How Long Does CBD Last with CBDa?

Posted on June 30th, 2023

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are surging in popularity. There’s an ever-growing number of people who use CBD as a supplement, which means many new users are considering their first CBD experience. 

Of course, with the growing interest in CBD products, many new questions come up. And one of the most frequent we see is How long do the effects of CBD use last? Plus, because all of our Tanasi products contain a patent-pending, 1:1 formulation of CBD and CBDa, our customers want to know how that mix changes the experience. (Hint: our research shows that adding CBDa to CBD makes the formulation 2X more effective!)

Now, If you’ve never taken cannabidiol products before, it can be important to know how long its effects last to determine whether it is right for you. Knowing this information may also help you find your ideal dosage. Read on to learn more!

CBD Delivery Methods and How Long the Effects Last 

The effects of CBD products are based on the user, but this almost always depends on the form of product you use, your preferred delivery method, and your individual biochemistry. Here are some of the most popular delivery methods, along with information on how long their specific effects might last.

Soft Gels, Capsules or Pills 

You can take CBD + CBDa softgels just like regular supplements. Ingesting it orally in this way means the cannabidiol first passes through your digestive system and liver, reducing CBD concentrations in your bloodstream. Since it has to pass through both the liver and digestive system, it takes longer for you to start experiencing the effects too. 

As a result, you won’t experience the effects for about 1 hour, but they generally last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Again, the time is based on studies of participants who have taken CBD orally. We know the Tanasi patent-pending University developed formula of CBDA/CBD works 2X better than CBD alone, and the time that CBDA/CBD lasts in your system is unique to each user. Plus, the body stores cannabinoids for later use, and removes any excess cannabinoids. Therefore, you may need to experiment until you find what works best for you. 


Tinctures are perhaps one of our most popular CBD + CBDa delivery methods. You take them by mouth, holding the dose under your tongue for 1 to 2 minutes so you absorb instead of swallow the active ingredients. 

You’ll likely experience the effects of CBD + CBDa tinctures within 15 to 30 minutes; they can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. We have confidence in our patent-pending University developed Tanasi product line. And we know that Cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) that is as close to natural (unprocessed) hemp extract along with Cannabidiol (CBD) in a specific formulation is 2X better than CBD alone. Therefore, Tanasi products are uniquely different. And that’s why we have a Satisfaction Guarantee. 

Edibles and Drink Concentrates 

Beverages infused with CBD + CBDa, along with edibles, work much like CBD capsules. If you consume CBD in the form of gummies or a drink concentrate, the active ingredients first break down in your stomach before hitting your bloodstream.

The vast majority of people who take CBD edibles or beverages prefer doing so on an empty stomach, since this may reduce the amount of time it takes for it to make its way through your digestive tract and be broken down by the liver.

You may experience the effects of these edibles/beverages within 1 hour and they can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. But this time period is not exact. 


You can apply our CBD + CBD topicals directly to the skin. They come in the form of creams, lotions, salves, and anti-aging serums. These topicals are great for providing localized effects, helping you target specific areas of your body. With this method, your skin absorbs cannabidiol. So it completely bypasses your digestive tract. And that means you typically experience their effects much sooner than with other delivery methods. How soon, you might wonder? CBD topicals usually kick in within 15 to 20 minutes and can last for up to 4 hours. 

Other Factors Affecting How Long CBD Lasts with CBDa

The delivery method used is not the only factor affecting the duration of your CBD effects. Other factors include the frequency of usage, lifestyle choices, body weight, and your preferred dosage. The following is an in-depth look into each of these factors.

Body Weight

CBD is a fat-soluble compound, which means that it is stored in your body’s fat cells. When it comes to any fat-soluble substance, such as vitamin K, vitamin D, or even CBD, weight plays a critical role in its rate of metabolization.

If you have a lean body with a lower body fat percentage, the effects might not last as long as those for a person with a higher percentage of body fat percentage. People with more muscle than fat typically have a higher metabolic rate, which means that substances such as CBD will be processed through the body quicker, thus reducing the duration of their effects.

With all of this said, we have seen female customers who weigh 100 lbs. who respond to or need more CBD than males who weigh 300 lbs. 

Lifestyle Choices

Your lifestyle choices and activity level also impact how long CBD lasts in your body. If you lead an active lifestyle, your body will likely process it faster since your rate of metabolism will be higher. This will likely result in a reduced duration of effects.

Frequency of CBD Use

The frequency with which you use CBD products can also influence how long their effects last. Unlike other substances, it is highly unlikely that you will develop a tolerance to CBD. Still, if you find your old dose is less effective than it used to be, try taking a short break and resuming a daily supplement several days later. 

CBD Dosage

The more CBD product you take, the longer it will take for your body’s processing to be complete, and the longer your effects are likely to last. We do, however, recommend that you start with the lowest suggested dosage, and work your way up to a desired amount. Until you know how you’ll be impacted by CBD, it’s wise to start low and gradually increase intake until you achieve your desired effects. The Tanasi patent-pending University developed hemp-extracted CBDA/CBD products are 2X better than CBD alone, and you might find that a little goes a long way, and your wallet will be happy too! Taking too much can be wasteful, and expensive.  

How Much CBD Should I Take?

Now that you generally know how long the effects of CBD might last, and you understand the factors that can potentially affect duration, you might be wondering how much you need to take to experience the desired effects in the first place. It is important to keep in mind that cannabidiol affects different people differently. This means that ideal servings will vary significantly based on many factors. It’s all about experimentation until you find what works for you. 

When you first start using CBD products, it’s a good idea to give your body time to adjust and be consistent with your use. If you keep the initial dosages low, as we suggested earlier, and you use it regularly each day, you can see how your body reacts before you fully adopt a regular routine. Start by slowly taking a small serving size, i.e. 5mg to 10mg per dose, and then work your way up over the course of several weeks until you find the sweet spot that gives you the desired benefits. You might find that 80mg per day is best, but we don’t encourage first-time users to start with 80mg. 

Final Thoughts: How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System Are CBD Tinctures or Softgels Better?

It is simply impossible to provide a concrete answer to how long CBD lasts in your body. Since many different factors play a role in how long the experience lasts, it impacts each person a bit differently. You must consider the product you use, the delivery method you choose, and even your own lifestyle choices and body to find a personal answer to that question.

Cannabidiol impacts different people differently and this ultimately determines how long the effects last for each individual. The type of product used and the delivery method also have a significant influence on how long the effects will last. But, generally speaking, you can expect its effects to last throughout the day. This is why we suggest taking a regular amount each day.

And, if you want to start experiencing the effects and benefits of CBD today, check out our patent-pending University developed full-spectrum hemp-extracted CBDA/CBD products by Tanasi!



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