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July 12, 2021
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How does CBD oil make you feel?

how does cbd oil make you feel
 Anthony Clement
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Anthony Clement
July 12, 2021

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These products are often mentioned as something that can be used for inflammation and pain relief, but their potential impact goes way beyond that. The hemp plant has sedative properties making it an ideal ally for stress and restless nights. However, most people are reluctant to use it because they think it will have a psychoactive effect.

In this article, we will tell you how does CBD oil make you feel, and we will uncover some of its mysteries.

How is CBD oil made?

CBD oil is a hemp extract. We get by relying on CO2 extraction or a similar process. The basic hemp derived CBD product is referred to as full spectrum cannabidiol oil. Through additional distillation of full spectrum oil, we can get broad spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate.

There is a common misconception that CBD products are extracted from the marijuana plant, that is, the Cannabis Indica plant. This species has a lot of THC and is considered a reactional drug. Luckily, hemp has trace amounts of the chemical, and there is no intoxicating effect when you consume it.

Nowadays, governments of the world regulate CBD gummy and other CBD oil products, so they don't have more than 0.3% THC. As such, they can be regarded as completely safe. Furthermore, the World Anti Doping Agency allows the use of cannabidiol for athletes

How does CBD oil work?

Our knowledge is somewhat limited when it comes to CBD's effect and its interaction. Most likely, CBD supplements work by interacting with the CB1 receptor and CB2 receptor. They are a part of a larger endocannabinoid system meant to regulate internal processes like sleep, mood, focus, appetite, etc. With its plethora of cannabinoids and terpenes, medical hemp oil is able to harmonize these functions.

Although the focus is usually on CBD, we also need to consider other substances present within hemp. For example, it is believed that THC also has some potential in binding to receptors. There are several theories regarding cannabinoids, where some experts claim it's better to use just CBD, while others are proponents of using all cannabinoids and terpenes simultaneously, thus inducing an "entourage effect."

How does CBD oil make you feel?

Whether it’s due to chemical diversity or something else, CBD topicals, CBD vape, and CBD edibles can have various impacts on our bodies. Most CBD users will tell you that it takes some time for cannabidiol to kick in. You might have to administer it for a while until you feel the first results.

CBD routine and CBD dosage might also play a part as to when you’re going to feel the effects. Oftentimes, these improvements and subtle and gradual; you won’t even notice that you’re feeling better. However, keep in mind that CBD extracts can also lead to minor side effects.

Benefits of CBD Oil

Let’s first reviews some of the main benefits you might experience when administering medical hemp oil:

A sense of calm

It is often said that the hemp cannabis plant can provide a feeling of calm. Cannabidiol is really great in the evening, before going to bed, as it can help you unwind. The substance may also improve your sleeping patterns leading to longer, uninterrupted sleep.

Relaxation of the mind

CBD is often mentioned as a substance that may affect anxiety and depression. This might have something to do with its sedative properties and ability to reduce stress. However, there is no medical evidence to these claims, and you shouldn't stop your regular therapy.

Muscles issues and inflammation

There is also a theory that cannabidiol may provide a soothing effect to muscles. Topicals might reduce sensitivity and soreness. These products may also have a positive impact on inflammation and chronic pain, but we can’t say this for sure.

Boost to focus and energy

Medical hemp can also be used in the morning. When used early in the day, it can sharpen your focus and even provide a boost to energy.

Various skin improvements

Hemp is full of antioxidants and other substances meant to promote skin health. You can use CBD oil as a topical to improve the quality of the tissue. Nowadays, a lot of companies are using hemp as one of the main ingredients for their shampoos, creams, and other cosmetics.

Side effects of CBD Oil

Now, let’s reviews some of the issues that might occur while using CBD oil:

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of cannabidiol. It isn’t something you should be too preoccupied with, though.

Diarrhea and change in appetite

Diarrhea is a side effect that occurs due to stomach irritability. This can become an issue if it persists. Even if it doesn't, it can be really taxing on your body. You might also experience reduced appetite during this period.


Given that cannabidiol has sedative properties, it isn't surprising that you would be drowsy. In a way, it is both a side effect and a benefit; it all depends on why you're taking the supplement in the first place. Keep in mind that drowsiness will become easier to manage as you get used to it.


There were also reports of fatigue. Although CBD is sometimes used for energy, it might also create a feeling of tiredness. Like drowsiness, this probably has to do with its sedative properties.

Interactions with drugs

You need to be very careful with CBD oil if you're using drugs. Cannabidiol can cause issues when combined with NSAIDs, blood thinners, antidepressants, beta blockers, steroids, and some other medicines. It is believed that CBD oil has a similar impact as grapefruit juice. In other words, it doesn’t allow the body to flush out the drug, prolonging its stay within the body and increasing the odds of drug related side effects.

Will you feel good after using CBD oil?

There are so many claims surrounding CBD that it’s sometimes hard to determine what is what. The bottom line is that you want to feel nice when you administer the substance.

Given that cannabidiol might have a direct impact on mood and stress, it makes sense that you would feel better after use. Truth be told, the positive effects of the product outweigh its drawbacks. As previously mentioned, you can experience a major boost to your metabolism, with side effects being minor.

According to many consumers, the feeling of calmness and relaxation is the dominant one. However, keep in mind that the effects will vary significantly based on several factors. You need to consider the type of product you’re using, its quality, as well as individual factors.

For example, CBD topicals have a significantly different impact from all other products. They are mainly used for sore muscles and to rejuvenate the skin. Some of these items are pretty complex. If you wish to vape, you will need a device (that you need to clean and maintain), as well as CBD e liquid. Edibles take a lot of time to digest, and so on.

The effects can also vary based on the amount of THC and other cannabinoid. While marijuana derived CBD is rare, there are some stores that sell it. These products usually have a much higher THC concentration making the whole experience much more different compared to hemp derived products. Also, the potential benefits are not the same if you’re using full spectrum cannabidiol or CBD isolate (otherwise known as pure CBD).

Whether or not you'll feel good also depends on your condition. Medicinal hemp might provide a boost to people struggling with stress, insomnia, and anxiety. If you're suffering from one of these issues, and if CBD does help, you will feel much better than previously. As such, your perception of CBD as a product will be more positive. On the other hand, people who are using topicals to rejuvenate their skin will not feel as exhilarated in comparison.

Will you get high from CBD?

First of all, CBD is regarded as a "downer," not an "upper." In other words, it is meant to provide a sedative impact on your body. While it may also increase your energy levels and suppress fatigue, it is more likely to cause a feeling of calm.

According to various global health organizations, products with less than 0.3% THC can be categorized as CBD. These substances are also categorized as "hemp derived." On the other hand, everything about this threshold is categorized as "marijuana derived." And while some companies categorized their marijuana substances like CBD, most people use them for their high THC content.

Both THC and CBD have shown medical potential. However, THC is much more volatile. Not only will you experience psychoactive episodes when you consume higher quantities, but you can develop nasty issues after prolonged use. For example, using THC over a long period of time can lead to psychosis and other mental problems.

All in all, CBD products shouldn’t get you high. This is especially true for CBD isolates and broad spectrum oil. Regardless, we suggest that you always read the product label and check third-party lab results before using a new substance.

What are the main product types, and how do they make you feel?

Nowadays, there are so many different cannabis substances and items, making it hard to keep track. In order to make these products, the company will take one of the 3 basic hemp oil types and infuse them into appropriate objects:

Full spectrum CBD oil

As previously mentioned, this is the basic, unprocessed hemp oil that we extract directly from the plant. It is recommended for its plethora of cannabinoid and terpenes. You can find it in almost any store. According to experts, full spectrum CBD oil should have the most wholesome impact of all product types. Unfortunately, it is really hard to tell how the introduction of THC would improve the effects of other cannabinoids. Based on a few studies, the chemical might be crucial for binding to cannabinoid receptors, thus starting the initial interaction with the endocannabinoid system. And while the use of THC is potentially dangerous in the long run, the quantity of the substance is negligible.

CBD isolates

Isolate is the polar opposite of the full spectrum. It only has cannabidiol and nothing else. Nowadays, some companies add terpene to these products in order to adjust their potential impact. When you use isolate, you're not only avoiding THC but also other cannabinoid such as CBG, CBC, CBN. That way, you can completely focus on cannabidiol's sedative properties. This product category is likely to induce a strong feeling of calm and relaxation.

Broad spectrum CBD oil

These products are somewhere between isolates and full spectrum. They have the same substance as full spectrum CBD but without THC. Because of that, the product might have a wider impact than isolates without causing any issues due to THC. Unlike isolates, you will be able to enjoy the effect of CBD, but also CBC, CBN, CBG, etc.

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