With the CBD market steadily growing over the past few years, many people are beginning to wonder about the various benefits and effects of this seemingly miracle ingredient. CBD has been shown to help with a variety of ailments from pain and anxiety to depression and digestive issues. 

Whether you're curious about how long it takes to kick in, how long the effects last, long-term CBD use, or how much you should take, this article will help you make informed decisions about how CBD will best work for you.

Ingestion Methodology

The way that you ingest CBD can affect the time it takes to reach peak levels. Smoking CBD, either as a flower or isolate powder, can take effect in just a few minutes while topical creams and edibles can take up to 45 minutes to kick in after application. The most popular way to use CBD is an oil that you take orally.

There are a number of factors that may influence the effectiveness as well. These factors can include whether or not you take it on a full stomach, if you've had any alcohol when you take your dose, if you take it at the same time of day consistently, or if you are taking other medications. It is best to keep your daily routine consistent in order to achieve the best results.

Recommended Dosages

There is no specific answer as to what your dosage should be. Components like gender, body shape, diet, metabolism, and other factors will play a role in how your body absorbs CBD. It is always best practice to start low and increase gradually. It is important to be consistent and patient while you are waiting for your desired results.

CBD is best measured in milligrams so you can easily keep track of how much you are taking. Because of this, it may be trickier to vape or smoke your CBD since it is harder to keep track of milligrams ingested. While dermal patches work well for pain and make it easy to keep track of dosages, CBD oil is the easiest way to keep track of milligrams and works for nearly all ailments. Oils come in tinctures starting around 150mg of CBD all the way up to 5000mg CBD, so there are a wide variety of dosages to choose from.

It is best to start low and work your way up each day until you’ve reached the desired result. Generally, you can start safely with about 10mg and increase your dosage by 10 or 20 milligrams until you are satisfied with the results.

If you are looking for immediate relief, try 10 milligrams every 90 minutes until you feel your symptoms ease. If you are looking for more long-term benefits, stick with 10 milligrams a day and increase your dose every few days until you see a noticeable change.

It is important to note that you cannot become physically dependent on CBD and it is not addictive. If you find that you have to stop taking CBD immediately for any reason, you will not go through any physical withdrawals, though you may notice the symptoms of your condition will return. There has been a study that shows patients were given up to 1,000mg a day with no risk of toxicity or overdose.

Length of Effects

There are a number of factors that affect the length of time CBD will benefit your system after you take it. This includes the milligram dosage that you take, whether the method of ingestion is smoking, eating, or in a balm on the skin, and your metabolism. These all play a role in how long CBD will affect your system after taking it.

CBD's effects can last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the factors above. Here is a basic rundown of approximately how long the effects of CBD will last depending on how you take it:

  • Vaping- lasts around 2-3 hours. While it works fast the effects of vaping last the shortest.
  • Tinctures- kicks in after about 45 minutes and can last 4-6 hours.
  • Capsules- takes about an hour to kick in fully and last 4-6 hours.
  • Topicals- this method lasts the longest, but is best used for treating muscle soreness, localized pain, and skin conditions, and is less likely to work for anxiety or depression.

Regardless of how you ingest your CBD, after about seven hours you will most likely stop feeling the desired effect. However, CBD may stay in your system for a while longer which can help with long-term benefits. In a 2018 study, users were surveyed over a three-month period about their CBD use. Most people surveyed were using CBD for pain, anxiety, and depression. A significant number of participants reported that CBD alone significantly helped to treat their ailments.

What if you don’t feel anything?

CBD works differently for different people and the quality of the CBD you buy can make a huge difference in the effect you will experience. Some products work better long-term like low-dose edibles, while other products produce stronger, more immediate results, such as taking a 100mg dose of CBD oil. The important thing to remember is to be patient and experiment responsibly with dosages.

It may be possible that you have not taken enough to get the results you are looking for. If this is the case, wait about an hour to be sure that you've given the CBD proper time to work through your system and take another dose. It takes a little experimenting to find the proper amount for each person. It is also important to buy your CBD from a credible source with good reviews from previous customers. Some companies sell CBD products with added and occasionally unhealthy ingredients.

If you choose to experiment with higher dosages of CBD, be sure that you are in a calm environment and avoid driving or operating heavy equipment. You don't want to find yourself in an unfamiliar scenario if a high dose of CBD kicks in unexpectedly. The most important thing to remember is that finding your proper dosage requires experimenting and patience.


CBD is a healthy and all-natural way to ease a number of symptoms for a variety of ailments. Whether you are looking for pain relief or anxiety relief, CBD can help you. While there can be instantaneous results from CBD, there are also long-term benefits to staying on a regime of CBD as well.

Experiment with your dosage and find what works for you. Remember that it can take a while for the CBD to take effect and reach peak levels, so be patient. Understand that CBD is not addictive physically or mentally so it is safe to practice your daily regimen by increasing your dose gradually. The most important thing is to be patient and safe.

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About the Author

Rose is a health and wellness writer from Atlanta, GA. Rose has years of experience with natural foods and remedies and enjoys writing well-researched articles about the benefits of CBD.