Based on your reasons for taking CBD oil, there could be benefits of using CBD oil during specific moments of your day.
Because each of our bodies is unique, we all may have different reactions to CBD. And one of the reasons could be what time of day and how often during the day we use CBD. Let’s look at the benefits you can derive from taking CBD during the day, and how to determine what the best time of day to take CBD oil is based on your needs and your lifestyle.
What Are the Benefits of Taking CBD During the Day?
There are a wide variety of CBD oil benefits, but two of the most popular for daytime are for managing stress and for exercise recovery.
CBD for Stress
Several published studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that CBD for stress is beneficial. It isn’t meant to treat any clinical conditions, but many CBD oil users are comfortable saying that it helps them deal with everyday stressors, from demanding workplaces to the constant barrage of distractions from social media.
This is likely because of how CBD interacts with the body. CBD works on a molecular level with our endocannabinoid system. This neurotransmitter system regulates several physiological functions, including sleep, stress, immune system, appetite, etc.
CBD and other cannabinoids found in hemp-based CBD oils help enhance your body’s natural endocannabinoids to sustain homeostasis, the healthy balance of physical and cognitive functions in response to changes in our environment – internal and external.
CBD for Exercise Recovery
Another example of how people use CBD includes working out during the day, afternoon, or evening. CBD topicals are extremely useful during post-workout routines. You can easily apply CBD-infused creams and roll-ons to targeted areas of discomfort brought on by delayed-onset muscle soreness.
And even after an extra-long day, using CBD products such as a bath bomb or tincture in the early evening can help soothe and relax, which may lead to an easier time falling asleep later that night. Improved sleep is not only a benefit in its own right, but does double duty in helping both exercise recovery and stress.
When Is the Best Time of Day to Take CBD Oil?
The best time for taking CBD daily depends on three factors:
- When it fits your schedule
- Why you’re taking it
- What types of CBD products you’re taking
Let’s explore these in more detail.
When Does CBD Fit Your Daily Schedule?
You want to stay consistent with a CBD regime for it to reach its full potential. So the first factor to consider is when and in what form you’re most likely to stick with a daily CBD routine.
Some people may choose to blend drops from a CBD tincture into a morning smoothie or their first cup of coffee. Others may want to take their CBD serving in the evening around dinnertime or a few moments before going to bed – perhaps during a relaxing bath or shower. And some may opt for a consistent amount of CBD throughout the entire day, so they might use a CBD capsule in the morning or take a few CBD gummies as their day progresses.
In short, the best fit will likely be a combination of something that’s already a regular part of your routine and something that you enjoy doing.
Why Are You Taking CBD?
Your reason for using CBD determines the benefits of CBD oil. And as we described in the section above, this can affect when you take CBD products.
It’s good to have a consistent daily CBD routine, but if you’re taking it mainly for work-related stress, you’ll probably want to make sure you’ve got some on board when you head out in the morning – and maybe have some stashed in your desk if you want an extra boost.
Users of CBD for exercise recovery tend to fall into two camps. Some like to take CBD before a workout as a preventive measure. Others find that a bit too calming and prefer to take it right afterwards. For more details, see our blog post CBD and Muscle Recovery.
What Kind of CBD Oil Are You Taking?
Another thing to know about CBD products is that they act at different speeds. This will affect when the optimal time to take them is.
For example, CBD capsules are the most slow and gradual because they must pass through the digestive system, so it may be an hour or two before you feel anything. But they also hang around in your system for seven hours or so.
So if your typical workday includes a lot of stressful moments, you may decide to take a CBD capsule in the early morning so it can begin to work as your day goes on. Or if you’re looking to relax before bedtime, you may choose to take one in the early evening or sometime before dinner.
A faster-acting product is a CBD oil tincture, which is taken sublingually by placing a dropperful or so underneath your tongue and holding it there for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. The CBD becomes absorbed through the glands under the tongue and enters directly into the bloodstream, so you’ll likely feel the impact in about 30 minutes.
Many CBD oil users take a serving of tincture in the morning and have CBD working through their system shortly after arriving at their workplace. If they feel that the effects have worn off during the middle of the day, they can easily take a few more drops as needed.
And if you choose to use a CBD tincture much later during the day to prepare for a restful night, then you can take it 30 minutes or so before heading off to bed.
Fastest of all are CBD vapes, which act almost instantly but wear off in just a few hours.
Will CBD Make Me Sleepy During the Day?
While individual reactions to CBD vary, most people find that CBD by itself doesn’t induce sleepiness, or any form of intoxication or euphoria. That’s why most CBD formulas for sleep contain melatonin or other sleep-activating ingredients.
The only thing that CBD brings is the feeling of calm and relaxation that allows the other components to work without much hindrance. If your body needs rest, CBD will help calm your body so that sleep can naturally occur.
Conversely, if your body has enough rest, but you feel as if you’re dragging around and can’t concentrate, then taking CBD during the day may give you the energy needed to remain focused throughout the day.
Can I Take CBD During the Day Without Issues?
People use CBD for several different reasons, and many have not reported any adverse effects from regular use. However, it would be best to give yourself ample time to experiment and discover the best time of day to take CBD oil.
The main point is that whenever you decide or discover the best time of day for you to take CBD oil will ultimately be based on personal preferences.
So have you already found that sweet time of day that you take CBD oil? Do you seem to still struggle with deciding which types of CBD oil products you should have for daytime use? Please share your experiences with taking CBD during the day by tagging us on any one of our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media channels.