Are you trying to find out when the best time to take CBD oil is?
A common question people have is "should I take CBD oil in the morning or at night"?
You will probably hate the answer to this question and I don't like answering people with a vague answer. The answer is 'it depends.' It depends on the things that I'm going to share with you in this quick-to-read guide.
By the end of this guide, you will find out when the best time is to take it for your situation.
What Determines The Best Time To Take CBD Oil?
The time of day you take CBD oil depends on three factors. The purpose of taking it, the amount you take, and the type of CBD extract you take.
Purpose Of Taking It
What is the reason you're taking CBD oil for? Many people use it for different reasons. People use it to improve sleep, improve their skin, improve mood, reduce chronic pain, and many more.
Based on what you're primarily using it for, this will determine the time of day you take it. For example, if you wanted to improve your sleep, the obvious answer would be to take it at night. However, if you're trying to feel energetic and wakeful during the day then taking it during the day would be the smarter option.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has a biphasic effect similar to alcohol. Meaning smaller dosages will promote energy but higher dosages will promote sedation.
Most CBD products come with a recommended daily dosage, however, this is just a recommendation. It's down to you to experiment because there is no universal dosage. Once you understand how CBD affects you based on the dosage you take, you can plan how much you take at certain times of the day.
Here's what you can do if you have multiple things that you're using CBD oil for. If you want wakeful energy during the day but also want to improve your sleep at night then you should take a smaller amount during the day and then take double what you would take in the morning.
Type Of CBD Extract
The type of CBD extracts you take also plays an important role in the time to take CBD oil. There are 3 types of CBD oil extracts. Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
As a full-spectrum extract contains THC you will experience some of its effects. In the other extracts, they contain no THC at all. As THC has some sedative properties, a full-spectrum extract will be taken at night if you're trying to improve your sleep.
Taking CBD Oil In The Morning Vs Night
Whether you choose to take CBD oil in the morning or at night, it all depends on how your body responds best to CBD. Here's a general guide to help you determine the best time of the day you should take CBD oil.
Taking CBD Oil During The Day
Quick Tip: To increase the bioavailability of CBD, you should take CBD oil with some food. Taking it on an empty stomach or just after you eat will decrease some of its effects. So take it with your breakfast and wait 10-15 minutes before you take CBD oil.
Your mornings always set the tone for the day. Taking CBD oil during the day can promote wakefulness and supercharge you for the whole day. It won't give you the same instant buzz as coffee but it's mentally stimulating and keeps you positive. CBD oil mixed with coffee or tea is like a match made in heaven. CBD will actually help with things like crashing from caffeine. You'll have consistent energy throughout the day and laser focus.
As I've mentioned previously if you combine coffee or tea with CBD oil, it supercharges your day. Due to this increase in energy, watch your productivity go up. Have you ever noticed those days where you feel like you've had such a good day and you felt so positive? That's what taking CBD oil and coffee or tea feels like.
If you take a full-spectrum CBD extract, due to the small amount of THC it will increase your appetite. So if you're someone who doesn't really eat in the morning even though you know you should, CBD can help with this. The boost in appetite will allow you to eat a nice big breakfast that leads to better performance during the day.
Taking CBD Oil At Night
Quick Tip: To get the best sedative effects and sleep, take a much higher dosage in general. If you take too little it can provide the opposite effect and give you energy instead of making you sleepy.
Taking higher dosages of CBD at night will help promote deep relaxation. After a long day at work, some CBD oil can put your mind and body at ease. If you mix your CBD with essential oils such as lavender, it can help ease any anxiety. CBD alone already has anti-anxiety effects so this isn't necessary but it will help.
Increase REM Sleep
One of the major benefits of CBD is the effects it has on REM sleep. REM sleep is the most important part of your sleep cycle. This is where all the learning and memory retention happens.
What a lot of people notice is that they can get fewer hours of sleep but still feel rejuvenated. This can happen because CBD offers deeper and better sleep quality. CBD regulates the levels of cortisol in the body due to the anti-anxiety effects that it has and leads to better sleep. As CBD also helps relieve chronic pain. So any pain that disturbs your sleep can be alleviated with CBD and help promote better sleep.
Studies have shown that CBD can reduce sleep apnea at night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder that includes irregular breathing patterns when sleeping. This disorder is known as snoring. So with the reduction is sleep apnea can help improve your quality of sleep.
When Do You Notice The Effects of CBD Oil
Are you still wondering about the best time of the day to take CBD? I don't blame you. Taking it either morning or night have their pros so it all depends on what you're taking it for. I want to touch more on the bioavailability of CBD oil so this can help you make your decision.
Before you determine what time of the day to take CBD it's important to understand the delivery methods. You have vaping, edibles such as gummies/capsules, tinctures, and oils. Each method affects your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) at different rates due to the absorption.
How Each Method Determines When You Take It
The method you choose again depends on what you're using it for. Each method has a delivery speed of effects and duration. If you're using it for sleep, for example, you would want something that is quick and lasts a long time.
Vaping and oils/tinctures offer the quickest effects. If you had to choose between the two, I think that oils/tinctures are superior. Why? Because even though vaping CBD offers the highest bioavailability the effects don't last as long. Whereas oils/tinctures both have quick effects and last a long time.
Things That Affect CBD Absorption
The table above shows you the other types of CBD products and their bioavailability. As you can see edibles have the least bioavailability because it has to be processed by the digestive system.
Topicals don't go into the bloodstream. Instead, they work on a specific area where you experience pain. Inhaling CBD offers the highest bioavailability but the effects don't last as long. Oils and tinctures are the perfect balance between how long it takes to feel the effects and how long it lasts. You can also dose a lot more accurately.
How You Take It
When taking CBD oil or tinctures sublingually it's important that you take it the right way. If you swallow your CBD straight away it will have different effects because it gets process by your digestive system and more CBD is lost. When you hold it under your tongue for 30-60 seconds you allow it to enter the bloodstream more efficiently.
Potency Of Your Product & Dosage
A higher dosage of CBD will increase the amount that ends up in your bloodstream. Likewise, the more potent your product is the more CBD you will absorb. A quick tip - If you choose a higher concentration product, not only is it cheaper but it lasts you much longer and saves you money in the long run.
Your Body Weight
Bodyweight plays a role in how much CBD you absorb. Typically people who weigh more will need more CBD. Bodyweight affects blood circulation and metabolism. People who are heavier have more fat cells which allow them to absorb more CBD.
CBD isn't evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so companies could be selling products with various qualities. By law, companies have to state that their products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. They are also not allowed to be sold to persons under the age of 18. Companies can verify the quality of their products by providing a Certificate Of Analysis (COA) on their website. This shows their products are third-party lab tested and checked for both quality and safety.
To summarize this article the best time of day to take CBD oil is based on personal preference. In this article, I showed you bother the pros and cons of each.
- If you're trying to get more energy, productivity, and increased appetite, take CBD oil in small amounts several times throughout the day.
- If you're trying to relax, sleep better at night or stop snoring then take CBD at night.
- If you're trying to get both energized throughout the day and sleep better at night then take small amounts of CBD in the morning and then take more at night.
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