How Does CBD Make You Feel?
Posted on June 5th, 2020
Over the years, we’ve seen lots of products and movements come and go in the health and wellness industry. From trends such as ketogenic diets and turmeric used to green juices and liquid cleanses, some are better for you than others. Intermittent Fasting has become a favorite around the Tanasi headquarters, and taking Tanasi CBDA/CBD patent-pending University developed formula when fasting has been a great experience. Now, CBD is having a moment, thanks to its recent legalization and ongoing research into its potential health benefits. But with so many aggressively-marketed products on the market, how can you tell which are the real deal? Well, we’re here to help you with that task!
We know you may have questions about CBD products: Is CBD safe? What are the benefits of CBD use? And, perhaps most importantly, how will using CBD make me feel? Today, we’ll try to answer those questions for you. We simply ask you to remember that, because each of us is unique, we’ll all have slightly different CBD experiences. Still, by helping you understand more about CBD, its composition, and some of its uses, we hope you’ll get a better picture of how it feels to use CBD. Keep in mind, that Tanasi CBD products are unique in that we have concentrations of two cannabinoids, Cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) and Cannabidiol (CBD). The CBDA/CBD formula is a University developed patent-pending solution. So, when we speak of CBD in general we are also speaking of our Tanasi CBDA/CBD formula.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is the simplified name for Cannabidiol. It is one of 113 known cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Many people value this compound for its positive effects in the body, especially because CBD doesn’t cause psychoactive ‘highs’ like delta-9 THC, another cannabis plant cannabinoid.
And there’s more good news: studies indicate that CBD oil can impact several experiences in the human body, including appetite, stress, and pain reactions.
CBD can be extracted from all strains of Cannabis Sativa L. plants, including hemp and marijuana. Marijuana plants have high delta-9 THC concentrations and relatively little CBD. Industrial hemp plants, in contrast, are bred for high CBD concentrations, and low levels of THC. Thus, the inverse of marijuana plants with low THC and high CBD concentrations. That’s why most of the CBD on the market is derived from hemp.
Comparing the Effects of CBD and THC
If you’re wondering how CBD makes you feel, you may be confusing this cannabinoid with THC, another popular plant extract. For years, people knew that marijuana use caused psychoactive effects, which we now know are a result of ingesting high levels of THC. In this way, THC is very different from CBD, which carries no or zero psychoactive properties.
Common Effects of THC
Still, THC and CBD have several similarities, which isn’t so surprising since they come from the same plant and are both cannabinoids. For example, the cannabinoids both have chemical formulae consisting of the same number of atoms. But they’re arranged differently, which may not mean much to you… unless you know a bit about chemistry, in which case you’ll understand that the arrangement of these atoms leads to significant differences in the two compounds. And this explains why one causes a psychoactive effect, and the other does not. Common effects of THC include :
- Changed perception and sense of time
- Mood changes
- Impaired memory
- Troubles in problem-solving
- Munchies or increased appetite
- Cottonmouth or dry mouth
On the flip side, CBD works in a completely different way. It triggers feel-good effects, without the psychoactive results of THC. CBD affects the central nervous system because it interacts with your endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for controlling pain, inflammatory responses, and sleep, among other important functions in your body. Many people respond to the anti-inflammatory benefits, and that in turn creates a better sense of feeling good.
Now, we’re finally ready to explain how CBD makes you feel. But, remember, how it makes you feel depends on the various compounds within your body and how they interact with the CBD products you consume. Also remember, Tanasi CBD products have CBDA and CBD where the CBDA is as close to natural plant extract before decarboxylation (or processing using heat to convert CBDA to CBD).
Still, regardless of your chemical make-up, the effects of CBD will likely be subtle and nuanced. As a result, you may not notice a difference at first use until, over time, you look back and realize you’re feeling completely different than you used to! Most Tanasi customers tell us they realize they miss the CBD when they come back to replenish their supply.
Even within this framework, people react differently with CBD so, even if your experience isn’t like the one we describe, don’t worry: your body’s just developing its own relationship with CBD oil.
Common Effects of CBD
For the most part, CBD oil produces positive effects in your body. But, like any substance, CBD oil may cause a few side effects, depending on your sensitivity and the size of your CBD dose. Note that these effects are fairly rare, and most people rarely experience any negative side effects with CBD oil use. Still, possible CBD oil side effects include :
- Dry mouth
- Decreased appetite
Always consult a doctor before taking CBD oil if you are on regular medication or under the care of a doctor. Your healthcare provider can assess your health profile and give you advice on recommended dosing, as well as medication interactions and possible side effects. Be sure to discuss the form of CBD you plan to use since some CBD products are mixed with carrier oils that may independently cause side effects or drug interactions. Additionally, be sure to know the complete ingredient list for your desired CBD oil product before starting your dose. And remember, start low and slowly increase your CBD dose to allow your body to adjust to CBD. This should prevent you from having anything but a positive CBD experience.
How Long Does It Take to Feel the Effects of CBD?
Once again, how CBD makes you feel will depend on your method of ingestion. You can take CBD oil in the form of capsules or tinctures . You can also apply CBD oil topically to your body as your skin is the largest organ that absorbs the CBD molecules. If you ingest your CBD, you’re likely to have a full-body experience. Apply CBD topically, on the other hand, and your effect will be more localized. As an example, an ankle or elbow, and by default, your hands will receive localized CBD when you apply topical CBD products.
Now, you may want to know, how long will it take for CBD to affect my body? The effects of CBD oil can kick in any time from 10 minutes to a few hours after you ingest or apply your product. That’s because your ingestion mode will affect how quickly CBD makes its way into your bloodstream.
Different Methods of Using CBD
The fastest way to experience CBD effects is through vaping. With this method, you’ll typically notice effects within 15 minutes. Inhalation goes directly into your bloodstream. Tanasi products can not be vaped due to the CBDA being a necessary component to the patent-pending University developed formula. Vaping applies heat and thus will convert CBDA into CBD, and Tanasi products have a one-to-one CBDA/CBD formula.
Sublingual drops are the second-fastest method of CBD delivery: the effects kick in any time between 20 and 30 minutes. Plus, the Tanasi CBDA/CBD formula has the acid-chain attached to the CBD molecule which may result in faster absorption. Our living cells in our body that receive living cells from the plant have shown positive results with absorption.
Oral ingestion is the most common form of CBD delivery, even though the effects take longer to kick in because your CBD must go through several digestive factors. As a result, the effects should manifest anywhere between 45 minutes and 5 hours after ingestion. It is typically closer to the one hour mark.
There’s one exception to this rule: if you apply CBD oil directly to your skin, you’ll notice effects 20 to 45 minutes later. But those effects will be limited to your application spot since topical CBD typically takes longer to enter your bloodstream.
Benefits of CBD Oil
Now that you have an idea of how CBD makes you feel, we want to explain some of the areas in which you may notice effects.
Many CBD oil users say they feel relaxed after dosing. It’s why so many people end their stressful days with an evening CBD routine. Also why people who take CBD during the day mention their sense of calm helps them get through the day. This is why you must experiment to find what is right for you and your body. Some people take CBD at bedtime and why they report a better night’s rest. If you use a Fitbit or Garmin device you should log your sleep and see what your numbers are with taking CBD at night. Research suggests that CBD interacts with your central nervous system in a way that delivers feelings of calm. As a result, CBD use may help put your body and mind at ease.
If you’re using medications that are known to trigger nausea, including cancer drugs, adding CBD use to your routine could be beneficial. Even if you have motion sickness and want to go out on a boat, try CBD to address your motion sickness which is related to nausea. In fact, the National Cancer Institute recommends the use of approved CBD products purchased from reputable companies for preventing vomiting caused by chemotherapy. This is an important role that CBD plays, since reducing nausea leads to a subsequent improvement in appetite, something that is essential for patients who need physical strength to fight chronic diseases.
Early research suggests that CBD oil interacts with your internal endocannabinoids, affecting your brain’s pain and inflammation response. As a result, CBD oil is popular with people suffering from conditions such as arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation released CBD Guidance for Adults With Arthritis in September of 2019 . Many report a reduction in chronic pain after adding CBD to their routines. And they experience this effect without fear of addiction or dependency.
What Is The Correct Dosage for CBD Oil?
The answer, as you expected, is that it depends on every individual. We all use CBD oil for different reasons, and we all hope to experience different effects. When picking a dosage of CBD, use both those factors to help determine the right place to start your CBD journey. We offer suggested dosing guides on all our Tanasi product labels, but a medical expert can also help you to determine your ideal CBD dose.
Keep in mind, if you are using CBD for the first time, start with small doses so you can see how your body reacts to the cannabinoid. This way, you can slowly increase your dose, little by little, and avoid unwanted results.
Your body weight is another factor you can use when determining your CBD dosage level . The rule of thumb states that you should take between one and five milligrams of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. Start at the lower end of the range and see how it goes. With time, your body will acclimate to CBD oil, and your tolerance will increase, allowing you to try higher doses.
If, before you started reading, you were wondering how CBD makes you feel, then by now we hope you have a better idea. Of course, the best way to know how CBD makes you feel is to try it yourself. But, if you take away one key message today, we hope it’s this: you have lots of options today when buying CBD oil. Be sure to buy from a reputable retailer to avoid being shortchanged and to guarantee the safety of your CBD oil. Some CBD manufacturers fail to provide a certificate of analysis (COAs), which means their products could contain harmful substances or lower concentrations of CBD than stated. In short, the right kind of CBD oil should make you feel good. And, if it doesn’t, check the quality of your product or discuss your dose with a healthcare professional. With Tanasi products having a patent-pending University developed formula of CBDA/CBD and having a 30-Day satisfaction guarantee we are confident you will find some level of happiness with your Tanasi product purchase and return for more with confidence.
We know you may have questions about CBD products: Is CBD safe? What are the benefits of CBD use? And, how does CBD make you feel?
What does CBD oil feel like?
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CBD is said by many to have a relaxing and soothing effect, but you’re not going to feel this non-intoxicating cannabinoid the same way you would THC. To explain how CBD truly feels, we need to look at how both THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
CBD is said to have a relaxing and soothing effect. The effects are much different than THC. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The ECS is made up of endocannabinoids, receptors that cannabinoids bind to, and enzymes that break them down. While THC activates the CB1 receptors, CBD induces the opposite outcome, instead inhibiting activity in the CB1 receptors.
Aside from CB1 receptors, CBD also binds to several other targets throughout the body. For instance, this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has at least 12 sites of action in the brain and may elicit therapeutic effects by activating multiple pathways at once.
The interaction between CBD and the body may create a feeling of relaxation and improved mood. Studies and anecdotal evidence also suggest that CBD offers therapeutic value in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other ailments.
Does CBD make you feel good?
You might have heard about the various purported health benefits of this non-intoxicating cannabinoid, but how does CBD feel once it enters your system?
Many consumers and medical patients report several positive effects after taking CBD, including feelings of relaxation and calmness. But the exact feeling you’ll get from CBD is contingent on several factors, including the type of CBD product, the total CBD dosage, and individual-specific factors.
How CBD affects you depends on your body’s chemistry and the type of product you select. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Depending on the treatment or therapeutic relief you seek, the effects of CBD can vary. Different CBD products may prove more beneficial than others. For instance, CBD-infused topicals have been reported to provide relief in pain-specific areas, while a CBD oil with a 1:1 CBD-to-THC ratio could be better suited to help with falling asleep, perhaps also producing an intoxicated feeling, depending on the level of THC.
Individual-specific characteristics such as the consumer’s weight, diet, metabolism, other medications, genetics, and medical conditions, as well as the formulation and quality of the CBD product itself could all influence the amount of therapeutic value that CBD will offer.
Not only does it depend on the individual, but also their ailment or condition. Depending on the therapeutic needs, different CBD products may prove more beneficial than others.
Different types of CBD oil deliver different effects
When you stumble upon a wide selection of CBD oil products, there might not appear to be much differentiating them. However, not all CBD oil will make you feel the same. In fact, the effects of various CBD oil products can differ drastically.
Hemp-derived vs. marijuana-derived CBD oil
There are two main classifications of cannabis plants that produce CBD: hemp and marijuana. Though the CBD molecular structure is identical regardless of source, there’s a difference between the chemical makeup of hemp and marijuana plants, which can lead to CBD oil products with different effects.
Industrial hemp plants are typically grown for their fiber and seeds, and tend to be skinny and scarce in foliage. Hemp plants and hemp-derived products are considered legal under U.S. law, as long as the plant contains no more than 0.3% THC. Therefore, hemp-derived CBD oil will have little to no THC, which will prevent consumers from feeling any of the intoxicating effects that stem from this cannabinoid.
On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD is extracted from marijuana plants that have thick, lush foliage and flowers, typically with higher levels of THC than CBD, although there are several CBD-rich cultivars on the market. Marijuana-derived CBD oil often contains much higher levels of THC than hemp-derived products, so consumers may want to brace for the effects of THC. These products are legally available on the adult-use market and in certain medical marijuana states, but remain illegal on the federal level.
Not all CBD oil will make you feel the same. There are many types of oil out there, so make sure you know where the oil in your products was sourced. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Although the intoxicating feeling of THC might be something you wish to avoid, it’s important to note that CBD and THC have actually demonstrated a synergistic relationship when taken in tandem, a phenomenon commonly known as the “entourage effect.” For example, when CBD is consumed alongside THC, people tend to experience less of the paranoia and anxiety associated with high THC concentrations. The inclusion of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes could also contribute to the experience and to how you ultimately end up feeling.
When it comes to the purported effects of CBD oil products, we’re not only looking at hemp-derived and marijuana-derived products. The additional cannabis compounds and ingredients (or lack thereof) also play a significant role in the consumer experience. There are major differences between broad-spectrum CBD oil, full-spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD oil
When a CBD oil product is labeled full-spectrum, that means the plant’s original terpenes and other types of cannabinoids, including cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG), and importantly, THC, have not been filtered out during the extraction process.
Broad spectrum CBD oil
Broad-spectrum CBD oil derived from hemp is similar to full-spectrum, as the oil contains most of the cannabinoids from its original state. However, the key difference here is the additional extraction process that filters out all traces of THC. With the THC removed, consumers don’t need to worry about encountering any feelings of being high, but can still reap the potential benefits of other minor cannabinoids and terpenes.
Another option for consumers is CBD isolate, which comes in the form of a crystalline solid or white powder. Stripped of all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, CBD isolate is the most refined form of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, containing upwards of 99% pure CBD. With all THC and other compounds removed, CBD isolate is the purest possible form of CBD available.
CBD isolate is the most refined form of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, containing upwards of 99% pure CBD. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
Although CBD does not produce the same adverse side effects as THC, should you be concerned about feeling or encountering any other side effects from the cannabinoid?
While research has found that CBD has a much better side effect profile compared with most other drugs, a large dose of CBD can still have potentially adverse effects on the user. A 2017 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research concluded that while CBD had a “favorable safety profile,” there were side effects reported by participants, including tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight.
In addition, CBD may cause other side effects in some individuals, including nausea and irritability. Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and contributor to the Harvard Health Blog, discussed these potential side effects in a 2018 post, writing, “Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements.”
For this reason, it is vital to consult with your physician before beginning a regimen of CBD products, including CBD oil. Be sure to discuss any current prescription medications and possible drug interactions prior to starting CBD.
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