CBD oil is incredibly popular and you probably want to know more about why people are using it, how it works, and of course, how long it lasts. In this guide we're going to explore CBD oil and the factors that can affect its duration and efficiency. We will take a look at dosage and delivery methods, individual biology and personal tolerance, and also cover how long CBD oil lasts and how you can best maximise its benefits.
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What is CBD oil and how does it work?
CBD oil is CBD (and often other cannabinoids) that has been extracted from hemp plants or cannabis plants, mixed with a carrier oil, that can be used as a part of a daily lifestyle routine. CBD itself is an active cannabinoid found within and extracted from cannabis or hemp plants into many kinds of CBD oils, tinctures, extracts and CBD products, used for a range of potential health benefits, including sports recovery, wellness, and relaxation.
When you ingest CBD oil, you usually take it sublingually under the tongue with a dropper, but it can also be vaped (always check products instructions and limitations), added to drinks or food, taken in a capsule, or rubbed into skin in cream or balm form. Once taken, it is absorbed into the bloodstream where it quickly travels to your cannabinoid receptors. It is these receptors that prompt responses in your endocannabinoid system which is thought to regulate many functions within the body, such as immunity responses, metabolism, mood, appetite, memory, nervous system responses, and cognitive function, and is thought to help us maintain a balance.
Of course the benefits and uses of CBD aren't limited to these functions; CBD is a natural alternative to some over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for the treatment of inflammation and pain relief and can aid you in many aspects of life. CBD can also serve as a valued addition to a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Read our guide on CBD and the endocannabinoid system to learn more.
How long do the effects of CBD oil last?
How long the effects of CBD oil last is different for each individual user. Typically, using CBD orally can produce effects within 30-40 minutes and the effects can last anywhere between 2 and 6 hours. CBD can stay in your system anywhere from a couple of hours to a month and this depends on factors including:
- metabolisation rate
- the amount of CBD you're taking
- your weight
- relief requirements/severity of symptoms
- the strength and quality of the product
If you're looking for a CBD oil, extract or other CBD product that will last a long time then we recommend choosing products sold by a reputable retailer that have certification or lab analysis. Having a quality product will ensure you are getting what you've paid for and will last for the duration it is supposed to.
What factors affect its duration?
As mentioned there are many factors to consider when consuming CBD, your body weight or body mass index, symptom relief requirements, metabolism and consumption methods will have an effect on the efficacy of the product for you.
Let us take a look at some of the other significant factors that will affect the duration of your chosen CBD oil's effects.
The potency of the oil
Sometimes CBD oils and other CBD products can have rather confusing information regarding the potency of the product and it can be difficult to gauge what is right for you. CBD products are measured by mg per ml and % of purity, this means that the higher the percentage of purity and more mg per ml, the stronger the product and the more potent it is.
For symptoms that require substantial relief and that cause a high level of discomfort, you may find more potent CBD oils are key to getting relief. For minor symptoms, and to aid relaxation, less potent and lower strength oils may get you the results you're looking for.
There is a certain degree of finding out what works best for you - consult with your doctor, use within the product manufacturer's guidelines, and always start with a low dose before increasing.
The dosage that you take should be dependent on the effects you are looking to get from your CBD oil. If you were to take a large dose of strong CBD oil then you could benefit from longer lasting effects but this doesn't necessarily determine how long CBD stays working in your system, this comes down to your personal factors and it is different for each individual.
For treating a serious medical condition or a chronic pain condition more CBD may be required at shorter intervals to get the same effects that someone with a less substantial relief requirement will get from a single dosage, as is the case for most medications and other pain relief products.
Again, stick to the product guidelines and don't exceed the daily recommended dosage. If your product is not providing adequate relief then perhaps a stronger product or a faster working one like a CBD vape would better suit you.
When you consume CBD products you should consider the way in which you take them as this will have an effect on the duration of the relief you get from the product.
CBD oils, edibles and CBD capsules have to be absorbed and metabolised meaning they can take longer to work and some of the CBD content can be lost during the metabolisation process. CBD products like vapes on the other hand work almost instantly providing the user with a quick fix when needed, but might not provide that long and slow release experience when using oils, edibles and capsules. Generally, oils and edibles work best for situations where slow release and long lasting effects are your criteria.
Another important benefit of CBD oils, CBD capsules and CBD tinctures is that they are relatively discreet, simple to use and take very little time out of your day. This ensures they are easily incorporated into any lifestyle and are easily transported and used.
The condition you're treating
The condition you're treating will certainly be a factor as to which kind of CBD oil or CBD product you will need to use. CBD users choosing a low strength and low purity CBD oil for chronic pain or a condition that requires substantial relief will not find their CBD endeavour very fruitful. Your own personal factors as discussed, plus the severity of the symptoms you are hoping to relieve, is definitely worth considering when shopping for CBD products.
In essence, use your knowledge of your own wants, needs and desired effects to decide on a strength that you think will suit you. Start with the recommended dose, gradually increase (if necessary) until you get results, never exceeding the daily maximum.
What can be done to maximise the benefits of CBD oil and CBD products?
Buy a reputable, tested product
We know from our decades of experience that shopping for high-quality CBD products is essential. We always recommend buying products that are third-party lab tested because this means that the contents have been analysed. This is the first step in maximising the benefits you will get from your product of choice.
Proper storage and shelf life
The average shelf life of a CBD oil is between 1 and 3 years and storing it properly is essential. Keeping your CBD oil in a cool and dark place away from sunlight and with the lid securely on will ensure that your CBD lasts longer and maintains its efficacy. Some users store their CBD in a fridge while others choose a cool dark cupboard safely away from sunlight, warm temperatures, and children.
If CBD is stored incorrectly you will notice a change in the colour, smell, taste and the effects of the CBD, so we recommend following your product's storage guidelines.
Tailor CBD to your needs
If you're looking to get the most out of your CBD products, then be sure to shop for a product that matches your unique needs. Find a product that you enjoy taking and one that has a CBD profile that fulfils your criteria in terms of strength, taste, speed, and consumption method.
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At ICE Headshop our range of CBD oils and products has been specially selected by our expert team so that we can provide you with the very best in choice and quality. If you're looking to buy CBD products then look no further, we have an incredible range ready to shop online, and if that isn't enough we have plenty of product information, blog guides and FAQs that will answer all of your questions.
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Disclaimer: Please note that you must be 18 years or older to purchase CBD products. All claims and effects of CBD have been regulated by the MHRA since 2016 and distributors require a licence from the MHRA to make any medical claims. Claims are opinion based and non-scientific, and while we may discuss the opinions people share, they are not our own. Our CBD is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. Although we can advocate its calming & healthy properties it is in no way intended for medicinal use.