Have you heard all the buzz about CBD oil and wondered to yourself, what does CBD feel like? Or thought how does CBD make you feel?
These are common questions, both in the industry at large and ones that we get on a regular basis. If you’re new to CBD, they’re both questions that may be swirling around in your head, the answers the determining factor in whether you’ll give it a try or not.
And that’s good. Again, if you’re new to CBD, it’s good the have questions and the answers.
First though, to understand how CBD makes you feel, you kind of need to know how it works!
How Does CBD Work?
When you take CBD, it works with your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ES). This is a complex system that’s located all throughout your body – the central nervous system, your major organs including your brain and your skin, your bones, and even your digestive system. The job of the ES is to maintain and bring about homeostasis (balance) in the body.
When you take CBD, it travels through your bloodstream to various CB receptors located in the ES.
There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in your body:
- CB1 receptors – found mostly in the brain and central nervous system (CNS)
- CB2 receptors – live throughout the rest of the body: the organs, the glands, and probably most important, the immune system
When your body naturally produces endocannabinoids, they interact with the receptors throughout your body. CBD oil works by indirectly impacting the receptors, causing some sort of change. You can increase the cannabinoids in your body with CBD oil.
Ok, so what does that “change” feel like exactly? What does CBD feel like?
What Does CBD Feel Like?
Now, let’s start this off by saying that everyone is different. And, in that vein, not everyone reacts to CBD oil in the same way. While it’s effects can be generalized based on the average user’s experience, it’s not a one size fits all type deal.
You’ve probably read that CBD generally makes people feel “better.” And sure, that’s great, but it’s also pretty broad. The thing is, it can be difficult to actually explain the feeling, and that’s why “feeling better” is so often used to describe the effects of CBD oil.
That said, typically people describe feelings of calm or just general overall wellbeing. Here are a few examples from our customers:
“I took it a few months back for some brain support (my energy teacher recommended); building new neurons and neuropathways in the brain. I could feel things happening in my brain, my focus was on point, I could feel an all over better brain function, and my processing power felt upgraded.” – Jewel G.
“I have R.A. and it controls my inflammation and pain. Helps me sleep too.” – Debbie D.
“I started taking it for nerve pain which has since been relieved. I continue to take it for overall balance, physically, as well as for day to day stress management.” – Paul F.
As you can see, these people have had various different effects after taking CBD, but the one thing they have in common is that they notice a positive difference overall.
But, as we mentioned, not everyone reacts to CBD the same way:
“I tried it and I felt no noticeable benefit. So I tried another dose immediately, still nothing.” – Matt Q.
Remember, it can take time to feel the effects, and sometimes you have to adjust your dosage, but all of that said, the effects of CBD can be really subtle. You have to pay attention and listen to your body and you’ll start to notice a lot of nothing – in a really good way. And sometimes, on rare occasions, CBD just doesn’t deliver those results.
But, just to muddy the waters even further, it isn’t always as simple as saying “it makes you feel better.” How CBD feels depends on a few different factors, most notably how much you take and how you take it.
Factors to Consider
Individual-specific characteristics can all impact how CBD makes you feel. These include things like:
- other medications
Unfortunately, you may not have a ton of control over these characteristics, but there are things you can control though, including how much you take and how you take it.
Our tips to get that perfect dosage:
- Start slow and work your way up to the recommended dosage, maybe over a few days to a week. If you honestly feel no difference, try adjusting the dosage after that point.
- Our favorite method of administration is sublingual – take your dose under your tongue and hold it there for several seconds. This allows the CBD to directly enter your bloodstream, rather than passing through your digestive system.
- Try taking your dose at different times of the day. If, for example, you’re taking it for sleep, try it about 30 mins before bed.
- Give it time to work. Vaping will allow you to feel the effects very quickly, but if you’re ingesting it or taking it sublingually, it will take some time. Also remember, the method used will impact how long you’ll feel the effects.
Will CBD Make You Feel High?
Will CBD make you high? Nope! Maybe, because it comes from cannabis, you’re reading this to find out if it will make you feel high. And lots of people make that connection and think the same thing!
The good news is, if that’s not what you’re going for, there’s no need to worry.
CBD is non-intoxicating, so it won’t get you high. This is because, under U.S. law, CBD oil can contain no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that makes you feel “high.” If you’re using a product that has this or a lower amount of THC, you won’t feel the same as you would if you were to smoke marijuana with a high THC content. It’s just a totally different chemical makeup of the plant.
What does CBD feel like? In our own experience, and based on the experience of so many of our own customers, the short answer is “good.” That calm relaxed feeling you may have heard about, or pain-free, are both typical experiences we’ve found over the years. If you’re looking for something natural to add to your routine, give it a try and see for yourself!