How Long Do CBD Gummies Take to Work?

Picture it: you’re in the middle of a stressful day at work –maybe your inbox is overflowing, maybe you’ve got a big presentation in a few hours, or maybe your coworker is just being a grouch. Then you remember the CBD gummies you have in your cupboard. You know a lot of people use CBD to ease anxiety and relieve stress, among other wellness benefits. You pop one in your mouth and chew. But you’re stressed out now, and you want to feel effects fast. So how long do you have to wait for your CBD gummies to work?

The answer is, roughly, 45-90 minutes. But there are a number of factors that can affect that window, and several alternatives for those times you just don’t want to wait. Here are the basic things to consider when calculating your gummies’ onset time.

Listen to Your Gut (Literally)

The thing about CBD gummies is, for all their wellness benefits, they’re ultimately a food. They need to be digested and metabolized, passing first through your digestive tract and then through your liver before the CBD enters your bloodstream and produces effects. What’s more, CBD molecules are actually lipids(or fats), which means your body –which is made of 70% water –has to do a lot of work to absorb them. All of this takes time and explains why your CBD gummies aren’t providing relief instantaneously.

Now, even though your gummies can’t skip this process, there is one big variable that will affect their onset time: how full you are at the time of consumption. Have you ever had a beer or a glass of wine on an empty stomach? The effects hit you harder and faster than they do after, say, a three-course meal at your favorite Italian restaurant. While CBD gummies are not intoxicating, they do follow the same principle. A heavy meal right before taking one will probably push you to the far end of that 45-90 minute onset window.

With that said, if you’re a daily CBD consumer (and you want to speed up onset time), consider taking your gummies in the morning before breakfast. Your empty stomach may make it easier for the gummies to move speedily through your system!

Faster Alternatives

CBD gummies have loads of benefits: they’re delicious, convenient, and effective. But when you’re ready to relax, 45 minutes can seem like a long time to wait! If you’re not big on planning ahead when it comes to your CBD consumption, consider exploring the wonderful world of CBD tinctures.

Let’s be clear: most CBD tinctures on the market are not miraculously fast. A lot of them will claim to be sublingual, meaning they can be placed under your tongue and absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your oral tissue. In reality, though, their molecules clump together in oily globs that are really too large to fit between the cells under your tongue–so you mostly end up swallowing them like you would any other food or beverage. Still, their liquid form is easier for your body to break down, generally resulting in an onset time of 30-60 minutes.

If that still doesn’t seem fast enough, there is at least one CBD product on the market that can deliver the rapid results you’re craving: Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures. They’re made with innovative nanoemulsion technology, which produces miniscule molecules (<25 nanometers) that are smaller than a human gene. That means they’re tiny enough to truly be absorbed sublingually, entering your blood stream almost instantly via the cells under your tongue. And remember those fatty CBD molecules? With nanoemulsion technology, they’re encased in a water-soluble layer that makes it much easier for your body to absorb them quickly and efficiently.

The result? A potent, efficient CBD tincture that actually delivers results in just 5-15 minutes.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

We’ve established that there is at least one fantastic option for those CBD consumers who just can’t wait for results. But remember that speed isn’t everything. Gummies provide advantages ranging from great taste to easy, convenient consumption, and there is no evidence to suggest that they are less effective than tinctures when it comes to providing all the wellness benefits CBD is known for. Particularly when you’re dealing with a premium product (like vegan, gluten-free, organically sweetened Wana-Wellness Hemp Gummies), a little bit of waiting seems like a small price to pay for great results.

If calculating onset times is giving you grief, why not try making CBD gummies a daily part of your wellness routine? By taking them every day at the same time and under the same circumstances, you’ll quickly learn how your body responds to them, how long it takes you to feel effects, and exactly how you can use CBD to enhance your life.


Can CBD Help You Sleep?

Sleep is important. Like, really important–we’re talking in terms of your mental, emotional, and physical well-being here. Sleep deprivation can lead to everything from irritability to trouble concentrating to a weakened immune system and worse. Yet roughly 164 million Americans report having trouble sleeping at least once a week.

There’s a whole industry comprised of chemical solutions to this distressingly widespread problem. But over-the-counter sleeping pills can hit harder than intended and leave you feeling hazy the next day. That’s why many sleep-starved citizens are turning to gentler, plant-based alternatives to help them get some shut-eye: namely, a powerful little cannabinoid called CBD.

So, can CBD really help you sleep?

The science suggests it can! But there are a few things it’s helpful to understand before adding CBD to your nighttime routine.

It May Help Regulate Your Body’s Natural Sleep Cycle

When it comes to the full extent of CBD’s effect on the body, scientists are still in the early stages of research. That means there’s no definitive answer as to how much or for how long CBD might aid with sleep. But the existing studies are promising, according to the American Sleep Association, and there’s no shortage of anecdotal success stories among happy CBD consumers.

It’s believed to work like this: many of your body’s natural processes –like pain and stress management, appetite regulation, and sleep –are kept in a state of balance by a complex network of molecules and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD promotes our bodies’ production of endocannabinoids, the natural transmitters (or message carriers) of the endocannabinoid system. It’s also one of several cannabinoids that can bind to your ECS receptors itself to help ferry messages between your brain and the rest of your body… messages including, “Hey, it’s time to go to sleep!” Put another way, CBD works with your endocannabinoid system to help get an out-of-whack circadian rhythm back on track.

And while it’s likely that CBD (especially in relatively high doses) does actually make you drowsy, its impact on your ability to nod off is multi-faceted –because CBD is also believed to relieve stress and even help you physically relax. So if a racing mind or a stiff back are what’s keeping you up at night, CBD may help clear a path towards Dreamland.

You Can Boost CBD’s Power with Other Natural Ingredients

While CBD can help make for a peaceful night’s rest, it’s not exclusively a sleep aid–in fact, many people prefer to take it during the day. So if you’re really in need of something to help you catch some Zs, you might want to look for a product that contains other natural ingredients to complement CBD’s sleep-promoting properties.

One such product is the “Rest” formulation of Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures. Like all Wana Wellness products, it’s made with broad-spectrum hemp oil containing naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds. But it also contains ingredients like melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone), GABA (a calm-inducing neurotransmitter), skullcap and passionflower (both plants believed to have stress-relieving properties), and more. This carefully curated blend is designed specifically to send you into a deep, gentle sleep without grogginess the next day. Plus, Wana Quick Tinctures are powered by advanced nanoemulsion technology to improve our bodies absorption of CBD and deliver results in just 5-15 minutes –which means no more tossing and turning while you wait for your sleep aid to kick in!

Be Strategic About How You Use CBD to Help You Sleep

There’s nothing in the research to suggest that cannabinoids like CBD are physically addictive. But, as with virtually all sleep aids, it is possible to build up a tolerance to CBD –meaning, if you take it often enough, your body will start to need more and more of it to produce the same results.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to think critically about how you use CBD to help you sleep. Long term, taking it every single night may not be as effective as saving it for those evenings you’re feeling especially stressed out, keyed up, or otherwise AWAKE. And if insomnia is a chronic problem for you, make sure to consult your doctor about the best course of treatment.

All in all, if you’re one of the 164 million Americans struggling to drift off every night, there’s no reason not to make CBD a part of your sleepy time toolbox. The only thing left to say is: sweet dreams!


How to Make CBD Part of Your Workout Routine

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “CBD?” If you’re judging by the majority of ads, articles, and even product labels out there in the CBD universe, it’s probably “relaxation,” or maybe “stress relief.” And for good reason – millions of customers are using products like Wana Wellness Fast-Acting “Relax” Tincture to enhance their calm every day. But did you know that CBD can also be a crucial tool for those pursuing a more active lifestyle? 

So how can you integrate CBD into your workout routine? And what are the benefits of doing so? Our partners at Athletes for CARE – a non-profit organization advocating to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life for athletes of all ages – recently asked us just that. 

Enhancing Your Comfort

While CBD is not a replacement for prescribed medical treatment, some athletes believe hemp products can help ease the stress put on their bodies during and after intense exercise. Competitive mountain runner and weightlifter (and Wana sponsored athlete) Flavie Dokken has been using CBD to help her train since 2013, after she was discharged from the Army with a painful stress fracture.

“I was looking for ways to not use any opioids that were recommended,” says Dokken. “So I take it after long strenuous workouts. I think it’s really made a difference with my joints over time.”

Dokken’s experience is, of course, anecdotal –and because the FDA does permit dietary hemp products to be used as medical treatments, her words should not be taken as medical advice. But if you find that aches and pains are an impediment to working out, it may be worth talking to your physician about making CBD a part of your fitness regimen.

Work Hard, Rest Hard

Whether or not you find yourself grappling with stiffness or discomfort when exercising, it’s crucial to give your body a chance to recuperate after a particularly taxing workout. That’s where CBD’s well-known relaxing properties really come into play.

Flavie Dokken, who typically trains for an extreme 15-25 hours per week, considers CBD an essential part of her rest and recovery routine.“I take it diligently every day,” she says. “Once immediately after a long training session, and then another 20 mg prior to sleep. A deeper sleep is key to recovery, so it really goes hand in hand.”

Think of CBD, then, as an important part of the circle of life (or at least fitness). You have to be able to wind yourself down before you can pump yourself back up!

Finding Your Rhythm

So let’s say you’ve decided to make CBD a part of your workout routine. What’s the right product, amount, or schedule for you? As with any wellness product, it depends on the individual. Weight, age, and metabolism can all impact how (and how much) CBD will affect you.

“Consistency is key,” says Dokken. For example: “If you start taking it first thing in the morning then just keep that routine for awhile”–we recommend at least a week–“so that you can see if it works. Because I see the benefits, I keep the same routine.”

For that reason, it may be worth seeking out a product like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, which are made to be taken every day (and which taste good enough to make that daily serving feel more like a daily treat). But if you don’t want to wait to feel effects, you could always reach for a Fast-Acting Tincture  – which, Dokken points out, which can also be blended into your morning smoothie. 

The Big Picture

Above all else, it’s important to remember that CBD is just one piece of a holistic approach to wellness. For Dokken, it’s one of several ways to fuel the body before or after a grueling workout: “You’re eating healthy food to recover afterwards, you’re hydrating… incorporate [CBD] as just another tool.”

We may not all have the kind of rigorous training program athletes like Dokken practice, but one thing’s for certain. But whatever workout routine fits into your life, a little hemp-derived help may just go a long way.

Special Thanks to Our Partners at


The Best CBD Gummies for Vegans and Vegetarians

Hemp-derived CBD is the definition of a plant-based product. But what if we told you that the most popular vehicles for CBD – delicious fruit-flavored gummies – very often aren’t plant-based at all?  

In fact, many of the fruity, chewy treats you love are made with gelatin, a protein derived from the bones and connective tissues of animals. So those gummies you’re enjoying may taste like mango or strawberry, but that sweetness is actually covering up the flavor of dissolved pig tendons. Gross. 

So, what are the best CBD gummies for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone who believes fruit-flavored gummies should be made with… you know… fruit? Products like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, which achieve their chewy texture by using fruit-derived pectin rather than gelatin! 

Of coursethe benefits of choosing a vegan CBD gummie go beyond simply “not chewing on cow bones.” Here are the top reasons for picking a truly plant-based CBD product. 

An Inclusive Dietary Option 

At Wana Wellness, our mission is to enhance lives – as many lives as possible. That means creating a product that a wide variety of people can enjoy.  

And we didn’t stop at making a vegan product! Wana Wellness gummies are also made with all-natural flavors and coloring, organic sweeteners and NO high-fructose corn syrup. Plus, they’re kosher-certified and completely gluten-free. While you should always consult the ingredients list to make sure a product is safe for you, the odds are good that you can enjoy all the benefits (and great taste) of our hemp gummies, no matter who you are or how you eat. 

Environmental Impact 

It’s a simple fact that plant-based products are more environmentally friendly than those made with meat, largely because of the number of resources that go into raising animals. For example, The Guardian has outlined a 2010 study which measured the amount of water required to produce fruit and vegetables as compared to livestock: “While vegetables had a footprint of about 322 liters per kg, and fruits drank up 962, meat was thirstier: chicken came in at 4,325l/kg, pork at 5,988l/kg, sheep/goat meat at 8,763l/kg, and beef at a stupendous 15,415l/kg.” Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that cows produce nearly 10% of the harmful methane gas contributing to climate change. 

While we certainly don’t judge anyone for enjoying meat and dairy products (especially in moderation), sustainability is important to us. There’s no earthly reason that a fruit-flavored, plant-derived CBD product should have the same environmental impact as a Porterhouse steak. 

Deliciousness 

Obviously, Wana Wellness gummies – or any pectin-based CBD option – are not made with only vegans and vegetarians in mind. And maybe, if you’re neither, the idea of a gelatin-based gummie doesn’t sound like the end of the world to you. 

But while we maintain that a fruit snack made of groundup animal parts has a pretty high “ick” factor, there’s another very simple reason to stick with fruit-derived pectin: texture! If you don’t believe us, just try a little experiment. Compare a traditional gelatin-based product next to a Wana Wellness Hemp Gummie. One will have a tough, rubbery consistency and one will be soft, chewy, and thoroughly satisfying. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which. 😉


Does CBD Give You the Munchies?

 It’s a truth universally acknowledged that smoking (or ingesting) marijuana can make you want a snack… or a lot of snacks. We’re all familiar with the cliché of blazing-high cannabis user ransacking the kitchen cabinets. There are even whole TV shows about the imaginative culinary concoctions created by super-stoned chefs. But do the same rules apply where there is no high? In other words, does CBD induce the same ravenous effects as its psychoactive cousin, THC?  

It’s a fair question, especially since many CBD consumers are looking to enhance their wellness routinenot induce an impromptu fast-food binge. So 

Does CBD give you the munchies?  

NoCBD does not trigger your appetite the same way THC does. 

Here’s why: 

The Wrong Receptor 

While “the munchies” are often a source of cultural amusement, THC’s appetite-stimulating properties may actually have life-saving benefits. For example, THC products can be a godsend for people struggling with disordered eating, and they’ve long been used to alleviate the nausea experienced by chemotherapy patients. It works like this: THC activates your body’s CB1 receptors, found mostly in your central nervous system, to send a variety of messages to different cells in your body – messages like, “Thanks, back, you can stop hurting now,” “Thanks, brain, you can calm down and let me sleep,” or, of course, “Hey, stomach, it’s time for a snack.” This is all part of a nuanced interaction with your own endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of stimulators and receptors that help the body to maintain balance. 

CBD also interacts with your ECS, but in a different way. It binds instead to your CB2 (not CB1) receptors, which are primarily connected to your immune system and typically associated with effects including anti-inflammation and stress relief. (CBD also interacts with other receptors, including your 5-HT1A serotonin receptor… but that’s a story for another blog post).  

All this is to say: CBD does not appear to push the “hungry” button in your body the way that THC does. Which is good news for those of us looking to enhance our calm without increasing our calorie count! 

The Anti-Munchies? 

CBD doesn’t appear to have much to do with appetite at all, but there may be another cannabinoid that works in exact opposition to THC: Tetrahydrocannabivarin (also known as THCV). A relatively rare molecule found in the cannabis plant, THCV does not appear to produce any kind of high. And unlike THC, which stimulates the CB1 receptor, THCV may actually inhibit that kind of stimulation. Research suggests that the result may be enhanced focus and a less intense appetite. 

While THCV is a relatively new arrival to the cannabis market, the research is promising enough that it’s beginning to appear more frequently in commercial products. So, if you’re interested in a non-psychoactive option that can help you make more mindful choices about what to eat, you may want to look for a product infused with THCV! 

The Takeaway 

To summarize, there is no reason that a fear of the munchies should keep you from enhancing your life with all the benefits of CBD. But for extra assurance, make sure you choose a completely THC-free* option like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies or Fast-Acting Tinctures. Made with premium broad-spectrum hemp oil, these products contain naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds with NO appetite-inducing THC to speak of. 

Because when you decide to enjoy that extra-large hot fudge sundae, it should be because YOU feel like it… not because your CBD product told you to. 

*Contains no more than five parts per million of THC 


The Truth About Sublingual Tinctures

If you’ve ever gone shopping for a quality CBD tincture, you’ve likely encountered a buzzy (and sciencey- looking) little adjective on many prospective products’ labels: “sublingual.” The word sounds complex –and maybe even a little gross –but its definition is actually pretty simple. Sublingual tinctures are meant to be deposited, held, and absorbed under (sub) your tongue (lingual).

So what’s wrong with good old-fashioned swallowing? Many companies claim that, when you hold their tinctures under your tongue for 30-60 seconds, you allow all the good stuff to “travel through your mouth’s tissue and directly into your bloodstream, skipping digestion and first-pass metabolism in the liver to achieve ultra-speedy results. Sounds too good to be true…but is it?

Well, yes and no. Sublingual absorption is possible. But the reality is that most so-called “sublingual” CBD tinctures are actually made up of molecules that are too large to fit between the cells under your tongue. While you can hold them in your mouth until the cows come home, they’ll ultimately end up running down the back of your throat and passing through your digestive system like any other beverage. Will they still work? Yes! Will they work quickly? Probably not. You’re looking at a 30-60 minute onset time, depending on how full your stomach already is at the time of ingestion.

If you’re looking for a truly sublingual tincture, your best bet is to find one made with a nanoemulsion–for example, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Hemp Tincture. Now, the science behind nanoemulsion technology actually is pretty complicated, but we can break it down into two basic concepts:

  1. SIZE –While the molecules of traditional tinctures tend to clump together in oily globs that measure as much as 1000nanometers in size, the particles in the nanoemulsified Wana Wellness Tincture are actually MUCH smaller –somewhere in the neighborhood of 25nanometers. That’s smaller than bacteria, or even a human gene! Small enough, in other words, to actually fit between the cells under your tongue.
  2. SNEAKINESS–One reason typical CBD tinctures can take awhile to kick in is that cannabinoids like CBD are lipids, or fats. Your body is 70% water. Since water and fat don’t like to mix, it’s difficult for your system to absorb the CBD efficiently. Not only does it take longer, but it means as much as 80% of the milligrams you ingest are eliminated from your body without effect. But the nanoemulsion in Wana Wellness Tincture encapsulates these fatty molecules in a thin, water-soluble layer. It’s like a disguise that tricks your body into absorbing the CBD!

Because Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Hemp Tinctures are made of these tiny, water-friendly molecules, they actually can be absorbed under your tongue and into your bloodstream without taking a detour through the digestive tract or liver first.
This results in an onset time of just 5-15 minutes (as much as 12x faster than your average so-called “sublingual” tincture).

AND–good news for your wallet –it drastically increases the total amount of CBD absorbed, making it both more efficient and more cost effective than competing tinctures.

So remember: just because a label tells you to hold some tincture under your tongue doesn’t mean it’s actually sublingual. If you’re looking for a CBD tincture that can be absorbed rapidly and efficiently under your tongue, trust one with the technology to back it up


How to Choose the Best CBD Gummies (or Tinctures)

We’re living in a golden age for CBD products… or so it would seem. But with so many options on the market – and not much in the way of FDA regulation – it can be tough to predict which ones will actually do what they claim. Here are a few simple rules for identifying the best, most effective CBD gummies (and tinctures) money can buy.

Choose Broad-Spectrum Hemp Oil Over CBD Isolate

Many gummies and tinctures are infused with CBD isolate that’s been extracted from the hemp plant all on its lonesome. And don’t get us wrong – CBD is awesome. But when you isolate it from its natural chemical companions, you’re missing out on a lot of the benefits Mother Nature intended.

That’s why you should always choose a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, which contains not only CBD, but other beneficial plant compounds including terpenes (the compounds that give all plants their unique taste, smell, and effect). These elements work together to stimulate different receptors in your body through a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. So your best bet for a truly effective CBD product is something like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies (or Tinctures), which are all about broad-spectrum-ing your horizons.

And a quick note: broad-spectrum hemp oil (which contains no THC), should not be confused with full-spectrum hemp oil (which can contain up to .3% THC). While both are federally legal, a large enough dose of full-spectrum hemp oil runs the risk of making you feel high – or showing up on a drug test. Broad-spectrum is simply less risky.

Wana Wellness CBD Gummies

Consider the Ingredients

If you’re looking to make CBD a part of your wellness routine, chances are you don’t want a product loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Always check the ingredients list to make sure you feel good about the full picture. Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, for instance, contain all-natural ingredients, organic sweeteners, and only two grams of sugar per piece. They’re also kosher, gluten-free and, because they’re made with fruit-based pectin rather than animal-derived gelatin, completely vegan.

And if you’re using CBD for a specific purpose, you may also want to consider functional ingredients – meaning added ingredients that can help boost the hemp oil’s desired effect. For example, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures come in a “Rest” formulation that includes melatonin to further promote a good night’s sleep, while the “Relax” blend includes herbal components like skullcap extract and rose oil, which have been linked to stress relief.

Look for Lab Results

The most trustworthy CBD companies are the ones which openly publish their third-party lab results. Lab testing is really the only way to ensure your gummies or tinctures are potent, safe, and consistent. Look for a company that allows you to enter a batch number and confirm that the product you hold in your hands is everything it claims to be.

Don’t Judge by Milligrams Alone

Determining your hemp product’s potency might seem like a no-brainer… the more milligrams of CBD it contains, the more effective it’ll be. Right?

Turns out it’s not that simple. See, cannabinoids like CBD are technically lipids, or fats. Your body is made of mostly water. Fat and water don’t like to mix, so it’s actually very difficult for your body to efficiently absorb CBD. In fact, as much as 80% of the CBD in your average product passes right through your body without having any effect. That means, when you pay $75 for 1000mg of CBD, you can expect that as many as 800 of those milligrams – and 60 of those dollars – will basically go down the drain.

So rather than think in terms of milligrams, think about bioavailability – a term which refers to the ease and speed with which a product’s CBD can be absorbed. For instance, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures are made with nanoemulsion technology, which encapsulates the fatty CBD molecules in a thin, water-friendly layer. This layer acts as a kind of disguise which tricks your body into absorbing the CBD faster and up to 4x more efficiently.

The result? A CBD product that works in just 5-15 minutes, cuts down drastically on wasted milligrams, and delivers the most bang-for-your-buck of any tincture on the market!

So how do you choose the best CBD gummies and tinctures? In summary:

  1. Choose a product with broad-spectrum hemp oil.
  2. Pay attention to ALL the ingredients, not just the CBD.
  3. Check for third-party lab testing.
  4. Instead of considering how many milligrams a product contains, think about how easily those milligrams can be absorbed.

With these four simple rules in mind, you can cut through all the noise of a booming – and sometimes confusing – CBD industry to find the perfect product for your wellness journey.

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