What does CBD oil feel like?
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- Does CBD make you feel good?
- Different types of CBD oil deliver different effects
- What are the side effects of CBD oil?
CBD is said by many to have a relaxing and soothing effect, but you’re not going to feel this non-intoxicating cannabinoid the same way you would THC. To explain how CBD truly feels, we need to look at how both THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
CBD is said to have a relaxing and soothing effect. The effects are much different than THC. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The ECS is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors that cannabinoids bind to, and enzymes that break them down. While THC activates the CB1 receptors, CBD induces the opposite outcome, instead inhibiting activity in the CB1 receptors.
Aside from CB1 receptors, CBD also binds to several other targets throughout the body. For instance, this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has at least 12 sites of action in the brain and may elicit therapeutic effects by activating multiple pathways at once.
The interaction between CBD and the body may create a feeling of relaxation and improved mood. Studies and anecdotal evidence also suggest that CBD offers therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other ailments.
Does CBD make you feel good?
You might have heard about the various purported health benefits of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid, but how does CBD feel once it enters your system?
Many consumers and medical patients report several positive effects after taking CBD, including feelings of relaxation and calmness. But the exact feeling you’ll get from CBD is contingent on several factors, including the type of CBD product, the total CBD dosage, and individual-specific factors.
How CBD affects you depends on your body’s chemistry and the type of product you select. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Depending on the treatment or therapeutic relief you seek, the effects of CBD can vary. Different CBD products may prove more beneficial than others. For instance, CBD-infused topicals have been reported to provide relief in pain-specific areas, while a CBD oil with a 1:1 CBD-to-THC ratio could be better suited to help with falling asleep, perhaps also producing an intoxicated feeling, depending on the level of THC.
Individual-specific characteristics such as the consumer’s weight, diet, metabolism, other medications, genetics, and medical conditions, as well as the formulation and quality of the CBD product itself could all influence the amount of therapeutic value that CBD will offer.
Not only does it depend on the individual, but also their ailment or condition. Depending on the therapeutic needs, different CBD products may prove more beneficial than others.
Different types of CBD oil deliver different effects
When you stumble upon a wide selection of CBD oil products, there might not appear to be much differentiating them. However, not all CBD oil will make you feel the same. In fact, the effects of various CBD oil products can differ drastically.
Hemp-derived vs. marijuana-derived CBD oil
There are two main classifications of cannabis plants that produce CBD: hemp and marijuana. Though the CBD molecular structure is identical regardless of source, there’s a difference between the chemical makeup of hemp and marijuana plants, which can lead to CBD oil products with different effects.
Industrial hemp plants are typically grown for their fiber and seeds, and tend to be skinny and scarce in foliage. Hemp plants and hemp-derived products are considered legal under U.S. law, as long as the plant contains no more than 0.3% THC. Therefore, hemp-derived CBD oil will have little to no THC, which will prevent consumers from feeling any of the intoxicating effects that stem from this cannabinoid.
On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from marijuana plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers, typically with higher levels of THC than CBD, although there are several CBD-rich cultivars on the market. Marijuana-derived CBD oil often contains much higher levels of THC than hemp-derived products, so consumers may want to brace for the effects of THC. These products are legally available on the adult-use market and in certain medical marijuana states, but remain illegal on the federal level.
Not all CBD oil will make you feel the same. There are many types of oil out there, so make sure you know where the oil in your products was sourced. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Although the intoxicating feeling of THC might be something you wish to avoid, it’s important to note that CBD and THC have actually demonstrated a synergistic relationship when taken in tandem, a phenomenon commonly known as the “entourage effect.” For example, when CBD is consumed alongside THC, people tend to experience less of the paranoia and anxiety associated with high THC concentrations. The inclusion of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes could also contribute to the experience and to how you ultimately end up feeling.
When it comes to the purported effects of CBD oil products, we’re not only looking at hemp-derived and marijuana-derived products. The additional cannabis compounds and ingredients (or lack thereof) also play a significant role in the consumer experience. There are major differences between broad-spectrum CBD oil, full-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD oil
When a CBD oil product is labeled full-spectrum, that means the plant’s original terpenes and other types of cannabinoids, including cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and importantly, THC, have not been filtered out during the extraction process.
Broad spectrum CBD oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oil derived from hemp is similar to full-spectrum, as the oil contains most of the cannabinoids from its original state. However, the key difference here is the additional extraction process that filters out all traces of THC. With the THC removed, consumers don’t need to worry about encountering any feelings of being high, but can still reap the potential benefits of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
Another option for consumers is CBD isolate, which comes in the form of a crystalline solid or white powder. Stripped of all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, CBD isolate is the most refined form of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, containing upwards of 99% pure CBD. With all THC and other compounds removed, CBD isolate is the purest possible form of CBD available.
CBD isolate is the most refined form of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, containing upwards of 99% pure CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
Although CBD does not produce the same adverse side effects as THC, should you be concerned about feeling or encountering any other side effects from the cannabinoid?
While research has found that CBD has a much better side effect profile compared with most other drugs, a large dose of CBD can still have potentially adverse effects on the user. A 2017 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research concluded that while CBD had a “favorable safety profile,” there were side effects reported by participants, including tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.
In addition, CBD may cause other side effects in some individuals, including nausea and irritability. Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and contributor to the Harvard Health Blog, discussed these potential side effects in a 2018 post, writing, “Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements.”
For this reason, it is vital to consult with your physician before beginning a regimen of CBD products, including CBD oil. Be sure to discuss any current prescription medications and possible drug interactions prior to starting CBD.
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Does CBD get you high and how does it make you feel?
Does CBD get you high? How does it make you feel? When it comes to CBD oil these are likely the most frequently asked questions. It makes complete sense too, given the close association with marijuana. Many of us grew up in an era where marijuana was referred to as the devils lettuce, so there is a lot of stigma when it comes to cannabis – but I have an illustration to share with you at the end that might help you see CBD in a new light.
When it comes to cannabis, there are two main varieties: hemp and marijuana. Hemp, also known as “industrial hemp,” contains large amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC. Marijuana on the other hand, contains large amounts of THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) and low amounts of CBD.
Article Update: March 4, 2020
Cannabinoids, and what each one does.
There are hundreds of different cannabinoids found in the marijuana and hemp plants, all having different medicinal and therapeutic benefits. The two main cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
THC, is found in marijuana and provides the user with psychoactive effects, as well as many medicinal benefits, such as pain relief, tumor reduction, relief from depression, protects brain cells, is an effective sleep aid, helps treat PTSD, and is an antioxidant…just to name a few. (source)
Even though THC can create intoxicating effects, it’s very possible to micro-dose and get the relief you are looking for a without becoming inebriated. New users will likely feel an increased euphoria in the early stages, but after a tolerance is built up, micro-dosing will allow a person to remain completely functional throughout the day.
CBD on the other hand, is found in the hemp plant, and also provides loads of medicinal benefits…but without the high. If you are looking to get medicinal and therapeutic benefits from cannabis, but fear the intoxicating effects of THC, then definitely consider CBD – there are zero intoxicating effects associated with usage.
Recent research has also suggested that CBD actually contains more of the cannabis plant’s healing properties, so it makes sense that people are turning to it for help. It’s also interesting to note that CBD counteracts the intoxicating effects of THC. Many medical marijuana users choose to use CBD along side their THC regimen to stay functional throughout the day.
How does CBD make you feel?
If CBD has a lot of the same therapeutic benefits as THC, how does it make you feel? A “runners high” is likely the best way to describe how it makes you feel initially. For those unfamiliar with the “runners high”, it’s essentially a flood of endorphins that lifts the mood in a completely natural way. Users often experience a heightened sense of awareness, ability to focus better and an overall sense of well-being.
Full spectrum CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, just enough to enhance medicinal and therapeutic benefits, but not enough to get you high.
The benefits of CBD are only positive, and there are no side effects, such as paranoia, like you might experience when taking THC.
The initial effects one feels when taking CBD do gradually diminish. But only in the sense it becomes the new normal. If you are anxious all the time for example, you will likely notice the effects much more when you first start taking it. Over time though, this becomes your new normal and you will only notice that it’s working if you run out and don’t take it for a couple days.
Update: In some cases, smoking CBD flower might make you feel VERY relaxed – and almost high. Especially for people that have never smoked marijuana.
CBD oil on the other hand will rarely ever give the user a “high.”
How long it takes for CBD oil to take affect varies, but more on that, here.
CBD can help you feel better, if..
- You struggle with anxiety: CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety. It works by activating serotonin receptors in the brain, thus combating anxious feelings.
- Quality sleep is rare for you: If you struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep, CBD can help. It doesn’t help in the way you might think though. It works by calming your mind so that you can shut down at the end of the day and fall asleep faster without racing thoughts.
- You struggle with any type of inflammation: whether you’re an athlete with lots of exercise induced inflammation, or struggle with fibromyalgia. CBD can help reduce inflammation, and provide symptom relief as well.
- Chronic pain is a big part of your life: People with chronic pain are turning to CBD to get relief. The amount of relief people get largely depends on the quality of CBD they get, as well as the strength of their dosage, but many people can take down crippling pain to where they can function normally.
These are just a few things CBD can help with. The list is long, and chances are, if there is something you struggle with, this miracle plant can help you too.
The kombucha and beer analogy…
One example I like to share in regards to how CBD is not the same as marijuana is to compare it to kombucha and beer. Both kombucha and beer are fermented drinks. Lots of people drink kombucha, even individuals that might have moral issues with alcohol. Kombucha is a health beverage with lots of probiotics, but it also contains trace amounts of alcohol, but not enough to intoxicate you, by any means. It’s like a beer, with loads of health benefits and none of the unwanted effects.
CBD is similar in that there are zero intoxicating effects, but there are loads of medicinal benefits; it’s essentially weed without the euphoric feelings.
How does SMOKING CBD feel?
Even though I originally wrote this post about CBD oil. I have a lot of traffic coming here wondering what it’s like to smoke CBD. So, how does smoking CBD feel?
I’m happy to say I have some experience in this area, and Hemp Daddy’s even sells some amazing broad spectrum vape cartridges.
Similar to taking CBD oil orally. Smoking CBD will not get you high like THC will, but you will likely feel the effects much more than taking CBD orally.
Smoking CBD does not produce the same psychoactive effect as you get when smoking cannabis high in THC. You will feel very relaxed though, but you will also still feel very in control. When you smoke CBD it enters directly into your blood stream, thus the effects are felt almost immediately.
Another major difference in smoking CBD flower vs. taking a tincture oil is that you are getting many of the beneficial terpenes in the plant. The terpenes themself also help create a calming and relaxing effect.
It’s important to note however that many vape products have the terpenes removed through the extraction process, which is why some people prefer smoking the raw CBD flower, but our broad spectrum vape cartridges are terpene infused, so you are sure to get the calming effects you are desiring, especially if you are struggling with issues such as anxiety.
Why not give it a try?
Since there are practically no negative side effects to CBD, why not give it a try? It’s non-intoxicating, and has plenty of medicinal benefits to be worth trying. Chances are you struggle with something that CBD can help with. Whether it’s to reduce anxiety, sleep better, or have better focus throughout the day – CBD just might be the fix you are looking for.
You might also want to check out our article: “Opposed to using CBD for moral reasons?”
Even though CBD is closely associated with marijuana, it does not get you high. Its effects are similar to that of a runners high, and is non-pscycoactive.