CBD oil can be an excellent wellness tool. Some people use CBD oil to provide broad and generalized support to their body’s endocannabinoid system. 

Other people have a specific wellness goal in mind. The best time of day to take CBD oil will depend on what you’re trying to achieve with CBD’s benefits.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a type of compound called a cannabinoid. Your body has countless cannabinoid receptors included in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system exists everywhere — there are receptors in your brain, central nervous system, immune system, digestive system, and even your skin. 

Your body can make cannabinoids to power your endocannabinoid system. Medical researchers are still in the early process of understanding how the cannabinoids we make in our bodies work and how much of them we need. 

Your endocannabinoid receptors also respond to cannabinoids from other sources. CBD won’t change the way your body works and won’t alter your mind. It simply helps your endocannabinoid system perform its natural supportive functions, promoting homeostasis within your mind and body. 

Your body knows what it needs to do to keep you healthy. CBD acts like a friendly pal to support one of our essential systems.

What Happens When You Take CBD Oil?

All CBD products you ingest will generally work the same way. CBD oil offers a small bonus that other CBD products don’t.

You place the drops under your tongue when you use CBD oil and hold them there. The soft tissue underneath your tongue is very thin and porous, so after about a minute, it will have absorbed some of the CBD. The CBD absorbed this way will circulate throughout your body within a few minutes, reaching your endocannabinoid system much sooner.

You swallow the remaining oil — all CBD products you swallow (including gummies, CBD edibles, and CBD softgel capsules) need to be processed by your digestive system. They’ll sit in your stomach like the food you eat until they go through your digestive system. 

Your liver eventually metabolizes the CBD. After that, it begins circulating throughout your body and reaching your endocannabinoid receptors.

How long this process takes can vary from person to person. The speed of your metabolism can affect how soon you’ll experience the benefits of CBD. If you have a lot of food in your stomach when you use CBD, it might take longer for your body to digest it.

Expect to experience the benefits between 30 minutes and 2 hours after CBD ingestion. 

Does It Matter What Time of Day You Take CBD Oil?

It doesn’t matter what time of day you take CBD oil if you use it as a general wellness supplement. If all you want to do is support your body’s endocannabinoid system, you can take your CBD oil whenever it’s convenient. 

It changes things a bit if you want to achieve a specific goal. You’ll have to adjust your timing if you’re looking to experience CBD’s benefits and effects at a certain time.

If you’re using CBD oil to support a good night’s sleep, it doesn't make much sense to use it when you first wake up. Your body doesn’t need to enter rest mode for a long time, and the benefits of CBD will have long since worn off.

What Is the Best Time of Day To Take CBD Oil?

There is no bad time or wrong time to take CBD oil. There are only more effective and less effective times. 

The best time to take CBD oil is about an hour before you want to experience its benefits. This will be different for everyone. Consider when you feel you’ll benefit from CBD’s support the most, and take your CBD oil accordingly.

When To Take CBD During the Day

  • As a pre-workout supplement
  • To support post-workout recovery
  • To ease feelings of overwhelm
  • To soothe feelings of tension 

When To Take CBD at Night

  • To support feelings of relaxation
  • To support a good night’s sleep
  • To calm worried thoughts

Should I Take CBD Daily or As Needed?

CBD’s wellness benefits will last for about eight hours. If you’d like CBD’s soothing properties during the day and sleepy-time vibes at night, you can use CBD twice a day. People who want feelings of calm all day will use one dose in the morning and another before bed. 

The best time to take CBD is an hour before you want it, but things don’t always work out that way. You can’t consistently predict when you’ll need some relief from feelings of overwhelm or tension. The second best time is to take CBD the moment you feel like you need a little extra support.

Some people only use CBD in situations when they know they might experience feelings of overwhelm, like at large social engagements, competitions, or engagements where they have to speak publicly. You might find CBD’s soothing properties helpful after a long hike or a particularly intense workout. 

If you don’t use CBD regularly, you can use it the moment you feel like you’d benefit from it.

Consistency Is Key With CBD

Some of CBD’s effects are noticeable shortly after you use CBD, but they’re only a small part of a much bigger picture. The benefits of CBD are more noticeable with consistent use. 

CBD may provide better support if you use it daily for at least 30 days. Supportive benefits continue with continuous use. 

You don’t necessarily need to take it at the same time every day, but you want to take it around the same general timeframe. Many people find that timing their CBD use with a daily activity helps them to stay consistent. 

Taking your CBD with breakfast or before your daily yoga session will make it a part of your routine. You’re likelier to remember to use it if it’s tied to other things you do consistently.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

There is no official recommended dose of CBD. It isn’t a vitamin or a nutrient, so there isn’t a daily recommended value — there are only anecdotal reports of what most people say works best for them. 

Most people find that 25 mg a day is sufficient for general wellness. People who want feelings of calm both during the day and at night will take two 25 mg doses daily — one when they wake up and one before bed. 

If you’ve never used CBD before, you can start with a dose you’re comfortable with. There’s nothing wrong with dipping your toes in before you fully commit. 

It may be a good idea to use 10 mg of CBD to see how it makes you feel. The effects of CBD are subtle, even with substantial doses. You won’t feel wildly different. 

You don’t need to worry about taking too much CBD. Doses of up to 1,500 mg CBD daily are usually well tolerated. This would be the equivalent of an entire bottle of CBD oil in a day. You don't need that much, but it’s good to know that even high levels aren’t risky! 

Can You Take Too Much CBD?

Excessive doses of CBD may cause nausea or diarrhea (usually from ingesting so much carrier oil rather than the CBD itself). An excessive dose would be considered anything past 1,500 mg daily, which would be very difficult to consume with average CBD products. There has never been a fatal overdose of CBD, so there’s no need to be concerned about that. 

Incorporating CBD Into Your Daily Routine

There is no single diet that works out for everyone. No exercise plan, lifestyle, hobby, or healthy habit perfectly suits everyone’s needs. There’s also no perfect time to take CBD; it all depends on your lifestyle and wellness goals. Set yourself up for success with a CBD routine that works for you.

Pure Relief CBD gummies are perfect for both daytime and nighttime CBD users. Our energizing daytime blend contains ingredients like green tea extract and ginkgo biloba to support healthy energy levels throughout the day. 

Our nighttime gummies use ingredients like lemon balm and melatonin to support feelings of relaxation at bedtime. Pure Relief is here for you whenever you need relief. 


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August 24, 2022