When is the best time to take CBD oil?

When is the best time to take CBD is probably one of the most frequent questions we get asked but It’s not as straightforward as you might initially think. There are many variables involved and each one needs to be taken into consideration in order to find the best time to take CBD for you. Curious? Read on.


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The best time to take CBD for sleep depends on why you are using it

Best time to take CBD for sleep

If you are using CBD to help with sleep (see our sleep products), then you should take (a bigger dose of) CBD close to bedtime. While you will read many different articles on this, the best time we have found to take a CBD oil for sleep is around 20mins before bed. We cover this more in depth in our when to take CBD before bed article

Other CBD delivery formats will differ. For example, capsules have a slower time to onset (time it will start working) due it needing to pass through the digestive tract so the best time to take CBD capsules for sleep is around 1.5 - 2 hours before bed.

Best time to take CBD for stress

However, many studies show CBD can be used effectively for stress and anxiety. Scientists believe that sometimes our endocannabinoid system can become out of whack, and this leads to dis-function in our endocannabinoid system, the system responsible for keeping everything in balance.  By supplementing with CBD, we can rebalance our endocannabinoid system with cannabinoids from plants. 

If  you are considering taking CBD for stress, the secret then is to manage your anxiety/stress levels during the day and this will then also help you sleep at night.

You should consider a microdosing CBD method, where you will take smaller doses of CBD 2 or 3 times per day . This will then help manage your cortisol levels throughout the day and you will then be able to sleep at night. 

Whatever time you decide to take cbd for you, remember that CBDs effects only last 4 - 6 hours for a sublingual oil.

CBD is biphasic

One important characteristic of CBD you should be aware of when considering when to take CBD is that studies show it has a biphasic effect. This means that in small amounts, it is energising while in larger doses, it is sedating.

This sounds confusing to many people but in fact, many of the common substances we take today are also biphasic. For example, even alcohol!

When is the best time to take CBD?

If you are taking CBD for sleep, take a larger dose at night(10mg) around 20mins before you go to sleep.

If you are taking CBD for other reasons, consider taking smaller regular amounts (5 - 10mg) around 2 or 3 times per day.

Whichever way you choose, always remember that it's important to build up slowly. 



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