You’ve probably heard about all the potential benefits of taking CBD. If you’re considering starting a new CBD regimen, you might be wondering what taking CBD will actually make you feel like. Will it change your day to day life? Will you feel “high” all the time? Read on to find out exactly what CBD feels like.
Does CBD Make You “High”?
In short, CBD will not make you feel “high.” CBD is non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t cause mental fogginess, haziness, or a “high” feeling whatsoever. Taking CBD oil doesn’t interfere with your daily life, and you can go about your normal activities as usual, including driving and using heavy machinery. (That said, it’s a good idea to know how your body reacts to CBD before you drive or operate equipment after taking it.)
Taking CBD is a much different experience than using other forms of cannabis. That’s because cannabis contains many different cannabinoids, or molecules that give the plant its therapeutic properties. One of these cannabinoids is THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol). This is the substance that causes the “high” feeling associated with marijuana. THC causes psychoactive and mood-altering effects that often make it difficult to go about your daily activities while under the influence of the substance.
CBD (or cannabidiol), on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. According to federal guidelines, CBD made from hemp can only contain a 0.3% trace amount of THC. This small amount of THC is not enough to cause any mood-altering effects. In fact, even the World Health Organization (WHO) agrees that CBD is well-tolerated with a good safety profile and doesn’t pose any risk for abuse.
What Does Taking CBD Feel Like?
Taking CBD is a much more grounded experience than what is felt by users of THC. Many users of CBD report a feeling of increased calm, relaxation, and peace. Some consumers turn to CBD to take advantage of the potential positive benefits it may offer, including:
- Relief from chronic pain and inflammation
- Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Able to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer
- Improved symptoms of PTSD
- Overall feeling of relaxation and calm
- Reduction of nausea and vomiting
The potential side effects of taking CBD are minimal, and most people don’t experience them at all. Side effects may include diarrhea, dizziness, and dry mouth.
Why Does CBD Cause Effects?
CBD causes effects throughout your entire body due to its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (or ECS). The ECS is one of your body’s natural systems and works all through your body to regulate many of your other systems and to promote balance. Its most important functions are controlling things like sleep, mood, and appetite.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors, and your body produces specific molecules that activate these receptors. THC mimics those molecules and binds directly to the CB1 receptors, exhibiting a great deal of control on those systems. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t directly bind to the cannabinoid receptors. Instead, CBD works indirectly, signaling other endocannabinoids to activate these receptors. CBD increases the impact of these chemicals on the body by allowing them to stay in your body longer, so you may feel the balancing and peaceful effects of those chemicals your body already naturally produces for a prolonged period.
Different Methods of Taking CBD
On the market today, you will find various different methods of imbibing in CBD. Each of the various methods can affect the way you feel while taking the substance. Here’s how each may affect you:
- Sublingual or under the tongue. CBD oil is one of the most popular CBD products on the market. To use it, you simply place a specified number of drops under your tongue. Then, you hold the CBD oil under your tongue for about 45 to 60 seconds. The CBD gets absorbed by the mucous membranes and allows the contents to enter the bloodstream faster. This means you feel the effects faster. Many users report feeling the effects of CBD oil quickly. Some people report that they experience a marked increase in relaxation and anxiety levels. For others, the effects are less noticeable, but many users report feeling subtle improvements.
- Vaping or smoking. Vaping or smoking CBD allows you to feel the effects within minutes. Plus, this method allows the body to absorb more of the CBD than with any other method. Users often report a vast difference in their symptoms directly after vaping or smoking. However, vaping is not without risks, so it’s important to research and be aware of potential side effects.
- CBD-infused products and capsules. Ingesting CBD by consuming gummies or capsules allows you to get a more precise dosage. It also produces long-lasting effects. When you ingest CBD orally, it must pass through your digestive system and be processed by your liver before it enters your bloodstream. It takes a lot longer to take effect, approximately one hour or more. However, it takes a lot longer to pass through your system as well. The typical effects of CBD-infused consumables are similar to those felt by users of CBD oil.
Taking CBD has minimal side effects, and instead, may increase feelings of relaxation and peace.