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How Long Will It Take for CBD to Deliver Results?

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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When you reach for allergy medication, an over-the-counter pain reliever, or a cough suppressant, the serving information is clearly stated on the product label. The instructions are simple. At a glance, you know how much to take and how often. Serving recommendations are typically the same for everyone within a particular age group or weight range. With experience, you know how much time needs to pass before you start feeling better. You’ve likely found that most common medications begin working their magic within an hour or so of taking them.

You may expect to find a similar set of instructions for using hemp-derived CBD, a product label that specifies how much and how often. That’s how most of the products in your medicine cabinet work. But CBD is not a medication; it’s a plant element with the potential to support the largest regulatory system in your body. While it’s true that some people experience the therapeutic potential of CBD within an hour or so of their first serving, there are a number of variables influencing how long it might take for your CBD product to deliver the results you’re looking for.

Every Body Responds Differently to CBD

While you will find a recommended CBD serving size on your product label, it may be helpful to know that the amount specified is just a suggestion. That serving could end up being more or significantly less than the amount of CBD you might need to achieve the results you are hoping for. Your body chemistry is unique, and everyone experiences the effects of CBD differently.

That’s because the health and wellness potential of CBD is explained by the way plant-based cannabinoids interact with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system (ECS).1 How long it takes your body to respond to that support is an entirely different matter. Just a few of the many factors that could influence your experience include:

Product Type

  • The type of CBD product you are using will have a considerable impact on how long you might have to wait to experience the full potential of your product. For example, if you’re taking a CBD capsule or adding a tincture to your morning coffee, the cannabinoids have to be processed through your digestive system. It can take two hours (or more) to feel the effects of ingestible products. However, if you’re allowing the cannabinoids in your tincture time to absorb under your tongue, the CBD in a topical balm to absorb through the surface of your skin, you could feel the effects of CBD much faster.

Ideal Serving

  • While there’s no harm in taking more CBD than your body needs, there’s no additional benefit either. Since your ideal CBD serving may vary significantly from the standard serving recommendations, consider starting with a small amount of CBD, even just a few milligrams, and gradually increase how much CBD you’re using until you are happy with the results. Some people prefer increasing with each dose, while others are more comfortable giving their body ample time to respond to each adjustment. Your goal is to find the product, serving, and usage frequency that’s right for you.

Most People Find That Consistent Daily Use Provides Faster Results

How often you use hemp-derived CBD products will also have a considerable impact on your overall experience. If your decision to try hemp-derived CBD was influenced by conversations with experienced CBD users, maybe a few of your friends, coworkers, or family members, you may have realized that some people use CBD daily, others as needed.

Many people are perfectly content using a CBD topical after a particularly grueling workout, or keeping a supply of CBD gummies tucked away for the occasional sleepless night. But according to the results of a 2019 consumer survey, CBD enthusiasts using their products daily report feeling the effects of each serving much sooner than survey participants using their products as needed. Most survey participants felt their best results were achieved within 7- 14 days of consistent daily use. That means daily use could shorten the amount of time it takes for your CBD to work.

Product Quality Has a Considerable Impact on Your Overall Experience

Some first-time CBD users report impressive results with their very first serving. Others find that it takes a couple of weeks for their system to respond to plant-based cannabinoids. While there’s no way to predict how long it might take for the CBD products you’re using to deliver results, it’s important to remember that purity, potency, and product quality have a considerable impact on your overall experience. You can protect yourself from making a potentially disappointing purchase, a costly mistake, by placing your trust in CBDistillery™ hemp-derived CBD products.

All CBDistillery™ products are sourced from non-GMO hemp seeds grown on American soil. As a company that oversees every aspect of product production, we have full control over every aspect of production, from initial soil testing to product distribution. Plus, every product we offer is tested by an independent lab. Third-party testing verifies the CBD content of our products while screening for heavy metals, potentially harmful chemicals, and microbial contamination. You can verify the quality, potency, and purity of CBDistillery™ tinctures, topicals, softgels, gummies, and CBD vape products by scanning the QR code on your product label or viewing the third-party test results on our product pages.


  1. Physiology.org. A Lingresti et al. (2016 September 14) From Phytocannabinoids to Cannabinoid Receptors and Endocannabinoids: Pleiotropic Physiological and Pathological Role Through Complex Pharmacology.