Understanding how CBD interacts with the body is certainly important, but what is more important for first-time CBD users is knowing how it might make them feel.
Since there is no standardised dosage for CBD, individuals have to rely on being able to identify how it makes them feel to work out the right dosage for them.
But if you don’t know what to look for, you won’t know if it is working for you.
So what does CBD feel like?
While CBD may not be a medicine intended to treat or cure any illness, there’s no denying that it certainly has a significant impact on its users.
Fans of the supplement use CBD to help with everything from sleep and anxiety to pain and inflammation control.
If you’re curious about CBD products but are nervous to try them for the first time, you’re in the right place.
We appreciate the importance of good CBD education before exploring any products.
CBD isn’t for everyone, but fans of the supplement all have their own anecdotes about how it has helped them and how it makes them feel.
Read on to learn more about this incredible botanical extract and how you can safely add it to your daily routine.
What's in this Guide?
Introduction To CBD Oil
CBD is a cannabinoid, which is a compound extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant. Another more famous cannabinoid is THC, the psychoactive portion of cannabis that causes a “high”.
Unlike THC, CBD will not get you high and is instead thought to be very beneficial when taken as a daily supplement.
While there are a small number of medicines available containing CBD, the type of CBD available to purchase in shops is not the same as prescription-strength CBD.
There are only two medicines available in the UK containing CBD. These are prescribed very rarely to treat rare forms of epilepsy and MS.
CBD available to purchase in shops and online is considered to be a food supplement and therefore not subject to the same stringent checks as medicines.
As a result, it is vital for individuals to source their CBD products carefully and always check the contents are confirmed by a third-party certificate of analysis.
The Endocannabinoid System
Cannabinoids are structurally similar to compounds produced in the body called endocannabinoids. This means they are capable of interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a complex network of receptors, neurotransmitters and enzymes that are present throughout the body. We’re still learning a lot about how this system works and the effect it has on processes throughout the body.
When you take CBD, it is absorbed into your bloodstream through the small blood vessels in your mouth and your digestive system.
The bioavailability of a product will determine how much will be utilised by your body and how much will be processed out as waste.
What does CBD feel like?
There are no guarantees that CBD will make you feel anything. We don’t yet fully understand how CBD interacts with the human body, so it’s difficult to say with certainty how it will make you feel.
Anecdotally, we know that some people feel a very subtle calming effect after taking CBD products. Others report that CBD helps to reduce pain and inflammation from certain conditions and following intense exercise.
A common side-effect of CBD is that it can make you sleepy, which is why some people use this supplement before bed to help them fall asleep.
But conversely, others will add CBD to their morning routine to help them to feel more alert throughout the day.
We don’t fully understand why some people have a strong reaction to CBD while others feel nothing. In some cases, it could be a placebo effect, or the result of other ingredients added to CBD products that are having a positive impact.
One theory that could explain this is the idea of a faulty endocannabinoid system.
Individuals with a deficient ECS would experience more benefits from taking CBD than someone with a properly functioning ECS.
So, if you don’t experience any benefits from CBD, it could be that your ECS simply doesn’t need the additional support.
Likewise, if you get enough vitamin C from your diet, you wouldn’t see the benefits of taking a vitamin C supplement.
Can CBD Get Me High?
No, CBD sourced from a reputable supplier will not contain the compounds required to generate a high. That said, there are less reputable sources that could conceal high levels of THC in their products.
To confirm that your CBD product won’t get you high, you should always request a third-party certificate of analysis from the supplier.
This important document will outline the cannabinoid content of your products.
If the THC content is too high (above 0.2%) then you are not only using an illegal product, but you also run the risk of getting high and being unable to drive. If you took a drug test, there is also the risk that the THC would be detected.
Does CBD Feel The Same For Everyone?
No, not everyone notices changes in their body when taking CBD. There are many different reasons this could be happening.
As outlined above, the existing function of your ECS could have a lot to do with how your body responds to CBD. If your ECS is generally working well, then taking CBD wouldn’t optimise its function any further.
Another theory about why some people don’t notice a response to CBD is that they simply don’t take the time to a) allow it to work and b) determine the right dose and schedule for their needs.
CBD needs time to build up in your system.
Just like you wouldn’t expect a vitamin C supplement to get to work after just one dose, you also cannot expect the same from a supplement like CBD.
It also takes time to determine how much CBD you need to take. Many people try it once, don’t notice any remarkable change and then stop trying before they’ve given it a chance to work.
Instead, we recommend taking CBD for at least one month and using this time to determine the right dosage for you.
It might take some time to tune into your body and notice the small changes that are taking place, but it will be worthwhile in the end.
Can I Become Addicted To CBD?
No, CBD is not a habit-forming substance. If you stop taking CBD, you won’t suffer from any withdrawal symptoms and you shouldn’t notice any side effects.
CBD is generally considered to be very safe. The only exception would be if you choose a supplier that has not confirmed the THC content.
If the THC content is too high, then the CBD product would have the capacity to become habit-forming.
The best way to avoid this is to always check the certificate of analysis to confirm the THC content.
Can I drink alcohol with CBD?
Yes, since CBD is not intoxicating, there is no reason to avoid alcohol while taking CBD. However, it could have the capacity to slow down the rate at which you metabolise alcohol.
This means that you could experience the effects of the alcohol for longer, and the effects may also be intensified.
However, some studies have found that CBD might offset some of the negative side effects of drinking.
More research is needed to understand how CBD and alcohol interact and what this means for everyday users.
There is no definitive answer to the question “how does CBD make you feel”, but you can be sure that it won’t make you feel high.
Most people report feeling generally calmer, while others turn to CBD to help reduce pain and inflammation.
To make the most of these benefits, it’s important to listen to your body and take the time to determine your dose and treatment schedule.
If you’re unsure if CBD is right for you, get in touch with our team today!
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