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What Time of Day Should I Take CBD Oil?

Written By Ellese Symons Jul 13th 2022
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Factors that Determine the Best Time of Day for CBD

Many people are intrigued by the considerable health and wellness potential of hemp-derived CBD. If you’ve been investigating your options, you’ve likely noticed that people are using this non-intoxicating plant element for a wide range of concerns. Some say CBD helps them feel more alert, focused, and energized. Others say they feel calm, relaxed, and ready for sleep.

Since some CBD users claim they get the best results using CBD during the day, but others prefer using CBD at night, you might naturally wonder which time of day is ideal for CBD use. Well, you might find our answer a bit surprising.

In truth, there’s no best answer. Using CBD isn’t like taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, drinking several cups of coffee, or using a sleep aid. There’s simply no way to know precisely how CBD might make you feel or how you might benefit until you try it. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding Why CBD Has the Potential to Affect Everyone Differently

When you use any hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) product, the cannabinoids mimic the effects of two neurotransmitters made in your body, the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2-Ag. Mimicking the effects of these essential messengers allows the CBD to interact with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system. Researchers today believe that the interaction between the messengers and receptors of your endocannabinoid system regulates the processes of homeostasis, the internal balance essential to your survival. When internal or external influences upset that balance, it’s the processes of homeostasis that restores equilibrium to affected processes.

In that respect, CBD works the same for everyone; the cannabinoid supports ECS function. But that doesn’t mean that everyone will feel the exact same way after taking CBD. While most people find that CBD does not alter how they feel, everyone’s body chemistry is different. The way your body responds to plant-based cannabinoid depends on which essential functions might be restored to balance through ECS support.1

Practical Advice for First-Time CBD Users

ECS support influences the regulatory system controlling your sleep cycles, immune system function, thermoregulation, metabolism, and more. Many CBD users report that hemp-derived product helps them feel energized, focused, and refreshed in the morning, but calm, relaxed, and ready for sleep at night. But those effects are not universal. Considering the complexity of ECS function, most experts in the field recommend that first time CBD user preview their products at some point during the day when feeling a little more tired or more alert than usual won’t negatively impact their activities.

If you’re like most people, that typically means experimenting with plant-based cannabinoids after getting home from work but several hours before turning in for the night. That first evening, you’ll want to start with a small amount of CBD, even just a few milligrams.2 Gradually increase the amount you are using each day until you achieve the results you were hoping for. Once you know how much CBD you need to achieve your goals, and how those serving sizes make you feel, you’ll have a much better idea if you might want to take CBD in the morning or night.

Other Factors That Could Influence Individual Preferences

Some people use CBD as needed, while others appreciate the many potential health and wellness benefits of daily use. Of those who use CBD daily, most find they achieve their best results after using CBD consistently for a week or two. While it’s always a good idea for first-time users to proceed slowly, most CBD users soon discover that they can use their favorite products any time of day. But the following factors could help you decide which time of day might be your best option:

Your Reasons for Using CBD

  • Some CBD users turn to hemp-derived products for the many potential health benefits of ECS support. Others have specific reasons they are drawn to CBD; it’s potential to improve sleep, calm their mind, or soothe their body. The reason you decided to use a hemp-derived CBD product will likely influence your decision.

The Products You Select

  • If you’re using CBD capsules, it can take up to two hours for the cannabinoids to pass through your digestive system. Since the results are long-lasting, you might appreciate the sustained effects of morning use or taking your capsule a few hours before bed. The choice is yours. But some products, like CBDistillery™ Nighttime Gummies, are specifically formulated for nighttime use.

Your Serving Sizes

  • If you’re using larger serving sizes of a high potency product, you may want to consider using your CBD morning and night to keep the cannabinoid levels in your body consistent. When you take in more CBD than your body needs at any given time, the cannabinoids are not utilized effectively. Any excess is wasted. To get the most value from your investment, consider splitting your current usage into smaller serving sizes taken in intervals throughout the day for sustained effects. You may even find that you need less CBD per day to achieve more consistent results.

Many CBD users report that hemp-derived products help them feel energized, focused, and refreshed in the morning, but calm, relaxed, and ready for sleep at night. But those effects are not universal. Individual results depend on which essential processes might be restored to balance through ECS support. The only way to know if you prefer the effects of daytime use, nighttime use, or both is to see how your system responds.

To learn more about the many potential health and wellness benefits of ECS support, download The Ultimate CBD User Guide at CBDistillery™. All CBD full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and pure CBD isolate products are third-party tested for purity and potency and US Hemp Authority Certified.


  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.
  2. Green Entrepreneur. (2019 July 04) Microdosing Is How You Learn How Much CBD You Should Be Taking.