As various CBD brands are being established, more formulations keep emerging to satisfy different consumers’ needs. Available CBD formulations include edibles, tinctures/oil, topicals, capsules, and vape products. Although tinctures are not discreet as gummies and capsules, they yield rapid effectiveness. However, they can be used alongside other formulations such as edibles and topicals.  Administering CBD oil orally is the most common method consumers use. Some wonder how long CBD oil’s effects are felt when consumed orally.

How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work?

There is no set duration or time CBD oil takes to work on people’s systems when taken orally. This is because different people respond to CBD oil differently. Therefore, it is difficult to predict how fast or slow it will affect you. Normally, the vapors take the shortest amount of time, roughly 15 minutes. However, it might take longer when consumers take CBD oil orally because it passes through the digestive system.

Factors Affecting How Long CBD Oil Takes to Work Orally

The amount of time CBD oil takes to work orally varies from one person to another. This is because everyone is different, hence experiencing the effects differently. However, certain factors affect how long it takes for consumers to feel CBD effects. These are;


This is one of the most important factors determining how long CBD oil takes before it works. This is because there are many variances available. Therefore, if you want fast effects, ensure you purchase quality CBD oil from a reputable company.

Individual’s Body

Each person’s body reacts differently to substances like CBD oil. For instance, the amount of water in one’s body differs from the other person’s. In addition, the BMI and metabolism of people also vary.

The Amount Consumed

Just like most supplements, different people take different doses. Therefore, the dosage one consumes orally determines how long the CBD oil will work. For instance, if you take a higher dose, it will stay in your system longer than when you take a smaller dose.

Frequency of Usage

CBD is flushed out of your system faster if you are an occasional user. However, when used regularly, there will be CBD build-up over time.

Administration Method

You can take CBD oil orally in different ways. One can decide to place a few drops under the tongue, while others might add it to a cup of milk, juice, or coffee. If you go for the direct intake under the tongue, the effects are felt almost instantly. In contrast, when you orally consume CBD with foods or drinks, it will take longer for the effects to set in. This is because the food will need to be digested before being absorbed into the bloodstream.


The food one eats, the amount, and the time of consumption affect how long CBD oil stays in the system before a person starts experiencing the effects. If you want CBD to work faster, it is recommended you do not eat anything. However, when you take it after eating food, the rate of digestion will be slower, lowering the rate at which the CBD oil is metabolized. In turn, it will slow the process of its elimination out of your system.

The Potency Level

The effectiveness of oral tinctures is also predetermined using potency levels. A lower potency cannot offer rapid effectiveness, especially to veterans. Depending on how long you have been using CBD oil, the potency varies from time to time. However, before improving the dose for rapid effectiveness, assess your body’s reaction. However, you should be careful to avoid overdosing. Some of the common signs of overdose include feeling dizzy and severe headaches.  If you are a beginner, take a low dose of 1ml.

Will CBD Oil Show Up on a Drug Test?

Mostly, CBD oil will not show up on drug tests. However, this is not always the case, especially when it has the main and most active component of marijuana, THC. Most CBD oils only have trace amounts of this component. Therefore, if you want to get a positive drug test after taking CBD oil, ensure you go for a quality product, and know its compositions and the levels of THC present. A quantity of less than 0.3% of THC in CBD oil derived from hemp is ideal. However, even the slightest traces of THC can still cause the “high” effect on some users.


There is no specific time set for CBD oil to work in an individual’s body. Also, it differs from one user to the next, but the CBD oil takes about 1 to 2 hours to take effect. Therefore, experimenting and researching can help you get a good pick. Remember, the dosage, method of administration, and frequency of usage affect how long the CBD oil stays in the body when consumed orally.  If you wish to gain rapid effectiveness, administer it directly by putting the recommended dose under your tongue and holding it for 60 seconds before swallowing. Besides, the potency level determines how fast CBD effects are experienced. Taking a higher potency level creates immediate impact, unlike a low dose.

Ieva Kubiliute

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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