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When is the best time to take CBD?

A frequently asked question amongst CBD newbies is when is the best time of day to take CBD oil. While the time of day you choose to take CBD has little effect on the internal benefits, it can influence the effectiveness of how you feel, depending on why you’re taking it. 

The truth is, the best time of day to take CBD is when you feel you need it. Often there are specific reasons you need a dose, whether it’s for calmness during a meeting, or to relax and unwind after a long day. Your daily schedule and reason for taking CBD will ultimately affect what time of day is right for you.

Every CBD method has its pros and cons. Concentration, strength, and how long your dose takes to kick, are all vital considerations to take into account when adding CBD to your schedule. 

Once you establish a method that suits your lifestyle, the next step is to find out how to fit it into your routine. 

In this post, we’ll guide you through the best times of day to take your dose.

There isn’t an exact science to timings, but you will gain an understanding of how CBD works so you can choose what time of day will suit you best. 

What is the best time to take CBD oil? 

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CBD oil is the most common method of taking a dose, just a few drops under the tongue gives quick and effective results. The best time of day to take CBD oil is in the morning at home or before bed as part of your routine. CBD is easy to store and can be kept in your medicine cabinet or alongside your supplements in a cool dry place away from sunlight.

The effects of CBD oil can last up to a few hours and are fast and effective, so a few hours before bed or in the morning will help you feel calm.

Even though it only takes a few seconds to place a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue, Oil drops are not the most discreet option and the bottle doesn’t always travel well (if you forget to screw the lid on tight–a mess). If find yourself in public where you need a less obvious choice, piercing a gel capsule with your teeth with CBD oil inside can be an alternate option.

You can place a gel capsule in your mouth and pierce the capsule with your teeth, (try and get as much of the oil under your tongue for the sublingual method).

Here are some of the times of day you can take CBD oil:

  • In the morning as part of your daily routine for general well-being
  • Throughout the day for calm
  • Unwind after a long day at work
  • In the evening to relax.  

When is the best time to take CBD capsules?

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Capsules are the most convenient form of taking CBD. The usability and travel friendliness of this method make it a popular choice if you have a busy lifestyle. You can take CBD capsules at any time, day or night. They’re easy to use and can be easily be swallowed with water.

What matters most when taking CBD capsules is why you’re taking them. This method takes longer for its effects to be felt, as they have to bypass your digestive system and before they’re absorbed into your bloodstream. 

The discrete nature of CBD capsules allows you to carry them around with you without the hassle of fiddling around with a bottle of oil. Capsules travel well, are quicker to use, and are discreet. 

Take them on an empty stomach, when you want a set milligram dose of CBD or when you want to feel calm with long-lasting effects.

At times you may feel you need a dose of CBD that lasts longer than an hour. In this case, planning ahead can help you time when you’ll feel the effects. 

Here are some of the times of day you can take CBD capsules:

  • In the morning for daily wellness–for lasting calm
  • 40 mins before bed–for lasting relief and feelings of calm and relaxation
  • 40 mins in advance of any situation you feel you will need a set CBD dose.

This method is most useful when you have time to plan before you need to feel the benefits. Each capsule has a set dose that can be restrictive if you want to change how much CBD you take but work well if you already know exactly how much you need to take every time.

What is the best time to take CBD topicals?

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Creams, lotions, salves, and body oils are the best solution for external skin issues. Topicals can be used at any time, and take effect within a few minutes.

CBD skincare is most useful when you need to promote moisture, soothe dryness, and calm skin, the effects last a moderate amount of time, and CBD products are as easy to use as any other skincare product.

Most CBD skincare is made from hemp, so you’ll get the benefits of CBD and the additional nutrients found within the hemp plant. Hemp is a rich source of omegas, vitamin E, and amino acids which are beneficial for healthy skin. 

Here are some of the times of day you can use CBD topicals:

  • CBD creams and body oil – Use morning or evening as part of your usual skincare routine
  • CBD Balms and creams- Use throughout the day on small targeted areas
  • CBD salves and creams – Use any time you need highly concentrated targeted use.

Best Time to Take CBD for Sleep

Whether you choose to take CBD in the morning or in the evening, the concentration of your dose can affect the time that’s most effective for you.

High concentrations above 50mg can sometimes make you drowsy and very relaxed, so taking them first thing in the morning when you need to be active, could be counterproductive. 

Depending on your schedule, high doses are a better option when you have time to completely relax, this could be before bed or when you have more spare time.

If you still prefer to take CBD in the day, lower doses can help to make you feel calm without making you drowsy.


No matter what your schedule, there is a CBD product that can fit your routine. The good news is, there isn’t a set way to take CBD, everyone is different. How CBD works for one person might not be the same for you and you can take CBD at any time of the day or night when you need to feel calm. 

Each CBD method has its own benefits, you may find you would like to try a range of different products and experiment with the effects.

If you’re still looking for information on when to take CBD. Why not chat to our expert customer care team in the bottom right-hand corner, we’re always here to help you with any of your CBD related questions. Write us a message and we’ll get back to you.

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Jada Lynton

Jada Lynton is Content Manager at Endoca. She’s passionate about wellness and holistic health and is dedicated to producing cannabis education and wellness content that’s informative and accessible to all–whether you're a CBD expert or a newcomer. After a personal experience taking CBD for better health, she now continues to help spread the word about the effects of cannabis and cannabinoids.

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