Before you consider taking any type of drug, legal or illegal, you should know how it might make you feel. Everyone is different so they may react to CBD in different ways, but here is some of the science that goes behind how CBD makes you feel.
What is CBD?
CBD is a chemical that comes from the Cannabis sativa plant that also goes by the name of hemp or cannabis, the CBD is taken from the part of the plant that only contains a small amount of THC.
This specific form of CBD has been legalized in the US to treat certain illnesses including epilepsy, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, joint problems, and more.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient of cannabis and is the part of cannabis that makes you high.
THC is just one of the 480 compounds that are known as cannabinoids and are found in marijuana plants which.
Each cannabinoid works differently and works by copying the natural brain chemicals and infiltrating the receptors.
THC can copy the effect of the anandamide, a neurotransmitter that produces pleasure and therefore prevents or lowers feelings of pain and depression.
CBD can be extracted to create three different types: broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains a mixture of terpenes and cannabinoids but doesn’t have any THC in it. Full-spectrum CBD on the other hand has THC in it sometimes but also has terpenes.
Finally, CBD isolate is the name given to CBD which does not have any terpenes or cannabinoids and is only made of pure CBD.
Due to the different chemical aspects of each of these types of CBD extracts, the way you feel will highly depend on what type of CBD you take.
CBD can be taken in different ways, including by mouth, or applied to the skin. It is important that you take the right amount of CBD which should be no more than 200 mg a day and with the guidance of a health expert.
Some possible side effects of using CBD include light-headedness, low blood pressure, drowsiness, and dry mouth, but in more severe cases, injury to the liver may also be a risk , but that is if the doses are very high.
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
Even though the effects of CBD can vary from person to person, there is usually a general feeling that will be experienced by all of those who take it.
How our individual body reacts, the type of CBD, the dose, how it was extracted, etc. all play a part in how it affects each person.
Many people say that taking CBD is very similar to what it feels like to take paracetamol and takes you back to your root of feeling more like yourself without the noise of ailments and pains going on.
In the UK, no CBD products you get will make you feel high as that aspect is illegal in the country.
However, with doses of CBD reaching more than 1,000 mg, you might still feel a bit light-headed as if you were high, but this effect is very brief and puts you at risk of negative side effects.
When you take the right dose of CBD, that feeling of light-headedness and relaxation is known as the ‘bliss molecule’ and is the anandamide which is an endocannabinoid flowing freely as it binds itself to your receptors.
This makes the receptors change shape and blocks the places where the anandamide would normally go and at the same time, inhibits the enzyme that is used to break the anandamide down before it can continue its journey around your body.
If there is THC in your CBD, the THC will attach itself to these receptors as well which prevents the anandamide from settling, making more of it flow around your body and making you feel even better.
However, this rush of nice feelings is not experienced by everyone who takes CBD as some can feel a sudden surge of balance and even a boost in energy which is found mostly in those who are taking the CBD due to sleep deprivation, acute pain, and anxiety.
This feeling of feeling balanced and restored is thought to be due to the regulation of something known as ‘endocannabinoid deficiency’ which is a very common problem where our bodies no longer produce the right amount of anandamide as well as other endocannabinoids.
This results in our bodies struggling with physiological and cognitive processes that include responses to stress, memory issues, appetite, and pain.
Negative Side Effects of CBD
Unfortunately, it’s not all positive as CBD can have some negative side effects which we mentioned a little earlier but will go into more detail as to what the causes are.
Over the years, there have been more and more studies on how CBD interacts with the human body and even though the general consensus is that it is very beneficial and helps in lots of different ways, there have been a few instances where it has had a negative impact.
In order for CBD to have an adverse effect is if very high doses are taken which is classed as anything over 1,000 mg a day which is more than a whole bottle of CBD.
If you take CBD that is poor quality, you are more likely to experience negative side effects so you should always look for CBD products that are grown organically and are clear about what ingredients were used to make the CBD as you are then putting them into your body, so they must be safe.
The negative side effects you may experience include feeling dizzy, loss of appetite, dry mouth, diarrhea, lethargy, and low blood pressure.
CBD can also be dangerous if you take it when you are breastfeeding or pregnant as the contaminants can affect the baby.
As well as this, if you are on any other medications, you should consult with your health advisor before you take CBD.
Is CBD Addictive?
CBD can make you feel a lot of wonderful things, especially if it alleviates you from day-to-day pain but is it addictive?
Well, the good news is that on a molecular level, CBD is not addictive, and this has been proven through numerous studies.
In fact, some say that taking CBD will help you combat any other addictions you may have such as opioids, tobacco, and alcohol.
So, if you are feeling like you can’t go a day without taking some CBD, don’t worry because it is not an addiction that you are experiencing but a feeling of equilibrium instead.
CBD gives us a feeling of overall balance as well as dampening any aches and pains that have been plaguing us.
You do not need to be high in order to experience less pain and anxiety as only some CBD products have THC in them which is the part that makes you feel high, allowing you to go about your day as you would normally except that you are feeling more energized and pain-free.
Having said this, you must remember to only take CBD that is high quality, organic, and is clear about its ingredients.
You should also talk to a health professional before you take any CBD and take no more than the recommended dose so that you are not at risk of experiencing any negative side effects – even if they are minor.