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How Does CBD Make You Feel?

September 05, 2022 5 min read

How Does CBD Make You Feel?

How Does CBD Make You Feel?

CBD provides a sense of calmness and relaxation. This guide highlights; the understanding of CBD, how CBD makes you feel, whether you can get high after taking CBD, how long CBD effects last, CBD side effects, and factors to consider while purchasing CBD products.

You might have heard of cannabidiol (CBD), its effects, and its interaction with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining the homeostasis of various bodily functions. CBD is a relaxing cannabinoid that has found its way to the health and wellness sector due to its wide array of health benefits like improving skin conditions, alleviating anxiety, and dealing with pain. If you have taken CBD, you know its relaxing effect helps you stay grounded and go perfectly with your daily routine. To know more about this compound and its consequences, read along.

Understanding CBD

According to Boyaji et al. (2020),CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant. It is gaining massive popularity due to the various benefits it provides the body, such as reducing pain and alleviating stress and anxiety levels. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD provides a relaxing and calming sensation. CBD is available in three extracts, namely:

  • Full spectrum: Maayah et al. (2020) noted that it contains multiple cannabinoids, including low levels of THC not exceeding 0.3 percent.
  • Broad spectrum: It has almost all cannabinoids, excluding THC
  • Isolate: It does not contain any other compound apart from CBD.

Each CBD extract will provide a different effect due to its contents.

How CBD Makes You Feel

CBD's impact on the body is affected by various factors such as dosage, extraction method, the product's origin, the content available, and hemp strain in the product, providing unique experiences. The effect of CBD is similar to any other drug, for example, paracetamol. When its effects kick in, you do not experience any symptoms and bounce back to normal.

Legally, CBD products in the UK cannot cause high effects since they contain little THC levels. However, taking larger doses of CBD, such as 1000 mg and above, may lead to slight lightheadedness. However, the sensation is caused by its interaction with anandamide, mainly known as the bliss molecule. CBD binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, blocking the usual anandamide spot since it breaks it down before moving around. If the CBD product contains THC, it also sits on these receptors; hence anandamide has no chance of settling in, making you feel more hyperactive.

However, this feeling is not the same for everybody since those with anxiety and other medical conditions experience a sense of equilibrium. It alleviates this condition, makes one feel calmer, and provides an energy boost.

Can You Get High after Taking CBD?

CBD does not produce any mind-altering effects like THC. CBN and THC are the known cannabinoids that impair an individual mentally. Tham et al. (2019) suggested that CBD indirectly binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors affecting the body differently than THC. What CBD does is it works through various pathways hence altering the behavior of the receptors. Once changed, these receptors may or may not bind to the other cannabinoids. CBD  will not only give you a relaxing effect instead of getting high but also blocks THC uptake, which shortens its intoxication.

How Long Does the Effects of CBD Last?

CBD is ingested in various ways, including topically, sublingually, and vaping. How long CBD effects start to kick in depends on the method of administration. Vaping and sublingual use of CBD takes around five to ten minutes for an individual to feel the effect since it enters the bloodstream fast. On the other hand, CBD edibles like gummies may take some time since they have to pass through the gut first; hence effect may kick in around ninety minutes. Due to their low bioavailability, you will also have to take several of them to feel the same impact—however, they are an excellent way for small and steady buildup.

Once CBD enters the system, it reaches the elimination half-life, the period it takes for half the dosage to get to your body in around eight to thirty-two hours.

CBD Negative Effects

Since it is derived from a plant, CBD is well tolerated by the body and rarely has any side effects. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cannabidiol is generally safe and does not lead to dependency. According to Boggs et al. (2018), when taken in large doses, it may cause side effects such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Gastrointestinal distress

It is vital to beware of poor quality and unregulated products. When choosing CBD products, ensure they have proof of third-party lab test results to ensure you consume the best ingredients.

Factors to Consider While Choosing CBD Products

Choosing the best CBD product can be confusing at first, especially for newbies. Below we offer a few tips that may be helpful:

  • CBD source: One of the vital factors you should consider while buying CBD products is its source since it determines the purity of the end product. When a plant is grown in highly nutritious soil, it goes without saying that its outcome will be of high quality. To put it simply, during the growth of the cannabis plant, geographical surroundings may severely affect it.
  • The company: A company plays a significant role since it determines the end product quality; hence the reason it should be among one of your top considerations. Always purchase your CBD product from a well-known, trusted company. You can read other customers' online reviews to learn more about them. Avoid buying from a brand or company with many negative reviews since it is a sign that it offers low-quality products.
  • Extraction methods: Various extraction methods are utilized in processing CBD products. The method of extraction used to process CBD products highly affects how pure the end product will be. Aim at choosing CBD products that have undergone carbon dioxide extraction since it produces refined products.


How CBD impacts the body is determined by various factors such as dosage, method of administration, and extraction method. Since everyone has unique body chemistries, we tend to be affected differently. Hence, some individuals may experience a sense of relaxation and calm while others experience anxiety. The type of CBD you consume may affect the afterward result. Since full spectrum CBD contains THC, you may also feel a mild sense of high because it has multiple cannabinoids. Purchase your products from a reliable brand to avoid falling into the traps of greedy manufacturers.


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