How Does CBD Make You Feel?

How Does CBD Make You Feel?

It seems like every day, CBD is becoming more and more popular. However, there’s still a lot of doubt and misinformation surrounding CBD, especially for people who haven’t tried it before. This article will shed some light on CBD and answer some of the main questions new users have. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants are either called marijuana or hemp, depending on the amount of THC the plant contains. According to the FDA, hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC (the compound that causes a “high”) are legal, and these are the plants that CBD comes from. 

It’s also important to note that, unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. However, it can cause changes to occur within the body, many of which researchers believe are medical benefits. 

Do CBD products make you feel high?

The short answer is no. High-quality CBD products will not cause a high. But the long answer is a bit more complex. Cannabis plants are either categorized as hemp or marijuana, depending on their THC content. 

Since hemp plants are considered legal as long as their THC content is below 0.3%, CBD products derived from hemp will cause no psychoactive effect. CBD remedies from marijuana, however, will have higher levels of THC, so that could lead to a “high” feeling. 

How does CBD work in the body?

Since CBD does not cause an altered state of mind, many wonder what it actually does in the body.

Human beings all have an endocannabinoid system, and cannabinoids such as CBD interact with the cannabinoid receptors in this network. The body produces two types of receptors: CB1 and CB2. 

CB1 receptors are found all over the body but mainly in the brain. They regulate pain, emotion, movement, mood, and more. CB2 receptors are in the immune system, and they impact pain and inflammation. CBD stimulates these receptors, which encourages the body to produce its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. 

However, not all CBD products are created equal, nor do they all do the same thing in the body. Another factor to consider when deciding what CBD product to use is that different types of CBD have different effects. 

Do the different types of CBD play a role in how you feel?

There are three types of CBD: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolates. 

  1. Full-spectrum CBD 

Full-spectrum CBD products contain all of the compounds found in the hemp plant (including no more than 0.3% THC). The other compounds are various cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. 

Additionally, a recent study showed that patients experience more positive effects such as pain relief and less anxiety when using a full-spectrum CBD remedy. Experts believe that all of the compounds work together to make CBD more effective, and they call this experience the entourage effect. 

  1. Broad-spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is almost the same as full-spectrum products, but the THC is removed completely. However, these remedies still provide the entourage effect since they include so many cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. 

  1. CBD isolates 

With CBD isolates, companies remove everything except CBD. It’s the only compound from hemp that stays in the product. CBD isolates are not as popular as the other two types of CBD products, especially since more people want to experience the benefits of the entourage effect. 

What are the benefits of CBD?

While much more research is needed to determine all the benefits of CBD, current studies are very promising and suggest that CBD might be a versatile complementary treatment for several health conditions. 

1. CBD may relieve pain

By impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, CBD might be able to help reduce inflammation that contributes to pain. A study on rats found that oral CBD reduced sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.

2. CBD might help reduce anxiety and depression

CBD might be a promising complement to the traditional treatments for anxiety and depression. CBD impacts the brain’s receptors for serotonin, which regulates mood and behavior. As a result, CBD has shown positive results in animal studies. CBD oil has also been used to treat anxiety in children.  

3. CBD may help with acne

There are several factors that contribute to acne, but CBD has the potential to impact two leading causes: inflammation and an overproduction of sebum (oil) by the sebaceous glands. CBD is an anti-inflammatory, and a study has shown that it can prevent the sebaceous glands from producing an excess of sebum. 

4. CBD might protect the brain

Much more research is needed, but CBD has shown potential in helping with conditions like epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. 

Sativex, an oral spray containing CBD and THC, is a proven, safe method of reducing muscle spasticity in people with MS. Additionally, a study of individuals with epilepsy showed that CBD oil reduced seizures.

Research has also shown that CBD improves the quality of life and sleep in people with Parkinson’s. Animal studies have also shown that it can help prevent the neurodegeneration that leads to Alzheimer’s. 

5. CBD could improve heart health

Research suggests that CBD might be able to lower blood pressure. A study of nine men given 600mg of CBD showed a reduction in their resting blood pressure. In addition, animal studies have shown that because CBD is a potent antioxidant, it might be able to inhibit inflammation and cell death, both of which are linked to heart disease. 

Are there any negative side effects of CBD?

In most people, CBD generally does not produce any negative side effects. However, depending on the dose and the person, some side effects occur. Examples of CBD’s side effects include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, irritability, weight changes, and appetite changes.

What are the best CBD products to buy? 

If you’ve made it this far and have decided that you want to try CBD, the next big question is, “Which product?” There are hundreds of CBD products available, but there are three primary types: CBD oils, CBD edibles, and CBD topicals. 

  1. CBD oils

CBD oils are probably the most well-known and widely available CBD products. Typically, with CBD oil, it needs to stay underneath the tongue for a minute. And after swallowing, you should feel the effects in about 15 minutes. 

  1. CBD edibles 

CBD edibles are the most palatable option when it comes to taking CBD. They taste like a treat and are great if you have a sweet tooth! The effects of CBD edibles also last longer than other methods. After consumption, you should feel relief in about 45 to 90 minutes. 

  1. CBD topicals 

CBD topicals are applied to the skin, which is very absorbent. However, it’s more difficult for this kind of CBD to enter the bloodstream. Companies that produce high-quality CBD products ensure that effective carrier agents are used, which help to move CBD through the skin and into the blood. 

CBD feels different for everyone

Depending on what you are using CBD for, the effects you feel might not be the same as someone else. The type of CBD product you choose will also affect how the CBD makes you feel. If you notice an adverse reaction, it might be a good idea to change products or brands. But overall, reputable CBD products should make you feel good and help you alleviate the concerns you’re targeting.

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