When is the Best Time to Take CBD?
Here, on the frontlines of the CBD movement, we get asked this question all the time. Since CBD affects everyone differently, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. Instead, let’s look at the main factors to consider when determining what time of day is best for you.
3 key factors that help determine when to take CBD
- Reasons for taking CBD
- Type of CBD product
Listen to Your Body
Before we explore these main factors, the recurring theme here is to listen to your body. What gets one person to sleep may help another maintain energy throughout the day. Why are there such massive discrepancies with the effects of CBD? Well, it’s complicated .
The Human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) regulates many physical processes including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. CBD acts upon the ECS on a molecular level. Given the complexity of this regulatory system, the potential effect that CBD can have on these processes is totally unique. When beginning your journey with CBD, choose a time of day when you can safely experiment.
For example, if you decide to try CBD for improving sleep, logic would dictate that taking it before bedtime would be most effective. However, some people may feel stimulated when they are trying to catch some z’s . To complicate matters even more, it is possible that when taking CBD in the morning it has a different effect than in the evening. All this leads back to the idea that you want to create enough space to safely experiment. For most of us, that often means the early evening when we are done with the demands of the workplace, and still hours before bedtime. Doing so should safeguard against any potential disruptions to your daily/nightly rhythms. After sufficient time, you will gain more insight into how CBD interacts with your body, and this will ultimately lead to an intake schedule that works best for you.
1. Reasons for taking CBD
People are using CBD for a variety of reasons. Stories range from treating specific symptoms like seizures and acne, to regulating moods, appetite, and more. What time of day you take CBD should largely be based on the reasons you are taking it in the first place. Back to our sleep example. Some of our customers simply take their daily dose before bed, while others take it during the day and find that having it in their system throughout the day helps improve their sleep behavior at night.
Food for thought: my acupuncturist prescribed Chinese herbs for me (they taste gross!) and said, “the best way to take these herbs is to take them.” Meaning, that despite their rancid taste and elaborate boiling protocol, I needed to take them. Similarly, despite our tincture’s great flavor, all the nuances we are discussing here are secondary to the main point: keep taking CBD!
CBD products often include a serving size or daily dose suggestion. However, here too it is important to experiment and find what works best for you. For instance, we recommend starting with 1ml of our regular strength tincture per day, and for some of our customers, this feels right.
Get Creative / mix it up:
- Split the recommended dosage: taking .5ml in the morning and .5ml in the evening allows the effects to be more evenly spread out through the day.
- Double the dose: for some, taking 1ml in the morning and another in the evening provides relief beyond the recommended dose.
For whom the bell curves?
For thee, of course! CBD has been shown to have a bell curve in regards to its effectiveness. This means that as you take more, its effectiveness will ramp up to a maximum efficiency rate before beginning to fall off as you reach saturation levels, resulting in wasted product. Think about your ECS as a gas tank. When you are pumping gas, eventually the pump will click off once the tank is full. You can try to keep squeezing the handle to put more in, but no more will fit. Once your tank is full, you need to put some miles in before it’s necessary to refuel.
Once you know how you react to CBD, play with dosage amounts and times. Think about when you need relief, and plan timing around that.
3. Product Choice
The type of product you are using is a strong consideration when deciding what time you should use CBD. Products like CBD Capsules will have more of a slow, gradual effect since they must be processed through your digestive system. Conversely, a CBD vape will have more immediate effects as vaporizing is one of the most bioavailable ways to consume CBD. Let’s look at the different ingestion methods and how to think ahead for timing your dose.
Think about what you are up against, and how a slow fuse product will interact with it. Do you have anxiety during daytime hours? You will probably want to take CBD capsules in the morning so they can slowly begin working as you go about your day. Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? You will want to take CBD Capsules before dinner, so your body has time to process them before bed.
Full Spectrum Hemp Softgels
Original CBD Tincture
Often called CBD Oil, tincture is taken sublingually and absorbed into glands under your tongue. This will yield a faster result since the tincture will enter your bloodstream more directly than swallowing. Because tincture takes time to work its way through your system, it is much easier to dial in for timing. We recommend 1ml of tincture per day to start with. Most consumers choose to take their daily dose of tincture in the morning so they have CBD pumping through their veins throughout the day. If you find that any results you are experiencing wear off quickly, you may want to double up and take a dose in the evening as well.
What time of day to take CBD varies from person to person, but keep these factors in mind if you’re just getting started with CBD.
What’s the Best Time of Day to Take CBD Oil?
While some cannabidiol enthusiasts think the best time of day to take CBD oil is before bed to help them sleep, other users prefer to take it in the morning for energy. This may be confusing for some: is CBD a stimulant or a sleep aid? The truth is that every person’s endocannabinoid system responds uniquely to CBD, and — depending on what effects you’re looking for — CBD may be taken at different times throughout the day. Here’s what the leading research has to say about when to take CBD.
One person may find that CBD provides unbounded energy while another might liken CBD to a melatonin supplement. The different effects may be related to body composition, dosage size or when it’s taken. Some studies illustrate that CBD might improve sleep, whereas others propose that CBD promotes wakefulness. While contradictory at a glance, the two may not actually be mutually exclusive – it’s possible that CBD may involve multiple systems governing the sleep-wake cycle.
Sometimes, the method of CBD delivery makes all the difference on timing your dosage, and this is especially the case for pain relief, which almost always requires immediate attention. While targeted transdermal relief in the form of a topical ointment or cream is said to work more quickly than most ingestible CBD products because it doesn’t go through the digestive process, sublingual intake of CBD and other substances accelerates how quickly the healing compounds get absorbed by the tissues under the tongue and enter the bloodstream. If pain is interfering with your sleep, you could try a higher dose before bed. Every body is different. For most other forms of CBD, the body’s efficient metabolism process breaks down supplement molecules, meaning you end up waiting more and absorbing less — unless you choose a product with high bioavailability, such as RESET Balance.
How RESET Is Different
RESET Bioscience’s nano liposomes facilitate optimal absorption, which can be up to 80% more than traditional consumption. RESET Balance works fast, so you can reap the benefits you’re seeking without delay or waste.
Remember, CBD is not currently an FDA-approved treatment for pain relief or sleep problems. You should always speak to a doctor before adding a new supplement to your routine. Experiment with dosing and timing to find out how your body’s endocannabinoid system responds to the product. RESET Balance is designed to be taken daily, whenever you need immediate results, so you feel your best every day and all day.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and VICE. She lives in Los Angeles.
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What’s the Best Time of Day to Take CBD Oil? While some cannabidiol enthusiasts think the best time of day to take CBD oil is before bed to help them sleep, other users prefer to take it in the