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Many people turn to cannabidiol, or “CBD,” as an all-natural, plant-based remedy for their health and wellness. Whether they do not want to take over-the-counter medication or simply feel they’ve been taking too much of it, CBD can provide supplementary aid to these medications and can allow a person to find relief in a natural, holistic manner.

If CBD can be so effective, why don't more people use it?

One concern may be that people are unsure of how long it will take the CBD to work. Whether they are looking for immediate relief from the day’s wear and tear, or attempting to get a more cumulative effect of feeling overall healthier, what people really need to know is if the treatment they seek is going to be effective, and if so, when they can expect to see some results.

QULCBD understands the need for information, and we want to supply our customers with relevant, timely CBD-related knowledge they can use to make informed decisions about their health and wellness journeys and about our products. We offer CBD products in both broad spectrum and full spectrum formulas that are crafted with the user in mind. From our luxury skincare line up to our wellness tinctures, we guarantee the quality, and stand behind it with a thirty-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.

We understand you have questions about CBD usage, and we want to be the guiding voice to help you better understand CBD products and how they can potentially help you.

In this article, we will discuss how CBD works with the body and skin to bring about results, how your particular CBD products are formulated to deliver CBD to your area of need in the quickest manner possible, and how the concentration of your CBD and quality of your CBD product really matter. We will also discuss how long it takes for CBD to work. We’ll look at this in two parts: how long immediate relief takes, and how long it will take before you see a cumulative effect of using CBD.

CBD Overview


First, a little overview of CBD. CBD is a plant-based chemical compound found in the leaves of the cannabis sativa plant. This plant has two main species; one that produces marijuana, and one that mainly produces high quantities of CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive, unlike marijuana, and cannot get a user “high” or make them feel “loopy.” Commercial manufacture and production of CBD was legalized in the United States in 2018, but it should be noted that each state has different laws that govern the manufacture, production, and even use. CBD has many health and wellness benefits that can help practically anyone.

How CBD Works in the Body


Our body has a complex system that regulates our general homeostasis (our physiological stability). This system was discovered in the mid-nineties and is called the endocannabinoid system. This is a fairly new discovery, and as such, there’s still a lot we don’t know. However, scientists believe that the endocannabinoid system regulates processes in our bodies that govern sleep, appetite, mood, and some types of pain and stress responses. The endocannabinoid system has three main parts: receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoids. The way CBD works in your body is determined by how CBD, a plant-based cannabinoid, reacts with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system. It is believed that CBD is able to interact with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system and that this interaction allows a user to experience the benefits of CBD.

CBD can be beneficial in many ways because of this interaction with the endocannabinoid system.

CBD can assist in soothing your whole body, helping to relieve feelings of tension from life’s everyday stressors, and promoting feelings of ease and calmness.

When applied topically, CBD may also be able to help improve skin health, especially when it comes to reducing the appearance of acne, blemishes, redness, and other skin imperfections. CBD oil is also a really beneficial hydrator for skin that is dehydrated and in need of replenishing moisture. Because CBD oil is a powerful antioxidant (more powerful than even vitamins C & E) it can help your skin fight off environmental harms, too!

How a CBD Product is Formulated for Maximum Absorption


Just as your body doesn’t absorb the entirety of the vitamin content in a multivitamin, your body won’t absorb the entire contents of your CBD products. Since your goal is maximum absorption in the quickest way possible, it’s important to make sure you use the appropriate vehicle to deliver the CBD to your body in a manner that is easiest for your body to handle.

For instance, inhalation is the fastest way for CBD to be delivered into your bloodstream. However, there are so many risks associated with vaping, this method of CBD delivery is not recommended. In addition to risks to the lungs, it is nearly impossible to control the dosing amount when vaping any product, including CBD. As such, we think there are much safer methods that are just as effective at delivering CBD to your bloodstream.

The most popular method of CBD delivery is ingestion. This means a person will swallow their CBD treatment in either a capsule, tincture, oil, or edible. This method is easy and popular. However, it should be noted that when you swallow a CBD treatment, the CBD must pass through your digestive system. When CBD passes through your digestive system it is broken down in the liver. This means that some portion of the CBD you ingested will not make it into your bloodstream, thereby lessening the effect the CBD has. Additionally, this method can take up to two hours to take effect.

A more popular method of ingesting CBD is taking it sublingually. Taking CBD sublingually means placing it in liquid form under your tongue and holding it there for several minutes. This allows the CBD to be absorbed by the mucous membranes in your mouth. This method allows the CBD to bypass the digestive system altogether.

Another helpful way that CBD can be taken internally is by combining it with a fatty acid. The combination of CBD and fatty acids may help the CBD pass through the digestive system intact, allowing the entirety of the CBD to reach the bloodstream without being broken down in the liver. QUL wellness tinctures, for instance, are formulated with multi-chain triglyceride (“MCT”) oil as the solvent for our CBD oil tinctures, which makes them incredibly effective at being absorbed into the bloodstream.

How Long Does it Take for CBD to Work?


The average time it takes for CBD to work depends on several factors. First, the delivery method. Whether you take a tincture sublingually, ingest an edible, or apply a topical, makes a huge difference. Second, the concentration and quality of your CBD oil matters. Cheap CBD isolate oils will take longer than a higher quality broad or full spectrum oil.

In general, if you take a tincture sublingually, your CBD will take effect in approximately 15 minutes. If you decide to use an edible or otherwise ingest your CBD, you can plan on the CBD taking effect in about two hours. If you use a topical cream, your results may take up to two hours as well, although some topical muscle and joint pain relief creams like ours deliver relief that is noticeable to users faster than this amount of time.

While you may not notice the CBD working (i.e. you may not feel any different if you aren’t specifically taking the CBD for something like relaxation or pain relief) you should know it is working and doesn’t always produce any type of “feeling.” Remember that CBD does not produce a psychoactive effect.

You will also notice that CBD can produce a cumulative effect, especially when used topically. If you are using a CBD oil skincare item, for instance, you will not notice complete, immediate results within one treatment. While you will notice small changes, the larger results will occur over time and repeated use of the product. Most users notice quantifiable results within two weeks of switching to a CBD skincare product.

CBD takes between fifteen minutes and several hours to work. How quickly CBD takes effect is determined by the type of CBD product a user takes, the concentration of the product, and the ailment being treated. You can take a CBD tincture sublingually to experience very fast results and bypass the digestive system. A CBD tincture formulated with fatty acids is a great way to deliver CBD to your body and get the relief you need as quickly as possible.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/

https://www.healtheuropa.eu/cbd-understanding-how-cbd-works-with-our-bodies/96718/

https://www.consumerreports.org/cbd/is-it-safe-to-vape-cbd/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5009397/

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-cbd-stay-in-your-system#onset-time

Directions for how to use QUL Wellness Tinctures: Shake well before using. Using provided dropper, take desired amount daily. Repeat as needed at home or on the run as a powerful hemp extract facial oil.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.