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Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is everywhere right now! This fast-growing product helps with a number of different ailments. From anxiety to depression to sore muscles and chronic pain, CBD seems to be the next miracle elixir in the natural health product world. Maybe you’ve heard a friend or family member talking about CBD, maybe you read an article about it online that piqued your interest. If you want to try CBD, but haven’t yet because you still have a few reservations and questions you need answered, you are not alone! One of the most commonly asked questions about CBD is, “How does CBD oil make you feel?” Without further ado, let’s take a closer look below into what CBD is and how it makes you feel when you take it. Also discussed: will CBD make you feel “high” or fail a drug test? What about any side effects?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis family of plants.These plants include both the hemp plant and the marijuana plant, but are two different varieties of plant not to be confused with each other. Hemp plants contain over 100 known phytocannabinoids. Each cannabinoid acts different with its own host of unique health benefits when taken. Cannabinoids act as “keys” in the human body, unlocking receptors as they travel through the bloodstream and waking up your endocannabinoid system. CBD is just one cannabinoid that works on this system.
CBD exists in the trichomes of hemp plants, also known as their buds. Hemp plants contain buds with high CBD levels, and low THC levels. Hemp does not get you “high.” Unlike marijuana, hemp is completely legal to grow and cultivate in the United States since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed. Legal hemp-derived CBD products contain no more than a .3% THC level, which is not enough to register in drug tests or induce psychoactive effects.
The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) is one of the most recently discovered systems in the human body and one of the least known about. Scientists stumbled upon the endocannabinoid system while researching the effects of marijuana, specifically THC, in the human body. This biochemical communication system plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood and everyday experiences. The endocannabinoid system works to bring the body to a state of homeostasis, or state of balance. This system of cannabinoid receptors, which are naturally occuring in the body (anandamide works on these receptors), is located throughout the body.
Once cannabinoids hit your bloodstream, they make their way through the body, lighting up different receptors as they pass through. These receptors then turn on and begin working in the human body, regulating various bodily functions such as:
Naturally, our bodies make a cannabis-like chemical called anandamide, or the bliss molecule. CBD intake naturally elevates the levels of this endocannabinoid. Increasing anandamide in the body and brain has anti-inflammatory effects, while also affecting other activities at other receptors.
CBD is a proven antioxidizing, anti-inflammatory compound, rich in fatty acids and vitamins/minerals. Some benefits include:
On its own, CBD packs a powerful punch combatting many ailments. However, when you combine CBD with the other compounds found in the hemp plant, such as cannabinoids and terpenes, you create a whole-plant product that is proven to be more effective at easing a wider variety of everyday maladies.
Currently, research shows CBD is proven to reduce anxiety, inflammation, stress and symptoms of insomnia. Overall, when you take CBD, your body feels good. You feel good.Ultimately, how CBD oil makes you feel depends on how you take it, your dosage, bioavailability and the type you use. It isn’t psychoactive; your state of mind remains unaltered. There are two main reasons people start taking CBD: to combat stress and anxiety and to combat chronic pain/pain-related ailments. Generally, these people take prescription medications to deal with these issues and want to wean themselves off the medications or look for natural ways to supplement them.
Research indicates that people who take CBD regularly experience reduced anxiety and stress levels. A recent study shows CBD counteracts the body’s “fight or flight” response by increasing the number of SRC fluctuations. SRC, or the skin conductance response, occurs when your body prepares to exert itself to deal with a perceived threat. It does this by increasing sweat activity in order to cool itself down. By increasing the number of SRC fluctuations, CBD actually relaxes the body and reduces stress levels. This compound is a promising candidate to replace decades-old medicine for depression, and it may even replace the dangerous drug alprazolam (Xanax), which currently treats anxiety.
CBD also shows promise as a pain reliever, which could be a possible solution to a major problem felt around the world. Currently, pain relievers, like opiates and acetaminophen, are some of the most dangerous drugs in terms of addiction and overdoses. In just 2017 alone in the United States, over 72,000 people died from opiate overdoses, over five times higher than 1999. CBD oil, which has very few (and extremely mild) side effects, could be the perfect replacement to harmful, highly addictive drugs like percocet and tylenol.
The short answer is: no, not at all, not one bit. There’s no chance of this happening. The THC content in legal hemp-derived CBD oil must be less than .3% of the entire oil. This amount does not produce any type of psychoactive effect. The chemical profile of CBD differs immensely from THC – the two are not to be confused with each other. CBD itself doesn’t produce these types of effects either.In fact, CBD actually counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC for many. If you’re really worried there’s even a chance, use a CBD isolate oil that is THC-free. That way you’re getting all of the benefits of CBD and don’t have to worry about anything else.
There are no reported cases of anyone overdosing on CBD or dying as a result of taking too much CBD. Furthermore, a study published in a 2011 paper found that chronic CBD use is safe for humans as well as animals, though it does admit that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD.
Although research is ongoing and necessary, studies also show CBD is non-toxic. Even those who took up to 1500 mg of CBD oil exhibited no signs of serious side effects or toxicity. In fact, a 2006 study of the potential benefits of CBD for anxiety and psychosis patients in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research found cannabidiol is completely safe for human consumption. In a summary of the findings, the researchers note that neither intravenous, inhalatory nor oral administration of large amounts of CBD induced toxicity. None of the subjects, who took doses of up to 400 mg a day, presented any clinical, psychiatric or neurological alteration at the end of the 30-day experimental period.
A small number of chronic CBD users experience side effects like fatigue, diarrhea and changes in appetites. These side effects are extremely mild and often a result of taking more CBD than necessary for your body. Once you decrease your CBD intake, side effects will subside without any lasting effects or damage. It’s important to note the World Health Organization says, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” and “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” Click here for more information on potential CBD side effects.
If you’re currently taking a medication your doctor has told you to avoid eating grapefruit while on, you’ll also want to take extreme care taking CBD. You should always consult your doctor first before starting anything new. But this is especially true if you’re currently taking prescription medications as CBD can interact with certain types of drugs. For more information about CBD-drug interactions, click here.
How does CBD oil make you feel? Really good actually. But ultimately, it comes down to your unique genetic makeup. However, it does not make you feel “high.” Overall, cannabidiol has a ton of potential health benefits with only a few possible side effects. Although more research is necessary, CBD is a safe and natural way to ease many everyday maladies. No one has ever overdosed or died from CBD use, but many have benefited greatly from this wonderful little cannabinoid. If interested in taking CBD, first consult your doctor. Then, do your research to find the right products for you, ask questions and enjoy feeling really, really good.
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