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CBD Duration Times

When you’re beginning a new hemp routine, you want to ensure that you get the most success out of it, and a lot of that has to do with choosing the right product based on its milligram strength, ingredients, presence of hemp compounds and overall quality. But, choosing the right product is only one part of having a successful CBD experience. It’s also important to know how and when to take your hemp goods so that those compounds can peak in your body at the right time as needed.

Getting That Timing Down – What Should You Do?

Now, as you may know, each delivery method has its own duration time, in terms of how long it takes for the hemp compounds to peak in the body, and how long they will last before they begin to wear off. Why is this the case, you ask? Well, how we consume our CBD determines where in the body it absorbs, and different parts of the body have different absorption rates.

So, if you’re trying to plan a routine around a particular issue you’re dealing with, you want to really make sure that you time your dosage properly so that the effects of hemp are active when you most need them to be. That’s why we’ve created this guide that explains the duration times of each of the main delivery methods that are available.

CBD Oils

In this case, when we talk about CBD oils, we’re referring to oral tinctures. Oral tinctures absorb through the sublingual tissue, which is the soft, fleshy tissue right underneath the tongue. The tincture formula sits there for a minute which allows enough time for the compounds to pass through. CBD oils taken in tincture form tend to provide peak levels of activation within 15 to 45 minutes and can last for up to 3 hours.

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are ingested, which means that before they can activate in the body, they must travel through the entire digestive tract and get processed by the liver. For this reason, it can take between 1 and 2 hours for you to feel the CBD gummies at work. But, they can stay active in the body for several hours at a time.

CBD Soft Gels

CBD soft gels work in a similar manner to CBD gummies as they are also ingested, and therefore must travel through the digestive tract and liver. So, if you’re taking a CBD soft gel, expect to feel the CBD at peak levels within 1 to 2 hours, and to potentially experience several hours of activation.

CBD Suppositories

Most people find that CBD suppositories work within 15 or so minutes, although it can take as long as 30 minutes. They tend to provide effects for about an hour, as this is how long the compounds in hemp remain at activated levels within the tissue.

CBD Balm

CBD balmis a type of topical, and all topicals pretty much share the same general duration time. Depending on the concentration, balms can take a couple of minutes to a half hour to reach peak levels, with higher milligram strengths having a tendency to be more fast-acting. Many people find that balms work for hours at a time.

CBD Powder

CBD powder doesn’t have one specific duration time, as this is a versatile product that can be added to many different types of formulas. In other words, the duration time of CBD powder depends on the type of delivery method that you’re using it for.


CBD waxcan be extremely fast-acting, whether you’re vaping it or smoking it. This is because of the fast-acting nature of inhalation, combined with the fact that wax is extremely concentrated in terms of the potency levels of its unique compounds. It can take just a couple of minutes for those compounds to peak, and they can be felt very potently, but they tend to be short-lived.

CBD Vape Cartridges

Vape cartridges, like CBD wax, are known to be fast-acting because of the way in which the compounds absorb into the bloodstream when inhaled. It can take a few minutes to feel the CBD at work, and the effects can be pretty potent but relatively short-lived. Again, the potency level can dictate how quick the effects are, plus how long they exist at peak levels in the body, so choose your milligram strength accordingly.

Each Method Type Truly Does Vary

As you can see, having a successful experience with CBD isn’t just about which product you buy, but how you take it as well. Luckily, by understanding the different ways in which hemp absorbs into the body based on the delivery method chosen, you can easily dose yourself properly. Use this guide to know exactly when to take your CBD for the best possible experience.

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