October 06, 2021

What's The Best Time Of Day To Take CBD?

What's the best time of day to take CBD oil? When should you apply CBD creams to see optimal results?

There are a few different factors that come into play when deciding the ideal time to use CBD. For example, do you need it for pain management or anxiety relief? Do you want it to work as quickly as possible, or would you rather feel its effects gradually throughout your whole body? We’re answering these questions today.

The clock is ticking, so let's jump in!

Determining When To Take CBD For Best Results

You don't want just any results. You want the best results. You want to get the most out of your CBD.

And who could blame you? Luckily, there are ways to find the perfect time to lean in to your dose of CBD. Ultimately, the best time to take CBD depends on:

  • Your purpose/desired effects
  • Type of CBD product
  • Your personal physiology

What Are You Using CBD For?

Let's talk about why you're taking CBD in the first place.

When you should take CBD highly depends on what you're using the CBD to achieve. For example, CBD can be used to help with pain management or improved focus. In either of these cases you would want the CBD to kick in as you go about your day, to boost energy and mood. Thus, it may be most effective to take CBD in the morning.

Maybe you’re after something totally different. If you're looking for something to help you get to sleep, it may make more sense to take CBD before you go to bed.

Type Of CBD Product

Certain types of CBD products may perform better at particular times of the day. Generally this has to do with how long it takes for the CBD to take effect. For instance, CBD tinctures can be faster-acting than CBD that needs to be digested first — e.g., CBD gummies.

Sometimes ease of use plays a role. You may find that taking a CBD softgel is easiest in the morning when you wash down your vitamins with your coffee. A CBD topical cream may also be better suited for daytime use (as opposed to right before bed), since it needs time to absorb into the skin.

Though in the end, it's still a matter of personal preference!

Your Own Biochemistry

When you take CBD ultimately depends on how the CBD works with your body. Different doses and forms of CBD will have a different effect on each person. This is due to the way the CBD interacts with your body's endocannabinoid system (ECS).

A truly fascinating and important system, the ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in your body. In other words — it helps keep you healthy and balanced. Read all about it over on the blog: What Is The Endocannabinoid System?

AM CBD: Reasons To Take CBD During The Day

With all these factors in mind, let's consider some specific reasons to CBD yourself in the morning.

Manage Daily Stress

It’s no secret, CBD can help you manage day-to-day stress. With so many daily responsibilities, it's easy to let the stress pile up. We could all use a little de-stressing now and again.

The stress starts off in manageable doses, but before you know it — your mental health is taking a hit. Working CBD into your morning routine can help you feel a little less frazzled and more in control throughout the day.

Support Mental Wellness

CBD seems to have powerful potential in supporting mental health. With its anti-anxiety properties, CBD may help reduce symptoms of anxiety from conditions like social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.(1) Studies have also shown that CBD may reduce symptoms of PTSD.(2)

Taking CBD in the morning may help your mind feel more continuously calmer as your day rolls along.

Boost Concentration

A morning dose of CBD can help balance your mind and body so you can handle the demands of a work day. If you suffer from chronic pain or extra stress (or just regular old wandering attention....) — a spot of CBD in the wee hours might help ease those irritants so you can stay focused on the things you want to.

Ease Aching Joints & Muscles

If you deal with chronic joint or back pain, you know how distracting the stabbing and throbbing can get. Do you find your neck hurting by the middle of your workday? Taking CBD early on may help ease the pain so you can be more comfortable and centered during the day.

And whether you're a morning or evening fitness fan, a CBD cream can help you heal faster after a particularly challenging workout.

PM CBD: Reasons To Take CBD At Night

As good as daytime CBD can be, it may be even more effective for your needs if consumed later in the afternoon or evening.

Unwind After A Long Day

Hectic day? Life’s pressures have a way of piling up on you. It can be hard to mentally transition from work mode to chillax mode when you're still tense from the day’s neverending to-do lists and responsibilities. CBD taken after a long and taxing day could be great for decompressing. The relaxation boost could help you enjoy your downtime and stay more present with your loved ones.

Calm The Mind Before Bed

Bedtime routines aren't just for kids. Adults should also practice good sleep time habits for better overall health. If you struggle with a racing mind before bedtime, CBD oil could help you settle down for the evening.

By doing things that make it easier for you to unwind — reducing screen time, relaxation activities, light yoga/meditation — you’re helping your body prep for a good night's rest. CBD oil can be a great addition to good sleep hygiene, assisting you to fall asleep faster.

Sleep More Deeply & Restfully

Not only can CBD facilitate getting into a state of mind necessary to fall asleep sooner, but it can also help you have more sound sleep.

Research has shown that CBD might reduce the symptoms of insomnia — helping you glide into a deep, restorative slumber.(3)

When To Take CBD Oil & CBD Water Solubles

CBD tinctures are convenient any time of day. Crafted for fast absorption, CBD oil and water solubles are a good option for a CBD regimen. A dropperful of a CBD water soluble added to your water bottle is a good way to get a steady dose of CBD throughout the day.

Also, different CBD tinctures might be formulated for specific reasons.

Like Pure Craft's Nano CBD Water Soluble + Melatonin. It contains 100% organic CBD oil plus melatonin, to help you get a restful night's sleep. Melatonin is an age-old sleep aid, so this kind of CBD product is best taken in the evening.

Best Time To Take CBD Softgels

CBD softgels contain a set dose of CBD in pill form. The best time to take a CBD softgel is ultimately up to you, but this formulation lends itself well to a weekly supplement regimen. It's easy to incorporate into your regular schedule since you can take it whenever you take your other vitamins and pills.

A daily dose of morning CBD softgels can help you ease into the day. Meanwhile, taking CBD softgels in the evenings may be just what you need to offload the day’s burdens and mellow the heck out.

When To Take CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are great for so many reasons: They're convenient, pre-dosed, and possibly the yummiest way to take CBD.

CBD gummies are a fantastic choice for people who want to take slower-release CBD. This is because the CBD travels through your digestive tract before making its way into your bloodstream. So, when eating CBD gummies, make sure to take them 40 minutes to an hour before you want the effects to start.

A lot of our customers like chewing a gummy when they get home from work/school/the daily fray, in the evening after dinner, or before bedtime. But, again, the optimal time of day is really based on your preferences.

Best Time To Use CBD Topicals

The right time to use a CBD topical is when you need it! CBD topical creams are made to be used as spot treatments for wherever you feel muscle tension or joint pain.

Another great time to use CBD topicals is post-workout. CBD may help with muscle recovery after a particularly difficult exercise sesh. And you can reapply throughout the day as needed.

Anytime Night Or Day — Listen To Your Body

General guidelines offer insight into how CBD works for most people. But at the end of the day, CBD is a chemical compound that interacts with your individual physiology. It may take you a little trial and error to find yourperfect time of day for CBD.

Just tune in to what your body’s telling you and refine your CBD approach as it makes sense to. And, over time, you might have to tweak your CBD routine as your personal requirements change.

CBD, Just In Time

The best time of day to take CBD is...anytime! Okay, let's be real, the best time is going to depend on what you want out of the CBD, the kind of CBD product you’re using, and your body’s unique response to CBD.

So, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Taking CBD in the morning could help your mind to get ready for the demands of the day, while taking CBD in the evening might make it easier for you to wind down. And, maybe, CBD in those in-between hours might be what your bod is calling for.
  • Certain types of CBD products might be more effective for you at a specific point of day. CBD oil is fast-acting and can be used when you need relief now. Gummies release slowly over time. CBD topicals might land somewhere in between.
  • You may need to try a few products and routines before you find that sweet spot. But once you do, the benefits of a CBD regimen are bound to be worth it.

Ultimately, to see the best results, you should take CBD when you feel like it works best for you.



  1. Blessing, EM, et al. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1
  2. Elms, L, et al. (2019). Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Series. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2018.0437
  3. Babson, KA, et al. (2017). Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature. Current psychiatry reports. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-017-0775-9


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