Is there an optimal time of day to take CBD that will reap the most benefits? The answer to this will be different for everyone. The effects of CBD will be felt differently by each individual and is dependent on the amount of CBD consumed, the method of consumption (see our blog on bioavailability), body fat percentage, and total body size. When consumed, CBD is stored in the fatty tissues before it is broken down by the body’s natural processes. CBD works better when it can build up in your system over time, making a consistent routine essential in order to experience the full balancing effects of CBD on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
How CBD supports the ECS
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the body’s most important regulating system. The ECS is comprised of receptor sites and endocannabinoids spread throughout the body. When CBD enters the body, it provides support to the ECS by augmenting levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide (also called the “bliss molecule”), increasing the endocannabinoid system’s ability to promote balance, or homeostasis.
An out-of-balance or depleted ECS can cause negative symptoms. Supplementing with CBD raises levels of anandamide and helps to relieve symptoms by providing vital support to a depleted ECS. Increasing levels of anandamide has a direct link with restoring balance to the body. The amount of CBD required to restore balance to the ECS varies with each individual and is dependent on how deficient you are of endocannabinoids. By taking CBD everyday, it allows your endocannabinoids to build up and supports a better functioning ECS.
Should I take CBD in the morning?
There is no ideal time of day to take CBD since it works best cumulatively over time. However, some find that taking it at different times of day may produce different effects. Many find that an ideal CBD dosage can produce a mildly energizing effect. Those who experience the energizing effect, may prefer to take CBD in the morning after waking up.
Depending on your method of consumption and individual body composition, the acute effects of CBD generally last between 4-12 hours. Because of this, some users prefer to split their dosage throughout the day, and may take CBD 1-3 times a day. Some CBD users report taking the second dose in the afternoon, after their energy levels start to lag.
Should I take CBD in the evening?
While some may feel energized after taking CBD, others may become more relaxed. Users who have reported increased relaxation may prefer to take CBD closer to bedtime. Those who have split their dosage throughout the day, may take their final dose in the evening to promote better rest. Something to keep in mind, is that CBD has biphasic properties, meaning it may not produce the desired effect if the dose is too high or too low. Taking too much, or too large of a dose at one time, can cause drowsiness or sedation. If you are taking it during the day and are feeling overly drowsy, it may be necessary to decrease your dosage until you find an amount that leaves you relaxed but still alert.
The best time of day to take CBD
Ultimately, the best time of day to take CBD is to take it at a time that works best for you, your schedule, and at a time that you will remember! Consistent dosing is key in experiencing the balancing effects of CBD. Supplementing the endocannabinoid system with CBD everyday will increase the overall efficacy of the compound and yield the most health-promoting benefits.