Although research on CBD — short for cannabidiol — is still in its young phases, multiple studies have suggested that CBD can be a promising natural treatment for numerous health issues — from acne and anxiety to chronic pain and even neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. Though the potential benefits of CBD are well-documented, the other aspects of CBD remain shrouded in mystery.
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from those new to CBD is, “when is the right time of day to take CBD?” Well, since everyone experiences the effects of CBD differently, there is not a simple one-size-fits-all answer to the question of when to take CBD. That said, metrics like the reasons for taking CBD and the method of delivery can help you make an educated guess regarding the best time to take CBD.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Before we explore these factors, though, you should know that there are marked discrepancies in the effects of CBD — some people report awakening effects and energy boost after using CBD, while others feel relaxed and sleepy.
To CBD beginners, these discrepancies in CBD’s effects can be confusing: is CBD an energizer or a sleep aid?
CBD typically interacts with the body via the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is essentially a complex network of cannabinoid receptors and neurotransmitters located throughout the body. ECS is responsible for regulating many physical processes, including appetite, mood, sleep, pain relief, and immune response.
Considering the complexity of the ECS, the potential effect that CBD can have on its regulatory processes is different for every person. For example, if you want to try CBD to help with your sleeping difficulties, you are going to want to take CBD right before bedtime. Having said that, some people may feel stimulated when they try to get some sleep after using CBD.
So, before getting started with CBD, make sure you choose the time of the day when you can experiment with it safely — most likely before bedtime. This way, you can avoid disrupting your circadian rhythm (a natural, internal process that regulates your sleep-wake cycle) in any way. Keep experimenting and listen to what your body is telling you, and before you know it, you should be able to perfectly time your CBD dosages.
With that out of the way, let’s look at the key considerations that will help you figure out the best time to take CBD.
1) WHY ARE YOU TAKING CBD?
People use CBD to potentially treat everything from anxiety to chronic pain.
Why are you?
The answer will dictate what time of the day you should take it.
If you are using CBD to deal with your anxiety or stress, you will probably want to take CBD in the morning, so you are ready to face the day. If you notice the effects petering out quickly, you can double up and take another dose as the day goes on.
For sleeping problems:
If you are using CBD to help with your sleeping difficulties, logic will dictate that taking it before hitting the hay would be best. Keep in mind: CBD is not going to miraculously fix all your sleeping problems; instead, it will interact with your ECS and allow your own body to provoke physiological conditions that will help you fall and stay asleep. Therefore, for a natural and lasting sleep through the night, you should give your body enough time to absorb CBD thoroughly by taking it about an hour before you are scheduled to catch some Zs.
HOW ARE YOU TAKING CBD?
CBD can be taken in a few different forms, including oils and tinctures, edibles, lotions, capsules, and more. How you get CBD into your system matters when it comes to timing your dosage.
For example, ingestible CBD products like CBD Capsules will have more of a slow, gradual effect since they must be processed through your digestive system, while sublingual intake of CBD using CBD oil will have almost immediate effects since the oil will enter your bloodstream more directly than swallowing.
CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE USING CBD
We strongly recommend you to talk to a trusted medical professional before you start using CBD, especially if you are on any other medication. CBD interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize any drugs or dietary supplements that you are taking.
You may also want to research your state laws regarding the use of cannabis products. While the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the sale and use of CBD on a federal level, CBD is still in a gray legal area in the U.S. Read all about CBD laws in every U.S. state in this blog: Is CBD oil legal in all 50 states?
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