A common question asked by those who are new to CBD oil products is whether there is a best time of day to take CBD oil. The answer to this question is that there isn't an optimal time or schedule for everyone. Some find that it's best to take a single dose in the morning or at night. Others take a dose in the morning and at night. And some take it several times throughout the day.
Figuring out the best time of the day to take CBD oil typically takes some experimentation. Let's discuss some of the things that you should know to help find the CBD dosing schedule that will work best for you.
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Energizing or Relaxing?
CBD oil 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 in finding the best schedule for you is recognizing the effect that your product has on you.
If you find that the product is sedating or relaxing, it may be best to take it in the evening. If the product is energizing or uplifting, taking it in the morning may be optimal. It's very common for experienced users to take multiple CBD oil products that best meet their needs. For example, taking one that energizes them in the morning and a different one that relaxes them in the evening. Experimenting with different brands and products can help you configure a schedule that best fits your needs.
Cannabinoid and Terpene Profile
Full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD oil 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, Caryophyllene and Terpinolene are known to have sedating properties.
You 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.
Just like there isn't a best product for everyone, there isn't a best time of day to take CBD oil that works for everyone. The cannabinoid and terpene profile of your product and the dose you take can influence when and how often you should take CBD. Paying attention to these factors and the effects you feel can help you find a schedule that produces the best results for you.
While much of CBD is trial and error, the good news is that it’s flexible. Experimentation is part of the CBD journey for most experienced users and you can always try a different approach.
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