How Long Do CBD Gummies Last?

More people than ever use CBD products, but even with their grand entrance into the world in recent years and offers of health benefits, these products are still relatively new.

And with many CBD products on the market — full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, CBD isolate, tinctures, oils, topicals, gummies, etc. — more promising research happens often.

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However, if you’re interested in trying CBD gummies to see if they can help you, you probably have some questions, like:

  • How long until CBD gummies work?
  • When should you take them?
  • How often should you take them?
  • Do they stay in your system for a long time?
  • Do they really work?

Most of the answers to these questions aren’t straightforward — they depend on your unique situation and body chemistry. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get the knowledge you need to find those answers and understand how CBD gummies work, what you should expect from them, etc.

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How Long Does It Take For Your CBD to Start Working?

There are various methods to use CBD products, and each one lasts a different amount of time, starts working at a slightly different rate, and can have varying effects.

For example:

  • Gummies (and other CBD edibles) that you chew and ingest take longer to start working — they have to work through your digestive system and reach your liver before entering your bloodstream so you can feel the effects. This process can take between half an hour and two hours, depending on a number of factors.
  • Sublingual CBD products that dissolve in your mouth take a shorter path to enter your bloodstream to produce quicker results. These products include lozenges, tinctures, and various sweets.
  • Topical CBD products (like lotion and creams) absorb directly into your skin. They don’t enter your bloodstream as edibles and sublinguals do, but they take effect quickly; however, it takes a while for their effects to reach peak effectiveness.
  • Pre-rolls and vape pens offer the fastest effects CBD has to offer — you inhale the cannabidiol directly into your lungs which then quickly makes it into your bloodstream, allowing you to feel the effects almost immediately.

What Factors Affect How Quickly Your CBD Gummies Work And How Long They Last?

How CBD gummies will affect you varies based on your body and other factors. Everyone’s experience differs depending on things like:

  • How much you ate beforehand: You won’t notice the effects of CBD gummies until your stomach fully digests them so the CBD can absorb into your bloodstream. If it’s full of other foods, your digestive system has to work harder to break everything down. However, if your stomach is empty, it can absorb the CBD much faster.
  • Your metabolism: How efficiently your body converts foods to protein acids, energy, and carbs plays a role in how quickly you can feel the effects of CBD gummies. The faster your metabolism, the quicker you’ll absorb the CBD in your edibles.
  • Your body: Various details determine how quickly CBD will work for you, including your weight, what medications you take, and how efficient your digestive enzymes are. For example, heavier people need higher concentrations of CBD, and their bodies will take longer to process it. In addition, some prescription medications can affect CBD absorption, and stimuli like stress can slow down the enzymes responsible for breaking down what you ingest.
  • The potency of the gummies: Stronger CBD gummies will absorb into your system faster, give you more potent effects, and stay in your system longer.

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How Long Do CBD Gummies Last in Your System?

Even when you don’t feel the effects of your CBD gummies anymore, the compound might still remain in your system because of its half-life.

All substances have a half-life — the amount of time it takes your body to eliminate half of its concentration. However, researchers haven’t determined CBD’s exact half-life yet; estimates are between one and two days.

Either way, because of the compound’s half-life, the CBD from your gummies can remain in your system for days after consumption, depending on the above factors — particularly the potency of the CBD gummies you eat.

What About CBD Gummies With Melatonin?

If you take CBD gummies to help you sleep, products that combine CBD with melatonin can be the best way to promote a restful slumber. Sleep is one of the top reasons people take CBD, and there a few ways to achieve that zen for your zzz's. We answered all these questions about CBD, but what about those products that provide the benefits of melatonin and CBD?

Melatonin combined with CBD is the ultimate winning combination for many people, and the melatonin, and it can last in your system for around five hours. The effects of melatonin are typically strongest after about an hour, makingmelatonin and CBD gummies a great nightly ritual.

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When Should You Take Your CBD Gummies for The Best Results?

There’s not a one-time-fits-all for CBD users — some prefer their CBD gummies in the morning, while others might take them before going to bed at night. Your preference will likely depend on how long it takes you to feel their effects, how long they last, and the reasons why you use CBD.

For example:

  • If you use CBD for energy and focus, eating your gummies in the morning or afternoon will help keep you in high spirits and feeling rejuvenated throughout the day. However, taking them too late in the day can result in overstimulation during bedtime.
  • If you use CBD for a better night’s sleep, enjoying your gummies a little before bedtime might help you relax and start feeling drowsy. An hour or two before bedtime works great for some people, and the majority of the effects should wear off during the night to reduce grogginess in the morning.
  • If you use CBD to help your aches and pains, taking smaller doses throughout the day might help soothe your pain and inflammation. But if they make you feel restless at night, you can stop taking them in the late afternoon.

Combining Sleep Gummies {link to our sleep gummies} with a Pain Freeze Roll-On {link to our Roll-On} works wonders for some people, since minimizing pain and inflammation before bed can help avoid being woken up by pain.

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No matter why you enjoy CBD gummies, getting the right ones is crucial if you want to experience their effects to the fullest. And while our guide can help you understand how long CBD gummies last in your system, it’s also a matter of trial and error to see how your body reacts to the CBD.

Still not sure what you want to try? We love to talk about CBD! Contact us by using our chat function while you shop (talk to a real person!), call us at 800.894.9688 or email us at We can't wait to hear from you.

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