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How Long Does it Take for CBD to Work? Cannabidiol User Effects Guide

Luice I

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The clinical studies on Cannabidiol (CBD) has rendered it an important healing product and its use has seen a gradual growth in recent years. CBD is a product of the marijuana plant. The main difference between CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are the most abundant compositions of the cannabis plant, is that THC has psychoactive properties, which means, when used, it induces a state of high or psychedelic euphoria and an altered state of mind, whereas CBD is non-psychoactive and has a different reaction in the body. The effects of CBD in the body towards better health makes it favorable for treatment of medical conditions like chronic pain, sleeplessness, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and other symptoms.

CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant contains about 20% CBD and less than 1% THC. This is the reason when taken it doesn’t induce an altered mind state and rather can be used for treatment purposes. Many users are inclining towards CBD to enjoy these health benefits without the intoxication effects of marijuana. The skepticism towards the use of marijuana has reduced due to the medicinal properties been revealed by science and newer hybrid products that are available in the market for users which focus on the health and not on the recreational uses.

How long does it takes for CBD to work?

CBD enthusiasts have long wondered how much time it takes for the effects to show in the body. The effects of CBD treatment depend on various factors like the body metabolism, concentration, intake method, dosage, and the symptoms to be treated. Generally, it is the intake method and dosage amount which are determinant in deciding the effective time. For beginners, the symptoms the user is trying to alleviate plays an important role in deciding the time to feel its effects.

Vaping CBD

Vaping is the most common and the fastest method to feel the effects of CBD in the body. CBD oil can be used in vaporizers and smoked. This method of intake is the fastest because when vaped, CBD goes directly into the bloodstream. Our circulatory system is the fastest and most outreached delivery network in the body. So as soon as CBD enters the bloodstream its effects can be felt by the user. Usually it takes around 5 to 10 minutes to feel the effects in the body. Vaping ensures that CBD enters the blood circulatory system directly through the lungs making it the least time-consuming way to enjoy the benefits.

Sublingual intake of CBD oil

CBD oil can be taken sublingually or putting the drop under the tongue. It is also a fast way to feel the effects of the CBD oil. Taking sublingually allows CBD to be dissolved by the mucus in our mouth and then absorbed in the bloodstream directly without having to be digested in our stomach and then entering the bloodstream after metabolism.

CBD oil with food

There are many products which allow CBD to be taken directly with our food. Soft gels, supplements, drinks and even CBD water are readily available nowadays which makes CBD a food deliverable to our body. Consumers who are not used to vaping or experience some side effects of vaping like headaches, resort to its use through food products.

Soft gels containing CBD can be ingested directly. CBD oil drops can also be applied to any food item. It takes around 20 minutes to feel the effects of CBD when taken through food. This is because it requires time for the digestive system to break down the food and metabolize the constituents before it can enter the blood circulatory system. Another important factor is whether the user is on a full stomach or not. It takes more time for the body to feel its effects if the stomach is full. Hence using CBD drops with food on empty stomach renders a faster effective time. CBD food supplements, beverages which are readily ingestible are other ways to intake CBD.

Applying CBD topically

There are various products available in the market which contain CBD in their skin lotions, creams and ointments. These are applied to the skin by rubbing. Users willing to use CBD for inflammation conditions prefer this method. CBD having anti-inflammatory properties works great by this method, as it is being absorbed slowly through the skin and gives a long-lasting effect.

CBD lotions and ointments have healing properties against pain and inflammation. They bind with the specific cannabinoid receptors in the brain, CB2, and sooth the muscles and nerves. Hence the feeling of pain is relieved and the user feels relaxed, without getting a high, unlike THC does.

CBD dosage and other conditions

The amount of CBD contains in the product is an important factor in deciding its dosage for the user. High CBD strains are prescribed for severe medical conditions whereas lower concentrations and dose is required for general conditions. Initially, it is advised to start with a low dose and observe the effects in the body. Depending on the tolerance level, the dose can be increased if required. Body weight is also important factor to be considered, among others like the tolerance level and ingestion method.

For starting, dose as low as 1-2 mg is enough to induce the effects in the body. Very high dosage can cause the opposite effects like sedation and fatigue. A proper dose can induce alertness in the user and its health benefits can be understood and utilized. Prior consultation with a doctor is needed to determine the amount of CBD and its lower dose limit.

So how long before it starts to feel?

Thus there are several points to be considered to realize the effects of CBD oil. Body weight, CBD concentration, dosage and method of intake determine how much of CBD should be taken and how long before it starts to feel the effects. Depending on the conditions to be treated in the body, the right amount of CBD dosage can help users benefit from the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids.

The legality of CBD products has made it easier to obtain information about it and get the products readily. Moreover, FDA regulations make it a safer practice to use CBD oil products for the seekers, who opt to use these natural cannabinoids to heal their body and mind instead of the pharmaceutical drugs, which may have different side effects. The answer to unlocking the potentials of medical marijuana for healing practices are clear in making CBD a growing profitable market in the next years.

Luice resides in Pune, India and has recently taken up a kinship with freelance writing. For the past few years, he has been working at Springer Nature in the field of Nanobiotechnology. When not analyzing medical literature and scientific research data, Luice enjoys watching and playing football as well as going on a long hike.

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