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    by Jason Higgins December 05, 2020 8 min read

    Although research concerning the use and effects of CBD oil is still at an early stage, there is sufficient data to suggest that CBD oil offers a wide array of health benefits; both physically and mentally.

    To better understand how CBD oil works, we need to start by looking at how CBD affects the body as well as what factors can influence that interaction.

    How to Consume CBD Oil?

    While CBD comes in many different forms; oils and tincture are the most common and readily available. The most popular method of consuming CBD oil involves dropping a few drops under your tongue and holding it in your mouth for thirty to ninety seconds before swallowing it.

    But that’s not the only way to enjoy CBD; some people prefer to mix it in water, smoothies, or other drinks while others apply it topically. The applications are endless and each offers the user something different; quickly becoming one of the most versatile and effective products in the world, finally breaking free of the stigma that surrounded it for so long.

    Regardless of how you consume CBD and in what form, we suggest starting with small doses and experimenting with different options to know what works best for you. Over time, you can move up to larger doses as needed for individual symptoms and desired result.

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    How Does CBD Oil Work In The Body?

    CBD interacts with our body and brain through various mechanisms. While further research into how these mechanisms work to relieve certain medical conditions is still needed, scientists now know that CBD interacts with our body's endocannabinoid system (which is involved in regulating several functions including sleep, appetite, and pain).

    Once we consume CBD, it interacts with several proteins in the body as well as our central and peripheral nervous systems; where it affects CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system.

    It’s important to note that CBD doesn’t actually interact directly with cannabinoid receptors but stimulates the endocannabinoid system to help it create its own cannabinoids. Essentially, CBD works by blocking the breakdown of our own endocannabinoids, which allows our bodies to use more of what it’s already producing naturally.

    When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it inhibits anandamide absorption, which is a natural cannabinoid for regulating pain. That’s one reason why CBD can be used as a natural remedy to help relieve pain.

    CBD also interacts with receptor proteins that are not directly connected to the endocannabinoid system. These include the vanilloid receptor TRPV1 (responsible for pain and inflammation) and the serotonin receptor 5-HT1A (which relates to biological and neurological processes including anxiety). The activation of these pathways could be behind CBD’s well-noted anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving attributes.

    Scientists confess that the relationship between the human body and CBD is rather complicated. However, understanding how CBD oil moves through our body, how it affects us and for how long is becoming clearer every day. Although, many factors, such as the method of consumption, the user's weight, and the CBD oil's quality or strength, can influence what type of effect to expect.

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    Uses and Benefits of CBD Oil

    While there is still a lot more research to be done, because CBD triggers calming effects and contains anti-inflammatory properties; it has the ability to help with a wide variety of conditions including chronic pain, depression, PTSD, insomnia, anxiety and regulating moods. Not just that, CBD has also shown promise in strengthening immunity and relieving seasonal allergies. And because it doesn’t contain psychoactive compounds you can enjoy the benefits without the side effect of feeling intoxicated or getting ‘high’.

    Most users who use CBD regularly claim to experience increased energy levels and achieving better focus common in smaller doses of 25mg or less. At the same time, some users feel that CBD produces calming and relaxing effects shortly after ingestion. Others experience an improvement in their sleep habits at night and overall better feeling throughout the day.

    CBD for Arthritis Pain – Promising Results

    According to one study, CBD also has the ability to potentially offer protection against the severe effects of arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers performed experiments to study the effects of cannabis-based medicines, and current data revealed that arthritis patients experience significant reductions in pain intensity after consuming CBD.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis, which involves the immune system damaging the tissues present in your joints. CBD oil can work to help relieve rheumatoid symptoms as it has anti-inflammatory effects that can potentially stop or slow down the disease's progression. CBD oil can also potentially help reduce other symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis, such as fever and fatigue.

    According to other studies, patients who have multiple sclerosis experienced increased mobility and reduced muscle spasms when treated with a combination of THC and CBD for a month.

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    How Long Does CBD Take to Work?

    If you’re new to the world of CBD you’re probably wondering when you can expect to feel its effects and how long will they last?

    While some people feel the positive effects of CBD right away, for others it can take a few weeks to start noticing an improvement as the body adjusts (especially if you are just starting out). If you’re new to CBD it’s a good idea to pay attention to how your body is responding as you consume it so you can adjust the dose accordingly and remember; CBD is cumulative and builds in the system over time. Consistency is key, so stick with it.

    The balancing effects of CBD vary and depend on several factors, including serving size and body size. Generally speaking; it takes 20 minutes to 2 hours for CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream depending on how you consume it. With that said, let’s explore some of the factors that could impact how long it can take and why they can make a difference.

    Factors That Can Influence The Effects of CBD

    While each method of consuming CBD can be effective, how you decide to use it can play a major role in when you can expect to feel it’s effects. Each method of consumption has a different impact on how quickly CBD can be absorbed into your bloodstream (also referred to CBD bioavailability). So you might have to try out a few different options to decide what’s best for your situation.

    While every person is different and can expect different reaction times; here is a breakdown of the most popular ways to consume CBD and when you can expect to feel its effects:

    • Inhalation or Vaping – because inhalation allows CBD to travel directly to the bloodstream, it is technically the fastest method of consuming CBD with the effects usually felt almost right away and lasting for about 1-3 hours.
    • Topical CBD – In most cases, users feel the effects of this method right away and they can generally last for a few hours. Topical CBD is a great option for helping with pain, joints, muscle recovery, psoriasis, eczema and more.
    • Sublingual CBD (CBD Oil) – Because of its effects and the speed of which it is absorbed into the bloodstream this is often the most widely used method of consumption. While most people feel the effects of sublingual CBD right away or in about 5-15 minutes, for others it can take up to an hour. Generally, the effects last for about 2-6 hours, depending on how much you take and your physiology.
    • Oral Consumption – While this method takes the longest to feel the effects, it also lasts the longest. This is largely due to the fact that it has to travel through the digestive system before it gets to the bloodstream. It can generally take about 30-60 minutes to feel the full effects and can last anywhere from 4-8 hours. However, it can depend on other factors like how much you ate that day.

    Your reason for taking CBD can also make a difference. For example, if you are taking CBD for mild symptoms of anxiety or stress; the effects tend to be felt quicker compared to someone that might be taking CBD for a more serious issue. In those cases; consistency and patience can play an even more important role in realizing the full potential of CBD.

    But how you take CBD and why are not the only factors that can influence bioavailability. Other examples can include:

    • Dosage and potency
    • Consistency
    • Overall quality and type of product
    • Whether you’re taking any other prescription medications

    The way CBD moves through and exits the body can also depend on several other factors that can vary for each person individually. These factors can include things like the person’s genetics, current health and lifestyle choices as well as metabolism rate and body fat.

    People who have higher levels of fat, store CBD more readily which can affect how much CBD you might need, how long the effects last and how long it will stay in your system. While metabolic rate also directly influences how long it takes to breakdown and process CBD.

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    How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

    The answer to how long CBD remains in the system comes back to first understanding the way in which CBD travels and interacts with our bodies.

    As you consume CBD oil, the blood carries it throughout the body, and the compounds work together with cannabinoid receptors for stimulating the endocannabinoid system.

    Similar to all types of cannabinoids, CBD, along with its byproducts, are lipid-soluble. This means that they accrue in fat stores of the body before being discharged over time. Gradually, all metabolites are flushed out from the body via urine and stool.

    Unfortunately, because as we discussed it can be different for each person, it is hard to determine exactly how long CBD oil and its compounds lasts in your system. That said, we do know it generally takes about a week for CBD to be fully metabolized and leave the body.

    How Long Will the Effects of CBD Last?

    While similar factors can also affect how long you can expect the effects of CBD to last, generally you can expect them to last for about 2-6 hours on average. But even if you don’t feel the effects or they wore off since the last dose, CBD oil continues to get stored and interact with your body’s receptors for as long as it stays inside your system.

    Fortunately, CBD oil is safe enough for consuming a usual dose several times a day. While most people take a single dose, some people like to take another dose to treat their anxiety and stress symptoms as soon as the previous dose’s effects wear-off to have a consistent level of cannabinoids in the body.

    However, like any supplement you should still consult with your doctor before taking CBD; especially if you are already taking other prescriptions.

    If you’re ready to discover how CBD works for yourself; Easy Day Hemp offers a wide range of premium oils and softgels to choose from. Get started feeling better today and have your own Easy Day.

    Disclaimer: The FDA has not evaluated these statements. Our CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Consult your physician before taking any new supplements or beginning a new treatment plan. Must be 18+ years older to consume.

    Jason Higgins
    Jason Higgins


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