What Does CBD Feel Like?

What Does CBD Feel Like

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What Does CBD Feel Like & Everything You Need To Know

Are you wondering what CBD feels like? Well, CBD feels like a state of natural relaxation and resembles a calming sensation that can be noticed both mentally and physically.

CBD is non-psychoactive, so you won’t feel high or stimulated. The feeling of CBD is actually more related to the removal or absence of unwanted sensitivities.

But what is CBD?

You’ve heard of it. You’re curious about it. It’s one of the hottest trends in modern health & wellness.

In this article we’ll cover the feeling of CBD, and what it’s like to enjoy the compound that’s been helping people for over 10,000 years. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat full hemp plants like people used to.

What is CBD?

CBD is a molecule naturally found in hemp & marijuana, both of which are part of the cannabis family. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is pronounced “Canna-bid-dial.”

In the hemp plant, the CBD molecule comes from the stalk, stems, flowers and leaves, but not the hemp seeds.

CBD is also referred to as a phytocannabinoid. “Phyto” means “of the plant.” Therefore, CBD is a cannabinoid that’s derived from a plant.

In addition to CBD & THC, there are actually over 100 other phytocannabinoids found in hemp & marijuana. But we don’t need to get into those right now…

What Does Natural Relaxation Mean?

Natural Relaxation can best be defined as a state of rest that slows your breathing, slows your heart rate, lowers your blood pressure, pauses stress, brings your body back to balance and promotes clarity in your mind.

What Does CBD Do To Your Body?

In the simplest explanation, when you take CBD it interacts with your Endocannabinoid System, which runs throughout your head & body. By inhibiting CB1, CB2 and other receptors from up-taking certain chemicals (Endogenous Cannabinoids), CBD can block symptoms of certain ailments.

The “Feeling” of CBD Analogy

When you take Tylenol or Advil, what does it feel like? It’s hard to explain, right?

You don’t feel good, but within 20-30 minutes you feel better. Maybe your pain is alleviated or your headache subsides, and those are the benefits.

In a similar way, taking CBD doesn’t have an isolated feeling. It’s more the removal of unwanted feelings.

How Personal Variables May Affect How CBD Feels

Other personal factors like your age, weight and overall health condition may affect the feeling you get from CBD.

In addition, ailments or the reason you’re taking CBD will determine the feeling you experience. Someone taking CBD for pain versus stress will experience & seek different types of relief.

Please note it’s always best to consult with your doctor before taking CBD. This is especially important if you are taking other medications, which CBD may interact with.

The Delivery Method May Affect How CBD Feels

The method of delivery may also affect how you feel CBD.

CBD can be delivered in numerous ways. The most popular methods of CBD deliveries are through oils, gummy bears, candy, topicals, vaporizers and capsules.

Each method has different absorption rates which are discussed in the next section.

What is the best way to take CBD?

Here are the approximated absorption times for different delivery methods for taking CBD:

  • Vaping: 10-15 minutes
  • Taking Oil / Sublingual CBD: 10-25 minutes
  • Taking Gummies / Candy: 20-45 minutes (Obviously a great choice because they’re delicious!)
  • Swallowing Capsules: 20-45 minutes
  • Rubbing on Topicals: 25-50 minutes

Conclusion: Vaping CBD and sublingual CBD oil will help you feel the benefits of CBD faster. Topicals usually take the longest.

How long does it take CBD to work?

When taking sublingual CBD oil (under the tongue), CBD oil takes about 10-25 minutes to work.

However, it’s very common for CBD oil to be added to coffee, teas, smoothies and other edibles like salad dressings and treats.

In this case, it will take CBD oil 20-45 minutes to work if added to other methods of delivery that aren’t sublingual.

How long does CBD Oil last?

As stated above, when CBD oil is taken sublingually, it should take about 10-25 minutes to feel its effects.

The effects should last 2-5 hours. However, your dosing and personal variables will have a dramatic effect on this timeframe. You won’t know for sure until you try!

How long does CBD Oil stay in your system?

On average, CBD oil will stay in your system for 3-7 days, unless you ingest the CBD oil within an edible.

In that case, the edible must pass through your digestive system, which could keep the CBD in your system for up to three weeks.

Timing May Affect How CBD Feels

The timing of when you take CBD may also affect how it makes you feel.

Should you take CBD in the morning or at night? It depends…

Some people report that the relaxation they get from CBD makes them feel tired or drowsy. Contrastingly, some people claim it gives them clarity and energy.

Notably, important factors to consider when taking CBD are the other ingredients in the product you’re taking.

For Example: if you’re sensitive to sugar, then taking CBD gummies in the afternoon is a better choice, so the sugar doesn’t keep you up at night.

CONCLUSION: What Does CBD Feel Like?

The survey results favoured the notion that CBD feels like a state of natural relaxation.

Scientific research suggests that CBD feels like the absence of negative stimuli as a result of CBD causing brain & body receptors to block chemicals that cause unwanted symptoms.

My personal conclusion is that the feeling of CBD is the absence of distracting or anxious thoughts. The feeling I experience from CBD is an improved mood, clarity & focus through mental relaxation.

Conclusively: the feeling of CBD is most closely related to sensations of relaxation, relief and clarity.


This article first appeared on the Sunday Scaries website and was adapted for the South African audience – Click here to view the full article

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