There’s a lot of buzz around the benefits of cannabis wellness products these days, but what does CBD oil feel like?
If you’re unfamiliar with cannabis products, you may wonder if it’s similar to smoking marijuana. Does CBD get you high? If not, what does it do? Is it safe to drive with? Will you lose control of your mind? Not at all.
Of the numerous cannabinoid compounds in the cannabis plant, THC is the only psychoactive one. While others can have physiological effects on users, they do not impact thought and cognition to the same degree as THC.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the most prominent cannabinoid in the hemp plant. Despite its recent discovery, scientists have documented numerous wellness benefits associated with CBD. It works as an anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and can even aid in sleep and digestion.
HOW CBD AFFECTS THE BODY
Like any drug, CBD merely kick starts a process that naturally occurs in your body already—just to a greater degree than normal. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of our oldest evolutionary mechanisms, spanning millions of years back in our history. As a result, there are receptors all throughout the body.
When active, the ECS produces endocannabinoids that bind to receptors and cause the reactions associated with CBD.
These can include feelings of:
- Increased appetite
- Proper digestion
Of course, these are just words. Until you try it for yourself, we can only do our best to describe it to you—so let’s try.
WHY USE CBD OIL?
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese were credited with using cannabis as a medicine because it worked to energize the body’s other functions, such as digestion, sleep, and inflammation. In fact, just a couple hundred years ago, hemp oil was given to people suffering from dysentery—a disease where the body simply can’t hold down food.
Patients who were given hemp oil were had an easier time keeping their food down, feeding their immune system the nutrition it so desperately needed. CBD doesn’t fight disease, but in the case of dysentery, it helped patients give themselves the strength to fight it on their own.
Today, many people take CBD oil as a daily supplement. Hemp extract is rich in omega fatty acids and even shows signs of antibacterial properties. It is also non-toxic, making it suitable for daily use.
HOW TO TRY CBD FOR THE FIRST TIME
While CBD won’t get you high, it’s probably a good idea to give yourself a comfortable space to try it for the first time. If nothing else, this can reduce the stress that accompanies trying something new. Want to play it safe? A dose of about 20mg should be enough to help you notice a detectable difference in how you feel.
If you decide to go the edible route, you should expect to feel the effects in about a half-hour or so. Those who take CBD on an empty stomach will likely feel them sooner than that, but probably not by much. Once you feel it start working, you can breathe easy.
Take a nice walk outside, pet a dog, listen to a favorite album, and enjoy the calming relaxation that can come with CBD. The effects are fairly mild, so if you’re nervous about what the supplement will do to you, taking it for the first time should dispel all that.