Cannabis, CBD, and the Time of Day

Have you ever noticed that your cannabis or CBD experience seems to vary widely depending on the time of day? There are many things within your control that can impact your cannabis experience. The time of day you choose to ingest is one of them.

What is known about cannabis, CBD and the time of day?

Because of the federal prohibition on the use of cannabis, the scientific community lacks rigorous, experimentally controlled studies examining the effects of cannabis, including how those effects might vary based on time of day that cannabis is consumed.

At Jointly, we aren’t aware of any credible studies that exist about cannabis and the time of day of ingestion. If you see one, please let us know – we’d love to read it.

What is suspected to be true?

Some cannabis and CBD users believe strongly that their experiences vary based on the time of day they consume their products.

The most common claim is that the intensity of the experience is greatest in the morning. You may have heard of the term “Wake and Bake.” Try searching on Google and you’ll see that there are plenty of strongly-held opinions on the subject.

The consensus among believers is that both the intensity and duration of their experience is greater in the morning. Why would that be?

There are many unproven hypotheses out there: Is it because of hormonal differences? Because the stomach is empty? Because there are no other substances in the body competing for priority?

Something else? Does it depend on what your goals are for your cannabis use?

Further, does “wake and bake” also apply to CBD use? Or is it just about the psychoactive effects of THC? The time of use for CBD often revolves around your individual goal and the specific CBD product choice. When using in the morning, some say CBD can help enhance clarity, provide energy, and reduce anxiety. Dosing in the night is often used in an attempt to help relax, refresh, and promote sleep. 

But no one really knows for certain. However, there is a way to find out for yourself.

Getting answers with Jointly

Jointly is Your Cannabis Companion – a smartphone app that answers your important questions by aggregating experiences from a community of users just like you. Jointly is safe, secure, private, unbiased, and easy to use. Jointly only includes legal and licensed products from legal and licensed brands.

Jointly can help you identify the best products for your goals, based on real experiences of other people, like you, with the same goals.

By submitting reports and ratings in Jointly, your own personal in-app Learning Center helps you understand how to improve your experience:

How do you find your optimal dose?
How much time should you wait between sessions?
How does ingestion method impact your experience?
How does time of day impact your experience?
Does it matter if you exercise before, during, or after cannabis use?
How does the amount of sleep you get the night before change things?
What about hydration?
How much food is in your stomach?
The quality of your diet?
Your environment?
The people you are with?

We hope you get the results you deserve. And, be sure to learn about the steps you can take to increase your odds of success.

And, if you have any feedback or ideas for improving Jointly, please let us know. We’re here to help, but also to learn.


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