Pre-Workout CBD: When’s the Best Time to Take CBD Before Training

August 17, 2018

You want to take your CBD product with enough time for the compound to stimulate your native systems.

CBD products have become an integral component of many athletes’ training routines. While some prefer to use CBD after workouts to encourage better recovery, others have found that taking CBD before they hit the court, field, or pool naturally boosts their performance and helps them “get in the flow.”

Taking CBD before a workout or competition is an all-natural way to help your body stay balanced as you push it to new levels. The timing of your CBD routine can be key, and no matter how you prefer to get take in the cannabinoid, you’ll want to make sure you give enough time for it to reach your systems.

Why Should I Take CBD Before a Workout?

Athletes who opt to use their CBD before a workout has found that the compound helps their body function as efficiently as possible while they’re in the middle of their training sessions. By supporting their bodily functions during a workout with CBD, they find that their body is able to perform at its best.

CBD helps the body’s functions run efficiently by supporting the endocannabinoid system. This major regulatory network is always at work, making sure that important functions are balanced and running optimally.

Derived from the stalks of hemp, CBD is a plant-derived cannabinoid that augments the body’s own cannabinoids. Because it shares a similar structure to the body’s cannabinoids, CBD is able to interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. By stimulating these receptors, CBD supports the endocannabinoid system’s efforts to keep functions running smoothly.

How these balancing properties of CBD will affect you can depend on a number of factors. The athletes who find benefit from taking CBD before workouts often describe the sensation as “finding a flow” or “a sense of calm” that they believe helps them physically perform at a higher level.

Keep in mind that CBD affects everyone differently. When deciding to use CBD before a workout for the first time, it’s best if you start with a smaller serving and schedule your initial serving on a routine workout day rather than before an important training session. Some have found that CBD causes a sense of drowsiness and prefer to use their CBD product after workouts.

Remember that while CBD is derived from cannabis, it is a non-intoxicating compound so you don’t have to worry about experiencing a “high” or any other wonky side effects.

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How Long Before a Workout Should I Take CBD?

Before diving into the ideal timing for using CBD before a workout, it’s important to note that every person’s body and their system is unique. Not everyone reacts to the products the same way, and your age, genetics, circulatory system, metabolism, tolerance level, and other factors can influence how quickly CBD takes its effects and how your body responds to the compound.

Proper timing of your CBD oil serving gives enough time for CBD to reach your bloodstream, where it can interact with cannabinoid receptors and start promoting balance. How long it takes CBD to reach your bloodstream is influenced by your chosen method of consumption.

Some methods of CBD consumption allow the compound to be absorbed nearly instantly. Others can take up to an hour.

Generally, there are three ways to deliver CBD to your bloodstream, including:


Inhalation methods like vaping and dabbing allow CBD to be absorbed almost immediately. When you vape or dab, the CBD compounds enter your lungs and diffuse directly into your bloodstream.

If you’re getting your CBD using either of these inhalation methods, you can take your CBD just prior to your workout. Products like Dixie Botanicals® CBD Vape Liquid and Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate are designed to be vaped or dabbed.

Under the Tongue

Absorbing CBD under your tongue is the second fastest way to deliver CBD to your systems. With the under-the-tongue method, you place and hold the CBD product under your tongue for 60-90 seconds. The CBD absorbs through the mucous membranes of the mouth and then arrives at your bloodstream.

If you opt to use the under-the-tongue method, you can take your CBD product a few minutes prior to your workout. Products like Dixie Botanicals® tinctures and CBD Isolate can be taken under the tongue.

Ingestion via the Mouth

Because it’s so easy, swallowing to ingest CBD products remains a popular way to take CBD. This method is slower acting than the others. When you eat a CBD product, the compounds must go through the digestive system and be metabolized by the liver before being delivered to the bloodstream. This process can take 30-60 minutes.

If you elect to take your CBD by swallowing it, you’ll want to schedule taking your serving about an hour before your workout. Our Dixie Botanicals® Kicks energy chews and Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gems are designed to be eaten. Our Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gel Capsules are meant to be swallowed whole with a swig of water. While most often taken under the tongue, our CBD tinctures can also be swallowed.

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Should I Take CBD More Than Once?

The full effects of CBD may only remain for a few hours to a half-day, depending on the method of use. For more sustained CBD levels, some athletes have found success taking a serving of CBD multiple times a day.

An athlete might take CBD both before and after a workout. Another may infuse CBD into their morning coffee, take a serving again before a workout, and then incorporate CBD into a recovery smoothie.

The perfect CBD routine is the one that works best for you and your individual training and athletic needs. You have the choice of using a single product, like our CBD tinctures, or having an arsenal of products that you use at different times of the day.

Starting a CBD Regimen is Easy

Ready to start incorporating CBD products into your pre-training routine? Simply navigate over to the HempMeds® online CBD store to place your order.

You can also discover more about CBD and how it naturally supports your body and its functions by visiting the Dixie Botanicals® blog.