Should CBD tincture be taken on an empty stomach?

Should CBD Tincture be Taken on an Empty Stomach?

Ready to take your CBD tincture, but wondering if it’s a good time because you just ate?

That’s a common question and I’ll help get you the answer you need.

One common question that arises is, “Should CBD tincture be taken on an empty stomach?”

If you’re just taking it sublingually (under the tongue), yes.

But if you’re going to be digesting it, with food is better.

It really depends on HOW you’re taking your CBD tincture.

Here’s why:

Food and CBD Absorption

CBD tinctures can technically be consumed regardless of food intake.

If you’re adding your liquid drops to food or water, then having a meat with fat and complex carbs will improve the absorption of your CBD.


Because CBD is fat-soluble, meaning it dissolves in fats and oils.

Consuming CBD with high-fat foods or meals can enhance its absorption and increase its bioavailability.

The presence of fat can aid in the breakdown and absorption of CBD molecules, allowing them to enter the bloodstream more efficiently.

If you’re taking your CBD liquid drops under your tongue, however, food intake may not have as much of an impact.

Sublingual absorption bypasses the digestive system, allowing CBD to enter directly into the bloodstream.

In this case, it’s recommended to avoid eating or drinking for 15-30 minutes after taking your CBD tincture to allow for maximum absorption.

Is CBD Better on a Full Stomach?

As I already said, it depends on how you’re taking your CBD.

If you’re consuming it with food, then yes, a full stomach may improve its absorption.

However, if you’re taking it sublingually, then an empty stomach may be more beneficial.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that some users experience a quicker onset of effects when taking CBD liquid drops on an empty stomach.

Foods That Enhance CBD

  1. Fatty Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel work together with CBD to promote a healthy inflammatory response.
  2. Avocado: Rich in monounsaturated fats, avocado is not only delicious but also helps to increase the bioavailability of CBD.
  3. Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens contain high levels of vitamins and minerals that support the endocannabinoid system, making them great additions to your CBD routine.
  4. Nuts and Seeds: Walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds are all excellent sources of healthy fats that can help with the absorption of CBD.
  5. Coconut Oil: Another source of healthy fats, coconut oil is a great option for cooking with CBD or adding it to your morning coffee.

Remember, everyone’s body is different, so it’s always best to experiment and see what works best for you when taking CBD with food.

In a Nutshell

If you ingest CBD gummies or tinctures with food, a meal rich in fats and complex carbs can enhance absorption.

But if you take a tincture sublingually, avoid eating or drinking for 15-30 minutes.

Foods like fatty fish, avocado, and nuts can enhance CBD absorption.

Remember, everyone’s response is different, so feel free to experiment!

What Dr. Chad and Bradford Wellness Co. love about CBD is that it’s natural (It’s NOT a drug!) and can be incorporated into your daily routine in various forms, such as gummies, oils, or even topically.

So see what works best for you.

You are always welcome to share your experiences, stories, and questions with us in the comments below.

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