A common question asked by new users is if there’s a best time of day to take CBD oil. The short answer to this question is that there isn’t an optimal time or schedule for everyone.
The majority of users take CBD twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. Many take it 3 times a day by adding a mid-day dose. Ultimately, the best schedule for taking CBD is the one that you find works best for you.
Figuring out the best times for you to take CBD typically takes some experimentation on your part. Let’s discuss some of the things that you should know to help you find your best time to take it.
CBD products have different effects on different people. This is because each person has a unique endocannabinoid system. Some get a sedating or relaxing effect from the product they use. Others may get an energizing or uplifting effect from the same product. So a good first step is recognizing the effect that your product has on you.
If you find that the product is relaxing for you, it may be best to take it in the evening. If the product is energizing for you, taking it in the morning may be optimal. It’s very common for experienced users to take different CBD products at different times. For example, you can take the uplifting product in the morning and a different one that relaxes you at night. Experimenting with different brands and products can help you configure a schedule that works best for you.
Cannabinoid and Terpene Profile
Full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD products have an array of different cannabinoids and terpenes in them. These compounds work synergistically to produce the effect that you feel when you take the product. The combined effect can be energizing for some and relaxing for others. Cannabinoid and terpene profiles can be found in third-party lab reports and can vary significantly across different brands and products.
Specific cannabinoids and terpenes have unique properties that can have different effects. For example, the cannabinoid CBN is identified as being sedating so can be useful as a sleep aid. Similarly, the terpenes myrcene, beta-caryophyllene and terpinolene are also known to have sedating properties.
How Much You Are Taking
Your dosage levels can also have an impact on the effect. At moderate doses, CBD alone has been shown to have uplifting effects. At higher doses, CBD can promote sleep. Slowly increasing your dose throughout the day can potentially have a compounding therapeutic effect.
If you’re taking sublingual drops that give you energy in the morning, you may sometimes notice the feeling wearing off in the afternoon. In these cases, a “booster” dose may be beneficial. You can try another delivery method such as CBD capsules or gummies if taking drops during the day is inconvenient for you.
If you’re taking CBD for sleep or insomnia, then it makes sense to focus more on an evening schedule with heavier doses.
Suffering from early-morning or mid-day fatigue? Find a product that that has an uplifting effect for you and cater your CBD dosing schedule to reflect that.
The Bottom Line
Just like there isn’t a best CBD product for everyone, there isn’t a best time of day to take CBD that applies to all users. The cannabinoid and terpene profile of your product and the amount of CBD that you take can influence when and how often you should take it.
Paying attention to these factors and the effects that you feel can help you find a schedule that produces the best results for you.
While much having to do with CBD is trial and error, the good news is that it’s customizable for your needs. Experimentation is part of the CBD journey for most experienced users and you can always try a different approach.