Is It Better to Take CBD Before or After a Workout?

20th October 2019

CBD is fast becoming a staple of gym bags across the UK as more and more people use it to treat the delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS) during their workout. The big question fitness fanatics have now is; should you take it before or after your workout?

The simple answer is that it all depends on which type of CBD product is your preferred choice as each one takes a different amount of time to kick in.

CBD Onset of Effects

The goal is to have CBD working at full capacity in your body once your training is completed.

For example, if you plan on training for an hour and you like using capsules then you should take them just before you start training.

On the other hand, if you vape CBD flower or oil, then you can take it immediately after your session as its effects will kick in straight away.

See the table below to determine when you should take CBD:


Onset of effects

Capsules1 hour 
Vaping2 minutes
Tinctures 30 minutes
Edibles1-2 hours
Smoking2 minutes
Topicals15 – 30 minutes

Dosage Guide For CBD

Everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system and so there is no one CBD dosage that is suitable for  everyone or ‘one size fits all’.

Anecdotally it appears most people consume between 25 mg to 200 mg per day depending on levels of inflammation, pain levels etc.

The best advice is to start low and slow until you find the optimum dosage that works best for you personally. You will be glad you did because there are so many benefits.

CBD Workout Benefits

This non-intoxicating compound from the cannabis plant has been described by scientists as a pharmacological wonder due to its vast array of benefits such as:

Reduce inflammation

We all know the feeling of aching tired muscles following a workout (or DOMS as it is technically known). CBD has been shown in numerous studies as a powerful anti-inflammatory with analgesic effects to reduce the pain associated with it.

Prolong Runner's High

The brain releases an endogenous compound known as anandamide which produces the bliss feeling post-workout. Unfortunately, it is quickly eradicated from the body by an enzyme known as FAAH. Thankfully CBD has been shown to inhibit FAAH thereby prolonging the feel-good runners high.

CBD Workout

Lower Cortisol Levels

A workout is perceived as stress to the body and as such cortisol will be produced. Although it does have some positive effects, cortisol can reduce protein synthesis which will hinder muscle growth and recovery.

Relaxing Anti-Anxiety Effects

CBD is maybe best-known for its anti-anxiety relaxing effects which may aid a good night's sleep to promote recovery in the body.


CBD is, without doubt, an effective, safe alternative to reduce pain and inflammation following a tough workout and when to use this cannabinoid all depends on your chosen method of consumption.

Topicals can be applied directly to the affected area to target specific pain and inflammation but for maximum results and to boost your endocannabinoid system it is recommended to add one of the other products also.

CBD Oil Benefits
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