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How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?

How Long Does CBD Oil Take to Work?

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One question many people have after trying even the best CBD oil is how long should it take for this stuff to work? Some new users get impatient and the results can be problematic. Some give up and say that CBD oil just doesn’t work for them. Others may say to themselves, “maybe I didn’t take enough” and they end up taking more which can result in using up your product too quickly. Taking more CBD oil won’t make you high, but it could result in tiredness, the need to go to the bathroom too much and changes in your appetite. 

So, let’s examine how long it should take for CBD oil to start to work and what changes the response time in different individuals.

The biggest factor is usually the method you use to consume your CBD oil.


The higher the concentration of CBD oil, the quicker and the greater the effect will be. However, when a new patient is starting to use these products for the first time, it is highly recommended that they use a lower concentration and then gradually raise the concentration as recommended by a doctor or pharmacist.


Like concentration, it is recommended that new users start their treatment with a relatively low dose so their body has a chance to see how it reacts and responds to the product. This is always a careful balancing act. If you use too much of the product too quickly, you can miss out on exactly how your body is responding to the CBD oil. If you don’t use enough product at first, however, you may not have any reaction at all which will not help you learn how your body reacts either. 

Personal Factors

Each person has different factors which will affect how CBD oil interacts with their bodies. Some of these include your overall personal health, your height, weight and BMI, your age, gender and metabolism. How often you’ve used CBD products may also be a factor you need to take into consideration. 

It is also important to understand that the method you use to ingest CBD oil has an affect on how quickly the product will start to kick in when you use it. Once a user understands the way different delivery methods affect how quickly the CBD oil starts to work, they can know how quickly to adjust their dosage, what amount to take and how long they should wait before they start to feel the CBD oil take effect.

Topical Creams And Products

Topical CBD oil products like creams and gels are best used for pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory. When used for those purposes, the reaction can be almost instantaneous. However, these products will not work as well or as quickly if you are using them for anxiety, stress or to help you relax. Usually, you use CBD cream for your skin, like the one Penguin CBD offers.

Sprays And Tinctures

Sprays and tinctures that are placed under the tongue are among the fastest ways that CBD oil products can take effect. The reaction time varies between immediate to up to an hour. Typically, users will feel some reaction within the first 15 minutes.

The reason this method tends to work quickly is that there are numerous capillaries under your tongue that aid in the absorption of CBD oil into the bloodstream. This tends to work quickly since capillaries are the smallest blood vessels in the body and absorption is much more direct and immediate.

Smoking Or Vaping CBD

Smoking or vaping is by far the fastest way to get CBD into your body but it is not without its drawbacks. By inhaling your CBD, you are helping it enter your bloodstream via the lungs which is quick and direct. However, we all know the dangers associated with smoking and if you are going to use CBD products regularly, there could be some negative health implications involved.

Vaping is presently controversial. While it is a relatively new phenomenon which has grown in popularity over the past decade, scientists are still uncertain what the long-term effects of vaping are on the lungs and the rest of the body. Additional studies will be conducted to get a better grasp on what vaping does to your body over the long haul. 

Gummies Or Edibles

If you swallow edibles or gummies or capsules through your mouth, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that this method takes the longest to take affect on your body. You first need to digest the item you swallowed and it is absorbed into the bloodstream. This means it may take anywhere from one to two hours before you feel the affects of the CBD if you take your edible, gummy or capsule with a large meal.

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You should be able to reduce the time it takes to absorb into your bloodstream if you take your edibles or gummies on an empty stomach. This can reduce the time the CBD needs to take affect to roughly 30 minutes.

While studies show edibles, gummies or capsules take the longest time to take effect, the good news is they also last the longest. Your body can still feel the CBD oil working for approximately six hours, nearly 50 percent longer than it would if you put a tincture under your tongue. 

A Few Helpful Hints

A few helpful hints for patients first starting to use CBD oil:

Understand You’re in This for the Long Haul

CBD oil will help your body regulate itself and get back to a good balance. This takes time. Most patients are not in this for just short-term relief. Proper and consistent use of CBD oil will help your body heal itself over time. The affect is cumulative so be patient.

Be Patient When Dosing

When you’re first starting out, don’t quickly re-dose when your body doesn’t respond immediately. Take the time to get to know how your body responds to CBD oil products so you can find the proper dosage and delivery method that works best for you. 

If you follow these simple tips, you should get the most out of your CBD oil products and find the delivery method, dosage and frequency that’s best for you.

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