How Long Does CBD Take to Work?

Aaron Cadena
CBD Origin
Published in
6 min readNov 4, 2018


With word about the benefits of CBD continuing to spread, people everywhere are shifting their mindsets towards Cannabis, and trying CBD for the first time. As with any new supplement or medication, many first-time users’ immediate reaction is, “How long does CBD take to work?”

While this is an important concern faced by so many first-time users, it often goes unanswered…leaving them to form their own assumptions.

Most make their best guess, others ask friends or search the internet, and, for whatever reason, some just assume it should work immediately.

This lack of knowledge creates a gap in how users understand CBD and distorts their expectations about its effects.

So, what’s the answer to this question then…How long does CBD take to work?

The Answer Varies

First off―like any other supplement or medicine―it takes time for CBD to start working.

In order to deliver its benefits, CBD first needs to be absorbed into our bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, it can then be distributed throughout the Endocannabinoid System where the cannabinoid receptors in CBD can bond with the receptors in our body.

The interaction between these receptors is the catalyst behind the many benefits of CBD.

Coming back to the topic at hand―how long does the absorption process take and when will you start feeling the benefits of CBD?

The short answer is that it varies based on several key factors―the usage method, the quality and type of CBD, and your body’s weight, metabolic rate, and composition.

The long answer will explain how each of these factors come into play and how you can use this knowledge to understand how CBD will work for you.

How You Take the CBD Matters

CBD can be used in a variety of different ways, including through injection, applied topically, consumed orally, absorbed sublingually, or inhaled through vaping.



Aaron Cadena
CBD Origin

CBD enthusiast, passionate writer, and Editor in Chief at―the CBD community’s leading digital publication and online knowledge base.