What does CBD feel like?

With CBD usage on the rise (as many as 14% of Americans use it, according to a recent Gallup poll), and products being sold everywhere from gas stations to dispensaries to pharmacies, many people are looking to try it out for themselves.

But trying anything new for health and wellness comes with some questions.

Questions like, how much CBD should I take? Is CBD legal in my state? And, often most importantly: What does CBD feel like?



That question might mean different things to different people – some people might be wondering if CBD oils and tinctures will help them sleep, if they’ll relieve anxiety, or if they’ll produce a high feeling.

We’ve done our research, and we’re breaking down all the different ways CBD makes people feel. Let’s dive in:

What is CBD?

Let’s get this out of the way first: What is CBD?

CBD, which is short for Cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid. Cannabinoids and phyhtocannabinoids alike are compounds, found naturally in plants, that interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body. That system, called the ECS for short, plays a part in regulating functions in the body like memory, appetite, metabolism, stress response, and more.

There are at least 113 known cannabinoids, but the ones most people are familiar with are THC and CBD. THC is known for the high it produces, whereas CBD does not produce a “high” of any kind.

In short, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that interacts with the receptors found in the endocannabinoid system which helps to regulate different processes in the human body.

What does taking CBD feel like?

When using CBD products derived from hemp, many people expect to feel a dramatic difference right away. For experienced cannabis users that are used to working with THC dominant products, this may cause confusion. 

But CBD is a little bit different because it's non-psychoactive. What does that mean exactly? It brings us to our next point:

Does CBD produce a high effect?

For lots of people curious about CBD, there’s one major barrier in the way: They don’t want to get high.

So let’s clear this up right away: CBD does not make users high.

CBD, on its own, is 100% non-psychoactive. So if someone's looking for a buzz, we're sad to say that it won't be achieved with CBD products made from hemp.

Because CBD doesn’t produce a high in the way THC does, it’s better suited for day-to-day uses, as opposed to THC. While THC may have lots of great qualities and effects, clear-headedness is not counted among them.

CBD bioavailability

The feelings CBD produces will depend on how much CBD enters the consumer's bloodstream. Different methods of ingesting CBD have different absorption rates. That absorption rate is called bioavailability.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the bioavailability of CBD via different ingestion methods:

  • Oral (edibles, drinks, capsules, and tablets): 6-15% absorbed
  • Sublingual (oils and tinctures): 15-30% absorbed
  • Transdermal (topicals, creams, and lotions): up to 45% absorbed

Key Takeaways

So with all of that said, how does one describe the feeling of taking CBD? There are lots of creative ways to explain it. We prefer to describe it simply, with one word: Balance.

CBD is all about restoring balance and getting back to feeling your best. That’s why we made shopCBD, and that’s why we’re all about keeping consumers informed on the best ways to experience CBD. For further information and questions feel free to reach out to our wellness experts by chat, email, or phone. 

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