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1st June 2019

How Does CBD Make You Feel?

One of the most common questions people ask when looking into CBD is: ‘how does it make you feel?’. There’s a lot of buzz about its wellbeing benefits and its potential to treat both physical and mental health conditions. 

In this blog, we’re going to set the record straight on how CBD actually makes you feel and look at the key effects it can have.

CBD does not get you high

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant and some people believe that it can get you high. However, this is not the case. CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the plant which means that, although it has been said to create feelings of relaxation, there is no way for it to have an intoxicating effect.

It’s counterpart, THC, is the part of the cannabis plant that has a psychoactive effect on the mind and is therefore considered dangerous. This is the part of cannabis that ‘gets you high’, while CBD is the reason that cannabis has been linked to relaxation and pain relief.

When extracted from the cannabis plant and no longer combined with THC, CBD has been reported to have some health benefits. However, CBD is not currently regulated so it’s important to buy it from a trusted source who can provide you with all the relevant information.

So, how does CBD make you feel? 

While it doesn't ‘get you high’ or lead to feelings of extreme euphoria, some users have reported that CBD can give a feeling of balance and offer relief to those who suffer from physical or mental pain.

One journalist took CBD for two weeks and reported reduced stress, better sleep, increased focus and some muscle pain relief.

Some people compare the feeling of having CBD to the rush of endorphins you get after a run or an exercise session. They say that you feel relaxed, focused and your mood improves. 

This is because it allows the body to release cannabinoids - “feel good” molecules which are made naturally by the body when we are feeling relaxed, secure and happy.

The reported calming effects of CBD are particularly important because they have been linked to the potential treatment of anxiety-related disorders. 

Some studies have shown that CBD has the potential to be used as a treatment for multiple disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Interestingly, in a feature in The Guardian, it was revealed that a man who was suffering from PTSD found that using CBD lifted his mood almost instantly. It helped him to feel relaxed and engaged in the moment.

CBD has also been known to relieve physical pain so it could make you feel more comfortable. Studies have shown that it has anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it could be beneficial for those who suffer from conditions such as arthritis. 

Other studies have suggested that CBD possesses antioxidant properties and could, in the future, be trialled as a potential treatment for cancer-related pain.

Overall, the research seems to suggest that CBD can make people feel good - both physically and mentally. In the future, it is likely that scientists will continue to investigate its potential.

If you have any more questions about how CBD can make you feel, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!