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How Long Do The Effects Of CBD Last?

CBD oil or cannabidiol oil offers something very sought-after: relief. Whether that relief is relief from pain, stress, anxiety, or a number of different other conditions, CBD product users have claimed that CBD offers health benefits and therapeutic relief in many different forms. Like any product with such benefits, the most common question asked is: “How long will the effects last?”

There really is no single answer for this question, as the duration of the effects CBD provides depends on a number of different factors. Below you’ll find the various factors that affect duration along with general timelines depending on certain variables.

What Do the Effects of CBD Feel Like?

To determine if you’re experiencing CBD’s effects, it’s crucial to recognize what those effects should feel like. While experiences vary, CBD typically promotes a sense of calm and relaxation. Consistent use of CBD can lead to various beneficial effects.

Hemp based CBD products don’t typically contain much THC (.3% or less), so the effects are more subtle without the distinct high that THC produces. Effects can also be easier to feel and recognize depending on the use.

Once endocannabinoid pathways are established, they can take days or even weeks to develop, but once they do, CBD’s effects are often noticeable quickly. For example, those using CBD for inflammatory pain have reported feeling its effects within as little as 30 minutes of intake. When CBD is used for conditions like anxiety or stress, recognizing its effects may be more challenging. Nevertheless, many individuals experience a sense of calmness after taking a CBD product.

The Influence of Delivery Method on the Duration of Effects

There are a number of factors that influence the duration of effects realized with CBD intake, but the largest factor is the method of delivery. Each method of delivery has its own timing for both onset and length of duration for effects. The methods below are organized in order of longest duration to shortest duration.

CBD Oil Transdermal Patches

Patches are the longest lasting method of delivery. Transdermal patches can last anywhere from 24 to 96 hours. Certain patches can also be designed to release CBD at certain time intervals over the lifespan of the patch to prolong the effects. Patches like the Pure Ratios CBD patch have a time release built in to last four days. On the flip side, the onset time for patches can also be slower than other delivery methods. In some cases, the effects of CBD may not be felt until hours after applying a patch. The absorption rate can be influenced by factors such as hair density on the skin or the presence of fatty tissue underneath.

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CBD Oil Capsules

The effects induced by CBD oil capsules typically last 12 to 24 hours. CBD oil capsules pass through the digestive system to the liver, where enzymes metabolize the molecules. Due to the length of the digestive process, it can take some time for the effects to become apparent. On average, it can take up to an hour for the effects of CBD capsules to kick in.

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CBD Edibles

Edibles come in many different forms; from chocolates to gummies and hard candy. Like capsules, edibles are also passed through the digestive system to the liver. Edibles work similarly to capsules in that they can last 12 to 24 hours and can take up to an hour after consumption for the effects to be realized.

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CBD Oil Tinctures or Drops

Tinctures use a mixture of alcohol and water to extract compounds from a plant. CBD oil tinctures are usually packaged in glass bottles with a dropper to conveniently control serving size. The effects of tinctures can also typically last 12 to 24 hours.

Tinctures are applied under the tongue, and in doing so the application method bypasses the digestive system. Because the digestive system is bypassed, the effects produced by tinctures can hit faster. The onset time for tinctures is usually within 30 minutes.

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CBD Oil Topicals

CBD oil topicals rank as the second longest-lasting delivery method. Typically, the effects of topicals endure for five hours or more. These products—such as creams, lotions, balms, and salves—are applied directly to the skin. Because they are absorbed through the skin, it may take 15 to 20 minutes to feel the effects, with full onset possibly taking up to two hours.

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CBD Boosters

Boosters include edible items like mints, chewing gum, and tablets, as well as, vape juice, vape oils, and e-liquid. Boosters work the quickest, but also have the shortest duration time. The effects of CBD boosters typically last anywhere from two to four hours. The onset of effects for boosters is within minutes, because these products bypass the digestive system and are directly absorbed through your cheeks or lungs.

Interested in CBD boosters? Browse our selection of popular CBD boosters.

Other Factors That Affect How Long Effects Last

While delivery method plays the largest role in effect duration, it isn’t the only factor affecting duration. In fact, there are four additional factors that also play a considerable role in affecting the duration of CBD effects.

Serving Size

It likely goes without saying that the larger the serving size is, the longer CBD will remain in your system and the longer you will feel the effects of CBD. If you want longer-lasting effects, it’s not advisable to start with a large serving size right away.

We recommend beginning with the lowest recommended serving size listed on the product that you’re using and then increasing from there if needed. Until you know how CBD will impact you, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and take things slow.

Frequency of Use

With many different substances, the body can build up a tolerance over time so that the effects of a substance are reduced. This typically isn’t the case with CBD. In fact, some have reported experiencing a reverse tolerance, where repeat use has required an increasingly smaller serving size to produce the desired effects over time.

Body Weight

CBD is fat-soluble and as such, is stored in the body’s fat cells. As with any fat-soluble substance, weight plays an important role in the rate of metabolization. Those who have less fat won’t store as much CBD and therefore will process the CBD much faster (leading to a reduction in the duration of the effects). On the other hand, those with a higher body fat percentage will likely experience a longer duration in the effects as it takes time for the body to process the CBD stored in the fat.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle and body weight can often go hand-in-hand, as those with less fat are typically more active. A more active lifestyle can lead to a higher metabolism, which can again result in the CBD being processed faster. Those with more active lifestyles may experience a shorter duration in the length of the effects.

Will CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

It’s possible you may have searched for how long the effects of CBD last due to a concern that CBD use would show up on a work drug test. It’s important to note that just because you don’t feel the effects of CBD doesn’t mean the substance has left your body entirely. Job seekers or new hires may fear CBD due to its association with cannabis. While it is possible to fail a drug test with CBD use, it’s highly unlikely.

This is actually a topic we cover in greater depth in our blog on drug tests while using CBD. Any product that has more than the recommended allowance of 0.3% THC could potentially cause you to fail a drug test. However, most CBD products contain THC levels that are below the recommended allowance.

Taking excessive CBD can lead to a false positive result on initial urine screenings due to non-THC metabolites triggering the immunoassay response. Excess CBD intake can also cause a buildup of THC in the body to trigger a positive result for a drug test.

If you use CBD products regularly and face workplace drug testing, it’s crucial to choose high-quality, lab-tested CBD products, such as those offered by Green Wellness Life. These products are likely to have minimal THC levels and come with lab-certified product content for your review.

The Green Wellness Life Team is Here to Help

Our primary goal at Green Wellness Life is to provide those searching for answers with the education they need to find the right CBD solution. If you’re unsure about what kind of CBD product is best for you or how you should be using a particular product to see the best results, our team is always available to answer questions and point you in the right direction.

We are not doctors. We can’t diagnose, treat, prescribe, or cure any ailments. However, we can still provide assistance based on our experiences and the feedback we’ve received from our customers. Contact Green Wellness Life today by calling (866) 244-4223 or filling out a contact form to have your questions answered promptly.

Sources:

Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases

Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder

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