How Does CBD Make You Feel?

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Posted on November 7th, 2021

How does CBD make you feel? Well, CBD, or cannabidiol has many proposed and confirmed health benefits. Plus, it comes with minimal, low-risk side effects, and it’s legal at a federal level in the United States. (So it’s very accessible these days.)

But how does CBD feel when you take it? What are the side effects and can it make you “high”? Below, we separate the facts from the fiction to give you a better idea of what to expect when you next take CBD.

What Is CBD And How Does It Work? How does CBD make you feel

CBD is a compound called a cannabinoid. We extract it from cannabis  leaves and stems. Cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), helping regulate a variety of different functions. The ECS consists of 2 types of receptors: CB-1 and CB-2.

We primarily find CB-1 receptors in the brain and spinal cord (CNS or Central Nervous System); they’re largely responsible for regulating functions associated with the brain. We find CB-2 receptors in the immune system and digestive tract (Peripheral Nervous System or PNS); they’re largely responsible for regulating functions associated with your immune system.

CBD reacts primarily with CB-2 receptors. It either inhibits or stimulates your systems, depending on what your body needs in that moment. And it’s this interaction that’s responsible for CBD’s many potential health benefits.

Does CBD Make You “High”?

Many people share the common misconception that anything associated with cannabis will make you “high.” As a result, many people taking CBD because they’re worried it will affect them the way smoking marijuana does, making it difficult to function normally. However, this is not the case: CBD cannot make you “high”.

Another cannabinoid, called THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for feelings of euphoria and psychoactive cannabis properties. THC interacts primarily with your CB-1 receptors, stimulating them and causing the feeling of getting “high”.

Broad-spectrum CBD and isolates do not contain any THC, so they cannot make you high. Full-spectrum CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC. This trace amount is considered negligible and still can’t make you high. However, if you take full-spectrum CBD regularly, in high doses, you may experience mild symptoms of euphoria, or a body high.

How Does CBD Make You Feel When You Take It?

Unlike THC, CBD does not have a strong, noticeable effect that keeps you from functioning normally. Most CBD users describe mild feelings of relaxation and calm. Once again, you can multiply these effects by taking higher doses or using CBD frequently. But that can make you tired or sleepy, so it’s best to do so in the evening. If you’re experiencing these effects and they do interfere with your ability to perform basic functions, try lowering your dosage or speaking to your doctor.

What Are The Side-Effects Of CBD?

Another misconception is that CBD has no side-effects. These claims are unfounded. In fact, some people do experience CBD side-effects. However, the symptoms are rare and mostly mild, so they aren’t considered risky. Once again, lower your dosage or speak to your doctor if you experience dry mouth, lack of appetite, drowsiness or lethargy and/or diarrhea after taking CBD.

Remember, CBD may also interact with certain medications, especially ones with a grapefruit warning. It’s important to speak to your doctor before using CBD, particularly if you’re taking medication or living with a chronic health condition. Currently, CBD isn’t contraindicated for any medical or health conditions. But ongoing research may reveal CBD’s effects on your liver since that’s where you metabolize the cannabinoid.

How Long Does It Take To Feel The Effects Of CBD?

This depends largely on the type of health condition you’re dealing with as well as your delivery system. The delivery system refers to how the CBD enters your body. Common delivery systems include:

– Edibles (such as gummies, cookies, capsules, etc.). These need to pass through your digestive system, facing metabolization in the liver, then getting absorbed into the bloodstream where it goes to work. This is a slower delivery system and effects may be noticeable after about 10-15 minutes but usually only 30 minutes to an hour after consumption. The effects generally last anywhere between 2 and 6 hours.

– When you vape or smoke CBD, your lung tissue absorbs it directly into the bloodstream. This is a fast delivery method so you should feel effects within just minutes. The effects should last between 2 and 6 hours.

– With topical CBD, you apply the cannabinoid directly to the skin, usually to an affected area. There, it’s absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the skin. This is a relatively fast delivery system, so you could feel pain relief and reduced inflammation within a few minutes. These effects should peak around 90 minutes after you’ve applied CBD. Then, the effects can last anywhere between 2 to 6 hours depending on dosage and frequency of use.

It’s important to note that everybody is different, so your CBD experience may differ from a friend’s. Every individual experiences CBD effects CBD differently, so they may last longer in one person than in another.

How Does CBD Make You Feel with Anxiety And Depression?

In studies where people used CBD to treat anxiety, participants generally report feeling calm and relaxated.  Many also reported reduced anxiety symptoms. While some did report a mild sensation of feeling “high”, they attributed the sensation to feeling unexpectedly calm–in other words, they weren’t getting any psychoactive effects. In general, they reported taking CBD consistently, over an extended period of time, offered the best anxiety relief.

Many people taking CBD for depression also report feeling calm and relaxed, without feelings of euphoria. While CBD may reduce depression symptoms, it does not make you feel happy. Rather, your dose may give you an overall sense of wellbeing. Once again, CBD seems effective at targeting depressions symptoms when you dose consistently.

How Does CBD Make You Feel For Chronic Pain?

The effects of CBD for pain relief differ greatly. Your results depend on the nature and severity of your pain.  For many people, CBD reduces the sensation of pain related to muscle and joint injuries. (But keep in mind that most users report a mild pain reduction rather than total pain relief.) Still, CBD may also address inflammation, a common underlying cause of pain, so it could help speed up your healing and recovery.

Does CBD Help Nausea And Vomiting? How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel? - cbd products

CBD has been found to be highly effective as an antiemetic, especially in the treatment of cancer patients. An Antiemetic is used to relieve the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Once again, CND reduces the symptoms of nausea and helps to prevent vomiting rather than entirely preventing feelings of nausea and vomiting.

CBD can feel different for every person and also depends on the dosage, frequency of use as well as the delivery system. It is recommended to start with the lowest dose and increase as necessary until you experience the expected health benefit. If you experience negative side-effects, lower the dosage or discontinue use until you can consult with a doctor.

Most importantly, CBD cannot make you “high” and won’t result in feelings of euphoria or impaired concentration and functionality. If you are experiencing these symptoms, the CBD you are using is probable tainted with THC. Opt for pure, CBD isolates to ensure that the product contains zero THC to eliminate these effects.

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