How Long Does CBD Take To Work?

How Long Does CBD Take To Work?

One of the most common questions people ask us is “How long does CBD take to work?”.  It may surprise you, but all medications and CBD are processed differently by everyone’s bodies.  This variation is based on each individual’s body chemistry, which changes the amount of time it takes it to work.  In addition, the type of CBD product you use, will also significantly impact the time it takes for you to feel the effects.

When medication is taken as capsules and pills, your body must digest and metabolize the ingredients via different organs.  Based on each person’s body this process takes a different amount of time.  ViB CBD Gum bypasses the digestive system, and gets to work 5 times faster! 

Top 3 CBD Product Factors

There 3 major factors to consider when choosing a CBD product: how it is taken, the quality, and the type.  Each of these factors will impact how long the CBD to work.  It will also impact the level of effect you will feel.

1. How CBD is taken

There is a litany of different types of CBD products available.  There are topicals, oils, gummies, capsules, vapes and more.  Which type of CBD product you use, will impact the time it will take for it to work.  

  • Vaping CBD – 10 to 20 minutes – While vaping is the fastest way to get the benefits of CBD, it is also risky and socially unacceptable in many situations.  Vaping, as many know, involves having the CBD suspended in oils that can be toxic.  Overheating the oils also carries health risks.  Vaping CBD works in about 10 to 20 minutes, based on each user’s body. But it also wears off faster than any other method.
  • Sublingual CBD – 15 to 25 minutes –  When CBD is taken sublingually it is absorbed via the capillaries in your mouth and under your tongue, and enters the bloodstream directly.  While it does take on average 5 minutes longer than vaping, it’s benefits stay in your system longer.  Products made to be taken this way include CBD oil and CBD gum.  
  • Gummies & Capsule CBD – 30 minutes – These are not only the 2nd slowest method of taking CBD, but also one of the least effective.  Due to the CBD being swallowed up to 90% of the CBD ingested is filtered out by the digestive system.  That means if you swallow 10mg of CBD, only 1mg actually takes effect.
  • Topical CBD – 45 minutes – This is by far the slowest form of CBD.  The lotions, creams, and other topical products are designed to have a localized effect.  They do not enter the bloodstream and take up to 45 minutes or longer to have any noticeable effect.

Our CBD gum gives you the effect of sublingual absorption, without having to hold bitter earthy oil under your tongue.  Gum also means you don’t have to carry around glass bottles of CBD that can leak.  In addition you won’t have to worry about pulling out a medicine dropper while at work, school, or wherever you are.  Just pop in a piece of gum and start chewing.

2. Quality of CBD

Just like anything you purchase, quality is a factor.  Whenever you’re looking to buy CBD products, make sure you are reading the lab reports.  Products should contain the amount of CBD advertised along with being free from microbes or toxins.  It is also important to be reading the lab reports to see what kind of CBD is in each product.  Here at ViB we proudly make public each and every certificate of analysis for both our 10mg and 25mg CBD gum.  

3. Type of CBD

All CBDs aren’t made equal.  There are 3 main categories of CBD.  These are isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum.  

  • Isolate is when CBD is stripped from all of the other cannabinoids and is the only one present.  
  • Broad spectrum CBD is a wider range of cannabinoids with the exception of any traces of THC.  
  • Full spectrum CBD is all of the cannabinoids including federally allowed levels of THC, which is 0.3%. 

Biological Factors

Some biological factors that affect the rate of effect for CBD include: age, weight, physical fitness, time of day, stress level, and more.  Read below to understand more about the way your body metabolizes the things you consume. 


Our bodies react to medications differently as we age.  The medications and products we use go on a complex journey when we take them.  Aging has the potential to impact how our bodies absorb medications, including the way we process CBD.  As we age there is a chance of our bodies not being able to break down the medications properly, or not remove these compounds from our bodies as quickly.  That means we may not get as  fast or dramatic of an effect, or our bodies may react to things longer and be more powerful. Read more about how age affects medications here.

Weight & Physical fitness level

As many of us know that heavier people need higher doses to feel the effect of medications, CBD is no different.  Obesity has a negative effect on both gut permeability and gastric emptying. In cases of obesity, higher doses are needed to penetrate tissues to achieve desired results.   Read more about how weight impacts the way our bodies metabolize drugs here.

Time of day 

The time of day has an impact on how our bodies process CBD.  Chronobiology is a field of study which examines biological responses to time of day and our sleep cycles.  Our bodies function differently when we are awake, tired, sleeping, and just waking up.  Depending on the time of day you take CBD, you may have varied results.  Try taking CBD at different times of day to see what works best for you.

Stress level

The more stressed you are, the less your body is sensitive to things you take.  Research done in 2014 stated that “Evidence demonstrates that stress regulates major drug metabolizing CYP isozymes, suggesting that stress should be considered to ensure pharmacotherapy efficacy and minimize drug toxicity.” So the more stressed you are, the less compounds will affect you.  This underlines how important it is to minimize your stress through exercise, meditation, and other helpful stress management techniques.

Presence of other medications

If you take regular medications, discuss taking CBD with your doctor.   It’s always smart to talk to your healthcare provider whenever thinking about adding something new.  According to the FDA, there are some medications that will amplify the effect of CBD and still some others where the combination could cause serious side effects. Some potential interactions include:, antidepressants, antipsychotics, macrolide antibiotics, and some heart medications such as calcium channel blockers.

What is in your stomach

For medications which are swallowed the contents of your stomach play a big role.  Gastric acids can have a degradation effect and impact the therapeutic value of anything you take.  One of the reasons doctors often prescribe medications to be taken on a full stomach.  This helps reduce the impact of GI secretions.  With CBD gum you don’t need to worry about what’s in your stomach.  The CBD is absorbed via the blood vessels in your mouth, and the contents of your stomach have much less of an impact on how quickly or how much of an effect you get. 

If you’ve taken CBD regularly

The effect of a dose of CBD also depends on if you already have some in your system. When you already have some CBD in your bloodstream and you take more, it will have a more profound effect.  In addition your body takes time to become accustomed to processing CBD.  As you take more cannabinoid products your body will have more receptors for it.  As you have more receptors for CBD you will become more sensitive to it.  Some CBD beginners don’t feel the full effects for days and sometimes weeks.  


Due to the wide range of factors both between individuals and products, there are no hard and fast rules for how long it takes CBD to work.  The best way to find out how long CBD will take to work for you, is to try it for yourself.  We recommend taking a beginner dose, and giving yourself time to see how it feels.  Our 10mg Isolate CBD Gum is the perfect way to dip your toes into the CBD world.  For CBD enthusiasts wanting a stronger gum, our 25mg Broad Spectrum CBD Gum is a better fit.  Please contact us if you have any questions or read our FAQ page. 

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