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So when exactly is the optimal time to take CBD oil? First of all, to start, you should never take CBD oil on an empty stomach. CBD oil should always be taken with food in your system, but there’s not just one reason behind this fact. While you can take it immediately before or after your meal, we certainly recommend taking it after.

In short, taking CBD oil on an empty stomach is a waste of valuable product. You’re not optimizing the opportunity you have by taking it on an empty stomach; but instead, you are degrading the potency of the CBD oil. This is what can cause CBD users to have to use more product, or event think that their product is ineffective.

According to a Gallup poll, approximately 14% of Americans state that they use CBD products. Of that population, about 11% say they use it for sleep, 20% for anxiety, and a whopping 40% for managing various types of pain. While results of a Gallup poll is all user-reported, meaning, it’s all anecdotal evidence, it gives us a peek inside what people are using CBD oil for and how it’s benefiting them.

Did you know that the food you eat just before you dose up with CBD oil may further impact how well it absorbs into the rest of your body? CBD as a compound cannot be absorbed by the body without a carrier oil. For Envy CBD’s Tinctures, we use a combination of MCT oil, hempseed oil, and ActivAloe all of which the CBD can bind to as these oils are all fat-rich.

Despite the conflicting instructions, we want to clear this misinformation once and for all.

On most CBD oil bottles, the label has directions for how to use the oil. Most say to take the oil with food – but never specifies on whether that should be taken before, during, or after the meal. Some labels, including that of our CBD Tinctures, suggest to take the oil sublingually, or under the tongue, and hold in mouth for up to 60 seconds before swallowing.

The question of the day is this: should you be taking CBD oil before or after you eat? This answer may have a bigger impact on CBD’s benefits than one might think. We look to answer this question today and more with our guide on what the best time is for taking CBD oil.

It is here that the compound is broken down into its core components by a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450 (CYP450). What starts as a simple CBD molecule actually becomes over 100 different metabolites. Unfortunately, many of those metabolites are processed and excreted before they can reach the bloodstream, lowering CBD’s overall bioavailability.

Until recently, we had to rely on anecdotal evidence and unsubstantiated claims to understand whether the scenarios outlined above made any difference to CBD’s impact on the body. Thankfully, new insights suggest an answer to the FAQ: “Should I take CBD with or without food?”.

Should you take CBD with food?

A study published by the University of Minnesota wanted to observe how CBD was affected by food in “adult patients with refractory epilepsy”. Eight patients who had all previously been prescribed CBD for seizures were given “a single dose of 99% pure CBD capsules” and instructed to take it “both fasting (no breakfast) and fed (high fat 840–860 calorie)”. To measure the amount of CBD in the bloodstream, plasma levels were recorded immediately after, and several days later.

Think about the last time you took CBD; was it with or without food? When juggling the typical nine-to-five, kids, and daily life, most of us opt to take CBD several times a day—when we wake up, with our lunch, and before bed. In all three of those situations, we are giving CBD a different set of biological variables to work with. In the morning, our stomach is empty; at lunch, we’ve most likely grabbed a quick bite to eat, while our final dose of CBD usually follows a more substantial dinner.

Improving bioavailability is crucial—the lower the bioavailability, the more of a substance you would need to consume for comparable effects to a more bioavailable alternative. If we can improve the bioavailability of CBD by doing something as simple as taking it with food, then it is a small act that could have significant results.