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What is the best time of day to take CBD?

What is the best time of day to take CBD?

Determining the best time of day to take CBD oil will depend on the desired effect. For example, if you wish to experience a calming effect, it is much better to take your CBD in the morning so the effects will pervade throughout the day. If the consumer is looking for aid in sleep, CBD products should definitely be used at night, about 30 minutes to an hour before bed. Another common effect people seek while using CBD products is pain relief. Pain relief is a little less tricky as there are people who have chronic pain, localized pain, external pain, etc… Chronic pain sufferers would most likely follow a regiment of CBD upon waking up and then consume more according to some time schedule or apply as needed throughout the day, whereas someone with localized, temporary pain might just apply CBD whenever they start to feel symptoms.

Some regiments can be hard for consumers as CBD products can cause drowsiness in certain individuals, so if you take CBD in the morning, it can leach into your performance and energy levels throughout the day. Most CBD companies do nothing to combat this, offering just one full spectrum product no matter what ailment you are trying to alleviate. At Sivan CBD, however, we have spared no expense and taken the time required to properly engineer hemp oils in order to provide highly targeted formulas that deliver whatever benefit you’re looking for without having to worry about contradictory effects.

Most people tend to utilize CBD tinctures and other products to reduce stress and anxiety, to reduce pain and inflammation, and to improve sleep. This article will analyze the best time of day to take CBD oil and what to expect.

 

How does CBD work? 

CBD or cannabidiol is one of the most common cannabinoids found within the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa). Researchers have shown that cannabinoids bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors which make up a large part of the more extensive endocannabinoid system. When a phytocannabinoid (plant-specific cannabinoid) interacts with these cannabinoid receptors, it sends biological signals throughout your body to help regulate certain processes. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating bodily functions such as sleep, stress management, metabolism, pain sensation, immune function, and numerous other things.

CBD affects individuals differently: Some consumers have described CBD as more effective than even some FDA medications while others have even reported not noticing any benefits from CBD at all. Effects can also depend on CBD dosage and length of continued use. CBD stays in the body between 2-5 days so taking CBD continuously will allow your body to build up a reserve which increases effects. This is why some users report not experiencing benefits until after a week of continuous use.

One of the biggest benefits of CBD, full spectrum CBD in particular, is that it is a lot more natural than prescription medicine. Rather than being produced with harsh acids and solvents through various chemical processes, CBD oil is extracted directly from the hemp plant and depending on the type of distillate you have can undergo zero to minimal refining. Because of this, there are significantly less serious side effects associated with hemp-derived products.

A lot of CBD users tend to take cannabidiol to improve their sleep. As a result, people have come to associate CBD with drowsiness. Through research, however, scientists have been able to identify another cannabinoid, CBN, which is responsible for the lethargic/sedative feeling often experienced with hemp products. Current research indicates that while CBD provides a noticeably relaxing feeling, users will experience this in a mental capacity rather than through physical means like drowsiness. That is why a lot of sleep targeted hemp products will feature CBN rather than CBD alone.

 

What affects CBD timings? 

There are two major factors to consider before determining when is best for you to use CBD:

What is your reason for taking CBD?

Certain dosing regimens should be fairly obvious: If you’re taking CBD for sleep you should take it at night before bed and if you’re taking CBD for anxiety, you’re most likely going to want to start your day off with a serving and retake during high stress situations or as needed throughout the day. Pain management schedules get a little more complicated, however.

People suffering from chronic pain will most likely want to start their regimen in the morning and depending on how severe the pain is, consider redosing every 4-6 hours or as needed. Chronic sufferers will also want to take CBD everyday without stopping. This way CBD can stay at heightened levels in the body throughout the day year round. People suffering from more acute pains (menstruation, inflammation, bruising, migraines, etc…) will receive the most benefit by taking heavier CBD doses when the problems arise. 

What is your preferred CBD product?

Figuring out when to use CBD is also dependent on the method of application. There are a plethora of CBD applications on the market, but the most popular products, all offered by Sivan CBD, are tinctures, gummies, and topicals. These methods of application all have different rates of absorption in the body and therefore some users will experience effects more quickly than other users. 

Tinctures get absorbed almost instantly by coming into contact with the blood vessels in our mouth. By holding it under the tongue for about 30 seconds, users can get the most out of their product by increasing the time the tincture oil remains in contact with the porous tissue, maximizing absorption. People who use tinctures can experience desired effects as quickly as 15 minutes after application. Therefore if you are using a tincture for sleep, for example, you’d want to wait about 30 minutes before going to bed to administer the product.

Gummies and other edible products have to pass through the stomach and be digested before users can experience any benefits. This is something that can’t be avoided and also varies on the individual. Individuals with faster metabolisms can start experiencing benefits as early as 30 minutes after ingestion on an empty stomach while others may require an hour or longer. Going back to our example of using CBD for sleep, If using gummies or other edibles it is recommended to administer the product about an hour before going to bed.

Topical absorption is based on multiple factors such as integrity of skin, location of application, concentration of cannabinoids, etc… but a good general rule of thumb is to apply topical products approximately 30-45 minutes before you wish to experience desired effects.

 

What is your ideal dosage? 

Finding your proper CBD dosage can be challenging, but is absolutely critical in order to have success with CBD.

The most efficient way to figure out what dosage works best for you is to start off with a medium strength product and to assess whether it is working or not. If the product is working, you can either stay at that level or you can decrease the dosage to see if even less will get the job done. If a medium strength product isn’t working for you, then try going to a higher dosage and see if you experience the desired effects at that level. If very high doses of CBD still aren’t doing anything for you, then you may want to discuss with a medical professional alternative options.

For general reference, most users stay in the 20mg to 75mg per serving range. 


Should you use CBD?

Your medical problem can also affect CBD administration times:

Insomnia and sleep-related issues

The majority of CBD users take cannabidiol for sleep. Some researchers claim that CBD doesn't have a direct effect on sleep, instead, it might work by improving the underlying problem causing insomnia. Often, people who are struggling with sleep suffer from chronic pain. So, if cannabidiol solves an underlying pain, it should become much easier for a person to go to bed. 

CBD also has strong anxiolytic effects which reduces stress and thus can also help relieve insomnia. Cannabidiol is non-intoxicating and therefore won't put you to sleep in the same way as dalmane and xanax. Instead, CBD might provide relief for another underlying cause preventing you from going to sleep. In other words, it is more about the harmonization of internal processes. 

Pain relief 

CBD has also been shown to have an impact on inflammation. Depending on the type of inflammation or pain that you're experiencing, you may need to use different methods of application for CBD.

CBD tinctures are great for internal and/or global pains. It’s one of the quickest absorbing methods of application (needs only 15-30 minutes), will continue helping for several hours, and gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream which quickly distributes the CBD through the body. For more localized and external pains such as bruising, swelling, and external inflammation, CBD topicals can deliver a more focused effect. 

Anxiety 

CBD can also help with one of the fastest growing problems of the new generation: Anxiety disorders. Episodes can be extremely unsettling and depending on the severity of one’s condition can have very serious implications on their ability to function. In people with more chronic anxiety, practically all methods of application have been shown to be effective in helping restore the confidence of individuals. For people who have more intense, random episodes, the quickest absorbing applications offer the most benefit. Applications such as tinctures and smokable hemp have been able to offer consumers the ability to counteract anxiety at the onset. 

Muscles and joints

If you're an athlete or a generally active individual, there is a good chance that you have struggled or continue to struggle with muscle soreness and joint pain. These problems tend to accumulate over years, and can become incapacitating especially if you have a continuous, arduous training/work regimen. CBD can help protect against degradation and aid in regeneration 

 

 

References:

Citti, C., Linciano, P., Russo, F., Luongo, L., Iannotta, M., Maione, S., Laganà, A., Capriotti, A., L., Forni, F., Vandelli, M., A., Gigli, G., Cannazza, G., (2019), A novel phytocannabinoid isolated from Cannabis sativa L. with an in vivo cannabimimetic activity higher than Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol: Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabiphorol, Scientific Reports

Outline: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-56785-1 


Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., Hughes, S., (2019), Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series, The Permanente journal, Portland, OR, the USA.

Outline: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/

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