This is a question we get asked often! It largely depends on what symptoms each person is trying to mitigate, but usually taking it every day is far more effective than taking it when a symptom arises. This has to do with how CBD slowly builds up in your body over time. 

Some people take it every day just so if any symptoms come up, they appear in a much milder fashion. As this article from PopSugar says:

“When I first started taking CBD for anxiety, I would only take it as I needed it. As in, when my symptoms were bad; I’m talking horrible intrusive thoughts, increased heart rate, inability to concentrate, and catastrophizing everything. Although I noticed a little bit of a difference, it wasn’t nearly enough to really help. My mind would still be racing, and I would still have butterflies in my stomach. It wasn’t until I attended a CBD-themed dinner that I started talking to others who take CBD for anxiety.

“How often do you take it?” someone asked. I told her just as I needed it, which ended up being a few times a week. She suggested I take it every day to allow it to build up in my system. Although I wasn’t exactly sure of the science behind this — a Google search didn’t yield any well-vetted reliable info — I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try. When my anxiety gets to borderline debilitating, I’m willing to try anything. And since I hadn’t had any side effects from CBD thus far, I was willing to experiment on myself and take CBD every day.

After a few days, I already noticed a major difference. I was more mellowed out overall and didn’t have as many of my typical symptoms of anxiety. A couple weeks in, my intrusive thoughts virtually disappeared. My stomach was more calm, my heart rate got to a normal pace, and I didn’t struggle with worrying about the worst-case scenario in every single situation. I would still have the occasional flare-up of my anxiety symptoms, but it wasn’t nearly as consistent or severe as it was before.”

What do you think? Does taking CBD daily help mitigate your issues more than taking it when the symptoms appear? Let us know in the comments below!

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