How Long Does It Take CBD to Work on Pain?

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Many potential first-time users of CBD want to know how long CBD takes to work to provide pain relief.

The quick answer is that it varies depending upon things like:

  • The method you use to take the CBD
  • Your body weight and composition
  • Your metabolic rate
  • The quality and type of CBD
  • The amount of CBD you take

CBD Consumption Methods Matter

There are a variety of ways to consume CBD and each method delivers CBD to your body by a different route.

Each route will pass through several digestive functions in your body, breaking down plus filtering the CBD along the way. Only a percentage the CBD dosage you take actually enters your bloodstream for relief.

Consumption methods also impact how quickly the CBD will enter your bloodstream. The less digestive processes the CBD encounters, the faster it will enter your blood stream.

The most common ways to consume CBD are:

  • Topically – CBD enters the blood stream through the skin, most commonly in the form of CBD lotions or CBD balms. CBD passes through hair follicles and cell to cell permeations as it is diffused before entering the bloodstream.
  • Orally – CBD is ingested in the form of edibles, beverages and capsules through the mouth. It passes through the salivary glands and entire digestive process.
  • Sublingually – CBD is placed under the tongue and absorbed into the bloodstream through the veins under your tongue in the form of tinctures or isolates.
  • Inhalation – often called “vaping,” CBD is inhaled directly into the lungs and the CBD enters the bloodstream though the lungs. Vaping cartridges and inhalers are the two most common inhalation delivery methods.
  • Injection – via a needle injection, CBD is injected directly into the bloodstream.

So which consumption method delivers CBD the most quickly to combat pain? Injections offer immediate delivery, but most people shy away from needles and don’t want marks all over their body. Thus, vaping or placing the CBD under your tongue are usually the fastest methods of delivering CBD to your body to experience its beneficial effects.

Here are the average effect times per method of consumption:

  • Topically: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Orally: 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sublingually – 10 to 20 minutes
  • Inhalation – 5 to 15 minutes
  • Injection – Almost immediate

CBD Quality and Pain Relief

Poor absorption rates (how the body absorbs the CBD for use) are common in low-quality CBD products.

Inferior CBD products with poor absorption rates share common characteristics like genetically modified ingredients, ingredients covered in pesticides and full of additives, expired or heat damaged product and product that simply wasn’t produced in the best way.

The lower the CBD absorption rate and the poorer the quality of the CBD product, the longer it takes for CBD to work on pain.

All Vapen CBD products are engineered to the strictest standards with industry-leading absorption rates.

About Your Body

We’re all uniquely different. The composition of our bodies is different, and our body compositions are always changing.

That’s why if two people took exactly the same type and amount of CBD in the same way, the time for the CBD to impact their bloodstreams would vary.

However, there are certain body characteristics that come into play:

  • Body weight and mass – The larger the body, the more CBD needed for impact. As a result, it takes the larger body longer to process the CBD than a smaller (lighter) body.
  • Body composition – if you are stressed, your stomach’s enzymes don’t digest as efficiently, making the CBD harder to absorb. If you are on other medications, that could impact CBD absorption, as can certain medical conditions.
  • Your metabolic rate – your metabolic rate is a measurement of how well your body breaks down compounds and synthesizes them for vital functions in your body. Lots of factors can affect your metabolic rate and these factors impact how well your body processes CBD.

Final Words

As you can see, the answer to how long it takes CBD to work on pain isn’t a universal one.

We’re all unique. The severity of the pain we experience is unique and different circumstances can impact the time it takes CBD to work on your pain.

When starting to use CBD, follow the impact times by consumption method listed earlier in this article.  Then pay attention. Note what’s going on with your body and your life, and the time it takes by consumption method and dose for you to feel relief.

Best wishes for much success with your pain management using CBD.

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