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How Does CBD Make You Feel? [A Guide for the Newbies]

The effects of CBD can be difficult to pinpoint due to the novelty of the substance as a potential therapeutic ingredient. The lack of psychoactive effects is also a cause for confusion in consumers that fail to see its benefits without the ‘head high’ and subsequently label it as a ‘placebo scam.’

Before you go ahead and do so yourself, allow us to guide you through the validity (or non-validity) of CBD as a potentially valuable addition to your supplement stash.

Cannabinoids & What They Do

Cannabinoids are the main components that make up the chemical structure of the cannabis plant. In other words, they are the reason why we love (or hate) cannabis.

There is a total of 113 cannabinoids identified to date. One hundred twelve of them are considered non-psychoactive, and the remaining item is the only psychoactive component found in the plant.

But let’s take a closer look at the two most essential cannabinoids on the list.

Cannabidiol (CBD): 

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid has gained a significant amount of interest from consumers and companies alike in the past 20 years. CBD is in more substantial amounts in the hemp plant, a non-psychoactive breed of the cannabis plant.

CBD has been associated with a long list of potential benefits, but most have yet to be clinically proven. On the other hand, CBD has been extremely beneficial by frequent users with epilepsy, anxiety disorders, and insomnia.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): 

The only psychoactive component found in cannabis. THC is the main reason why marijuana became a notoriously famous and incredibly taboo subject in most countries.

Like CBD, THC is also associated with a wide array of potential benefits. Because THC has been on the ‘radar’ of the pharmacological industry for longer, there is more clinical assurance that THC does what people believe it to do.

How does CBD Oil make you feel?

Frequent users of CBD oil have noticed a significant impact on their overall wellbeing. The potential effects of CBD are extensive but are commonly linked to pain relief and a relaxed feeling.

Many people have described the feeling of taking CBD as that of a ‘runner’s high.’ The feeling CBD can provide is probably best explained by comparing it to the one you feel when doing an activity you enjoy. Yes, we understand that this sounds a bit broad, but not everyone is into exercising and the outdoors. 

Whatever it is you enjoy doing, this holistic feeling of wellbeing has an incredibly natural feel, like a  flood of endorphins that lifts the spirits (mood).

Bear in mind:

The immediate effects of CBD may be affected by dose size, pre-existing conditions, a medication that you’re already taken, and overall tolerance to CBD.

CBD effects are similar to those of THC, but without the overwhelming head high and fogginess experienced with THC.

Does CBD make you feel high?

CBD does not have a psychoactive chemical structure. CBD can make you feel similar effects to those of THC but is not accompanied by an intoxicating effect or a feeling of ‘getting high.’

However:

Different types of CBD extracts, one of them with a minimal amount of THC and each one with potentially other effects that put a different spin on the answer to the question; what does CBD feel? 

These are the three main types of CBD oil:

1. Full Spectrum CBD

2. Broad Spectrum CBD

3. CBD Isolate

Full-spectrum CBD extract has THC and can make some people with low tolerance feel a ‘little high.’ If you’re feeling curious and want to know more about spectrums, click here.

Regardless:

All extract spectrums are 100% legal in all 50 states in the U.S. Choosing one spectrum, or the other becomes a question of principle and taste.

Why Do People that try CBD keep consuming it?

Most of the benefits of CBD are based on anecdotal evidence collected from frequent users and not from clinical research. These are the main benefits associated with CBD:

1. Pain Relief

2. Anxiety Reduction

3. Anti-inflammatory Properties

4. Seizure Control

5. Reduce Acne Inflammation

6. Neuroprotective Benefits

7. Potential Heart Health

What does Smoking CBD feel like?

Smoking CBD feels like smoking regular marijuana ground flower aside from the fact that it does not get you ‘high.’

Smoking is more suitable for when you need immediate relief and provides the quickest onset possible. Vaping also fits those same standards but with less critical health hazards.

Although smoking CBD comes with a quick, almost immediate onset, it’s also a cause for concern because it involves inhaling harmful toxins and gases. This is why frequent smokers are making the switch to vaping.

Because of the health concerns associated with smoking in general, other forms of consumption like sublingual drops or edibles might be more suitable for long-term use.

Effects of CBD on the Brain

The effects of CBD on the brain may not be clinically proven yet, but the ongoing research is promising, and the anecdotal evidence overwhelming.

CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and individuals that lead a high-stress lifestyle. CBD may also help individuals combat opioid dependency, but the clinical evidence is null and mostly based on the component’s capability to reduce anxiety.

Effects of CBD on the Body

CBD side effects on the body include dry mouth, low blood pressure, light-headedness, and drowsiness. Liver injury has also been found in certain one-off cases but is a less common side effect.

Recent research from Wang et al. indicates that “CBD treatment attenuates chronic-plus-binge ethanol-induced liver injury and steatosis,” which may be directly contradictory to said one-off cases.

Positive physical effects of CBD on the body may include reducing chronic pain and other anti-inflammatory effects. 

What are the side effects of CBD?

CBD consumption is well-tolerated by most body types. Regardless, CBD can still cause unwanted side effects like diarrhea, fluctuations in appetite, drowsiness, dry mouth, and fatigue, often caused by a miscalculation in dosage. CBD may also interact with other medications, particularly blood thinners.

How does CBD affect you?

CBD can raise the levels of warfarin (a common blood thinner) in the bloodstream. It may also interact with other medications, altering their blood levels and potentially modifying their effects on the body. Consultation with a licensed physician is advised if you’re taking other medicines before consuming CBD.

How does CBD make you feel calm?

CBD latches onto the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain associated with body functions related to euphoria, relaxation, and anxiety. CBD is a CB1 antagonist, which means it may counteract the role of the CB1 receptor in ecstasy and actively promote feelings of relaxation and anxiety reduction.

Conclusion

The cannabinoids identified so far scale up to a whopping 113 items. Nevertheless, due to the lack of information, they tend to be ‘thrown into the same bag.’ The reality is that all cannabinoids have the potential to provide different effects from one another.

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with potential beneficial effects on the mind and body, including a decrease in seizures, pain relief, and reducing anxiety. This way, CBD allows most consumers to achieve a state of mental and physical relaxation naturally.

References

[1] Wang, Y., Mukhopadhyay, P., Cao, Z., Wang, H., Feng, D., Haskó, G., Mechoulam, R., Gao, B., & Pacher, P. (2017). Cannabidiol attenuates alcohol-induced liver steatosis, metabolic dysregulation, inflammation and neutrophil-mediated injury. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-10924-8

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.