How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work? | Herban Planet

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an active ingredient derived from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD doesn't contain any psychoactive properties, yet, has been proven to contain anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can treat many ailments from chronic pain to acne. 

CBD oil, in particular, can be useful in managing such ailments. When using CBD oil (with a physician or medical professional approval), you should keep in mind the three factors that significantly influence its effects. These factors include the method of consumption, dosage, and the individual themself. Since these vary from person to person, there is no guaranteed timeframe when it comes to knowing how long it will take CBD oil to make an impact. Read on to learn about the various methods and how to make CBD oil more effective for you.

The Delivery Method


Inhaling CBD oil using the dabbing method is the fastest way to get relief. This method works quickly because the inhaled CBD enters your bloodstream through your lungs. When inhaled, you should typically start to feel the effect of the CBD oil in 5 – 10 minutes. 

When dabbing, the CBD oils effects generally last for a few hours. Those experienced with using CBD can use this method throughout the day, while its recommended that newcomers stick to a serving size between 9 – 10 milligrams. 


Using this method entails the CBD oil to be used in the form of a cream or another topical solution. When used topically, the CBD oil is slow to take effect. One benefit of using this method is the amount of time the desired effect lasts. Since the CBD is slowly absorbed into your skin, the effects are can last six hours or more.


Another way to consume CBD oil is by adding it to your food or beverages. This method is a great alternative for those who prefer not to inhale it but want to achieve the same effect. 

When digesting CBD, it takes a greater amount of time than the previous two methods before you start feeling the effects. This is because your body needs to go through the lengthy process of digestion before the CBD is able to enter your bloodstream. Depending on your metabolism and health of your digestive system, it can generally take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour before any effects are felt. Taking CDB oil on an empty stomach decreases the time before it takes effect, while those who had a heavy meal will have delayed effectiveness. 


CBD oil can also be taken sublingually. This method is the second fastest way (after dabbing) to see quick results and relief from CBD oil. This method requires you placing the oil under your tongue; it is then quickly absorbed into your bloodstream. CBD oil spray is useful when choosing this method.

When taken sublingually, you can typically start experiencing the effects within 30 – 90 minutes from the time of ingestion, with the effect lasting over 6 hours. 


CBD intake through a suppository is amazingly efficient. Suppositories have a very high absorption rate, with the effect being felt within 10 – 15 minutes. Using this method, you can expect the effects to last 4 hours or more, depending on the dosage. 

The Dosage 

When it comes to dosage, the amount of oil to take depends on your level of tolerance, your method of ingestion, and your individual characteristics. For these reasons, it is advisable that those new to consuming CBD oil start with a very low dosage and increase it gradually. Starting with a high dosage can result in very uncomfortable side effects. 

It is recommended that newcomers start with 1 mg to allow your body to become use to the CBD. A low dose will likely be tolerable to your body while still allowing you to feel the desired effects. 

What Time of the Day is Best to Take CBD Oil?

When it comes to “when” to take CBD oil, there is no “best” time. Due to the importance of CBD dosage consistency, the best time to take it would be as needed or when your schedule sees fit. To figure out an ideal time suited for your individual needs, you should always monitor the time it’s taken and the effects you achieved. For instance, if you notice that after taking it, you find it difficult to sleep, and then you should change your serving time. 

When it comes down to it, you want to make sure the desired effects are consistent. Every one is unique so it will take time and some trial-and-error to determine the desired results that are ideal for you.