While a tremendous amount of information is available regarding CBD products, it can often be difficult to sort out the facts from fiction.  

This can frequently leave you feeling bewildered or more confused than when you started, particularly as much of the confusion comes from people’s expectations around the effects felt when taking CBD. 

So now we’re going to set the record straight once and for all by outlining what CBD is and how it may make you feel. 

However, before we do, it’s worth remembering that everyone has their own unique body chemistry, which is part of the reason why the experience of hemp-derived CBD is different for everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all formula when it comes to how CBD  makes you feel. 

In short, it’s going to depend on you as a person, what you’re hoping to gain by taking CBD, how you’re choosing to take the CBD, the amount you take and how often you take CBD. 

Table of Contents

What is CBD?

How does CBD make you feel?

The positive effects

Possible side effects

To learn more

What is CBD?

Not to be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) products are a world apart from their molecular counterparts. Although CBD and THC are both derived from the same plants (cannabis & hemp), their origins are where most similarities end.

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural non-intoxicating compound derived from the hemp plant, which helps balance our body’s endocannabinoid system. All animals (humans included) have an endocannabinoid system that helps regulate a host of bodily functions, including memory, mood, appetite, pain and other immune system responses. Our bodies produce compounds called endocannabinoids that interact with receptors in this system (primarily CB1 and CB2) to keep things in balance.

Using a CBD product helps maintain your hard-working endocannabinoid system  and may potentially, reduce inflammation, or relax the body and focus the mind.

How does CBD make you feel?

Depending on what your body needs and why you’re taking CBD, your experience may  differ from everyone else. But as far as consuming CBD or applying it to your body, you shouldn’t necessarily expect to feel anything at all. 

You’re not going to get a sudden rush in the first moments you experience CBD. Like most supplements, consistent use over a period of time will allow for the benefits of CBD to be felt.

This is especially true because of the various types of CBD products people usually buy and how they use them. For example, if you’re rubbing a topical CBD onto your skin, it will take time to be absorbed by your skin, muscles, and joints and will work directly on these areas. Whereas if you swallow CBD oils, edibles, or capsules, they can begin working within 30 minutes to 2 hours as it takes time for your digestive system to process the cannabidiol. 

The Positive Effects

CBD is highly personal, and its effects vary from person to person. However, based on anecdotal reports from CBD users globally and our own Found customers, we can identify several commonly reported regular effects of CBD products or supplements.

A Sense of peace and calmness

Many individuals report that CBD does help soften anxiety, and they feel a sense of inner peace and calmness. Preclinical evidence has found that CBD may be an effective way to manage multiple anxiety disorders.

Reduced pain and inflammation

Relief from muscle pain and inflammation is often one of the main reasons people turn away from traditional solutions to CBD products like CBD oils or body balms, and there are a couple of reasons for this. 

Firstly, the findings of multiple systematic research concluded there was enough evidence showing the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment for muscle soreness in adults, plus there is little chance for people to develop a tolerance for CBD. 

Secondly, CBD oils or topicals can be applied directly to the affected joints and sore muscles, aiding body repair and muscle recovery.

Improved sleep

The use of CBD to aid sleep dates as far back as 1200 A.D., where an ancient Chinese medical text refers to its benefits for inducing sleep. However, while CBD can impact sleep positively, it may be serving-size dependent, according to the latest research. Studies have found that lower servings stimulate, increasing wakefulness, whereas higher doses have a sedative effect.

Most CBD consumers report a better night’s sleep when they take their supplements regularly. They find the use of oils, gummies, or capsules help stop their mind from racing while they fall asleep and let them say goodbye to tossing and turning for good.

Staying focussed

Not being able to stay focused can be both frustrating and discouraging as it will affect your day-to-day life. But the great thing about CBD is that it has the propensity to improve your focus. It does this by allowing more serotonin to flow to the brain, which in turn mildly sedates the receptor associated with anxiety, addiction and sleep.  

When you are more focused, it’s easier to get work done more efficiently without multitasking or becoming easily distracted. By consuming CBD in various formats, it can help make you more alert, less distracted and sharpen your mind.

For first-timers taking CBD to help them stay focused, it is usually recommended to start small. Doing so will allow your body to get used to the new oils (highly suggested for people with a sensitive gut). The recommended serving is typically from 20mg of CBD to 40mg of CBD, depending on your body weight.

Possible side effects

Anytime you introduce something new to your body, there’s the possibility of side effects. While everyone’s body chemistry reacts differently, most people experience little or no adverse side effects with regular use of CBD. But as with most supplements, negative experiences are possible, and one of these is drowsiness and fatigue.

Drowsiness and Fatigue

Because CBD relaxes muscles, relieves pain, and even helps soften anxiety, you’ll likely feel incredibly relaxed and even tired. As a result, fatigue is a common side-effect of introducing CBD into your lifestyle.  

However, this is not something you need to worry about, as most users report that fatigue symptoms disappear once you pass the 2-3 week mark, but if they don’t, you could try lowering your serving or talking with your doctor.

Medication Interactions

Research has suggested that certain steroids, antihistamines, antibiotics, antidepressants, beta-blockers, NSAIDs, and blood thinners can, in certain instances, have an adverse effect on CBD products. Therefore it’s recommended that you proceed with caution and not use CBD if you’re taking any of these medicines.

To learn more

To learn more about ‘how CBD makes you feel’, please talk to our team of knowledgeable staff via email or in-store at the Found Cafe in leafy Sheung Wan. They can answer any of your questions and help you shop our range of CDB products that match your needs and preferences.