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How Long Does CBD Take to Work and How Long Does It Last?

Posted by Kevin Anderson on 8/24/2019 to CBD Information
How Long Does CBD Take to Work and How Long Does It Last?

Time is an important factor for anyone using any kind of medicinal treatment. As substances that can be used to treat a wide range of maladies, cannabidiol (CBD) products are no different. Here is some information on how long CBD lasts, and the answers to other questions related to the all-important factor of time.


How Long Does It Take to Work?

People like to know how much time will pass before the effects of their treatment kick in. This helps them determine if it is working as it should. However, the answer to this question may vary from person to person. Variables may include the body’s tolerance for CBD, the dosage level, and the ingredients in the product, among others.

Having said that, we can confirm that some methods take longer than others. Well+Good claims that sublingual ingestion — applying drops of a tincture under your tongue — can take “anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.” Vaping may require more time, and ingesting it by mixing it with food or a drink can take longer still.

If it does not seem to be working, there is no need to fret. For one thing, CBD is not as dramatic in its effects as its psychoactive cousin, THC. For another, the dose you took may have been too minimal to work (which is fine — your goal as a newbie is to find the minimal dose for effectiveness). Finally, it really does vary from person to person. You may feel it immediately, or only see the benefits after a couple of weeks of daily CBD use. 

Beginner CBD users should out start slow to test the results of CBD on their body and mind. The process is called micro-dosing and you're supposed to start off with just a few milligrams and increase little by little to get acclimated to the effects. There is much to be said about CBD microdosing so keep learning to make the best decision for yourself.


How Long Do the Effects Last?

The endurance of the effects also varies from person to person and method to method. Attempts to definitively answer this question, and the others presented in this article, are further hampered by a lack of official studies and an overreliance on anecdotal evidence. Thankfully, at least this question has a more solid answer: the effects of CBD can last anywhere between two and eight hours.

If you truly wish to make it last, you may wish to take it more than once throughout the day. Spacing out CBD use and using small amounts at multiple points can prolong the effects. You may also wish to try ingesting CBD: studies have found that it can last much longer than vaping.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

Even though CBD does not have the same impairing effects as THC, it can contain a faint trace of the latter chemical — usually below 0.3%. This means that using CBD has a slight chance of causing THC to show up on a drug test. You should still be aware of how long the substance can remain in your system, just in case.

The limited research we have on the subject indicates that after the first dose, CBD exits the body between five and seven days. You may want to give it a little more than a week, just to be certain. Thankfully, the positive properties of CBD are becoming more well-known these days, in part to research like this and curious readers like you.

While we tried our best to address the time-related questions that you may have, we can only do so much. These matters really vary between users. The best way for you to know would be trying it yourself, starting with small doses, working your way up each day, and recording your findings along the way.

To help you in this endeavor, you can find a large and diverse selection of CBD products at Shangri-La CBD. Our FDA-registered online store offers vape juice and tinctures made from various organic ingredients. Try our CBD products today and learn how long it all takes for you.

NOTE: THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASE. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A NEW DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM.

All products contain less than 0.3% THC.