Confused about the effects of CBD? Wondering how taking CBD will make you feel? You’re not alone! If you’re new on the CBD scene, there are some things you probably want to know before you dive in head first.
One question we hear all the time: “What does CBD feel like?”
With all the myth and misinformation about THC and CBD, it’s normal to be cautious, especially one that seems so new (it’s not). A goddess deserves nothing but the absolute best, so to help make sense of it all and demystify the cannabis and hemp plant, we’re breaking it down for you here! ✍️
First; Let's Talk About CBD and Your ECSTo help set the stage for explaining how CBD will make you feel, we should first explain the science behind what CBD does in your body. It’s simple, really, but scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface on this, so research is limited. Here’s what we do know. The cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis mainly interact with something called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a natural, and super complex, system of cells in the human body which helps keep important functions, well… functioning. Your ECS is made up of tiny receptors that play a key role in regulating autonomous functions (the ones that happen without you thinking about them). The ECS regulates things like:
- Mood + Stress
- Memory + brain function
- Reproduction + fertility
- Bone growth
- Immune system
... and so many more.
When it’s working like it should, your ECS allows your body to remain in a state of homeostasis—a stable internal state. However, certain factors (like stress, diet, lack of exercise, and genetics) take a toll on the ECS, making it harder for it to do its job. This is where CBD comes in.
Scientists are starting to understand the ECS more and more, and they are finding that cannabinoids, like CBD, interact with this system in a special way—preventing certain enzymes from being broken down too quickly inside your body. This enables the endocannabinoids that your body naturally produces to have a longer-lasting effect on your body, promoting homeostasis and an overall sense of wellbeing. Some new research suggests that CBD might be binding to an ECS receptor that we haven’t discovered yet! Fascinating stuff.
So, now that we covered the ECS, let’s get right down to how this affects you and what you can expect to “feel” when you take CBD.
What Does CBD Feel Like, Physically?
Pretty much everyone we talk to wants to know how CBD is going to make them feel. And that's totally valid. But, we have to say: the beauty of CBD is more about what you’re *not* going to feel. CBD is absorbed into your bloodstream, and sent to the receptors that need it the most so the effects of CBD are definitely going to vary from person to person. It will also vary depending on the method that you’re using. As for the way it reportedly makes you feel?
Well, clinical research and anecdotal evidence shows that CBD can make you feel:
“Helps provide clarity and focus I need to get through the day.”
What Does CBD Feel Like, Mentally?
Unlike THC (the cannabinoid that makes you feel high) CBD doesn’t make you “feel” a very strong type of way like THC does. If you're one of the over 40 million people who suffer from anxiety in the US, there’s probably a very high chance that you’ve looked into taking CBD to help you chill TF out. And for good reason, too.
Mentally, CBD can make you feel:
So, CBD Won't Get Me “High”?
Yes. But, also… no. Let us explain:
The cannabis plant contains many different cannabinoids, but the two most popular compounds are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD, when taken alone or with other cannabinoids, will not get you high. THC, on the other hand, absolutely will.
While CBD is non-intoxicating, it does provide a sense of calm, relaxation, and relief. The WHO defines any substances that affect your mental state, as "psychoactive.
"So, CBD actually is a little psychoactive, just not in the same way that THC is. And, even when there is a tiny, legal amount (less than 0.3%) of THC in your CBD product, you still have the green light. It’s also important to note that other things like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and some pain killers are considered to be psychoactive, so this is not a term that you should be afraid of!
In other words: there’s no need to be stressed about CBD making you feel high, when you’re already feeling anxious. Another thing to take into consideration is drug tests. If you need to pass a drug test for work or school, you might want to consider something without THC, like a broad spectrum CBD oil.
One Last Thing
The short answer to “what does CBD feel like?” really just depends. You might feel it a little more or less than your friends, or need to adjust your dosage during extra-stressful periods. Check out our CBD dosage guide so you can figure out how much to take to maximize the effects.
And remember: CBD is a wonderfully delicate compound. You’re not going to feel CBD like you would feel a shot of vodka or a puff of a joint. Its effects are far more subtle, and it may even take a few weeks before you start to notice a difference in your routine. But, with a little bit of dosage tweaking, lifestyle improvements (like drinking more water and getting better sleep!) and patience, your CBD will most likely become a favorite in your wellness toolbox.
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