Curious about trying CBD for the first time? Learn what it feels like to take CBD by reading this article. Maybe you have been considering using a CBD product here and there but you're not sure. This is what it feels like.
What Does CBD Feel Like?
One of many powerful compounds found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, cannabidiol (CBD) has been known to support the body and mind in various ways. Among the many benefits that our users experience, some of the main ones are a sense of calm for focus, relief from everyday stresses, help in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation, and more. *
But what does CBD feel like when you take it? How will you know when or how you’re actually realizing the effects of CBD?
We’ll get into some examples of what to look for below, but for now, the most accurate answer to those questions is, “It depends.” Specifically, it depends on what your body needs.
How Does CBD Work Within the Body
Everyone’s body is different, so when it comes to CBD, everybody is likely to experience a slightly different response. As you’ll come to learn, CBD works with your body’s Endocannabinoid System, which helps maintain homeostasis – or stability and overall wellness in your systems. So any effects that you feel will be personalized based on what you have going on internally. Results from CBD vary based on how much and how often you take it.
In the meantime, here are some things you should be aware of with CBD:
Plant compounds work better together. CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. What scientists have found is that these plant compounds tend to have a better effect on the body when they work together rather than alone.
This is known as the Entourage Effect, and it’s a large part of why we choose to make our products “full spectrum.” Since the research shows that using the entire plant maximizes benefits delivered throughout the body, we make sure to give you as much of Mother Nature’s goodness as we can.
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
CBD is non-intoxicating. THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, is both a psychoactive compound and an intoxicating cannabinoid that leaves its users feeling “high.” CBD, on the other hand, is a different cannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa and while it is technically psychoactive, it is non-intoxicating, meaning CBD products, like CBD oil and gummies, will not get you “high.”
As CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, a classification of the Cannabis sativa plant, and it can legally contain no more than 0.3% THC which is far less than the amount you would need to consume to get “high.” Learn more by reading our blog post that asks Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?
How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?
Now that you have a better understanding of what CBD is and how it works with the body (at least at a high level), it’s time to dig a little deeper into what our customers have been saying.
A long-time user, Lisa, has said, “I have been consistently using this product for 10 months now and have noticed the significant impact it has on my overall well-being.” Other users have described CBD’s effects as promoting “an overall relaxed feeling”—one that “cascades into all other daily activities.”
While we recommend following the directions for use, because everyone is different, you might find some variations that work best for you. Patrick, a home inspector, said, “I take 6 to 8 drops almost every night. My clients tell me that I appear very calm.” By comparison, Larry has said, “I only use 2-3 drops and I feel the effects right away.”
How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD?
In terms of how long it takes, Susie said, “I’m not sure if my experience is unique but it seems to kick in slightly within a half hour. Then, about 2 hours in, my thought process begins to change (for the better).”
For each one of these customers, CBD has had a positive impact on their daily routines. For others, however, CBD remains somewhat of a mystery. One customer, John, said, “I have used your CBD oil and feel no discernable difference. I don’t get it.” This is not terribly uncommon unfortunately and may be due in part to the regularity of taking it. The best way to feel the best effects, CBD must be taken on a regular basis, at the same time every day. Learn more about the CBD routine here.
To these users, we offer guidance on how to expand their relationships with CBD. In fact, we’ve pulled together some of our best tips on how to take CBD.
The bottom line is this: CBD affects everyone a little differently. You have to be patient and know that dietary supplements like Charlotte’s Web are crafted to work with your body naturally. Results come by way of steady improvement, making your CBD wellness more sustainable each step of the way.
So, to sum it all up, what does CBD feel like? The short answer really is, “It depends.” It depends on what you have going on internally as well as the concentration of your CBD.
We provide serving details on our packaging and in the product details on our website. If you’re starting out with our 17 mg CBD/1mL strength, take the recommended serving as indicated on the package for 4 to 6 weeks. After then, if you’re still not where you want to be, we suggest moving up to the next concentration.
To learn more about all things CBD, sign up for our email list, read our CBD 101 resource page, check out our CBD oil and gummies, or drop us a line.
This Is What You Can Expect When Using CBD Products
Deciding if you want to try CBD is obviously a personal decision, and the reasons you might be interested in the product can vary wildly from person to person. Some people want to use CBD to relieve pain, but others use it to de-stress or to feel more relaxed.
Whatever your reasons for being interested in CBD, you’re likely curious about what it feels like to take it, and whether you should try smoking CBD or taking it as an oil. Like all legal drugs, your decision to take CBD is ultimately up to you, but this guide may prove helpful as you weigh your decision.
What Does Smoking CBD Feel Like?
Smoking CBD can affect every user in different ways depending on the quantity you take, how frequently you use it, and a range of other factors related to each individual. Unlike cannabis, smoking CBD does not get you high, which means it doesn’t impair your judgment or your motor skills like cannabis can.
That doesn’t mean that CBD has no effects on the people who smoke it, and that’s especially true for first-time users. It’s possible it will give you a light buzz, but only the first few times you smoke it. That buzz is not a high, though. Instead, it’s more like a feeling of general health and well-being, similar to the one you may feel after you’ve exercised.
Most people use CBD in part as a substance that relieves stress, and in doing so, they often feel a kind of “body high” that allows them to feel connected with their body. Some strains can also make you feel more energized or motivated, and larger amounts can even leave you feeling deeply relaxed or even sleepy.
What Does CBD Oil Feel Like?
The effects of CBD oil are often similar to the effects you might feel from smoking it. Those who take CBD oil often do so in order to deal with pain or other issues, which CBD can often relieve effectively. Others find that, like smoking CBD, using CBD oil can make them feel more relaxed or connected to their body.
Some discover CBD oil slows down their mind, but not in a way that leads to drowsiness or makes them unable to function. Instead, CBD can actually allow some people to focus on a single task when they find themselves unable to concentrate. CBD is often advertised as providing many of the same benefits as cannabis, but in a less extreme form. Many professional athletes even use it prior to games or practices to allow them to feel more in sync with their bodies and focus solely on their upcoming performance.
Do All CBD Products Act the Same?
CBD products can act differently, but those differences often come from the kind of CBD you purchase as opposed to how you ingest it. Everything from the strain of the CBD to the brand you buy can have an effect on how reliable it is and how you feel when taking it.
There are three main types of CBD:
- Isolate – contains only CBD and no other substances found in cannabis
- Full-spectrum – contains all the substances that naturally occur in cannabis, including THC
- Broad-spectrum – contains a large number of the substances found in cannabis, but doesn’t contain THC
Full-spectrum products that include THC are often found to be more effective because they combine the effects of CBD and THC. Most CBD products that contain THC only have a very small amount, but it can significantly change how you react after taking it. CBD isolate is likely to be a more mild experience, while those variations that contain THC or other substances may have a larger impact.
For most, it makes sense to start with CBD isolate and then graduate to other products if you find the isolate isn’t giving you the level of relief you’re looking for.
Ultimately, choosing the right CBD product for you involves examining a wide range of factors, including one factor we haven’t covered yet, which is the price of the product. Some CBD products cost far more than others, and if you’re hoping to use CBD regularly, you may have to go with a cheaper option.
Along with cost, you should consider your reasons for being interested in CBD, and the differences between the various brands and strains available. While this guide may not be comprehensive, it will hopefully help you find the family of products that you’re most interested in trying out.