How Long Does CBD Take to Work?

by | Nov 18, 2020 | CBD Education

One of the greatest benefits of CBD is that it starts working fairly quickly, regardless of how it is administered. There are many medications that require time to build in the system, meaning that a person may not feel the effects of the medication for a few days (or sometimes a few weeks). Thankfully, however, CBD starts working within minutes to hours after being consumed. It is important to make note that the method of consumption impacts when a person will start to feel the effects of the CBD. This is just one of many factors that determine this. Other factors outside of method of consumption that influence how long it takes CBD to work depend on the following:

  • Potency of CBD
  • Dosage consumed
  • Quality of CBD 
  • Type of CBD 

It is common for people who have never used CBD oil to experience effects faster and in lower doses. As the body gets used to CBD, however, it can be more difficult to feel these effects, as tolerance can build. This can be remedied by increasing the dose of CBD or taking a few days off from using it.

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How Long Does CBD Take to Work?

CBD can be consumed in four different ways: topically, orally, sublingually, and through inhalation. If you want to get the fastest results, inhaling CBD is the best option. That is because CBD makes its way into the bloodstream through the lungs. This process occurs within minutes. If CBD is used sublingually, meaning under the tongue, effects will begin working within minutes, too, however not as quickly as when inhaling CBD. Sublingual CBD permeates through the tissues in the mouth and into the bloodstream. Both inhaling CBD and consuming it sublingually will produce the quickest results because of how the body absorbs it. 

Taking CBD orally (such as through gummies or other edibles) or applying it topically is the slowest way to administer this supplement. For starters, topical CBD needs to be absorbed into the skin to start working, but it cannot penetrate through the skin’s water barrier. This makes it the least effective method of consumption and takes the longest time to experience effects. CBD that is consumed orally needs to go through the digestive system in order to make it into the bloodstream. This can take a few hours with most edibles, however some manufacturers include MCT into their CBD edibles so that it digests faster and works sooner.

As mentioned before, it takes a few hours at most to feel the effects of CBD. However, if more CBD is consumed at a time, these effects can kick in much sooner. A major part of incorporating CBD into one’s lifestyle is experimenting with it — what doses work best, what time of day it should be taken, etc. Through this experimentation, you can begin learning how long it takes for CBD to work in your body. 

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<a href="" target="_self">Kyle Turley</a>

Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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