When is the Best Time of Day To Take CBD Oil? Night vs. Morning

As more and more people are becoming aware of the incredible benefits of daily supplementation with CBD oil, a common question asked is whether or not using CBD oil at a particular time of the day can influence its ability to promote wellness.* 

Since the non-intoxicating compound affects everyone differently, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. But there are ways to figure out what timing your body will respond to best, as well as some general guidelines depending on what you’re looking to achieve. 

Factors That Determine The Best Time To Take CBD Oil

Before we dive into these main factors, the recurring theme here is to always listen to your body. What gets one individual to sleep may help another to maintain energy throughout the day. Why are there such huge discrepancies with the effects of CBD oil? 

Well, the truth is, it’s complicated.

The human endocannabinoid system supports many physical processes, including memory, mood, pain, stress, sleep, appetite, metabolism, reproductive function as well as immune function. CBD acts upon the endocannabinoid system on a molecular level. Given the complexity of this built-in regulatory system, the potential effect that CBD can have on these essential processes is totally unique. When just starting out on your CBD journey, choose a time of day when you can experiment safely. 

For instance, if you decide to try a high-quality CBD oil for improving sleep, logic would dictate that taking it prior to bed would be more effective. However, some users may feel stimulated when they’re trying to drift off to dreamland. To complicate matters, even more, it’s possible that when taking CBD oil in the AM, it has a different effect than in the PM. All this leads back to the idea that you want to create enough space to experiment safely

For most of us, that often means the early evening when we’re done with the daily demands of the workplace. Doing so should safeguard against any potential disruptions to your daily or nightly rhythms. After sufficient time, you’ll gain much more insight into how CBD oil interacts with your body -- and this will ultimately lead to an intake schedule that works best for you!

Here are the primary factors that can help you to determine the best time to take CBD:

Factor #1: The Reason For Taking CBD

We use CBD oil for many different reasons, including supporting our emotional wellness, improving sleep, reducing discomfort, and other benefits.* What time of day you take your favorite CBD oil should largely be based on the reasons you’re taking it in the first place. 

For example, if you want to improve your quality of sleep, some CBD fans will take their daily dose right before bed, while others take it in the morning, finding that having it in their system throughout the day helps improve their sleeping behavior at night.* 

We love our Sleep Drops here at Healist -- they’re a powerful fast-acting, sleep-inducing blend of high-quality U.S. organically farmed CBD combined with active levels of botanical essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm, as well as a custom sleep terpene blend to support your body in promoting a healthy sleep cycle without any grogginess the following day.* 

Simply apply a few drops under your tongue, and you’ll fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.* 

Factor #2: CBD Dosage

While most CBD products these days come with a recommended dosage, it’s best to experiment with different dosages to find what really works best for you. Once you fully understand how your body responds to CBD oil, you can plan your dosage amounts and the appropriate time to take it for the best effects. 

For instance, you might find it best to split your dosage between morning and evening to spread the effects throughout the day. 

We suggest starting with the minimum recommended dosage and going up or down from there as needed. 

Factor #3: Type Of CBD Product

Lastly, the type of product you’re using is a strong consideration when deciding what time you should use CBD. Products like edibles will have more of a slow, gradual effect since they must be processed through your digestive system. Conversely, a CBD tincture will have more immediate effects as taking CBD under the tongue is known to be one of the most bioavailable ways to consume the beneficial compound.

Let’s take a closer look at the different methods and how to think ahead for timing your dose:


You use CBD tinctures by placing the oil directly under your tongue, where it’s absorbed by your sublingual glands. This will yield a much faster result than other popular methods (like capsules and edibles) since the CBD-infused oil will enter your bloodstream more directly than swallowing. Most users feel the effects of sublingual CBD roughly 15 to 30 minutes after application, so this method is perfect for those looking for quick relief.  

You can use tinctures as needed or as a daily supplement. For the best quality CBD oil tinctures, be sure to purchase from a reputable and honest company like Healist that utilizes CO2 extraction to provide the richest profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids to work in sync with your body-- as nature intended.*


When we refer to topicals, we simply mean creams, salves, and lotions that are used on your skin directly.

CBD-infused topicals are generally best for those who have specific areas of their bodies they want to treat and can be applied as needed. For instance, we love our Joint Relief Balm because it’s fast-acting and effectively soothes sore muscle and joint discomfort naturally.* All you have to do is apply it to the area of discomfort throughout the day to keep discomfort at bay!

Capsules and Edibles

Think about what you’re up against and how a slow fuse product will interact with it. Do you feel especially stressed during daytime hours? If so, you’ll probably want to take CBD capsules or gummies in the morning so they can slowly begin to work their magic as you go about your day. 

Do you have difficulty sleeping through the night? You’ll want to take these CBD products before dinner, so your body has time to process them before bed. Feeling out of balance or like your immune system could use a pick-me-up? 

Take one capsule of Healists’ Immune Support Capsules the moment you need to dial down stress and dial-up your defenses.* 

Looking to find calm without the brain fog? Take one to three of our Calm Chews depending on your weight, and wait roughly 30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more. 

Because everyone is different, at Healist we like to say the right dose isn’t prescription -- it’s personal. We provide easy-to-read recommendations on each product to help you figure out which dosage is best for you so you can reap the benefits that CBD has to offer. 

Bottom Line

Although there’s really no simple universal answer to the question of when to take CBD oil, take into account the above factors to help you figure out the best time for you. Listen to what your body is telling you, and keep experimenting safely with different dosages and timings. After some inevitable trial and error, you should be able to find the optimal time of the day to take your favorite CBD oil -- be it in the evening, morning, or spread out throughout the day. 

Always remember that everyone is different, so be patient and give CBD some time to interact with your endocannabinoid system. 

Here at Healist, we see the powerful potential in nature and the ingredients it provides us. Through cutting-edge science, we have the ability to unlock this potential to really push it beyond its known possibilities and create incredible solutions that actually work. We sit in the sweet spot between nature and science because, for us -- we can’t have one without the other!

Whether you’re looking to find calm, support your emotional wellness, improve your quality of sleep, or get relief from discomfort, we’ve got your back.*