CBD or cannabidiol is known for its therapeutic effects. More and more people are convinced of its beneficial effects on our body with minimal side effects. But the more people use it, the more questions arise and one of them is - how long does the effect of CBD last when using it?
What you need to know
First, let's look at the main aspects and genetic factors that affect the onset and duration of CBD action:
Frequency of use
It influences the duration of CBD's action in terms of tolerance. CBD is not addictive, but tolerance can develop, requiring higher dosages with continued use.
One of the most important factors in how CBD works on your body. Only when the correct dosage is taught will you be able to fully experience the effects. The main thing is to correctly start small and gradually increase. We are always ready to help you with this question - just contact us.
With a fast metabolism, CBD will start to work faster and last longer. Exercise also speeds up metabolism as it speeds up our digestive system.
The effects of CBD are also dependent on the endocannabinoid system. Sports, metabolism, and tolerance can all influence the onset and duration of CBD action.
Don't expect quick effects, give CBD time
Having never used CBD before, you cannot expect instant action when you first try it. This requires giving your body time to adjust to your CBD intake. You also need to remember that CBD does not always work and affects each person in a different way.
Also, in order to achieve the effects, it is necessary to instruct the correct dosage. It can take days or even weeks for CBD to bind to endocannabinoid receptors, which determines the onset of CBD action on first use, but after that, the effects of CBD can be felt quickly. Therefore, you should not be immediately disappointed if the effect did not come immediately - give CBD time, or perhaps you need to change the dosage.
The method of using CBD affects the duration of action
There are several ways to use CBD. Each of them ultimately determines the duration of the effect. Each method has its own start time and effect duration. The methods below are organized in order from shortest to longest.
Vaping provides the fastest onset of effects. The vapour instantly enters the lungs, from where it quickly enters the bloodstream, from where it then enters various parts of the body. This rapid effect is also the reason that it wears off faster than other forms of cannabidiol use.
The onset of action from 1 to 5 minutes - duration from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
CBD oil and drops
This method is one of the most famous. Keeping CBD under the tongue allows the CBD oil to be absorbed by the vessels and capillaries of the oral mucosa and flow directly into the bloodstream. The remaining CBD is then ingested as it passes through the digestive system.
! Oils with CBD content differ from each other in different CBD concentrations, i.e., percentages. Does the duration of action of CBD depend on the concentration? No, most likely the effect will be more intense and stronger, but the duration of the action will not continue.
The onset of action in 15-30 minutes - duration from 3 to 6 hours.
This list might include hard candy, chocolate, drinks, ghee butter, or other foods that require CBD to pass through your digestive system before reaching your liver.
In order to reduce the onset time of CBD with this method, you can eat it on an empty stomach, and others rich in fatty acids can also be added to such foods to increase bioavailability.
The onset of action up to 60 minutes - duration from 4 to 6 hours.
When capsules are taken orally, they must first pass through the digestive system and then through the liver, where the CBD molecules are metabolized by various enzymes. This is what reduces the concentration of CBD compounds, which then enter the bloodstream.
Since CBD in this method must pass both through the digestive system and through the liver, it takes more time to feel the effect, but it is one of the longest.
The onset of action is approximately 1 hour - duration from 6 to 8 hours.
The principle of action of hemp tea is similar to capsules since all the action takes place in the gastrointestinal tract. The onset of action depends on how full your stomach is. Of course, the action will be faster if it is not filled.
The onset of action after 30 minutes - 1 hour - duration 6 to 8 hours.
Topical CBD products
Topical CBD products or cosmetics with CBD include creams, lotions, gels, and ointments. Since the topical substances are applied to the skin, it may take time for the substances to be absorbed. These CBD products are great for providing localized benefits to the area of the body to which they are applied. Our skin also has an endocannabinoid system that is linked to several biological processes. CBD topical agents are absorbed through the skin, bypassing the digestive tract completely.
The onset of action is approximately 2 hours - duration 6 - 12 hours.
When choosing a product, always decide first what effect you expect and how fast it should be.
Each product is unique and also its effect. Each product has also a greater effect as and where it is absorbed, falling directly into the hotbeds of problems.
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