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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take for CBD capsules to work?
Since the capsules must first make it through your digestive system, it can take at least 40 minutes for the CBD to make it into your bloodstream and start taking effect, says Fuentes. The timing is likely to vary from one consumer to another. One small University of Minnesota study suggests eating a high-fat meal can help increase CBD absorption when taken in capsule form  Birnbaum AK, Karanam A, Marino SE, et al. Food effect on pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol oral capsules in adult patients with refractory epilepsy [published correction appears in Epilepsia. 2019 Sep;60(9):2009]. Epilepsia. 2019;60(8):1586-1592. .
Can you take CBD oil and capsules together?
Choosing to take CBD oil and capsules together is a personal preference and should first be discussed with a health care provider. Taking both forms at the same time increases the amount of CBD a person is ingesting, and there’s no regulation when it comes to a recommended amount of CBD someone should consume.
Do CBD capsules work for pain relief?
Some research indicates that taking CBD may help relieve pain. In fact, a recent Forbes Health survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by OnePoll found 60% of those who use CBD do so because of its purported analgesic effects.
Do CBD capsules work for sleep?
CBD, including CBD in capsule form, may help with sleep, according to research. More specifically, CBD may help when it comes to circadian rhythm disorders, as well as anxiety and pain that can contribute to poor sleep. Speak with a health care provider prior to trying CBD capsules for sleep.
Do CBD capsules work for anxiety?
CBD capsules may help alleviate anxiety, though the FDA has not approved any CBD- containing product for this use. Speak with a health care provider if you’re experiencing anxiety to determine whether trying CBD capsules may be an appropriate option for you.
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