CBD offers therapeutic solutions for pain, fatigue and anxiety. But how long does it take for CBD oil to take effect, and how does it affect the wellbeing of the anxiety patient? Well, it all depends on how it is administered, of course.
And as for the benefits, some are obtained immediately (about 15 and 46 min after consumption). While others require more time to take effect.
Therefore, in this article we will talk about CBD: how long it takes to take effect in a patient with anxiety, how to make it work faster, how to use it, etc.
How to use CBD oil for anxiety?
Although researchers and health professionals do not establish standardized doses for CBD therapy, in a study conducted in 2019 by the “Brazilian Association of Psychiatry“, 300 – 600 mg was enough to reduce anxiety symptoms in 57 adult men.
Likewise, scientific evidence suggests that the doses a patient takes to alleviate anxiety problems will depend on the methods of administration and CBD products. Which can be:
- Inhalation route: Vaping and smoking CBD
- Sublingual route: CBD oil absorbed under the tongue
- Oral: CBD ingested in the form of oil, capsule, gummies or other edibles
- Topical route: Applicable to skin and muscles.
In other words, the form of administration determines the speed and effectiveness of the effects. The oral route via oils, edibles or capsules, begin to work between 30 minutes and 2 hours after consumption. Whereas smoking or vaping cannabis oil or buds produces much more immediate effects. At this point, it is worth mentioning that bioavailability of the person is also an influential factor.
Therefore, the higher the bioavailability, the more noticeable the effects according to the absorption capacity of the substance.
Administration of CBD oil for anxiety
Thanks to the technological advances applied to medicine, nowadays there are different CBD solutions to treat health complications. These solutions have different percentages of cannabidiol doses depending on the application and needs of the patient.
CBD oil, in this sense, is the most commonly used presentation to combat episodes of anxiety. Generally, we can find formulations with 2.5% cannactiva, 10% and even 20% CBD.
But what is the ideal concentration for anxiety treatment? 10% cannabidiol oil is the answer. Because its percentage of CBD can adequately impact neurological health. Similarly, muscle pain relief creams are effective if they have (at least) a 10% concentration.
Onset time of CBD effects
As we have already indicated, it all depends on the method of administration as well as the bioavailability of the individual. Therefore, the effects may vary from person to person.
But, in general, we can divide the time of occurrence of effects into two categories:
- Immediate effects: Rapid, single-dose effects that can create a sense of relief.
- Late effects: Effects that developed from repeated doses, i.e. they occur gradually due to the low percentage of CBD in products and the method of administration.
How long does it take for CBD oil for anxiety to work?
The anxiolytic effects of CBD oil can emerge within 5 minutes if inhaled, and 60 minutes later if taken orally. CBD vaporizers are recommended for severe anxiety attacks. The effects are practically instantaneous.
Sublingual absorption oils and tinctures, on the other hand, are ideal for treating daily or recurring anxiety. These effects are long term. Since in weeks or months, the patient begins to notice a decrease in the intensity of the symptoms.
So, we can conclude that:
- Oral route: 60 minutes after consumption.
- Inhaled: 5 minutes after dose.
Sublingual absorption: Long-term effects.