What Does CBD Feel Like?

Updated: Jun 2

Many consumers and medical patients report positive effects after taking CBD, including feeling relaxed and calm. However, the exact feeling you get from CBD depends on the type of CBD product you use, the CBD dosage you take, the extraction process, and your metabolism. For example, a CBD-infused topical like our Bonnie’s Balm is applied topically to a targeted area of pain which brings local relief, while a CBD tincture would bring about more systemic effects such as an overall sense of relaxation.


One analogy as to how CBD may feel is how you may feel after taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) – when it takes effect, you experience the absence of negative symptoms (like pain or anxiety), and a return back to a more normal state (pain free or anxiety free). However, if you take acetaminophen in the absence of symptoms, perhaps you may experience no effect. Acetaminophen and CBD are not the same product, but the concept of how they can be used may be helpful here.

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Does CBD Get You High?

The short answer is no. Hemp-derived CBD oil contains no more than 0.3% THC, which allows for it’s legality in all fifty states, as stated in the 2018 US Farm Bill. One of the main differences between THC and CBD is that THC is a psychoactive compound that provides an effect that you can feel, a high, while CBD does not intoxicate you. CBD is not psychoactive and is commonly chosen for pain management and at higher doses it has relaxing effects.


Not everyone is aware that CBD is a different compound than THC. CBD is cannabidiol and THC is tetrahydrocannabinol. These compounds are both derived from the same plant, the cannabis plant, but they are each unique in their own ways. THC might be the more generally recognized of the two, as it is best known for its euphoric effect, but it is also effective in relieving nausea, improving appetite, and helping resolve insomnia.


How Long Does CBD Last?

This mostly depends on what form of CBD you take. Vaping or using CBD oil drops under the tongue (sublingually) allows the CBD to enter your bloodstream quickly, in 5-10 minutes or so. Capsules and edibles take longer, up to 90 minutes, because CBD taken this way has to enter the digestive system and then be metabolized. Once CBD is in your system though, the elimination half life is 18-32 hours. This is the amount of time that your body needs to process and eliminate the CBD. You will likely notice the benefits of CBD earlier on when it is the strongest, and the cannabinoids will subtly decrease over the next 18-32 hours.(1)


Does CBD Help With Anxiety?

CBD has become a very popular natural treatment for a range of anxiety disorders. There is much scientific evidence that strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when administered in the short term period. However, the dosages studied are typically higher doses (300-600mg) that may not be feasible for the average person to take. Still, those research has been done on the higher doses, many people report benefits with lower doses.


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How Much CBD To Relax?

As a general rule of thumb, it may be best to approach CBD dosage with the saying, “start low and slow”. This means that you should start with small doses and pay close attention to how your body is responding before slowly increasing your dosage. Every person may be slightly different in how they respond to CBD, so it’s important to monitor the effect of how CBD makes you feel.


Hanover Hemp offers different flavors of CBD tincture to meet your preferences. Some of our best-selling flavors include: Appalachian Blueberry, Peppermint, and Lemon. Each 30 ml vial contains 1000 mg CBD in the entire vial, and a recommended serving size is 1 ml, which contains 33 mg CBD. This 1 ml dropper size is a common dosage size for CBD tinctures. Tinctures are great because you can easily adjust your dosage – just add or subtract a few drops.


You can take CBD tinctures by putting the oil directly under your tongue. There are a lot of little capillary vessels here, so the CBD can be absorbed into your bloodstream quickly. Try to hold the oil there under your tongue for a minute before swallowing for best absorption.


Other Health Benefits of CBD

CBD is known for it’s ability to help people manage a variety of health issues. CBD is currently the focus of many research studies due to its potential in a number of therapeutic areas. CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, anxiolytic, anti-nausea, and antipsychotic properties.


For many people, CBD is seen as a natural alternative to relying on a prescription drug regimen, for others CBD is used as a supplement. CBD has been used for health conditions including anxiety and anxiety disorders as discussed above, but also for inflammation, pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and seizures. CBD is actually known for it’s anti-epileptic properties and is the only marijuana-derived drug (Epidiolex) approved by the FDA as a medication for childhood epilepsy.


Research is also being done on CBD’s neuroprotective properties that may help patients with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Another area of interest is the possible reduction of blood pressure and other cardiovascular benefits with high dose CBD supplementation.


Does CBD Have Side Effects?

According to research, CBD does not exhibit potential for abuse or dependence. However, though rare, a large dose of CBD can have some potential unwanted side effects such as nausea, lethargy, diarrhea, and changes in appetite or weight. More research is needed to fully understand all the effects of CBD on the human body, but what we do know is that the popularity of CBD products continues to rise as people are increasingly seeking natural health products with minimal side effects.


Please note that the information provided here is for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for professional medical advice. CBD may interact with other medications including blood thinners, antidepressants, and cholesterol-lowering statins. If you have questions about interactions between CBD and medications you are on or have other concerns, it is important that you directly contact your healthcare provider.


1. https://www.kloriscbd.com/blogs/cbd-information/how-will-cbd-make-me-feel

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/


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