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  • by Nicola Boulton January 16, 2023 5 min read

    How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work for Anxiety?

    Depending on various factors, CBD oil may take 15 to 30 minutes to work for anxiety. This article explains what CBD is, how long it takes CBD oil to work and factors affecting how long it takes to start working.

    CBD is a compound that has been gaining popularity recently due to its healthy and therapeutic benefits to the body. It can treat various conditions in the body, such as anxiety, stress, depression, pain and insomnia. Most people prefer CBD oil since it offers instant relief and is easy to use. How long it takes CBD oil to start working for anxiety and any other condition varies from person to person. Some individuals may start experiencing the effects of CBD immediately after consumption, for others may have to wait longer to see the effects. However, most individuals report feeling the effects between 15 to 30 minutes.

    What Is CBD?

    According to Siciliano et al. (2019, July), CBD is a compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant. It is among many compounds found in this plant, including THC. CBD does not make individuals feel high since it does not contain traces of THC; if any, it is in small amounts that cannot cause a high. THC is a compound responsible for altering consumers' mental states. However, when used in small amounts, it makes the CBD effects more effective and robust, resulting in the entourage effect. Some research shows that CBD can be useful for relieving or managing anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation and cognitive disorders. According to Vlad et al. (2020), CBD is legal in the UK as long as it has THC levels below 0.2%. It also has no age restrictions since it benefits both children and adults. It is consumed in various forms, including CBD topicals, vapes, edibles and drinks. They are all excellent methods which one is the best depends on individuals' preferences and tastes. It is found in three types: broad-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.

    How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work for Anxiety?

    How long CBD oil takes to work for anxiety varies from individual to individual. Some people may experience relief immediately after consumption or a few minutes later, while others may take longer to experience the same. This is because people are very different in terms of their metabolism, body chemistry, body weight and others. It also depends on the method used to consume CBD oil. Inhaling CBD oil results in instant effects. This is because when the vapour goes directly into the bloodstream, individuals start experiencing the effects of CBD immediately. According to Moltke & Hindocha (2021), taking CBD oil sublingually is a fast method to consume CBD. It takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on various factors. Some people may feel relief from anxiety immediately after consumption, and others will have to wait longer to feel the effects.

    Factors Affecting How Long CBD Oil Take to Work for Anxiety

    Various factors may affect how long CBD may start working for anxiety. Since the human body is different, they may experience relief at different times. These factors include:


    According to Feng et al. (2021), human metabolism determines how long CBD will take to kick in. Individuals with high metabolic rates feel the effects faster than those with low metabolic rates. This is because CBD is metabolized faster for those with high metabolism, where it enters the blood more rapidly, and individuals start experiencing the effects. This happens mostly to active people, especially those who exercise daily. The more you exercise, the higher the metabolic rate. The dormant people have to wait a long time to start feeling the effects of CBD since their body metabolizes it very slowly. However, people with high metabolism are not likely to enjoy the benefits of CBD for longer. This is because their CBD is metabolized faster, leaving the body more quickly. Those with low metabolism are likely to enjoy the effects of CBD for longer since it is metabolized slowly, which means it does not leave the body quickly.

    Body Weight

    Body size affects the dose of CBD oil consumed. People with heavy weight need more CBD oil to be effective or start working. It may also take them longer to start experiencing the effects of CBD. Since cannabidiol is fat-soluble, users with large amounts of fats in the body absorb it faster and store it for an extended period. Users with low body weight tend to experience relief more quickly than those having heavy body masses.

    Frequency of Use

    How consistently consumers use CBD oil also affects how fast it works. Regular users are likely to experience immediate effects compared to irregular users. This is because CBD takes some time to adapt to the body, which may delay its effects. Individuals who want to feel the immediate effects should stick to regular CBD dosages. This helps individuals to get optimal results.

    The Quality of CBD

    Users consuming CBD oil of high quality are likely to start experiencing the effects of CBD immediately after consumption. CBD is not regulated. It is up to individuals to ensure they look for the best quality. A poor-quality product may take more time to start working or fail to be effective ultimately. It is better to spend money on a high-quality product that will be effective than to buy a poor product that may fail to work. The poor-quality product may contain contaminants that may harm the human body. Individuals should buy their products from a reputable company and ask for a certificate of analysis and third-party lab test results. This will help them be sure that the product is of high quality and safe for human consumption.

    CBD Dosage

    Individuals who take CBD in higher dosages experience the effects faster than those taking low dosages. For users who want to feel immediate relief, they should consider taking higher dosages of CBD oil. However, new users are advised to begin with low dosages to see how their body reacts. They should increase their dosage to get their proper dosage if the body responds well.


    CBD oil can take 15 to 30 minutes to start working for anxiety. This is not a specific time that it should take to work. It varies from person to person. Some factors affect how long CBD takes to work, including individual biology, body weight, metabolism, dosage and product quality. Users should be cautious about getting high-quality products to achieve the desired results. However, consumers should consult the doctor before buying or consuming any CBD product. The doctor will help them determine the dosage that is effective for them.


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    Moltke, J., & Hindocha, C. (2021). Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of cannabis research3(1), 1-12.

    Siciliano, C., Bartella, L., Mazzotti, F., Aiello, D., Napoli, A., De Luca, P., & Temperini, A. (2019, July). 1H NMR quantification of cannabidiol (CBD) in industrial products derived from Cannabis sativa L.(hemp) seeds. In IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering (Vol. 572, No. 1, p. 012010). IOP Publishing.

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