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CBD Frequency: How Long Does CBD Last ?

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CBD Frequency: How Long Does CBD Last? On average, experts say the effects of most CBD doses last from 2-4 hours. Of course just because you don’t necessarily feel anything strongly doesn’t mean the cannabinoid isn’t working nor has it exited your system. The human body stores CBD just like any other substance, and it naturally depletes as it is expelled.  

Everyone has unique body chemistry, which would explain why CBD and other active substances can affect people differently. Your metabolism, water content, body mass index, and diet can also influence how long CBD will stay in your system.

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As for how long CBD takes to exit the human body, most experts site three to four days at maximum. It is reasonable however to assume that edibles like CBD gummies may take longer to process and exit due to digestive absorption.


Some people are generally more active than others. They walk around, are always up and down, and maybe even work out in the gym, while others tend to sit for long hours at a time, and rarely complete intense exercise.

Those who work out would burn fat faster than those who regularly don’t work out. In this way, CBD in the body of an active person will be burned with the fat at a quicker rate as they go about their day, thus making it stay in the body for a shorter period of time.

The food we eat also affects the amount of time CBD spends in our system, as fiber-rich diets facilitate the digestion of extra fats in the body, and CBD as well.

 CBD Frequency of consumption

Taking CBD daily will affect how long it stays in your system. If you take it only once in a while when required, the chances are that you will not have it in your system for very long after, and you will be free from it in around three days. Daily consumption, however, increases the time it takes to have your body free from it, going as long as seven days to clear out of your system completely.

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My CBD Dosage

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Since there is no universal dosage for CBD, finding the right one for you isn’t an easy task. There are a number of factors that go into determining your personal dosage to get the results you are seeking from CBD. Some of these major factors include:

  • CBD strength
  • Delivery method
  • Body weight
  • Body chemistry
  • Severity of condition

In addition, cannabidiol acts on multiple molecular pathways in the body, so everyone’s experience will be different based on the factors listed above, according to experiments conducted at King’s College London. In this guide, we will show you how these variables play a role in determining how much CBD you should take.

How much CBD should I take?

There is no direct answer to that question, but delivery method of CBD plays an important role in determining dosage. Each delivery method has its own unique potential for your body to absorb the cannabinoids. This is a concept known as bioavailability, which we explain in greater detail below.

Before you can determine your CBD dosage, you will need to know exactly how much CBD you are getting in the first place, expressed in milligrams (mg) on the label. This can be confirmed by looking at lab test reports for the product to make sure they contain the exact amount of CBD as advertised.

You can always experiment with slightly higher or lower potencies until you find what works best.

The thing about CBD is that it’s not exactly cheap, and taking an excessive dose isn’t necessarily going to provide any additional benefits. On the flip side, if you’re not taking enough, you might not even notice the benefits, which can be just as much of a waste of money. Here are some of the most common ways of taking CBD, and how to determine your dosage for each one.

For CBD oil and tinctures.

CBD oils are oil-based tinctures that are taken sublingually, which means taken under the tongue. They are not the same formula used for vaping—we can’t stress this enough. However, finding your dosage is actually a very similar process. The graphic above can also be applied to CBD oil dosages.

First, you’ll need to divide the total amount of CBD per bottle by the size of the bottle in mL. This will give you the amount of CBD per mL, which is an important number to know. Most CBD bottles come with a dropper that is designed to pull exactly 1 mL of liquid when you squeeze the rubber bulb. Some bottles will actually have the measurements in mL on the dropper itself for added precision. Once you know how much CBD is in each mL, you’ll know how much to take. A 1 mL dropper holds approximately 20 drops of liquid. If you really want to get technical, you can divide the mg/mL by 20 to get the amount of CBD in each drop, but it’s not necessary to count each drop.

Tip: Hold the CBD oil tincture under your tongue for at least 15-30 seconds before swallowing so that it gets absorbed into the blood vessels. Otherwise it will have to pass through your digestive tract.

For CBD edibles and capsules

CBD edibles and CBD capsules are similar in their effectiveness in that they both must pass through the digestive tract. For this reason, your ideal dosage for capsules and edibles are going to be similar. One of the biggest advantages of these delivery methods is that they utilize predetermined doses.

Most of them state the exact amount of CBD per gummy or per capsule. If by some chance it only states the total amount of CBD, then you can just divide that by the number of gummies or capsules per bottle. This will tell you exactly how much CBD is in each one, which is essential for figuring out how many and how often you should be taking them, based on your individual needs.

Recommended dosages for CBD

Keep in mind, your dosage is subject to change based on the condition you are trying to treat. Also, these dosages are for taking CBD orally, so if you’re vaping it, you might not need as much due to the higher bioavailability of vaped CBD. Here are a few recommended doses:

Increase appetite in cancer patients – 2.5 mg CBD (best when combined at a 1:1 ratio with THC, if it’s available where you live)

Chronic pain – 2.5-20 mg CBD

Epilepsy – 200-300 mg CBD

Sleep disorders – 40-160 mg CBD

Social anxiety – 40-300 mg

Use this guide as a reference, but keep in mind that finding your dosage typically may also require some trial and error. You may also want to consult your doctor if you are using CBD for medicinal benefits, especially if you’re taking medication.

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CBD And Epilepsy – What Do The Studies Say?

A CBD product is available on prescription in the UK for two specific types of epilepsy, called Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. For a drug to be made available on prescription there has to be scientific data concluding that not only does the substance help with the condition, but it does so without producing any unwelcome side-effects.

Examples of some studies conducted are:

  • A 2017 study concluded that CBD reduced the number of seizures in drug-resistant patients suffering from Dravet’s syndrome.
  • A 2019 study concluded that CBD is completely safe for use in patients with Dravet’s syndrome and effectively reduced the number of seizures suffered by patients who previously were unresponsive to other treatments.
  • A 2019 study concludes that CBD significantly reduces seizures in patients with both Dravet’s syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut’s syndrome.
  • A 2018 study also demonstrated seizure reduction but also advised that further research is needed to understand how CBD controls the seizures. This is to help determine whether tolerance is built up to CBD over time, which is unknown.

CBD For Epilepsy – Is It A Cure?

CBD effectively reduces the seizures suffered by people with epilepsy and it certainly increases their quality of life. Unfortunately, there is no known cure to fully prevent seizures as a result of epilepsy.

Because seizures with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome are particularly severe, CBD is being used as a medication to be taken several times a day, with or without the current threat of a seizure.

It seems that CBD will be utilised as a long-term treatment to reduce seizures in conjunction with other pharmaceutical medications to prevent tolerance build-up to medications.

CBD And Seizures – What Are The Benefits?

There is currently a wide range of pharmaceutical medications available in the UK that reduce seizures, so why has CBD become so popular?

It seems to be because CBD:-

  • Causes little to no tolerance
  • Is a natural compound
  • Has few side effects

Little to No Tolerance

CBD doesn’t directly bind to the receptors of the ECS, so it doesn’t build up a tolerance in the same way other medications do, meaning that it can be used for long-term treatment.

Natural Compound

Although being a natural compound doesn’t automatically qualify something as being safe; CBD is extracted from a cannabis plant as opposed to being made artificially in a lab.

Fewer Side Effects

Although CBD does have side-effects, they are only apparent in a small amount of patients and they are much less severe than most other medication used to treat epilepsy. It’s clear that the benefits of CBD far outweigh the negative side effects.

Key Takeaways

CBD is not a cure for epilepsy, but it is by far the best treatment out there for a good proportion of patients in controlling the symptoms.

If you looking for more information on how to find out your optimum dosage for epilepsy treatment, check out our CBD dosage guide! However, CBD is only currently being used in treating epilepsy when other forms of pharmaceutical medication have failed.

Further research is needed into how effective as a long-term treatment, and once this is completed we may begin to see CBD as the first port of call for more epilepsy patients.

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Can CBD Help Me if I’m Perfectly Healthy?


The answer is yes. CBD can only help you, and cannot harm you. The compound works by interacting with the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS), the system in the body responsible for promoting and maintaining homeostasis.

The ECS regulates everything in our bodies from sleep, mood, memory, digestion, immune function, neural development, and metabolism. This is the reason CBD is able to help so many different symptoms that we experience daily.Even if you are in the best shape of your life, have no physical ailments and live a generally low-stress life, you can still benefit from CBD.

CBD’s potency can depend on your body weight, among other different variables. These factors can influence your CBD intake and the appropriate dosage. If you take CBD and don’t feel a difference, it doesn’t mean that the CBD isn’t working. 

It could just mean that you need a higher dose, or that your body is in great shape; in this case, the CBD will work as a preventative measure rather than fixing an issue.

A key component of cannabis’ health-focused attributes, CBD has been attributed with reducing nausea and suppressing seizures and also has anti-psychotic, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties.

“The World Health Organization recently reported that CBD should not be scheduled as a controlled substance as it does not appear to have abuse potential or the ability to cause harm

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CBD For Depression

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The benefits of CBD on the body and mind is an increasing area of medical research, and one area of specific interest is the effects of CBD for Depression. Emerging research suggests that CBD can massively reduce the effects of depression and mood disorders.

  • Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions. These often have lasting effects on a person’s health, social life, ability to work, and overall well-being.
  • When it comes to treating depression, research suggests that CBD does appear to have some benefits over antidepressant medications.
  • CBD may also result in fewer side effects than antidepressant medication. Insomnia, sexual dysfunction, mood swings and agitation are common side effects of antidepressants. CBD does not have these same side effects.

Depression: Where Does It Come From?

Many people still believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance — a serotonin deficiency. However, it is believed that this is not solely true. Serotonin is definitely part of the big picture — but the verdict is still out about who could use more or less serotonin. Depression is linked to many other neurotransmitter imbalances.

Furthermore, depression is also connected to conditions like inflammation and the structural brain changes resulting from trauma or chronic stress — all of which could be the real cause of the imbalances. Ultimately, there are a wide net of influences contributing to whether or not a person gets trapped by depression, including:

  • Genetics
  • Physical illness
  • Chronic stress
  • Stressful life events
  • Past trauma
  • Physical pain
  • Social isolation
  • Other emotional disorders

With so many different avenues leading to depression, it isn’t surprising that there isn’t just one miracle cure for it. What ends up helping a person recover from depression is highly individual, and people who take a multi-pronged approach to recovery often have better results than those who depend on a single solution. Including CBD supplements into your healthy lifestyle could be the missing link in preventing depression and improving overall mental health.


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The Endocannabinoid System and Sleep

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Researchers discovered that the endocannabinoid plays a role in maintaining certain body functions, such as mood, appetite, sleep, and regulation of circadian rhythms. Within the endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and central nervous system. The two primary receptors identified are CB1 and CB2.

Cannabinoids attach to these cells and have various effects. As far as how they may affect sleep some research indicates that the cannabinoid CBD may interact with specific receptors, potentially affecting the sleep-wake cycle

Additionally, CBD may also decrease anxiety and pain, which can both interfere with restful sleep. By reducing certain symptoms, it’s also possible that sleep may improve.

Since sleep and wakefulness are influenced by different neurotransmitter signals in the brain, foods and medicines that change the balance of these signals affect whether we feel alert or drowsy and how well we sleep.

Caffeinated drinks such as coffee, and drugs such as diet pills and decongestants stimulate some parts of the brain and can cause insomnia, or an inability to sleep. Many antidepressants suppress REM sleep.

Heavy smokers often sleep very lightly and have reduced amounts of REM sleep. They also tend to wake up after 3 or 4 hours of sleep due to nicotine withdrawal. Many people who suffer from insomnia try to solve the problem with alcohol – the so-called night cap. While alcohol does help people fall into light sleep, it also robs them of REM and the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep. Instead, it keeps them in the lighter stages of sleep, from which they can be awakened easily.

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cbd anxiety

Anxiety is a widespread mental health disorder which affects around 10 million adults in the UK, and 40 million in the US . As awareness of mental health problems becomes more mainstream, we are finding that more people are suffering. What is also apparent is the age range of sufferers is ever increasing. One in three teens will suffer from some form of anxiety disorder before they reach the age of 18.

Anxiety is a widespread problem which leads people to miss school and work, while also having a negative impact on their daily lives. Therapy, pharmaceuticals and meditation are all used as potential treatments for anxiety. There is no quick fix, and often it is a combination of these treatments that sufferers will find more effective.

While not a new concept by any stretch, there is evidence to suggest that CBD could be a viable treatment for anxiety. As the latest health food craze to hit the shelves, CBD is growing in popularity as a treatment for anything from pain to inflammation. Overall, users report that it can help to increase your feeling of wellbeing. Studies are also ongoing in the effectiveness of CBD for anxiety treatment.

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Is CBD Oil Legal?

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Is CBD Oil Legal? All you need to know:

While the use, manufacture and distribution of cannabis is illegal in the UK, CBD is legal. As long as it complies with current regulations, CBD can be manufactured and sold in the UK.

One main reason CBD is legal is because it doesn’t contain THC. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that causes you to get high after using cannabis. As well as numerous other cannabinoids, THC is strictly controlled in the UK via the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drug Regulations Act 2001.

CBD is not listed as a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act. As long as a CBD product is produced using an EU approved strain of Hemp Plant, it’s legal for you to purchase and use in the UK.

Any CBD oil sold in the UK must have a THC content of 0.2% or less, which all of our products do.

Some forms of cannabis oil may contain above 0.2% THC, but these oils cannot be legally manufactured or sold in the UK. All our products are rigorously tested to ensure the THC levels are within the legal 0.2% limit.

Therefore, as long as a CBD oil product is between 0%-0.2%, it is legal in the UK. For more information on the benefits of CBD, check out our Benefits page to find out why CBD has gained so much popularity in recent health studies.

For more information click this link to this BBC News article.

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Benefits Of CBD


The Benefits Of CBD With Daily Use From Dr. Josh Axe

This video explains some of the benefits you may find when taking CBD daily. As CBD is in it’s early stages of medical research, no medicinal benefits can yet be claimed by those who produce and sell CBD. There are many consumers that claim CBD can help with a wide range of issues from pain relief, anxiety and even help skin conditions. We recommend that any one considering taking CBD should do some research and see for themselves the long list of benefits many swear by.

Credits to Dr Josh Axe – Benefits of CBD

How CBD Actually Works

Unlike THC, CBD is not known to directly act upon CB1 and CB2 receptors. Rather, it is believed to influence receptor action by indirectly associating with behavioural neurotransmitters.

As a plant-based phytocannabinoid substance, CBD’s main role is believed to be in supporting the body’s endogenous (endocannabinoid) system, which is an innate molecular network that (amongst other things) helps to regulate various elements in the body.

Also, CBD is widely known to act on FAAH enzymes, which readily inhibit the function of CB1. For this reason, CBD is recognised as a powerful component able to reduce the psychoactive effects induced by THC.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) CBD is generally regarded as being safe and well-tolerated. In a general sense, it is also routinely used by healthy individuals to help provide the body with a state of balance and homeostasis.

CBD is known to interact with and mimic the effects of naturally-occurring receptors inside the body. These receptors have been found on essentially every cell type in the human body, which helps to explain the seemingly endless capabilities that the plant-based cannabinoid possesses.

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