CBD Benefits

When Is the Best Time to Take CBD Oil? [CBD in the Morning or Night?]

Most people who start taking CBD don’t know when to take it first, as it happens with almost any product you try for the first time. Likewise, CBD intake can be determined by a trial and error process, but it’s most wise to seek the advice of a licensed doctor.

Deciding when and how much CBD you should take will depend on your situation. Features like weight, size, tolerance, and pre-existing conditions are all critical factors.

You can use a few logical assumptions to determine the best time to take CBD, and we discuss all of them in the following article.


How Much CBD Should I Take My First Time?

When Is the Best Time to Take CBD?

Does Quantity Matter?

How Often Should I Take CBD?

Should I Take CBD With Food?

Taking CBD Before or After Workouts

How Much CBD Should I Take My First Time?

Do you remember the first time you tried cannabis?

If so, you might have experienced the same thing that happens to many first-timers; absolutely nothing. Some people don’t feel anything when they try cannabis for the first time in their lives, and the same thing may happen with CBD as well.

The reason why this happens is not entirely apparent. But a logical explanation would be that the person is not consuming enough CBD to make an impact. If that is the case, then the solution would be just as logical as the cause; taking a dose of CBD that matches that person’s tolerance.

Another possible explanation would be that your body has a higher tolerance to CBD than others. But this doesn’t mean that your body is not absorbing the product. It could just mean that this is the way CBD works for you.

We may extract the third one; determining how much CBD you should take the first time will come down to your situation.

Unfortunately, we cannot recommend how much CBD you should take because we don’t know the information that would allow us to do so. The answer is variable depending on intake goals, time of day, and many other factors.

We can say that legal CBD brands, like the ones you can find on Hemmfy, often offer suggested serving sizes. These brands have been through strict safety and quality regulations, so the best option would likely be to go with their suggestion.

However, you should never take CBD or any other new supplements before consulting a licensed physician that can assess your specific needs. This is even more so if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking prescription medication before CBD.

If you still don’t feel like you can take the suggested amount on the ‘serving size’ of a product label, you could also start low and adjust your dosage based on your revealed tolerance.

According to a 2020 study that collected dosage schemes for CBD from various clinical reports, the overall administration of CBD is well tolerated with mild side effects [1].

Finding the amount of CBD that does it for you will depend on variables like weight, tolerance, metabolism, medical conditions, etc. An impossible outcome to assess from a distance.

When Is the Best Time to Take CBD?

The answer to this question is pretty similar to the answer to the last one because it's a variable answer. Nobody can say that it's best to take CBD at night or during the day because it all depends on why you are taking CBD.

First, we have to ask ourselves; What is CBD good for?

CBD has been linked to various benefits like anxiety reduction, sleep enhancement, therapeutic effects on psychiatric and neurological conditions, and a few other potential benefits [2] [3].

The downside to this news is that none of these potential benefits have been conclusively proven. There is an evident lack of human-trial evidence and clinical studies that don't allow regulating entities to determine CBD's benefits publicly conclusively.

Best Time to Take CBD

Knowing the potential benefits and effects of CBD does serve a purpose, however, defining why you want to take it. But the tricky part doesn’t stop there. Different metabolisms interact with CBD differently at other times.

The best time to take CBD depends on what your goals are. If you are taking CBD to enhance your sleep patterns and achieve a night of more restful sleep, then you’ll likely be taking it at night before bed. If you are taking CBD looking for a boost of energy, then it’s likely that you’ll take it in the morning. The truth is that the ideal time of day is totally up to you and entirely dependent on your goals.

Some people recommend taking CBD whenever you can remember it the easiest, which is also a good approach if you want to take it regularly. 

But that approach would not aim at a specific goal. Once you’ve defined what your goals are, you will have defined when to take CBD. The only thing left to do is decide what amount you should be taking each time.

Because CBD has been linked to many different effects, other theories like consumption amounts and serving size potency have arisen.

Does Quantity Matter?

A standard theory among frequent users that says CBD in low doses provides clarity, focus, and energy. CBD in higher amounts includes relaxation, stress relief, and better sleep.

There is absolutely no conclusive evidence to back these claims up. But if they were true, then the answer to the question would be ‘yes.’

The only valid answer we can give you is that different bodies will have different tolerances. This means that CBD works differently on other people. Much like we explained in the first section of this article.

There isn’t much evidence that addresses the difference between low, medium, and high CBD doses. There isn’t a standard for what a high or a low CBD dose is.

One 2020 study on the dosage efficacy of CBD in adults concluded that “There is some evidence, even though low quality, that supports the anxiolytic effect of acute administration of oral CBD. There is moderate-quality evidence that chronic and acute administration of CBD can improve psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia patients. 

Large RCTs are needed to confirm the effect of CBD for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, dyslipidemia, and cannabis use disorders.” [1]

Unfortunately, there is not much to say about the effects of different potency dosages, but there is enough evidence for interested users to draw their conclusions.

How Often Should I Take CBD?

Once again, the frequency of use depends on your serving size, your total intake goals, and your effect-related goals- not to mention your tolerance to CBD.

It will also depend on how often you’ve been taking CBD daily. If you take CBD for a while, your body will probably store much of it, and your serving sizes will likely decrease [5].

According to a 2018 study on cannabinoid delivery systems, “Cannabinoids are highly lipophilic molecules.” This means that CBD can dissolve much more quickly in fats and oils. Which subsequently means that CBD can be stored in fat within the body. This is one reason you see so many CBD oil products in the market today [4].

The frequency in which you take CBD highly depends on your goals.

Should I Take CBD With Food?

CBD is a fat-soluble molecule, which means that taking it with certain foods could enhance its bioavailability. This is one of the reasons why you see so many CBD tinctures that use carrier oils.

Taking CBD Before or After Workouts

More and more people are connecting their CBD use to physical activity. Some do it for energy purposes and others to help ease muscle soreness. The use of CBD as a sports supplement has seen a steady increase, with famous athletes backing it and securing sponsorships with CBD brands across the country.

Taking CBD Before or After Workouts

This is due to hemp-derived CBD attaining a federally legal label since 2018, allowing athletes to use it before and after a competition. The anti-doping agency also removed CBD from its list of illegal substances in 2018. However, athletes should still beware of what product they purchase because some CBD products have THC content, a cannabinoid that could result in a positive test for a prohibited cannabinoid.

The potential anti-inflammatory effects of CBD mentioned above could be a reason to take CBD after a challenging workout. Likewise, if the anxiolytic effects become true, it could also be a great product to take before a competition.

Wrapping Up

The among, time, and frequency with which you take CBD are all highly customizable variables. None have a firm number you should stick to, but the serving sizes suggested by brands are always a good place to start if you’ve never taken CBD before. You’ll be able to put your finger on a more precise number for all of these once you are more acquainted with your tolerance to CBD and a licensed physician has carefully assessed your situation.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.


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[2] Shannon, S. (2019d). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. The Permanente Journal, 23. https://doi.org/10.7812/tpp/18-041

[3] Newton, M., & Newton, D. W. (2020b). Cannabidiol or CBD Oil: Help, Hope, and Hype for Psychiatric and Neurologic Conditions. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 26(5), 447–457. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390320929410

[4] Bruni, N., Della Pepa, C., Oliaro-Bosso, S., Pessione, E., Gastaldi, D., & Dosio, F. (2018). Cannabinoid Delivery Systems for Pain and Inflammation Treatment. Molecules, 23(10), 2478. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23102478

[5] Iffland, K., & Grotenhermen, F. (2017b). An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 2(1), 139–154. https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2016.0034

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.