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How Long Does it Take for CBD Oil to Work?

Individual response to cannabidiol (CBD) is just that: completely individual from one person to the next. So how long does it take for hemp CBD oil to work? Do some people respond more quickly than others?

The short answer is, it depends on the person, the product, and the method of consumption. (Remember, CBD from industrial hemp is non-intoxicating, so it doesn’t create a “high” when it’s consumed.)

What’s more, a group of individuals consuming the same CBD oil product might all report completely different experiences from one person to the next. How is this possible?

Take a look at this video featuring Dr. Philip Blair, Elixinol’s medical advisor, and notice that each person has a different experience after sampling CBD oil liposomes

Just as each human is as individual as a fingerprint, our bodies–and ECS–all have unique needs.

Nourishing The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors, transport molecules, ligands, and enzymes in the bodies of humans and many animals, including dogs. It serves as a master regulator for the entire body, and it helps to support various organ systems.

The ECS wasn’t discovered until 1992. Since then, research has determined that its role in the body is to help maintain homeostasis, which helps us adapt to external stressors. The problem is, in our modern world, most of us have a starving ECS–that is, we may not be consuming enough cannabinoids in our diet, if we’re getting them at all.

What is CBD’s Role in the Endocannabinoid System?

CBD relates to the ECS by supporting the system’s balancing actions in the body. When we consume CBD, we’re simply replenishing the cannabinoids needed for our ECS to thrive. In other words, we’re raising the levels of substances that our ECS naturally produces.

CBD oil may also alleviate temporary anxiety, inflammation, and mood swings. Some people say that they notice a healthier glow when consuming CBD oil, and other people simply report feeling more like themselves. Others notice a decrease in their levels of nervousness and sleeplessness.

By supporting the ECS, we can address a wide range of issues. When our bodies are in homeostasis, we’re more likely to notice a sense of well-being, energy, and focus.

How Should I Take CBD For The Fastest Results?

The method of delivery is one of the biggest determining factors in how long it will take CBD oil to work. Many people take CBD oil orally (tinctures, liposomes, X-Pen, or by drinking CBD water) or in a capsule. Other people prefer to apply their CBD topically in a lip balm or a formula like our Hemp Balm.

Each method of consumption comes with different levels of bioavailability. So what does that mean? And how long does it take for CBD oil to work in each instance?

Bioavailability means how much of a dietary supplement serving absorbs into your body (usually just a fraction of the full amount you ingest). It’s the measure of the serving that reaches the bloodstream.

Some CBD oil products have higher bioavailability than others. We recommend always choosing a full-spectrum CBD oil that has been extracted through a non-toxic method like supercritical CO2 extraction. This ensures:

  • All the cannabinoids, terpenes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and flavonoids that naturally occur in hemp have been preserved in a clean extract
  • Higher purity and potency in the final CBD product

When Does CBD Get Into the Bloodstream?

Different products deliver CBD to the bloodstream at different rates. Let’s dig into the differences among common methods of delivery.

CBD Oil Tinctures

Time to bloodstream: approx. 2 minutes

Place a serving of Natural or Cinnamint tincture on your tongue and swish it around your mouth for two minutes. Follow the same guidelines for a serving of Liposomes (5 pumps).

You have more cannabinoid receptors on the back of your tongue, so don’t just let the CBD oil rest under your tongue. Instead, allow it to make contact with the back of the tongue as you swish. Wait for approximately two minutes before you swallow.

CBD Capsules

Time to bloodstream: approx. 1 hour

This method of consuming CBD works more slowly because, instead of absorbing through the mucous membranes in your mouth, the CBD must pass through your digestive system. (Taking your supplement on an empty stomach could reduce the amount of time.) The upside to taking a CBD pill is that the effects can last much longer than oil or tincture delivery–as long as five hours.

Hemp Balm

Time to bloodstream: more than 1 hour

Topical CBD is the method of delivery that takes longest to reach your bloodstream–an hour or more from the time you massage it into your skin. Choose a CBD topical cream that includes inflammation-fighting essential oils like wintergreen or copaiba to get the most out of your topical CBD experience.

Choose the CBD That Works Best for Your Lifestyle

In the end, the type of CBD you choose, and how long it takes for CBD oil to work, depends entirely on you. CBD experiences may vary, depending upon your lifestyle, activity, and nutrition. Choose whichever form of CBD delivery best fits with your lifestyle and health needs.

What proper serving sizes look like for you may not be exactly what your neighbor needs. There are no known negative effects of consuming CBD products and, according to the World Health Organization, CBD has a very good safety profile.

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