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  • by Nicola Boulton September 15, 2022 6 min read

    How Will I Feel When the CBD Starts Working?

    According to cases reported by people in CBD regime, CBD makes you feel relaxed and calm but can also have down-to-earth feelings. Feel you wish to know how you will feel when CBD starts to work, stay on foot as the article explore the world of CBD by giving details about how CBD interacts with your body, factors affecting how you feel CBD, and how you will feel CBD.

    CBD is an active chemical compound extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis sativa plant. The plant contains over 100 other active cannabinoids that exist in minor quantities in the plant. Although, there is another famous cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that exists in extractable amounts in the cannabis plant, it is largely known to cause a feeling of highness and confusion, especially in marijuana users. On the other side, CBD has gained huge popularity due to its health benefits such as reducing pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress, increasing appetite, treating skin conditions, and improving heart conditions without the risk of inducing highness in patients. You've probably heard so many things concerning CBD, but do you know how CBD makes an individual feel?

    How CBD Interacts with the Body

    Upon ingestion of CBD products, CBD is incorporated into the bloodstream where it interacts with cannabinoid receptors. The receptors are components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that are responsible for maintaining body balance (homeostasis). According to Cooray et al. (2020), CBD interaction with the ECS increases the release of body cannabinoids such as anandamide which binds with the cannabinoid receptors. The body receptors exist in all parts of the body in two types; CB1 receptors located in the central nervous system, and CB2 located in all body parts and the immune system. CBD-induced anandamide binds with CB1 receptors to change how your brain neurons perceive stress, anxiety, and fear by increasing the release of the hormone serotonin.  Binding with CB2 reduces body pain and inflammation, and increases appetite.

    Does CBD Make You feel ‘High?’

    Klumpers & Linda (2022) stated that CBD does not produce any mind-altering effects like confusion and highness since it is a non-psychoactive compound. HHC (hexahydrocannabinol) and THC are the known cannabinoids that impair an individual mentally.  You already know CBD does not bind with CB1 and CB2 like THC molecules thus it does not alter body functionality. Instead, the interaction of CBD with the ECS will not only give you a relaxing effect instead of getting high, but it also blocks THC uptake, meaning it shortens its intoxication.

    Factors Affecting How You Feel after Consuming CBD

    Plant Type

    Pure CBD can’t make you feel high but cases have been reported that consuming CBD products have psychoactive effects. This is because when CBD is extracted from marijuana, in most cases it contains 3% traces of THC making you feel a bit high. Fortunately for hemp lovers, CBD products extracted from the hemp plant contain little or No traces of THC; making your body feel calm and relaxed without the risk of psychoactive effects

    CBD Oil Content Type

    Most CBD products come in traces of other cannabinoids, depending on the extraction technique of manufacturers. The most known type is the full-spectrum which makes the CBD oil has powerful entourage effects produced by other cannabinoids like terpenes.  When taking full-spectrum CBD, you may feel muscle relaxation, a decrease in anxiety, and sleep. Another common oil type used is CBD isolate which is pure and it makes products tasteless and odorless. Fortunately, it is best in motivating your mood and focus by making you feel motivated and energetic.

    Quality of CBD Product

    When you take any drugs of high quality, you may feel different from taking a low quality. CBD is not exceptional, high quality CBD products make you feel calm and relaxed in a fast mode compared to low-potent CBD which may have no effects. You should consider the following factors to ensure you buy high–quality CBD:

    • Manufacturer reputation
    • THC content
    • Third-party testing
    • Extraction method
    • CBD source
    • CBD potency


    The CBD dose has a high effect on how you may feel the compound. if you take an excessive dosage you may end up feeling negative feelings such as dizziness, increased fear, low appetite, and drowsiness. A high dosage such as 50MG, apart from affecting the onset time for CBD effects to kick in, is useful in reducing pain and inflammation. On other hand, a low dosage of 2 to 10 MG induces calming effects on your mind.

    How Does CBD Make You Feel?

    Depending on the above factors, consuming CBD can make you have both negative feelings and positive feelings. Learn more about what does cbd stand for?

    Positive Effects of CBD

    Energetic, Focused, and Motivated

    According to Favero et al. (2022), CBD increases your body's energy levels by converting stored fat into glucose which is broken down to energy by metabolic process. Sometimes, the cannabinoid interacts with brain receptors to reduce the brain neurons' inflammatory activities thus increasing your focus and concentration.

    Relaxed and Sleepy

    Most people who have problems falling asleep use Cannabis products like CBD oil to help them feel calm and relaxed after a long tiresome day. Navarrro et al. (2018) stated that CBD interacts with brain neurons to bring a calming effect that makes you fall asleep fast.

    Reduced Pain

    Blake et al. (2017) noted that CBD high doses are effective in combating pain by interacting with body receptors responsible for pain management to combat chronic irritations like back pain, stomachache, sciatica pain, jaw pain, and joint pain.

    Reduced Stress

    Yarar (2021) noted that CBD molecules in the brain interact with CB1 receptors to induce the neurons to release the hormone serotonin which plays a big role in combating negative emotions. At the same time, it decreases the release of a stress hormone called cortisol which is produced by brain glands when you are stressed.

    Negative Feelings


    Etges et al. (2016) explained that if you take CBD products for the first time expect to feel a bit dull and dizzy. It is because your body system is trying to adjust to the interaction with the cannabinoid with body receptors. Alternatively, dizziness can be caused by an overdosing on CBD. When you overwhelm your system with any medication either prescribed or supplemented, dizziness is the expected side effects

    Down-to-earth Feeling

    Some CBD products may contain some traces of psychoactive compounds like THC due to extraction methods and manufacturer reputation. It makes you feel an increase in fear and tension when you consume these products. Moreover, overdosing on the product can also cause some factors of anxiety and make you feel emotionally incapable thus self-denial.


    Taking larger doses of CBD is prohibited by physicians since it causes you to feel tired and non-productive. At the same time, when you take CBD alongside alcohol, it makes your feel drowsiness and muscle fatigue thus impaired driving. Learn more about the science behind cbd


    CBD products are safe to use but more research has to be done to determine that. Most people using CBD can agree that it has a calming and energizing feeling good for reducing body pain, inflammation, and depression. It provides a feeling of relaxation and mental sharpness more than most cannabinoids, therefore best suited for kids' concentration and focus in their studies. However, overdosing on the compound may make you feel dizzy, down to earth, or fatigued.  So, it is important to consider your dose and other factors like plant type before buying any CBD oil.


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    Sanchez-Carnerero Callado, C., ... & Franco, R. (2018). Cannabigerol action at cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors and at CB1–CB2 heteroreceptor complexes. Frontiers in pharmacology, 9, 632.

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