How Long Does It Take for CBD to Work?

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Posted on May 26th, 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extremely powerful natural compound. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular due to its numerous potential health benefits, and the fact it has been a Federally classified Schedule 1 drug for many years. And new evidence shows that CBD can help address stress, ease joint discomfort, quell inflammation, improve sleep quality, and combat aging by fighting free radicals, among many other health benefits that it has been studied on. Many of these studies are posted on the National Health Institue website, at — just search “CBD” or “cannabidiol” when you visit But the question remains: how long does it take for CBD to work? 

How Long Until CBD Will Work?

People who use CBD for the first time are often excited to experience its benefits, but still wonder how long it takes to notice its effects. Well, here’s the truth: it’s virtually impossible to quantify the time it takes for CBD to work. This is because results may vary significantly from one user to the next, based on several different factors.

For instance, if you take poor quality CBD, that is not designed for maximum absorption, it would take much longer for you to feel an effect compared to someone who takes high-quality CBD products. Why is that the case? High-quality CBD products are designed for maximum absorption. This is why it is almost always a faster-acting product, allowing users to experience results within the shortest time possible. There are some companies who place very little CBD in a package and don’t understand the reasons why people take CBD. They are just looking for profit and not helping customers find the best hemp extract available.  

Factors That Determine Length for CBD to Work

The length of time that it takes for CBD oil to work will also depend on several other factors, including how your CBD was processed, its delivery method, and the strength and potency. Other factors that influence the time it takes for CBD to work include how long you’ve been taking CBD products and whether you eat before consuming your CBD among numerous other factors.

We know, all these factors can get rather confusing. So, with the following guide, we’ll attempt to explain the various factors that determine how long it usually takes for CBD to work. We hope this will help you achieve your desired results.

Choice of Delivery Method

One of the factors that significantly affects the length of time it takes for CBD products to work is the method of delivery. While there are various ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD products, some of the most popular ones include:


Vaping is the delivery method with the fastest results since the CBD rapidly enters the bloodstream via the lungs. With CBD vaping, results can be expected within 5 to 10 minutes. Unfortunately, vaping CBD comes with a significant downside, which is that besides the CBD, other chemical compounds are also inhaled, which may stress the lungs. The Tanasi CBDA/CBD patent-pending University developed formula can not be vaped because we believe in the cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) that would be decarboxylated and turned into CBD when heated by the vape heating element. 

cbd tincture next to coffee on white counterTincture 

Tinctures are some of the most popular CBD products. To take a CBD tincture, you simply place 1mL (of various sizes: 20mg, or 40mg, up to 80mg per mL) under your tongue, holding your 1mL dose in place for two minutes before swallowing. From here, tiny blood vessels on the inside of your cheeks, and your salivary glands under your tongue absorb the cannabinoid molecules, so it doesn’t have to pass through your liver or digestive system. This delivery method can take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to feel the full effects. Keep in mind, it’s not an easy button, you will find the dose that works best for you over time. 

Topical Blams (Lotions and Salve)

Rubbing CBD directly onto your target areas (such as stiff joints or sore muscles) is another popular delivery method. When you apply CBD salves directly to your skin, it diffuses through the lipids, gaining direct access to your cells in the area where applied. 

It generally takes anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes to feel effects with topical CBD delivery. While this method of delivery may take longer compared to your experience with a CBD tincture, it’s still a great delivery choice for when you need to target relief to specific areas of concern. 

The Tanasi topical products work great because of the cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) and cannabidiol (CBD) one-to-one full spectrum formulation. We hear rave reviews of why this formula works 2X better, or two times better than CBD alone. 

Capsules and Edibles

CBD capsules, chocolates, drinks, and gummies are some of the newest ways to consume your cannabidiol (CBD) doses. All these methods involve ingesting the CBD. While they are highly convenient, if you’re looking for fast effects, edibles should NOT be your first choice. 

Why is that the case? When you ingest cannabinoids, it has to pass through the digestive system. This means that it may take 30 minutes or longer for your tummy to do its thing, break down that digested food and pass those molecules into your blood system before you feel any effect. How much you ate, and what you ate, all factors into the equation. And perhaps the greatest drawback with this delivery method is that the CBD has to pass through your liver. This means you may experience milder effects, and your CBD may impact the effectiveness of any medications you take that are also processed through your liver. Some people prefer digesting cannabinoids, and some people don’t know if they do because they have not tried edible CBD before.

CBD Quality

The quality of your CBD product also affects how long it takes before you experience results. A low-quality CBD product is not only poorly processed but also low in potency. This may affect how well your body is able to absorb the CBD, which may result in a delayed effect or none at all. We have seen some companies label their products with CBD, but they have zero (0) CBD in them! 

Using a high-quality CBD product is the best way to take advantage of the cannabinoid’s numerous benefits. It will also ensure that you achieve consistent results with each dose. A high-quality CBD product is lab-tested for impurities and contains at least 20 mg of CBD per serving.

Health Goals

The time it takes for CBD to work in your body may vary depending on your current state of health. Some people may experience results faster than others because, the less balance in your body, the longer it will take for you to reach a threshold where you can even notice results. In contrast, people with better balance (homeostasis) will likely see slow improvements from their very first day using CBD products.

Taking CBD to improve sleep, for instance, you can expect results anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes after consuming. In contrast, if you take CBD to ease the effects of inflammation and stress, it will take longer for you to see results (it may take days of regular use). While the CBD may still take effect 15 to 30 minutes after delivery, your levels will need to build up for as long as one week before you recognize any results. Many people who take Tanasi products tell us that they miss it when they run out. 

woman using Tanasi cbd water soluble into coffee mugCBD Dosage

When you use CBD products, you never develop an intoxicated feeling. This means you don’t necessarily need to be conservative when it comes to the dosage amount. Settling on the right dosage is an important part of the treatment process. It will also affect how long the CBD stays in your system. Taking too much is just wasteful because your body will only process so much CBD anyway. We recommend taking a maximum of 80mg to 100mg per day. 

If you’re a new user, start with a small dose, gradually increasing it until you experience your ideal effects. This approach helps you ease into the CBD experience, getting a feel for its your body to respond. Just be aware that if you’re too conservative with your dosing, you might mean not feel anything at all. When people say they take, “drops” under the tongue, they mean they are taking 1mL of their tincture. They are not literally taking one drop, as one drop is not enough. 

In other words, if you’ve been consistently using CBD and you still haven’t experienced results,  it’s a good idea to increase the dosage size. Some people choose to go directly to 80mg per 1mL and that is a lot, and could give you a better night’s rest than you expected. 

Individual Biological Factors

Everyone is affected by CBD differently since every person has a unique body composition, genetic profile, and daily routine. CBD takes differing amounts of time to take effect for different people depending on the following characteristics:


Your weight can affect how much you’re affected by CBD and how quickly you’ll see that effect, just like with any other drug or supplement. Generally speaking, a lower body weight requires a lower dose while a higher body weight requires a larger dose in comparison. With this said, there are 120 lbs. Women who may need to take as much as 200 lbs. Men and vise versa. This is why we recommend starting our “low and slow” when using CBD products for the first time. 


Some people are fully attuned to their body and will notice even the most subtle changes in how they feel. Such individuals usually experience the effects of CBD products almost instantly. But, in our busy modern world, it’s quite rare to be that tuned into your body, especially given all the distractions we face in our daily lives. 

Enhancing your self-awareness may be key to noticing subtle changes. The best way to do this would be to rate your feelings, every single day, before and after you take CBD. After several weeks, you can look back through your recording to see the progress you’ve made regarding your health goals. This approach not only trains you to pay attention to your body, but it also gives you a more reliable way to evaluate your progress with CBD.

Metabolic Rate

Metabolism is not just a measure of how long the body burns calories when you’re sitting on the sofa. It also regulates the rate at which your body breaks down compounds such as CBD. Metabolism can function at different speeds depending on your health and individual genetic profile. All of this means that some people are more likely to experience the effects of CBD quickly. Meanwhile, others will have to wait longer to experience results. This is again, why we suggest “low and slow” with your experimentation. 

Final Thoughts

The question on the minds of most first-time CBD users has to do with how long it takes to feel the effects of cannabidiol. On average, it takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to start experiencing CBD effects. But, every user’s experience is unique. Some people say it can take up to 40 minutes, and you will know your timeline when you focus on your experience. 

The length for CBD to work in your body can vary considerably. This depends on several different factors, which include the quality of your CBD product, the dosage, the delivery method, your body composition, and your health goals. You may be in such a perfect state of homeostasis, and good health that you don’t experience anything at all. That’s great, you can save some money and not use CBD products. 

If you have tried taking CBD products but haven’t experienced much of an effect, it can be a good idea to explore each of the factors we’ve discussed in this post. And remember, it can take quite some time before you notice results, depending on your ultimate CBD goals.

So just be patient with yourself and your expectations. And remember, if you use CBD consistently, it should be effective since there’s an increasing body of evidence proving that CBD is an important health tool. It simply takes longer to have an effect for some people compared to others. And, if you’re looking for a place to start your CBD journey, visit Tanasi’s online CBD store, for a complete line of Full Spectrum CBDA/CBD products. Remember, we have been studying hemp since the 2014 Farm Bill allowed hemp to be studied in a University setting. All Tanasi products have a patent-pending University developed formula of CBDA and CBD as a one-to-one formula in a Full Spectrum hemp extract solution. Enjoy, and don’t forget, we also guarantee our products within 30 days of purchase. Just return the unused portion and we will refund your money. 

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