Before trying out CBD for the first time, consumers have many questions about the product and effects. With the CBD market setting to be worth an estimated $20 billion by 2024, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon. The choices of CBD products can be overwhelming, but one of the most common questions is how long does it take CBD oil to start working?
This depends on a variety of factors including weight, body fat, and dosage and potency of the CBD.
There is no set dosage amount of CBD like there is for medication. When CBD is ingested, it first is processed through the digestive system and the liver before your body feels the effects.
CBD is believed to work by reacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) where it has the most impact. The amount of CBD that is absorbed into the body is known as bioavailable CBD.
CBD bioavailabilty is the rate that CBD is absorbed into the body. Any excess CBD that cannot be used by the endocannabinoid system is stored in body fat. If there is enough CBD stored in fat cells, it will be slowly released by the ECS and deliver the effects of CBD for several days. People who weigh more and have more fat cells can store CBD longer.
When it comes to CBD, ingestible forms of CBDs like tinctures, capsules, and gummies work the fastest. Ingestible CBD takes about 15 minutes to take effect. Tinctures will typically absorb within 30 seconds. When eating food with CBD such as gummies, the effects start anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Topical CBD products like lotions or balms will take effect in about 15 minutes. Topcial CBD does not enter the bloodstream, and the effects are localized.
If you are looking to get the benefits of CBD the fastest, use a tincture.