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  • August 20, 2022 5 min read


    CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system affecting how an individual feels. It also restores balance in the body functions. You might be wondering how if feel after taking CBD.

    CBD is a compound derived from the hemp plant. This compound is safe for use by all healthy adults. Some people fear taking this compound as they think it might make them feel high. Czégény et al. (2021) clarified that CBD is not psychoactive like the THC compound. This compound is isolated from the hemp plant using CO2. CO2 is subjected to high temperatures and pressure, isolating CBD in its purest form. CBD might contain some amount of THC.  The amount of THC found in CBD does not exceed 0.3%; hence cannot make the user feel high.

    How is CBD Taken?

    There are many ways of taking CBD. You can either ingest it or apply it to the skin. You can ingest CBD through tinctures, gummies, sprays, edibles, and oil. CBD products such as CBD creams, balms, body wash, and soaps can be applied to the skin. Fine & Rosenfeld (2013) established that CBD goes into the body through the endocannabinoid system affecting how the user feels by treating various diseases and conditions.

    How will you feel after Using CBD?

    Taking CBD orally or applying it to the skin will impact the body. However, how you feel depends on different factors such as dosage, type of hemp, how you take it, and ingredients in the product, among other factors. As Atalay et al. (2019) explained, CBD contains different properties such as antioxidants, antidepressants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-seizure. These properties treat diseases and conditions such as epilepsy, pain, nausea, skin diseases, depression, and anxiety. CBD also has therapeutic effects. Taking or applying it on the skin soothes you and makes you feel relaxed. CBD is administered in different dosages depending on the condition being treated. If you have not used CBD effects before, you should begin with a low dosage and increase gradually. Ingested CBD may bring effects faster than one applied to the skin. The user should be consistent in taking this product for better results.

    How to make CBD more Effective in the Body

    The method of taking CBD affects its effectiveness. For beginners, the best way to start is by putting a drop of oil under the tongue.  Allow it to stay under the tongue for about 90 seconds before swallowing it. The tongue has numerous capillaries that take CBD into the bloodstream faster.  Ensure the CBD oil is of the best quality. There are different types of CBD oil; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. CBD isolate contains one compound, CBD; the full-spectrum contains all compounds from the hemp plant, including THC, while the broad-spectrum contains other compounds from the hemp plant except THC. Hemp compounds work well when combined. Therefore, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum oil may be more effective.

    How Long Will You Experience CBD Effects in the Body?

    The effects of CBD can last longer in the body depending on what form of CBD it was taken. Placing tinctures under the tongue delivers CBD into the bloodstream faster.  You may start feeling the effects after 5 minutes. Other ways, such as taking edibles, CBD capsules, and pills, might take a long before delivering CBD into the body. The effects might also take longer in the body. Capsules and edibles go through the digestive system delaying the effects. CBD going through the digestive system may have lower bioavailability. Take a higher dose for the effects to last longer. The effects of CBD can be felt more few minutes after ingesting it and fade as time progresses.

    Does CBD have Health Benefits?

    CBD has many health benefits. CBD contains antioxidants, antiseizure and antidepressant properties. Baron (2018) noted that these properties allow it to treat diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, and epilepsy. On the other hand, Moltke & Hindocha (2021) stated that ingesting CBD also reduces anxiety and depression and improves sleep.

    Does CBD Make You Feel High?

    Many people fear taking CBD products as they think it might make them feel high. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it cannot make you feel high. The compound in the hemp plant that gives you a high feeling is THC. However, some CBD compounds may contain THC in small amounts that cannot make you feel high. 

    Is CBD Addictive?

    The fear of being addicted should not prevent you from taking CBD products. Once you start taking CBD products, the positive effects on your body might make you feel you don't want to do without them. This doesn't mean you are addicted. After all, you only yearn for more benefits as CBD benefits the body, unlike other substances such as tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol. Studies have shown that CBD does not make you addicted. If you quit using CBD, you will not have any addictive symptoms such as headaches and anxiety.

    Does CBD Interact with Medication?

    More research is being conducted on how CBD interacts with different medications. Unlike many pharmaceutical medications, CBD does not cause serious interaction with medication. However, studies have shown that CBD can block cytochrome enzymes. Therefore, if you are using a long-term medication, seek advice from medical professionals.

    Are there any Negative Effects of CBD?

    CBD is generally safe. However, ingesting it may affect you in some ways. CBD might make you feel dizzy and tired and affect your appetite. In very rare cases, CBD can cause liver damage. However, such serious cases only happen after taking very high doses of CBD. Take the right dosage of CBD to avoid such serious complications. CBD applied to the skin may not have any side effects. However, CBD topicals contain additional ingredients that might react with your skin, especially if you have very sensitive skin.


    CBD can be ingested or applied to the skin. It goes through the endocannabinoid system affecting how you feel. It treats various diseases and conditions such as chronic pain, acne, psoriasis, and epilepsy. CBD can interact with some medications. Ingesting CBD in a high dose can cause liver damage. If you are using CBD topicals, always check the ingredients to confirm they are friendly to your skin.


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    Baron, E. P. (2018). Medicinal Properties Of Cannabinoids, Terpenes, And Flavonoids In Cannabis, And Benefits In Migraine, Headache, And Pain: An Update On Current Evidence And Cannabis Science. Headache: The Journal Of Head And Face Pain, 58(7), 1139-1186.

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    Fine, P. G., & Rosenfeld, M. J. (2013). The Endocannabinoid System, Cannabinoids, And Pain. Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal, 4(4).

    Moltke, J., & Hindocha, C. (2021). Reasons For Cannabidiol Use: A Cross-Sectional Study Of CBD Users, Focusing On Self-Perceived Stress, Anxiety, And Sleep Problems. Journal Of Cannabis Research, 3(1), 1-12.