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When Should I Take My CBD Edibles?

A popular type of dietary supplement taking the wellness market by storm is the CBD-infused edible. Perfect for new users, these products can be consumed like any other food, allowing you to easily add CBD to your diet each day.

A recurring question we receive from new customers is “when should I take my CBD edible each day?” To fully answer this question, we will look at the CBD molecule, the effects it has on the body, the concept of bioavailability, and more to help you decide on the best time to take your CBD edibles each day.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a cannabinoid, a class of active chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids act on cannabinoid receptors located in our cells as part of the endocannabinoid system, altering the release of neurotransmitters. Cannabinoids work together with the body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate the body’s natural functions – including mood, sleep, appetite and metabolism, and immune response. There are over 100 presently discovered cannabinoids, which are largely responsible for the effects cannabis has on the body.
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What Types of CBD Edibles Are Available?

CBD edibles are largely considered to include any CBD-infused food or beverage product. Edibles are prized for their discrete nature; they can easily be consumed nearly anywhere without anyone noticing.

Like other cannabinoids, CBD binds to fat cells, so CBD is often infused into a carrier, such as olive oil, butter, or coconut oil. Once infused into these lipid-based carriers, CBD can be added into a wide range of products.

Available CBD edibles include

You can also infuse your own edibles with CBD. Here are just a few of the CBD-infused recipes we’ve posted on our blog.

Infusing edibles with CBD allows you to consume your CBD as part of your normal diet, making adding a daily CBD supplement to your routine a cinch.

How Does My Body Interact with CBD from Edibles?

When a CBD edible is consumed, it is digested, and the CBD in the edible is metabolized by the liver before entering the bloodstream, being carried throughout the body to interact with the endocannabinoid system.

There are a number of reasons to take a daily serving of CBD from hemp oil products, but the most prominent among them is that a CBD oil supplement helps augment the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids, increasing the body’s ability to promote balance within its systems.

Although our customers often report noticing effects as early as their first serving of CBD hemp oil, CBD, like all cannabinoids, can build up in the body and cause an increase in cannabinoid receptors, making the endocannabinoid system more active and more sensitive to stimulation by cannabinoids.

Each person’s body and their system is unique, and no one reacts to CBD supplements the same way. A myriad of factors can contribute to your body’s rate of absorption of CBD, including age, health, hereditary genetics, circulation, metabolism, tolerance, and more. A common question people ask is in regards to the most efficient way to take CBD oil so that the cannabinoids in the oil have the easiest time interacting with the body.

Want to boost your body’s ability to absorb cannabinoids? Try coconut oil!

Cannabinoids like CBD are fat soluble, meaning they break down and are stored in fat rather than water. Because of this trait, cannabinoids are most effective when consumed with fat, thus increasing their bioavailability. However, it appears that the type of fat matters.

Saturated fats are efficient carriers for cannabinoids to be absorbed into the body. Coconut oil contains saturated fat at levels close to 80%, giving cannabinoids the fat cells they need to move through the body, encouraging faster processing and use by the endocannabinoid system.

Specifically, coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acids). Using coconut oil or other products that contain medium-chain triglycerides (MCT oils) triggers a relatively rapid release of cannabinoids when compared to other oils because MCT oils are directly metabolized into energy by the liver. This means that your body can burn those fats and put them – and the cannabinoids they hold – to use right away.

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When Do I Take My CBD Edible?

Once you decide on a CBD hemp oil supplement, the best time to begin taking it is right away. It is only once you begin taking CBD that it can build up in your system and provide its benefits.

While many of our customers prefer to take their CBD first thing in the morning, perhaps mixed into their coffee or as part of their breakfast, others enjoy taking their CBD with dinner or before bed. There really is no perfect time of day to take CBD hemp oil, and individuals may find they react to CBD differently, depending on when it’s taken. If you find that your CBD supplement keeps you awake at night or makes you drowsy in the morning, try adjusting when you take it each day.

Because CBD’s effects often last half a day or less, we recommend ingesting multiple servings throughout the day. You have the choice of using a single product, like one of our hemp oil oral applicators or liquids, or using several products, like our capsules, vaporizers, or tinctures in a routine that mixes more than one CBD product.

Although CBD, when taken in an edible, can start interacting with your endocannabinoid system within minutes to hours of use, many benefits of a stimulated system are not fully experienced right away. CBD can build up in the body and remain for days or even weeks, depending on factors like frequency of use, mg of CBD ingested each day, total body size, and percentage of body fat.

Want a Stronger Effect?

A little research and a basic understanding of digestion shows us that CBD is best taken with food, further supporting eating a CBD-infused meal. This is due to the concept of bioavailability.

Defined as “the degree and rate at which a substance (such as a supplement) is absorbed into a living system or is made available at the site of physiological activity,” bioavailability describes the total amount of an active ingredient absorbed by the body based on factors like type of product taken.

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While some other websites encourage you to take CBD oil products orally on an empty stomach for faster results, this may reduce the overall potency of the CBD oil itself, sacrificing strength for speed. Because of the effects of enzymes during digestion, we suggest that edible CBD oil products that are taken orally, like our CBD oil capsules, be taken with food (especially meals high in medium-chain triglycerides) to increase potential bioavailability.


A study on a sprayable cannabinoid product that was absorbed first sublingually and then in the digestive tract after being swallowed demonstrated the positive effects of eating before taking a CBD supplement. Results of the study showed that bioavailability was 4-fold higher for CBD when taken after a meal. However, it also demonstrated that food can delay peak concentration in the blood by a couple hours.

Get Started With a CBD Edible from HempMeds®

We offer a number of edible products, including CBD oil capsules and energy chews, that are taken orally. We also provide CBD oil liquids and isolate, which can be infused into nearly any of your favorite foods or beverages.

Shop the HempMeds® online store now to get started with a CBD oil supplement, or visit our blog to learn more about CBD, hemp, and our line of CBD products.i 


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