You may have heard anecdotes from friends about the benefits that CBD (cannabidiol) has to offer. But, while fascinating to learn about, you may feel as though none of this has clearly told you how CBD will make you feel. We’re here to fill you in. How does CBD oil make you feel, and what do the different CBD compounds do to you? Get the lowdown on the different CBD oil products with Good Hemp. Wondering what CBD feels like? Before you experience the effects of CBD oil first-hand, let’s learn some theory so that you know what to expect.
How will CBD make me feel?
You may have heard a bit about how CBD (cannabidiol) can interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system to potentially help restore balance in a huge range of bodily functions.
You may also have heard anecdotes from friends about the benefits bringing this natural supplement into your life has to offer. But, while fascinating to learn about, you may feel as though none of this has clearly told you how CBD will make you feel. We’re here to fill you in.
In this article we’ll cover:
How will CBD make me feel?
The impact CBD has on the human body is, given the way we are mostly all made the same inside, similar for many people. However, the dosage you take, the strain of hemp used in the product, how/where the product is grown, extraction and other ingredients included, not to mention the reason you have chosen to take CBD products in the first place, all make for unique experiences.
As a very simple explanation, you can think of the core effect of CBD as being similar to that you experience when you take something like Paracetamol (Acetaminophen).
When it takes effect you experience the absence of symptoms and a return back to a more ‘normal’ state – more ‘you’.
First and foremost, legal, professionally made CBD products in the UK will not get you high. There’s little to no THC present in CBD oil that is sold legally in this country – that’s the psychotropic compound commonly associated with the heady, almost drunk feeling you can get from consuming marijuana.
However, that being said, stronger doses of CBD (1,000mg+, far more than would ever normally be consumed) may make you feel ever-so-slightly light headed, briefly, as it works its way into your bloodstream and around the receptors in your body.
This is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, this sensation is mostly your own ‘bliss molecule’, the endocannabinoid called Anandamide, being allowed to flow freely as a result of CBD binding to your CB1 and CB2 receptors which then changes the shape, blocking Anandamide’s usual spot, while inhibiting the enzyme which would ordinarily break Anandamide down before it has a chance to get around. If THC is also present, this sits tightly in those receptors so there’s no chance of Anandamide settling in, making for even more of that lovely stuff swimming around your system.
But this little ‘rush’ isn’t the case for everyone. In fact, those with acute pain, anxiety, sleep deprivation (to name but a few) often find that all they feel is a sudden sense of equilibrium, perhaps manifested as pain reduction, a wash of soothing calm, or an energy boost.
Interestingly, the same goes for many people using medical marijuana for acute distress, even with higher levels of THC present. Many experts have theorised that this feeling of restored balance may come from a regulation of something dubbed an ‘endocannabinoid deficiency’ – an extremely common problem where our bodies have stopped producing and delivering appropriate amounts of Anandamide and a wide variety of other endocannabinoids, resulting in troubles with many cognitive and physiological processes, such as memory, pain, stress response, and appetite.
A number of factors are thought to cause endocannabinoid deficiency, such as lack of quality sleep, poor diet and chronic stress. CBD products simply help your body return to centre.
How can I start using CBD in the most effective way?
The best way to consumer CBD is often a personal choice. The most common way is to start with CBD oil drops, taken under the tongue. Simply place 4-5 drops under your tongue and allow to absorb for 90 seconds before swallowing.
It’s really important to seek out high a quality product, from a reputable brand where you can be assured that you’re getting what’s on the label. Ideally a broad spectrum CBD oil, rather than one based on CBD isolate, so that you also get the benefit of the other minor cannabinoids and terpenes present in the cannabis plant (hemp plant).
KLORIS CBD are one of the most awarded CBD brands, with stringent quality control and are available for next day delivery from this website, found in leading health spas like Six Senses and Bvlgari and are one of the only CBD oil brands to be recognised under the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society Criteria For Excellence.
How can CBD affect people in so many different ways?
Does it seem a little strange to you that some people use CBD to relax while others use it as a pick-me-up?
It’s certainly a very special property of CBD products and it comes down to two things:
- Cannabis is pleiotropic, meaning it has many different effects through many molecular pathways and activates or binds to multiple receptors throughout the body.
- Cannabis, although not officially labelled as an adaptogen, contains cannabinoids which work in a typically adaptogenic way, adapting their function depending on what the body needs, be that physical, chemical or biological. Cannabis (and adaptogens such as Ginseng and Reishi mushroom), bring the body back into balance, moderating stress response, lowering inflammation and even enhancing mental performance. What’s more, they can possess opposing qualities, such as being stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Whatever your body needs when the adaptogen gets involved. Amazing, huh?
Does CBD really relieve pain?
Cannabinoids on their own are endlessly captivating – there’s so much we have learned already, yet there is still so much more to discover. But one thing we do know is that it’s how these cannabinoids work in synergy with each other (the entourage effect) and with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that gives the results people are raving about. Really, they’re just a gentle helping hand to encourage your own body to function just as it should.
The ECS spans the entire body. It’s considered to be one of the most important and complex networks, alongside the Central Nervous System (CNS) and Immune System. The receptors that make up the ECS have even been found within the CNS and Immune System and are now known to regulate mood, pain, inflammation, appetite, coordination among many, many other functions./p>
Because of this, plenty of CBD users have claimed that they find CBD to be extremely effective when it comes to pain relief, when taken internally, as transdermal patches and also when applied topically, as receptors are also found in almost every skin cell throughout all lipid layers. It’s not possible to make any hard claims as to this yet though.
Is CBD oil addictive?
You may find that once you start taking CBD oil, the change to your body is so wonderful that you’ll not want to be without it! But this isn’t because it’s addictive. It’s just a game-changer. At a molecular level CBD is not in any way addictive and numerous studies have shown this to be the case. In contrast, evidence suggests that CBD may actually help combat existing addiction to substances such as tobacco, alcohol and even opioids.
One week-long 2013 study published in the Addictive Behaviours journal found that participants given a CBD inhaler to use every time they felt the need to smoke reduced their number of cigarettes by 40%, while those with the placebo showed no notable difference.
Another 2019 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry observed the effects of treating long-term heroin users with CBD. The 42 subjects were split into three groups, one had 400mg of CBD administered, the second were given 800mg and the third received a placebo. The results showed that those who used CBD experienced significantly less cravings and anxiety induced by the drug cues.
Can I drink alcohol while taking CBD?
Mixing cannabis with alcohol is usually a no-no, as many a teenager will attest to, however, this is not the case when it comes to low THC or THC free CBD products.
Where marijuana with booze might leave you feeling very much worse for wear, CBD is actually thought to have the opposite effect by soothing alcohol induced depression and anxiety for a far more relaxed buzz. Better still, the negative side effects of drinking could be somewhat cushioned by including CBD in your tipple.
One 2013 study in the journal of Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behaviour, found that CBD reduces the neurodegeneration drinking can cause, while another 2014 study published in the journal of Free Radical Biology and Medicine revealed that CBD protects the liver by inhibiting oxidative stress and increasing the destruction of damaged cells.
This, blended with everything else CBD helps your body do, could not only make for a more enjoyable night, but a more bearable morning after too.
Can I take CBD with medication?
There is still so much to learn about CBD and this is one area that is crying out for attention – the reason for this being that the potential CBD has for those on medication could possibly be great, or not good at all.
Cannabidiol (and cannabis, including THC and all other cannabinoids) has a fantastic safety record as a food supplement, even in high doses. Unlike many pharmaceutical medications there’s no chance of serious harm if you take a little more than you mean to. However, some studies have indicated that CBD has the ability to block a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450, which are responsible for metabolising (and therefore eliminating) 70% to 80% of pharmaceutical drugs in the liver.
If enough research is done and safety measures are put into place, this could open up the possibility of patients being able to take much lower doses of their medication when used alongside CBD oil. But it could also indicate build up of pharmaceutical chemicals in your system, which may end being very toxic.
Until we know more, it’s best to err on the side of caution. And of course, always consult a medical professional for their expert advice.
Does CBD oil have any negative side effects?
A huge and ever-increasing number of studies looking into cannabidiol are now (thankfully and finally!) being published on a yearly basis, and the vast majority of them are pointing towards CBD being a pretty amazing thing in almost all respects. But as this is still a relatively new science (the ECS was only discovered in the 90s after all) and widespread use of concentrated CBD is a recent thing, we are always learning.
So far, the World Health Organisation deems CBD as perfectly safe, without risk of dependency or abuse and full of promise for a wide range of medical uses.
The only clinical trial showing negative side effects has been through using extremely high doses of Epidiolex, an FDA-approved CBD prescription medication. This looked at daily doses equivalent to 1,360 mg (more than an entire bottle of most CBD products) and even that exhibited mild symptoms such as dry mouth, decreased appetite and gastrointestinal distress.
That being said, it is vitally important to be wary of poor quality, unregulated CBD products. When purchasing CBD, always look for organic growing methods and transparent lab reports to ensure you are only ever putting the very best ingredients into your body.
How long will I feel the effect of CBD for?
You’re probably wondering how long does CBD last – this mostly depends on what form of CBD you take (i.e. oil, capsules, vapes, edibles etc). Vaping or using cbd oil drops sublingually (under the tongue) ensures the CBD enters your bloodstream fast, and you’ll start to feel the effects within 5-10 minutes. Capsules and edibles take much longer to get to work (up to 90 minutes) and, due to having to go via your digestive system, will end up having lower bioavailability too (so you need to take much more to have the same effect). But they’re great for a slow, steady, accumulative build up.
Once CBD is in your system, however it gets there, it will reach what’s known as ‘elimination half-life’ (the time it takes to reach half the dosage in your body) in 18 to 32 hours. But you won’t feel it as strongly during this whole time as you do when it first gets going (what’s called ‘active life’), even though those lovely cannabinoids will still be subtly working away.
How can I make sure I get the best CBD?
Knowing which are the best CBD products to try can be a confusing task, but there are a few easy things to check:
- Make sure the source of the CBD is clearly labelled as hemp, or Cannabis Sativa L. This form of the cannabis plant is naturally low in THC and is the only legal source of CBD for non-medicinal products in the UK and Europe.
- Ingestible products like CBD oil should ideally be made from broad spectrum CBD extract, meaning that there are other minor compounds present, as naturally found in the hemp plant. There is growing evidence to suggest this more natural form is more beneficial than ‘purified’ CBD isolate.
- Ensure that there are current laboratory analysis reports (sometimes called Certificates of Analysis, or COAs) available for your products. These should show the levels of CBD, THC and other cannabinoids. If the certificates don’t show the company name and a batch number that matches your product, or are more than a year old, be wary.
- Organic is always better. Hemp plants are very good at sucking up toxins from the soil.
- Look for well known third party accreditations, reviews and awards that show the brand is legitimate.
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How Does CBD Make You Feel?
So you’re trying Good Hemp Pure CBD oil for the first time. Welcome to the party! You might have heard about some of the benefits already, but how exactly will it change the way you feel and why?
CBD is a calming compound that is the perfect antidote to a highly active, anxiety-riddled lifestyle (hands up if you can relate ♀️). It helps you stay centred and grounded and makes you feel more relaxed as you go about your day. CBD is known for its calming properties, and on top of that, it can help with pain relief (like period pain or muscle pain), inflammation, and concentration.
There’s no disputing that the benefits of CBD are far reaching – the thing is that different types of CBD extracts produce different effects in the body based on their structural composition. To understand why this happens, we’ll need to distinguish between three types of CBD.
The Different Types of CBD
There are three common types of CBD extracts that you will find when searching for the right product for you: full spectrum, broad-spectrum and CBD isolate.
- Full spectrum CBD contains a mixture of cannabinoids, sometimes including THC (the principal psychoactive component of cannabis plants), and terpenes
- Broad-spectrum CBD also contains a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes, but it doesn’t contain THC
- CBD isolate doesn’t contain cannabinoids or terpenes, and only includes pure CBD, as an isolated substance
Because of the key distinctions between each type, the way you feel will be different depending on which CBD extract you use.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant – the most notable ones being THC and CBD. Cannabinoids interact with specific cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system (mainly CB1 and CB2) and may have different effects based on the brain area involved. For example, interaction with the limbic system may alter your memory, cognition and psychomotor performance; interaction with the mesolimbic pathway may affect your reward and pleasure responses. Pain perception can also be altered by cannabinoids, which is why CBD oil is often used for pain relief.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are fragrant oils found in many types of plants, including cannabis plants. Originally developed by cannabis plants to repel predators and lure pollinators, they are now often used to give distinctive flavours to CBD oil and cannabis varieties. The presence of different combinations of terpenes in CBD oil is thought to influence its effects, but more research is needed to understand exactly what each terpene brings to the table.
The Effects of CBD vs THC
As full spectrum CBD extracts can include THC, it is possible that they induce a bit of a psychoactive “high”. Broad-spectrum and CBD isolate do not contain any THC, so they won’t have the same psychoactive effect.
That’s not to say that CBD oils that are THC-free don’t have mood-inducing properties: they *are* powerful mood altering compounds. Moderate doses can have a profound positive effect on your overall wellbeing through the way they induce feelings of grounding and calm, and counteract anxiety and stress.
Take CBD isolate (our speciality), for example. It provides a boost in natural alertness and some relaxing effects, but none of the high-inducing side effects that will stop you from going about your day like usual.
Tips for Using CBD For the First Time
Now that you know how you might feel depending on the different type of extract you use, the following tips will come in handy for when you use CBD for the first time.
- Start on a lower dose and see how you feel
- Up the dose gradually over time as you work towards hitting your own personal “sweet spot”
- Do not exceed 70mg per day for FSA (and Good Hemp lab) approved safe use
- Dispense the droplets under your tongue and leave them there for 60 seconds before swallowing – this helps the CBD to enter your bloodstream and get to work a little faster
- Wait around 40 minutes for the effects to start kicking in
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What Does CBD Feel Like?
When you ask people what CBD feels like, you’ll hear different answers, from relaxed to focused to stress-free and in less discomfort. Others also praise CBD for its beneficial effects on the skin, which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone considering the abundance of CBD skincare products.
But what does CBD really make you feel like?
What happens when you take CBD oil and it enters the bloodstream?
Because CBD is derived from cannabis plants (like THC), some people mistakenly attribute intoxicating effects to it. However, CBD itself is a non-intoxicant, so it won’t get you high. Cannabis is an umbrella term to describe the family of plants; both hemp and marijuana are its members, but they also have different chemical profiles. Since hemp-derived CBD oil contains 0.3% of THC or less, the chances of getting high are ZERO.
Today, we’ll clear up any confusion regarding what CBD feels like; how the cannabinoid produces its effects, and how they affect your everyday life.
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, so as we said, it won’t get you high. It will, however, produce a wave of calming and relaxing effects that can elevate the mood and invigorate the user. The effects of CBD oil depending on the time of the day, the amount is taken, the user’s weight, metabolism, and the type of CBD product.
For example, CBD oil is thought to ease stress, improve attention, promote healthy rest, and ease physical discomfort. On the other hand, products like CBD topicals have been reported to provide relief in specific areas.
CBD doesn’t interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain — hence the lack of intoxicating effects. Instead, CBD modulates the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help the body maintain a balance between essential physiological processes. The ECS occurs in all other systems and their organs, manifesting itself through 2 types of receptors: CB1 and CB2 (1).
CBD helps the ECS produce and maintain more of its natural neurotransmitters known as endocannabinoids. These molecules have a similar chemical structure to plant-derived cannabinoids, which explains the versatility of CBD in self-care. Endocannabinoid deficiencies have been reported to cause imbalances in the said organs and systems, leading to many health concerns.
But when more cannabinoids are circulating in the body, the ECS can bring homeostasis back more efficiently. As a result, the user may experience a range of positive effects, such as peace of mind, better regeneration, overall sense of balance, better stress management, lower sensitivity to physical discomfort, and plenty more.
Some of the effects of CBD appear directly after consumption, while others need more time to experience its full potential.
How Does CBD Oil from Hemp vs. Marijuana Make You Feel?
As mentioned earlier, CBD can be extracted from hemp and marijuana.
Hemp-derived CBD oil contains no more than 0.3% THC. Cannabis plants that meet these conditions are federally legal because hemp is now an agricultural commodity. It can be grown and processed for any purpose, including health supplements such as CBD extracts. Hemp-derived CBD products won’t cause a high, but they can make you feel relaxed and more in-the-zone.
Marijuana-derived CBD oil comes from selectively bred marijuana strains that are grown for higher ratios of CBD to THC. These ratios may be 1:1, 2:1, 5:1, 10:1, or even 20:1. Depending on the final composition of your marijuana CBD oil, you may experience mild-to-moderate psychoactive effects, but you won’t be as buzzed as after taking THC oil. In fact, consuming marijuana-derived CBD oil with a 20:1 ratio of CBD to THC will be deeply relaxing but won’t make you feel high.
But then again, hemp is currently the only source of CBD that is legal in all 50 states. Marijuana-derived CBD oil can be purchased only in states that have legalized medical or recreational use (or both) of marijuana.
Full-spectrum vs Other Spectrum Effects
A CBD product labeled as full-spectrum means that you’re getting an extract containing the plant’s original cannabinoid profile, terpenes, and other important compounds, including trace amounts of THC. The 0.3% of THC hasn’t been filtered out during the extraction process. The presence of the minor cannabinoids and terpenes allows the body to process CBD more efficiently. As a result, the oil doesn’t produce a bell-shaped dose-response observed in pure CBD. In plain English, full-spectrum CBD oil offers more predictable and stable dosing and produces stronger effects than CBD isolate.
If you’re concerned about taking even trace amounts of THC in your CBD product, consider a broad-spectrum CBD oil. Broad-spectrum extracts are similar to full-spectrum, as the oil contains most cannabinoids from its original state. However, the THC is removed after initial extraction, which reduces the risk of getting a false-positive score for THC on a drug test. Users can still reap the benefits offered by other minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
Another THC-free option is CBD isolate. As the name suggests, CBD isolate is just pure CBD that has been separated from other hemp compounds. It takes the form of white crystals; manufacturers often pulverize it and suspend it in food-grade carrier oils to create pure CBD oils. Unlike the above spectra, CBD isolate doesn’t offer the whole-plant synergy and is less predictable when it comes to the effects of specific doses.
How Different Types of CBD Products Make You Feel?
Aside from the cannabinoid spectrum and individual factors, the type of CBD plays a significant role in determining the way CBD makes you feel.
What Does CBD Oil Feel Like?
When you take CBD oil under the tongue, it absorbs into the bloodstream through the network of tiny blood vessels, avoiding the first-pass metabolism in the liver. As a result, CBD can kick in faster, allowing you to experience its health benefits within 15–20 minutes after administration. Full-spectrum CBD may leave a botanical aftertaste in your mouth, but the effects are well worth it.
Here’s how CBD oil feels like:
- Relaxing – CBD interacts with your brain and body through different receptors in a way that takes the edge off of stress and makes you feel relaxed. This is the desired effect for people who work in a high-pressure environment and need something to keep them up and about without jittery feelings associated with stimulants like caffeine and energy drinks. At the same time, CBD oil relieves the tension in your body, allowing you to unwind when your brain feels a bit overstimulated. People often use CBD in the evening to calm themselves before bed and wake up refreshed (2).
- Balancing – CBD can balance the activity of many systems throughout the body, including those responsible for digestion, appetite, and feelings of nausea. If you’re struggling with an upset stomach, taking CBD oil may make you feel better and less nauseous (3).
- Discomfort-free – CBD changes the way some signals are sent from the neurons to the brain. This mechanism is responsible for decreasing certain sensations in the body, such as physical discomfort. People report less tension and swelling when taking CBD oil and topicals (4).
- Elevating – the right dose of CBD can improve your mood without producing any mind-altering effects. When you take CBD oil you may feel uplifted and sober at the same time.
- More ‘in-the-zone’ – CBD may help you avoid or dismiss distractions, increasing your focus. Office workers who take CBD for attention-related problems find themselves more productive and motivated throughout the day.
On top of that, high doses of CBD taken in the evening are known for sedating effects, which is the desired effect among those looking for a better-quality rest.
What Does Vaping CBD Feel Like?
Vaping CBD feels much like taking CBD oil, but the difference is in the onset of the effects and their duration. Since vape pens use inhalation to deliver CBD into your system, it enters the bloodstream through the lungs where it can immediately produce the aforementioned effects. Depending on the terpene content of your CBD vape oil, they can be more relaxing or invigorating. The effects of vaporized CBD usually stick around for 3–4 hours. Some people microdose CBD through vaping in order to maintain consistent concentrations of CBD in the body throughout the day.
How do CBD Gummies Make You Feel?
Eating a CBD gummy offers similar benefits to taking CBD oil because the main active ingredient remains the same. However, oral forms of CBD like capsules and edibles need to pass through the digestive system before they can enter the bloodstream. Doing so delays the onset of effects by up to 90 minutes depending on your weight, metabolism, and whether you take CBD on a full or empty stomach. On the other hand, the effects of oral CBD products last longer than other forms, up to 10 hours.
How Does a CBD Cream Make You Feel?
CBD topicals like creams, balms, gels, and lotions are designed to target localized discomfort. When you apply them to the skin, the CBD gets absorbed into its epidermis layer, an area with concentrations of cannabinoid receptors type 2 (CB2). Upon interacting with the CB2 receptors, CBD produces its soothing effects, lasting up to 8 hours. The absorption rate of topical CBD varies depending on the product’s formula and its fat base.
What Are the Side Effects of CBD?
CBD is generally considered well-tolerated in humans. Study after study shows that doses like 1,500 mg daily are safe and don’t cause serious side effects. That being said, there are a few reactions that may occur if you take a large dose of CBD oil, including:
- Dry mouth – this side effect is common among all cannabinoids due to their ability to interact with the salivary glands in the mouth. CBD inhibits saliva production, so while it’s not the worst problem, a bit of dry mouth can cause mild discomfort. Keep yourself hydrated or eat something sour to stimulate saliva secretion.
- Biphasic nature – biphasic means that low doses of CBD will provide different effects than high doses. In other words, at low levels, CBD may give you more energy, while at high levels, it becomes sedating.
- Dizziness – larger doses of CBD can cause a temporary drop in blood pressure, making the user feel dizzy. It’s certainly not the desired effect if you want to take CBD during the day.
- Possible drug interactions – CBD compromises your liver’s ability to metabolize certain medications, so if you take any pharmaceuticals, CBD could negate its benefits and cause more harm than good. Be sure to consult your doctor to establish the right time schedule for your supplementation and avoid this interference.
Summarizing the Effects of CBD and How They Make You Feel
Everybody is different, so the final profile of effects will depend on what type of CBD you take, how much, and during what time of the day. But, the short answer is: CBD makes you feel relieved. It’s the kind of multifaceted relief involving better stress management, elevated mood, improved focus, less discomfort, and more efficient rest.
The effects of CBD are mediated through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, which is a widespread regulatory network in humans and all vertebrae. In addition, CBD operates on over 65 molecular targets, which makes it a versatile compound; but more importantly, it doesn’t cause addiction and you can’t overdose on it, no matter how much you take. Still, we advise you to take CBD within reason and consult the idea with your doctor due to possible CBD-drug interactions.
What does CBD make you feel? Let us know in the comment section!