What does CBD oil feel like?
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- Does CBD make you feel good?
- Different types of CBD oil deliver different effects
- What are the side effects of CBD oil?
CBD is said by many to have a relaxing and soothing effect, but you’re not going to feel this non-intoxicating cannabinoid the same way you would THC. To explain how CBD truly feels, we need to look at how both THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
CBD is said to have a relaxing and soothing effect. The effects are much different than THC. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The ECS is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors that cannabinoids bind to, and enzymes that break them down. While THC activates the CB1 receptors, CBD induces the opposite outcome, instead inhibiting activity in the CB1 receptors.
Aside from CB1 receptors, CBD also binds to several other targets throughout the body. For instance, this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has at least 12 sites of action in the brain and may elicit therapeutic effects by activating multiple pathways at once.
The interaction between CBD and the body may create a feeling of relaxation and improved mood. Studies and anecdotal evidence also suggest that CBD offers therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other ailments.
Does CBD make you feel good?
You might have heard about the various purported health benefits of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid, but how does CBD feel once it enters your system?
Many consumers and medical patients report several positive effects after taking CBD, including feelings of relaxation and calmness. But the exact feeling you’ll get from CBD is contingent on several factors, including the type of CBD product, the total CBD dosage, and individual-specific factors.
How CBD affects you depends on your body’s chemistry and the type of product you select. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Depending on the treatment or therapeutic relief you seek, the effects of CBD can vary. Different CBD products may prove more beneficial than others. For instance, CBD-infused topicals have been reported to provide relief in pain-specific areas, while a CBD oil with a 1:1 CBD-to-THC ratio could be better suited to help with falling asleep, perhaps also producing an intoxicated feeling, depending on the level of THC.
Individual-specific characteristics such as the consumer’s weight, diet, metabolism, other medications, genetics, and medical conditions, as well as the formulation and quality of the CBD product itself could all influence the amount of therapeutic value that CBD will offer.
Not only does it depend on the individual, but also their ailment or condition. Depending on the therapeutic needs, different CBD products may prove more beneficial than others.
Different types of CBD oil deliver different effects
When you stumble upon a wide selection of CBD oil products, there might not appear to be much differentiating them. However, not all CBD oil will make you feel the same. In fact, the effects of various CBD oil products can differ drastically.
Hemp-derived vs. marijuana-derived CBD oil
There are two main classifications of cannabis plants that produce CBD: hemp and marijuana. Though the CBD molecular structure is identical regardless of source, there’s a difference between the chemical makeup of hemp and marijuana plants, which can lead to CBD oil products with different effects.
Industrial hemp plants are typically grown for their fiber and seeds, and tend to be skinny and scarce in foliage. Hemp plants and hemp-derived products are considered legal under U.S. law, as long as the plant contains no more than 0.3% THC. Therefore, hemp-derived CBD oil will have little to no THC, which will prevent consumers from feeling any of the intoxicating effects that stem from this cannabinoid.
On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from marijuana plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers, typically with higher levels of THC than CBD, although there are several CBD-rich cultivars on the market. Marijuana-derived CBD oil often contains much higher levels of THC than hemp-derived products, so consumers may want to brace for the effects of THC. These products are legally available on the adult-use market and in certain medical marijuana states, but remain illegal on the federal level.
Not all CBD oil will make you feel the same. There are many types of oil out there, so make sure you know where the oil in your products was sourced. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Although the intoxicating feeling of THC might be something you wish to avoid, it’s important to note that CBD and THC have actually demonstrated a synergistic relationship when taken in tandem, a phenomenon commonly known as the “entourage effect.” For example, when CBD is consumed alongside THC, people tend to experience less of the paranoia and anxiety associated with high THC concentrations. The inclusion of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes could also contribute to the experience and to how you ultimately end up feeling.
When it comes to the purported effects of CBD oil products, we’re not only looking at hemp-derived and marijuana-derived products. The additional cannabis compounds and ingredients (or lack thereof) also play a significant role in the consumer experience. There are major differences between broad-spectrum CBD oil, full-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD oil
When a CBD oil product is labeled full-spectrum, that means the plant’s original terpenes and other types of cannabinoids, including cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and importantly, THC, have not been filtered out during the extraction process.
Broad spectrum CBD oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oil derived from hemp is similar to full-spectrum, as the oil contains most of the cannabinoids from its original state. However, the key difference here is the additional extraction process that filters out all traces of THC. With the THC removed, consumers don’t need to worry about encountering any feelings of being high, but can still reap the potential benefits of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
Another option for consumers is CBD isolate, which comes in the form of a crystalline solid or white powder. Stripped of all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, CBD isolate is the most refined form of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, containing upwards of 99% pure CBD. With all THC and other compounds removed, CBD isolate is the purest possible form of CBD available.
CBD isolate is the most refined form of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, containing upwards of 99% pure CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
Although CBD does not produce the same adverse side effects as THC, should you be concerned about feeling or encountering any other side effects from the cannabinoid?
While research has found that CBD has a much better side effect profile compared with most other drugs, a large dose of CBD can still have potentially adverse effects on the user. A 2017 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research concluded that while CBD had a “favorable safety profile,” there were side effects reported by participants, including tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.
In addition, CBD may cause other side effects in some individuals, including nausea and irritability. Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and contributor to the Harvard Health Blog, discussed these potential side effects in a 2018 post, writing, “Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements.”
For this reason, it is vital to consult with your physician before beginning a regimen of CBD products, including CBD oil. Be sure to discuss any current prescription medications and possible drug interactions prior to starting CBD.
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What Does CBD Feel Like?
One of many powerful compounds found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to support the body and mind in various ways. Among the many benefits that our users experience, some of the main ones are a sense of calm for focus, relief from everyday stresses, help in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation, and more. *
But what does CBD feel like when you take it? How will you know when or how you’re actually realizing the effects of CBD?
We’ll get into some examples of what to look for below, but for now, the most accurate answer to those questions is, “It depends.” Specifically, it depends on what your body needs.
How Does CBD Work Within the Body
Everyone’s body is different, so when it comes to CBD, everybody is likely to experience a slightly different response. As you’ll come to learn, CBD works with your body’s Endocannabinoid System, which helps maintain homeostasis – or stability and overall wellness in your systems. So any effects that you feel will be personalized based on what you have going on internally. Results from CBD vary based on how much and how often you take it.
In the meantime, here are some things you should be aware of with CBD:
Plant compounds work better together. CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. What scientists have found is that these plant compounds tend to have a better effect on the body when they work together rather than alone.
This is known as the Entourage Effect, and it’s a large part of why we choose to make our products “full spectrum.” Since the research shows that using the whole plant maximizes benefits delivered throughout the body, we make sure to give you as much of Mother Nature’s goodness as we can.
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
CBD is non-intoxicating. THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, is both a psychoactive compound and an intoxicating cannabinoid that leaves its users feeling “high.” CBD, on the other hand, is a different cannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa and while it is technically psychoactive, it is non-intoxicating, meaning CBD products, like CBD oil and gummies, will not get you “high.”
As CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, a classification of the Cannabis sativa plant, and it can legally contain no more than 0.3% THC which is far less than the amount you would need to consume to get “high.” Learn more by reading our blog post that asks Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?
Now that you have a better understanding of what CBD is and how it works with the body (at least at a high level), it’s time to dig a little deeper into what our customers have been saying.
A long-time user, Lisa, has said, “I have been consistently using this product for 10 months now and have noticed the significant impact it has on my overall well-being.” Other users have described CBD’s effects as promoting “an overall relaxed feeling”—one that “cascades into all other daily activities.”
While we recommend following the directions for use, because everyone is different, you might find some variations that work best for you. Patrick, a home inspector, said, “I take 6 to 8 drops almost every night. My clients tell me that I appear very calm.” By comparison, Larry has said, “I only use 2-3 drops and I feel the effects right away.”
How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD?
In terms of how long it takes, Susie said, “I’m not sure if my experience is unique but it seems to kick in slightly within a half hour. Then, about 2 hours in, my thought process begins to change (for the better).”
For each one of these customers, CBD has had a positive impact on their daily routines. For others, however, CBD remains somewhat of a mystery. One customer, John, said, “I have used your CBD oil and feel no discernable difference. I don’t get it.” This is not terribly uncommon unfortunately and may be due in part to the regularity of taking it. The best way to feel the best effects, CBD must be taken on a regular basis, at the same time every day. Learn more about the CBD routine here.
To these users, we offer guidance on how to expand their relationships with CBD. In fact, we’ve pulled together some of our best tips on how to take CBD.
The bottom line is this: CBD affects everyone a little differently. You have to be patient and know that dietary supplements like Charlotte’s Web are crafted to work with your body naturally. Results come by way of steady improvement, making your CBD wellness more sustainable each step of the way.
So, to sum it all up, what does CBD feel like? The short answer really is, “It depends.” It depends on what you have going on internally as well as the concentration of your CBD.
We provide serving details on our packaging and in the product details on our website. If you’re starting out with our 17 mg CBD/1mL strength, take the recommended serving as indicated on the package for 4 to 6 weeks. After then, if you’re still not where you want to be, we suggest moving up to the next concentration.
To learn more about all things CBD, take a look at our CBD 101 blog post, check out our CBD oils and gummies, or drop us a line.
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