If you’ve never tried it before then you’ll likely be wondering, how does CBD oil make you feel?
CBD oil is the most commonly used type of CBD product in the UK, according to YouGov.
It’s become increasingly popular over the past few years, with many people enjoying it because of the way it makes them feel.
However, users should note that the companies they buy from are not allowed to make any medicinal claims about their CBD products if the product is not a licensed medicine.
So if that’s the case, then how does CBD oil make you feel after you’ve taken it?
CBD does not produce a ‘high’
The first thing to keep in mind is that, although CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, it does not get you ‘high’.
There are more than 100 different cannabinoids in the plant – two of which are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the cannabinoid present in cannabis that causes psychoactive effects and produces a high. It’s a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
In the UK, assuming the CBD product is a legitimate one – i.e. it has successfully completed the Food Standards Agency (FSA) novel foods application process – it won’t contain THC.
Or, if it does contain trace elements, not enough to produce an effect – in the UK, CBD is legal, as long as it does not contain more than 1mg of THC per pack. That goes for CBD oil, or any other type of CBD product.
There are also some CBD oils which are guaranteed not to include even trace elements of THC – these are called CBD isolate oils.
So, in short, how does CBD oil make you feel – does it get you high? No, as long as it is a genuine, FSA-approved product – more on this shortly.
How does CBD oil make you feel?
What effect does CBD have? Technically, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a biological system which plays a role in the regulation of functions in the human body, to help keep things in balance – impacting sleep, mood, appetite and much more.
The human body produces endocannabinoids, which bind to the principal CB1 and CB2 receptors:
- CB1 receptors are in the central nervous system – endocannabinoids bind to these for the purpose of increasing appetite, relieving pain, or reducing stress
- CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system – endocannabinoids target these to regulate inflammation and immune response
Research is still ongoing to uncover precisely how CBD interacts with the ECS. A potential way is by preventing endocannabinoids from breaking down, allowing them to have greater effects on the body – perhaps reducing anxiety, aiding sleep, calming inflammation and more.
This helps explain why after taking CBD, some people might describe potential feelings of calm or relaxation.
As we’ve written about previously, early results indicate CBD oil may possibly play a part in alleviating symptoms from chronic pain and arthritis – amongst other conditions. It might also potentially help those struggling with anxiety problems.
Taking CBD oil for the first time
While the majority tend to notice nothing unexpected after absorbing CBD, some new users have felt side effects including dizziness or drowsiness.
To reduce any risk of side effects, it’s important to only buy quality, FSA-approved products. Some suppliers’ CBD oils could be mislabelled and include banned ingredients, such as over 1mg of THC per pack.
When buying CBD from a provider for the first time, read customer reviews and check their ISO-accredited lab certification.
If you’re taking medication or have a particular condition, you may want to ask for medical advice from a GP before starting to take CBD oil.
Increasing your dosage: how does CBD oil make you feel?
New users are advised to start with a low dose, before increasing it over time. However, do you feel stronger effects if you take more CBD?
Not necessarily, in fact, if you take much more CBD than usual, you may see diminishing returns when it comes to its effect.
It’s been claimed that CBD’s effectiveness is like a bell curve – with relatively lower effects at low doses, peak effects at medium doses, then reduced effectiveness again at high doses.
A GP can also advise you on the appropriate dosage that’s right for you. For other questions about CBD dosage, read our full guide here.
How does the way you take CBD make a difference?
- Sublingually (under the tongue)
- By swallowing (e.g. in capsule form)
- By vaporising
Of course, taken topically – i.e. applied directly to the skin – CBD oil will give you more of a surface-level feeling compared to the other ways.
The application method will also change how quickly you feel the effects of CBD. Trends suggest that sublingual absorption and vaporising are the fastest ways to feel something.
In contrast, consuming CBD may be slower-acting, but have the longest-lasting effects as it’s broken down more gradually by the digestive system.
Summary: how does CBD oil make you feel?
So, how does CBD oil make you feel? It has the potential to give you a subtle sensation of feeling calmer, more relaxed or less stressed.
This is due to the way it interacts with the endocannabinoids in the human body’s ECS.
It will not make you feel high, since legal CBD products contain essentially no THC, which is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis.
How you feel can also be affected by the CBD oil dosage you take, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that the more you have, the more noticeable the results.
And how does CBD oil make you feel if you consume it? The potential effects may take longer to materialise, but last longer, compared to taking it sublingually for example.