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How long does CBD last?
May 12, 2020 - Erin D.
Over the past couple of years, CBD has become the popular buzzword on everybody's lips.
From tinctures to gummies to salves to pet supplements, you'd be hardpressed to find an industry that isn't jumping on the CBD wagon.
So why is everyone talking about it? What does it even do? When will I know its working? And how long does CBD last? Let's dive into the hype to answer those questions.
Why do I keep hearing about CBD?
Cannabis-related laws continue to evolve throughout the United States, making CBD products more and more accessible. As accessibility increases, so do the conversations surrounding CBD users' positive encounters. As people are experiencing its health benefits firsthand, like the relief of pain, anxiety, and skin inflammation, CBD is becoming more widely accepted across all demographics. And as we all know, good news travels fast.
What does CBD even do?
CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is just one of several cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD affects your body in very different ways than THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), it's better known euphoric cousin found in marijuana. Namely, it does not get you "high."
What CBD does do is positively interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS exists throughout your entire body and plays a significant role in regulating your immune system, pain responses, moods, nervous system, and even reproduction.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Many of CBD's benefits lie in its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. There are plenty of articles that dive much deeper into why this is so beneficial. In short, CBD can calm the nervous system, pain receptors, and even skin. This helps manage symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, and even skin issues like acne and eczema. It also positively interacts with serotonin and dopamine, which many have attested has helped them manage depression, PTSD, and insomnia. CBD has become a popular alternative for many seeking a more natural option.
As CBD increases in popularity, people are curious as to why CBD works for them and what else it could help them with. One of the main questions that people often ask is, "how long does CBD last"?
How long does CBD last?
Everybody is unique, and how your body responds to CBD is no different. Two people taking the same quantity and quality of CBD at the same time may react differently and experience its benefits for varying lengths of time. How you experience CBD, how it helps you, and how long it lasts are determined by your individual chemistry.
In general, most people start feeling CBD's effects immediately. However, it's not uncommon for it to take up to an hour, depending on the method of consumption. CBD's effects can be felt for up to 8 hours, but several factors also influence how long the CBD effects last in your system, even if you no longer feel them.
Factors that influence how long CBD lasts
The answer to "how long does CBD last" is greatly influenced by the method of consumption. There are numerous ways to use CBD, so we've compiled a list below.
• Oils and Tinctures - CBD oil has the highest potency of CBD and is dissolved in a carrier oil, such as MCT coconut oil. A tincture is CBD extract dissolved in alcohol. It generally contains less CBD than oils and is flavored by adding other extracts or essential oils. Oils and tinctures are typically taken under the tongue but can be added to food or drink. When dropped under the tongue, CBD is absorbed directly into your bloodstream because this skin is so thin. This method bypasses the digestive system entirely. Ingested CBD interacts with a wide range of proteins in the central nervous system. The onset of effects can be felt up to 30 minutes after consuming and last for 2 to 4 hours.
At Minimal, our CBD oil is grown and harvested in Colorado, then suspended in MTC coconut oil to ensure quality and effectiveness.
• Topicals. Topicals are CBD-based skincare products that are applied directly to the skin as part of a regular skincare routine. Topical CBD is absorbed through the skin's surface, avoiding the bloodstream, and interacts with localized cannabinoid receptors. How quickly the CBD is absorbed by your skin depends on the amount of body hair and fatty tissue beneath it. CBD's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin reactions that can cause painful inflamed skin. CBD can also reduce the visibility of fine lines by hydrating and plumping the skin. The onset of effects can be felt up to 2 hours after applying them and last for 5 hours or more.
Minimal offers several hypoallergenic skincare products that will help simplify your daily routine and bring out your natural glow.
• Capsules. CBD capsules are swallowed like most medications. They are available as supplements which first pass through the digestive system. Because of the long process of passing through the digestive system first, it usually takes a long time about 1 hour before its effect is seen. It can afterward stay between 6 – 8 hours.
How Long Does CBD Take to Work?
Taking CBD sublingually (under your tongue) is considered one of the fastest ways to experience its benefits, but the benefits are felt for a shorter time. Topical application of CBD to the skin takes longer for benefits to be felt because your skin is much slower to absorb it. However, its benefits can last for much longer.
Other factors that influence CBD's effects on your body include height, weight, age, and sex. Even the type of food you eat, serving size, and whether or not you take CBD on an empty stomach can affect how long it takes to work and how long it lasts. How frequently and how much you take also contributes to how soon the effects occur and how long they last.
How much CBD should I take?
These factors all contribute to how much CBD will best suit you and your needs. No one amount is recommended for everyone. Your individual chemistry will determine what is right for you. CBD products are non-intoxicating, so there's no need to worry about taking too much or too often, and generally speaking, the more CBD oil you take, the longer the effects will last.
However, we always say it is better to start "slow and low," then see how you feel. Our packaging and droppers are all designed to make finding the right dose easier. You can then experiment to see how much you need, what time of day works best for you, and if you prefer taking it with food or on an empty stomach.
How much CBD should I take?
The effects of CBD differ for everyone, depending on that individual chemistry we keep mentioning. What you feel will also depend on why you're taking it.
For instance, if you're taking CBD for pain management, you may quickly experience the benefits because those anti-inflammatory properties will get to work fast. However, if you're taking CBD for anxiety, it may take longer to feel like its helping as these symptoms are not as easy to measure and are subjective.
That said, for most people, CBD produces a calming, relaxed feeling of "taking the edge off," and many of its benefits are felt after consistent use.
What If I Don't Feel Like CBD Is Working?
At first, many people aren't sure what to expect. CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn't produce the "high" feeling commonly associated with cannabis. Because its effects are subtle, it's easy to conclude that CBD doesn't work or is a placebo. In fact, if you take too little, you very well may feel nothing at all.
Before giving up, try different dosages and take the process slowly. Finding your correct dose can be tricky, so don't feel rushed or frustrated if you do not have the same sublime experience everyone else describes. Try using it every day for a whole week and regularly check in with how you're feeling. We recommend keeping a journal of symptoms and scoring them to see if there are any improvements. This will give you an idea about how your own chemistry is reacting so that you can find the right dose and frequency.
As with anything health-related, CBD works differently for everyone. There is no right or wrong way to feel.
How long does CBD last before it leaves your body?
CBD can stay in the body for as little as 6 hours and as long as 5 days. How quickly it will leave your body system depends on how much, what method, and how often you take it.
If you are concerned about CBD showing up in a drug test, here's what you need to know. Most drug tests are looking for THC, not CBD, so it is highly unlikely to show up. Some CBD can contain trace amounts of THC, like full-spectrum oils, that could cause a false positive if you take an unusually high dose (over 1000-2000mg per day). However, this is very rare and unlikely. At Minimal, we only offer broad-spectrum and pure isolate CBD oil at this time. Both have been processed to eliminate THC.
We've answered some of the common questions we hear at Minimal, like "is CBD beneficial to me" and "how does CBD last"? Remember, you should always consult your doctor about what's right for you before trying CBD. Interactions with medications are rare, but be clear with your doctor about any prescriptions and your medical history to avoid any adverse reactions. You'll feel confidant that CBD is right for you and get the most out of its many benefits.