several other factors. 

It’s also important to take note of what you’re trying to achieve with your CBD product, as this significantly affects your experience as well. 

When it’s all said and done, after reading this blog, you have everything you need to fully understand what’s happening in your body when you’re patiently waiting for your CBD to kick in

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