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6 minute read - Feb. 26th, 2019

How Long Does CBD Take To Feel & How Long Do The Effects Last?

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Before trying CBD for the first time you may be curious to know when you will begin to feel the effects and how long they will last. This is a common question, but the short answer is, it depends. There are a few factors that impact the timetable for the effects:

  • The amount consumed – The intensity and duration of the effects of CBD are often impacted by how much a person takes.
  • How the CBD is consumed – there are multiple ways to take CBD and each consumption method impacts how quickly it is absorbed by the body. The 4 most common ways to take CBD oil are listed below with the typical start time and duration of the effects.
  • The individual – everyone is unique and their body may respond differently to CBD based on their genetics, weight, fitness level, age, and other factors. For some people the results are almost immediate, others will need a pattern of consistent daily use for 2 weeks before experiencing the full benefits of CBD.


Effect durations For CBD Products

Because of these factors, we can only provide a general outline of long CBD takes to work. Although everyone is unique, daily users most commonly report experiencing their benefits at 25mg of CBD/day. So, we will use 25mg/day as a standard for the amount consumed and the timing of effects based on how it is consumed.

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Daddy Burt CBD oil large bottleStart Time ~ 15 minutes

Duration:  ~ 4-6 hours

CBD oil is a type of sublingual, which is a fancy term for “under the tongue”. To take CBD oil place the drops under your tongue, hold it there for 60 seconds and then swallow. With this product, the CBD is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream through the surfaces of your tongue and mouth. 


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CBD Edibles & Capsules (Ingestion)

Daddy Burt CBD Gummies: Strawberry-Kiwi FlavorStart Time:  ~ 1 hour

Duration:  ~ 6 hours

CBD can be consumed easily as pre-made edibles or it can be added to a food or drink. It can also be taken in a concentrated supplement such as a capsule or tablet. When you swallow the CBD it is ingested and absorbed in the digestive system and metabolized by the body.


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CBD Creams (Topical Application)

CBD Skin Lotion & Cream ProductStart Time ~ 1 hour

Duration:  ~ 4-6 hours

Topical application of CBD involves using a cream or lotion by rubbing it directly on the skin. The CBD is slowly absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Typically, a topical dermal application will provide a more intense localized effect, making it effective for sore joints.


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CBD Vape (Inhalation)

Start Time:  ~ 5 minutes

Duration:  ~ 2-4 hours

Vaporizing (vaping) is one of the fastest methods for feeling the effects of CBD. CBD that is inhaled enters the bloodstream through the lungs. It is important to note that vaping can include other chemicals and toxins that could be problematic for overall health. Daddy Burt Hemp Co. considers the risks of vaping additives too hazardous to offer these types of products to our customers.


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Important considerations for taking CBD

If you are taking CBD and not experiencing the desired effects after an extended period of time, you are probably not taking the right dose. Generally, it is best to start taking a low amount (~15mg/day) and gradually increase until you feel the desired effects.

It’s important to experiment with the amount of CBD to find the right dosage for your desired wellness benefits. Each person reacts differently, so be patient and pay attention to how your body responds to each dose. You can feel comfortable trying different amounts because CBD is non-toxic and has been shown to be safe for humans in doses of up to 1500mg/day (60x the most common 25mg/day dose).


urine samples in flasks for drug testing at a laboratory

How long does CBD stay in your system?

Most drug tests used by employers do not test for CBD, rather they test for illegal substances such as THC. THC is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive high. CBD is legal and non-psychoactive. Plus, it has a different chemical structure than THC, so it would generally not show up positive for THC on a drug test.

With that said, you still may be curious how long CBD stays in your system. Currently, there is not a standardized formula for how long it takes for the body to fully clear CBD from its system. But, there is a general consensus that the concentration in the blood declines after you stop feeling the effects of CBD (~6 hours after consumption). But, this doesn’t mean that it is fully out of your body’s system. Chemical traces of CBD will still remain in the blood and bodily fluids and these traces can be detected with certain laboratory tests.

For most CBD users, it will take ~120 hours (5 days) for all traces of CBD to be completely gone from the body. However, if you are taking an abnormally high dose (greater than 200mg) it may take longer to fully leave the body, up to 180 hours.


Written by:

Alex Zorniger

Alex is an employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He studied nutrition, the environment, and entrepreneurship at Tufts University before joining the Daddy Burt team. Alex has a passion for helping people learn about the constantly evolving Hemp industry.

Reviewed by:

Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry.

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  • Thanks for the great guide! It answers the questions that I had wondered about.

    How long would CBD oil stay in your system? Does CBD Oil show up on a drug test?



  • Thank you for pointing out that drug tests focus on the THC chemical which isn’t found in CBD products like oils and tinctures. My friend has been having issues, which makes it hard for her to move around. She needs to find a CBD tincture that she can add to drinks or food to help her get some relief and function a little better until she can find the root of the problem.

  • One drop of CBD Oil is equivalent to how many mg’s?

    • It depends on the concentration of the product. Because drops can vary in size, it is easier to say how many mgs there are per dropper. Our droppers have lines on them for 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1ml.

      We offer a 750mg option and a 500mg option for our CBD oils.

    • 750mg CBD oil (30ml bottle): 1 dropper = 25mg CBD (1/4 of a dropper ~ 6.25mg)
    • 500mg CBD oil (30ml bottle): 1 dropper = 16.5mg CBD (1/4 of a dropper ~ 4mg)
  • I am a mother and this helped me!

  • I thought that it made sense when you said that one thing to consider when you plan on taking CBD oil is that the effects are determined based on how much you consume. I have been thinking about trying to relieve stress with CBD but I have been worried that I will take too much. I will be sure to talk to my doctor to find out how much would help relieve stress.

  • This was just what I was on the look for. I will come back to this blog when I am ready to buy again for sure!

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