How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Work?

So you’ve heard about Cannabidiol (CBD), and you might have even tried a CBD product or two but are still to feel any different from using CBD.

You might be asking the following questions:

How long does it take for CBD oil to work? When will I feel the effects? How long should I try CBD to see if it’s for me?

Or you might be thinking I have been taking CBD oil for a few weeks and i haven’t felt anything yet.

Using CBD can result in different results for different people, even at the same dose. In this post, we are going to run through why this is and how you can optimise your intake to increase the likelihood you experience the full benefits of CBD Oil.

First-time users jump at the chance to experience what CBD has to offer but often notice effects can vary significantly across person to person.

In this post, we cover the primary reasons why this may happen and what to do if your a little stuck in your CBD journey thus far.

How long does CBD oil take to work?

Cannabidiol is a type of plant cannabinoid (cannabis compound), and it is found primarily in hemp a species of cannabis which contains only trace amounts of THC – the compound responsible for the marijuana high.

The human body processes these compounds via the endocannabinoid system (ECS), in charge of maintaining homeostasis (balance) of other systems within our body.

The ECS has 2 primary receptors called CB1 and CB2, which processes cannabinoids from the cannabis plant along with cannabinoids our body produces.

ECS receptors are found all around the human body, including our brain and immune system.

It is the indirect changes in other bodily functions made possible via the ECS in an attempt to maintain equilibrium throughout our body in which the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids are derived.

The ECS is thought to play a role in regulating a range of processes in the body, including:

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Cannabinoids Work Better As Whole-Plant Extracts

CBD is slightly different from traditional supplements, in that it is available in a variety of formats depending on how refined the hemp extract is, with the most processed being a pure CBD Isolate.

Some of these varieties of CBD oil are thought to work better than others at achieving the most bang for your buck.

While there are many methods to extract CBD from hemp, the three main categorisations of CBD oils are as follows:

  • Full spectrum CBD oil – a whole plant extract, contains all the components found in the hemp flower, including trace amounts of THC.
  • Broad spectrum CBD oil – a full spectrum extract with THC removed so that the final product contains 0% THC.
  • CBD Isolate – a purified version of Cannabidiol, containing only pure CBD.

While to the uninitiated, CBD Isolate might appear to be the best choice as it is the purest CBD product available research suggests otherwise.

CBD products are thought to work synergistically with the other compounds found in help including minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids; formally known as the entourage effect.

This effect suggests that when Cannabidiol is used a whole plant extract (full or broad spectrum), it yields a more comprehensive set of benefits. This is because these extract mirror how CBD is found in nature, resulting in natural synergies between plant constituents which are otherwise not found in pure CBD Isolate products.

So if you are buying a CBD oil, it’s generally well accepted that using a full or broad spectrum product over an Isolate will put you in good stead on the road to getting the most out of using CBD.

Finding your CBD' sweet spot' is a journey

Due to the fact, everyone has a different endocannabinoid system and depending on what the plant profile of the CBD products you use dosing can vary significantly.

Fortunately, CBD has been tested to be safe in research settings at very high doses which are far beyond any recommended supplemental doses (600mg+) and recognised as safe by the WHO so finding your perfect dosage is just a matter of experimentation!

It’s recommended that new users start low and go slow by incrementally increasing dose across time to learn how to dose CBD oil and to check if they feel any potential side effects from using CBD oil.

This is the most common way people get start to learn what their perfect dose is and to ensure they feel the effects of CBD thoroughly.

Feedback from our customers also suggests that consistency in your approach is critical to yield the most extensive set of results and giving it four weeks of consistent use before reassessment is the most common approach.

Don’t give up on your wellness quest before you have found your sweet spot, persevere and reap the benefits later!

You will most likely know you have found your perfect dose. Usually, when you feel an optimal level of benefits at a specific dose which doesn’t yield a broader set of benefits the more you take.

Third Party Testing is Crucial

You would think that when you buy CBD hemp oil, it contains what the label says. 

Unfortunately, in many cases, due to the lack of formal regulatory foresight, you can’t be sure.

To tackle this head-on, check for third party lab test results, confirming products contents, and if the item is contaminant free.

Use this information to ensure your only buying the highest-quality CBD tinctures, which comes back by third-party test results.

Don’t buy CBD oil without these checks. It is crucial to ensure any CBD products you purchase and consume are what you think they are.

Route of CBD Ingestion

Depending on how you consume CBD, the result can vary significantly. If you consume 20mg of CBD sublingually, and later consume 20mg of CBD in a capsule, the effect will not be equivalent, regardless of if the product contents are the same!

Puzzled? We break this down in some detail in our bioavailability post.

But In a nutshell, the more your body has to break down and process the compound, the higher of a dose you will need to have the same effect as a method which is more ‘direct’ to the bloodstream.

The crux of bioavailability and the fact breaking down compounds through your digestive track means you lose more of it in the process of absorption.

So, how long does it take for CBD to work?

Well, it partially depends on the methods used to consume the CBD too!

The quickest and most efficient way to feel CBD is vaping, followed by sublingual consumption and then swallowing capsules or CBD edibles.

Vaping is not only by far the fastest in terms of cannabinoids entering the bloodstream, it’s also the most efficient method of consuming CBD due to the compound skipping your digestive track and entering your bloodstream directly via the alveoli in your lungs.

But, it’s not that many people don’t want to start vaping, which is why tinctures are still the most popular way to use CBD.

Ask Yourself What Do You NOT Feel?

Think of using CBD as a multivitamin for your endocannabinoid system. Consistent use of a high-quality CBD product can help boost your ECS and provide indirect wellbeing benefits.

Instead of searching for what you feel by using CBD, it might be easier to see if it has yielded any positive benefits by using a checklist to see what you DON’T feel today but potentially used to.

The effects of CBD are not like a strike of lightning, and they may not be immediately apparent. Similar to how if you use other supplements, the results are often indirect.

As discussed, CBD is not a medicine but a food supplement which is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

It works indirectly with our bodily systems to encourage internal balance, which can impact processes in your body.

By looking at it this way, it can become easier to see if you have felt any benefits such as generally feeling more rested or relaxed rather than assessing if you have noticed a monumental change.

What about Nature & Bloom CBD?

We are keen to ensure the products our customers receive are helpful.

All of our assortment is third party tested, and we never place anything on sale without personally using it. 

We are highly selective about where we source our CBD from for the reasons highlighted in this post. You can rest assured we diligently test and review each product we sell before it goes on sale.

Now that you are a little more clued up on the topic of finding out how long does it take for CBD oil to work, we would recommend you take some time to learn a lot more about CBD next before deciding on what to buy and if something is a complete dud as it does not work.

To do so, head to our extensive range of other blog posts where you can the A-Z of CBD.

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