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How Quickly Will I Feel the Effects of CBD

CBD is a new product for many users and that means that most people have questions. One of the most common questions regarding CBD is how quickly a user will feel the effects of CBD after they ingest it. The truth is: it’s different for each and every person. How quickly you feel the effects will widely vary from another’s experience based on:

  • Your method of ingestion (vaping hemp oil, sublingual CBD tinctures, etc.)
  • The potency of the CBD
  • Your body chemistry

Why Does CBD Work?

The effects of CBD begin when the substance interacts with receptors in the human body. CBD works with many different receptors in the body, not just cannabinoids, and people feel the effects of CBD once that activation takes place. Therefore, it helps to ingest or apply the CBD in a way that most effectively tackles your own specific issues which means that your body will determine how quickly you feel the effects.

Different Ways To Take CBD

There are four common ways to take CBD:

  • Sublingual – Place a few drops of oil, often called a tincture, under the tongue for quick relief.
  • Digest – Anything you take orally including CBD edibles or capsules is included in this category. While these CBD products will go through your digestive system, it’s still an effective way of administering relief.
  • Topical – Apply CBD directly to your skin in oil form or combined with a lotion or salve.
  • Inhalation – Vaping hemp oil or CBD is a very common way to embrace the effects.


If you apply CBD sublingually (under the tongue), the CBD is absorbed into your system right away and you will feel the effects in about 15 minutes. Sublingual administration of CBD is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD.

When taking CBD oil sublingually, it is important to hold the material in your mouth for as long as possible. The CBD is absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth, bypassing the long process of being broken down by the liver. If you swallow the oil too quickly, you will be sending the CBD through your digestive system instead of allowing it to penetrate the mucous membranes. CBD should be held in the mouth for at least 90 seconds to be absorbed properly.


If you digest CBD, you may lower the intensity of the CBD’s effects. It will also take longer for you to feel the effects. Many people believe that the liver can lower the intensity of how much the CBD will affect you because it breaks down the properties of the CBD before sending it out to the receptors.

When you eat something that contains CBD, such as a chocolate bar that includes CBD, you will feel the effects in a timeframe between 45 minutes and two hours. It takes longer to feel the effects of CBD that has been digested because, again, you need to wait for it to work its way through the gut before hitting the receptors.

Most people choose digestion over any of the other ways of taking CBD because the effect lasts longer. That does not mean that you feel the effects quickly, however.


Inhaling CBD can work even faster than sublingual administration. Inhaling CBD through smoking or vaping allows the user to skip the digestive system’s filtering properties, sending the CBD directly to the body’s receptors through the lungs. Vaping hemp oil or smoking results in the effects of CBD being felt almost instantly.


A topical CBD lotion or cream is applied directly to the skin. Topical CBD products are one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of CBD for pain relief. A user can expect to feel the effects in about 10 to 15 minutes. Topical CBD products are effective because the user is administering the CBD directly to the painful spot on the body.

There are a ton of CBD products on the market. The CBD product you choose should depend on your needs. Contact Paradise Purities and talk to one of our experts about the products that might be right to help you achieve your CBD remedy.

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