The use of CBD is on the rise, but as a reasonably new product, there are plenty of people who are still in the dark about what exactly CBD does and how it works. We can list the many benefits of CBD and the problems that it can help you with, but what many people want to know is “what does taking CBD feel like?” Well, the exact feeling will be different for everyone, but we hope this guide will give you an idea of what to expect from your experience with CBD.
WHAT DOES CBD FEEL LIKE?
The short answer is: good! Most people report that when using CBD, they experience a feeling of relaxation and calmness, but without the mind-altering high that you would get from marijuana. Some people describe the feeling of using CBD as being like a runner’s high – a rush of endorphins that improve your mood and give you an overall sense of well-being.
Of course, the exact feeling varies from person, and is dependent on a lot of variables. There is of course, the fact that everyone’s system responds differently to new substances, but there are some other factors that will change your experience as well such as the type of CBD product, the dose of CBD and whether it is full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or CBD isolate.
If you are using CBD for pain relief, for example, you may not pay much attention to any feelings of calm or relaxation as you will be focused on how the CBD has reduced your pain levels. You might also find that a particular delivery method of CBD is more helpful for pain, while another has more benefits for insomnia or anxiety.
It’s important to know that CBD also has what’s known as biphasic characteristics. This means that the effects that it produces at low doses can be quite different to what it produces at higher doses or potencies. The best way to explain it is to think about alcohol, which also has biphasic effects. Some people will feel elated after a drink or two, but may become depressed after too many. If you are inexperienced with CBD use it’s always best to start at a lower dose, even if you have serious pain, until you know how CBD affects you.
WILL CBD GET ME HIGH?
This is one of the most common questions that people have about CBD. Because of the association with cannabis, many people are concerned that CBD is like weed, and that using CBD products will get them high.
We can assure you that CBD alone will not get you high. The substance in marijuana that gives you the mind-altering effects is THC, which is just one of the many chemical compounds found in cannabis. CBD products are extracted from hemp, not marijuana, which is naturally very low in THC. Oils or flowers that are sold as CBD need to prove that they do not contain more than the legal amount of THC.
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, chemical compounds that are found naturally within cannabis plants. Thought they have the same source, they affect the body in very different ways. THC directly impacts the neurotransmitters that deal with your memory, concentration, movement and time perception – which is why people that smoke week often move slowly and have trouble concentrating. CBD on the other hand does not attach itself directly to any of the receptors in the body, but rather works through the endocannabinoid system to ensure the system is working in a balanced way.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CBD
While CBD is much easier to tolerate than many other prescription medications, some users of CBD have reported some side effects while using the product. It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone will have the same reaction to CBD, and side effects will also depend on the dosage and the kind of product that you use.
- Dry mouth
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Reduced appetite
Another thing to note is that CBD may interfere with the effects or effectiveness of some other medications. CBD is processed by the same enzymes in the liver that are used to process things like blood thinners, antibiotics, antidepressants and NSAIDs. Before using CBD, it is advised you consult with your doctor about any potential interactions.
IS CBD SAFE?
While we have listed some minor adverse reactions above, we can assure you that CBD is safe for use. Compared to other medications or even medical marijuana that are used to treat many of the same issues, such as anxiety or pain, CBD has considerably fewer side effects.
Any substance can be problematic if you have too much of it, but the maximum dosage for CBD is very high. We’re talking a maximum dose of around 50,000 milligrams, which is not an amount you could take by accident, or would even be likely to have in your home. To put this into perspective, a full dropper of our highest potency CBD oil contains 240 milligrams.
The most important thing to do to ensure you have a safe experience with CBD is to ensure you buy your product from a reputable seller. This will ensure that your CBD does not have any unsafe substances added, that the potency of the CBD is consistent, and that the levels of THC will be below the legal maximum.