Before choosing your consumption method, be aware of how each method varies in intensity and in the length of time it takes for the effects to kick in. Each method will cater to different needs, so keep these tips in mind when choosing your method:

Smoking and Vaping

For fastest and most intense effects

Edibles and Tinctures

For longer lasting effects

Edibles and Tinctures

For safest effects


For treating localized pain and inflammation

It is important to note that there are certain health risks associated with smoking and vaporizing which is why the Government of Canada cautions users against smoking marijuana. While edibles and oils may take longer to kick in, the effects will last longer, and the health risks will be minimized. Ideal dosage will always vary from one consumer to the next which is why it is critical to start low and go slow.

CBD Consumption Methods When Effects Could Begin How Long Effects Could Last
Smoking/vaporizing A few seconds – a few minutes Up to 6 hours*
Swallowing (food/capsules) 30 minutes–1.5 hours Up to 12 hours*
Under the tongue (tinctures) 5-30 minutes Up to 12 hours*

*Some effects can last more than 24 hours

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