In this article, we will discuss exactly how CBD oil can make you feel, along with checking out some anecdotal experiences from our loyal customers.
CBD may alter your mood but will not put you in freak-out mode like THC is prone to do. So while they are similar in their origin, they are different in their effects.
Interaction Within Our Bodies
How does it all work? Taking a closer look at how THC and CBD interact within our bodies can help explain the effects they produce. These two cannabinoids affect one of the most important systems in our bodies you may never have heard of: the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is an intricate network that creates and receives cannabinoids, which work as messengers that interact to achieve homeostasis of many important processes. The ECS regulates everything from your response to the growing stacks of work piled on your desk to whether or not you can make it through a full night’s sleep. And much more!
Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are similar to the endocannabinoids that are produced within the ECS. Both CBD and THC interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the body, including CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors.
After binding directly to these receptors like long-lost besties, THC interacts with neurotransmitters. This interaction produces an effect on things like pleasure, concentration, memory, appetite, senses, time perception, and movement. This explains your sudden urge to create a Bob Ross masterpiece and the fact that pretty much everything tastes amazing when you’re high (even your husband’s meatloaf!)
But CBD, unlike THC, does not completely bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors (think of them as frenemies). Cannabidiol meshes better with 5-HT1A serotonin receptors and TRPV1 receptors, which affect processes like anxiety, pain, inflammation, and body temperature.
If this all sounds Greek to you, not to worry! Next, let’s explore the anecdotal side of CBD user experience.
Common CBD Effects
With CBD, you most likely won’t feel a dramatic shift. There won’t be an overwhelming urge to hide in a closet or the need to double fist carbs and sugar. The effect of CBD can be so nuanced you may not even notice it. The CBD experience could instead be described by the absence of certain feelings.
Here are a few of the most common CBD effects users have reported:
A sense of Calm
The majority of CBD users find that it has a calming effect. You may have a feeling of peace, or notice the subtle removal of stress. Some users report the feeling as simply the lack of negative feelings they were having. Goodbye stress, we won’t miss you!
This sense of relaxation and ease can counteract the stress hormones like cortisol in our bodies that typically act out the fight or flight response. With these hormones neutralized, this creates a positive effect on the crippling stress, anxiety disorders, and even depression we often feel.
This improvement of mood can then lead to an overall improved sense of well-being. But don’t just take our word for it:
“I love Juna because it makes me feel at ease. Calm, cool, collected. It takes the edge off on even my most stressful days.” --Lisa D., Balance X user
“I love Juna because it helps me just be at peace and not feel all the pressure that is typical between work, the pandemic, etc… It makes relaxing so easy, yet your mind is clear. There’s no fogginess at all. You can just live peacefully in the moment, and I love that.” --Dayna H., Balance user
Have you noticed when you’re less stressed, you sleep better? Vacations give you some of the best rest: No deadlines to worry about, no rushing kids to school. Being calmer can in turn help improve sleep.
When the right dosage is taken before bedtime, CBD can have a revolutionary effect on your sleep. You may even find yourself falling asleep faster than those pre-pregnancy days.
“I have been sleeping like a baby since taking Nightcap; as soon as my head hits the pillow I’m out and I actually stay asleep until my alarm in the morning. That has been hard for me to achieve historically so I’m so glad this exists!” --Katrina G., Nightcap user
Easing of Pain and Inflammation
CBD oil can also act as an anti-inflammatory in your body, which can then remove the sensation of pain and discomfort. It also may contribute to decreased pain perception as well as decreased anxiety from lack of pain. This is especially helpful for those who deal with chronic pain and cannot seem to find a respite from their issues.
Many women have found pain relief from PMS symptoms and other conditions affecting reproductive organs like endometriosis. When you are less affected by pain and inflammation, you can live your life more freely (go chase after the kids when you want to!). This can have other tremendous health benefits, contributing exponentially to your overall wellness.
“This is the first time I’ve tried CBG and I’ve noticed it calms me A LOT before bed. I take it at night and I sleep very well. The taste is great. I have bloating and pain from adenomyosis and have been using CBD for years-Juna especially helps those symptoms at bay for me.” --Mary G., Ease user
Factors Influencing How CBD Makes You Feel
Even though there are common effects of CBD many users report, many factors are influencing how CBD can affect each individual. It is important to know that what can work for some doesn’t work for everyone. Factors determining how CBD will hit you are as follows:
Types of CBD
Cannabidiol comes from industrial hemp after going through an extraction process. It is refined and either used in its pure form or combined with other compounds to produce extracts. These extracts are then either mixed with a carrier oil to produce CBD oil or added to CBD products.
Full-spectrum CBD extract: This type of CBD extract includes the full spectrum of cannabinoids within cannabis plants. It also includes other natural compounds within the plant like terpenes and flavonoids that give the plant its aroma and flavor. The full-spectrum extract includes the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. To be considered legal on a federal level, this extract must have 0.3% THC or less. However, in states where high amounts of THC is legal, you can find full-spectrum CBD with high amounts of THC, which will cause more intoxicating effects. This combination of the full range of cannabinoids causes what is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is the theory that when combined and working in this synergistic way, the CBD effects are more powerful. This means that a full-spectrum oil will be more potent and will provide the most effects.
Broad-spectrum CBD extract: Minus the THC content, broad-spectrum extract works pretty much the same way. This may be a more attractive option to someone who does not want to experience the effects of THC. There are also fewer legality concerns when THC is not included (and you are more likely to pass a drug test).
CBD isolate: CBD isolate is produced from ultra-refined CBD oil. The other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids have all been removed. Isolate is pure CBD. However, you do not have the benefits of the entourage effect. This option is attractive for those who want to make sure they are getting only CBD, and need to pass a drug test.
Forms of CBD
There are countless ways to consume CBD. The form CBD takes has an impact on how quickly you will feel the effects. Here are some of the most popular forms:
Oils or tinctures: Both CBD oils and tinctures are taken sublingually, meaning under the tongue. Never vape these products because inhaling carrier oils can be dangerous. These forms of CBD are more helpful for things like chronic pain because they can ease suffering faster; usually within 15 minutes. You can also easily scale up the dosages quicker to meet your needs.
Vapes: You may have seen a lot of CBD vape cartridges on the market, which offer CBD oil blended with vape juice. It can be used either with a vaporizer or a more discreet vape pen. Many people like vaping because it has almost immediate effects. If you decide to try this method, stay away from products made with propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E acetate. They can be harmful to the lungs when inhaled.
Smokable flower: Some people choose to smoke hemp plant strains due to their high CBD/low THC content. Some of these strains may have a higher THC content than a lot of CBD products, which will likely provide more psychoactive effects.
Edibles: Edibles are one of the most enjoyable ways to take CBD. CBD extract is incorporated into things like gummies, candies, baked goods, and even beverages. Typically the dosages are low and work well for things like mild anxiety or sleep. Careful, these are addictive in the best way! When it comes to beverages, buy from a company that uses nanotechnology to infuse CBD into its product, enhancing its bioavailability. While you most certainly can mix CBD into your drink, it will not be as effective. Because some people are not fond of the flavor of full-spectrum CBD, this might be a good option for them. However, it is important to realize that the effects will take longer to kick in because the compounds must first be metabolized through the liver before they enter the bloodstream.
Topicals: When you use CBD topically, you will experience the effects at a more localized level. Some popular topicals on the market include lotions, salves, oils, creams, soaps, bath bombs, and much more. CBD topicals are exploding on the market, making them available in a variety of shops we visit daily. This is a great option if you’re pregnant. Enjoy the benefits of CBD without worrying about its effects on the baby.
Capsules: If you aren’t a fan of CBD flavor, this is a possible option for you. Taking CBD oil in capsule form is extremely easy and means you will not experience any taste. However, it will still take a while for the capsule to break down in our digestion and be absorbed into our bloodstream.
Potency and Quality
Other factors that can influence the user experience are the potency and quality of your product. Many CBD products are unreliable due to the current lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some producers include less cannabinoid potency than they advertise, or use cheap, synthetic, or diluted ingredients. This is done to increase the yield, weight, or potency.
As a word of warning, stay away from CBD oil that has been degraded by the addition of synthetic cannabinoids like Spice or K2. These cannabinoids work the same way through our ECS but are much more potent than THC and can cause psychotic episodes and even fatality.
Additionally, products may include contaminants that were not extracted during the refinement process. These contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, or heavy metals, could cause health issues or worse.
It is best to buy from a reputable brand with high-quality CBD. Companies that have had their product third-party tested are much more reliable (*ahem* Juna World). Checking out the report done on your product will allow you to know exactly what you are getting, gives you peace of mind, and allows you to dose up most effectively.
How much CBD you take will also affect how you feel. Taking the right dosage for you will most likely bring about a sense of relaxation and calm, without making you want to slow down from your daily activities. However, taking a higher dose than is right for you may cause a drowsy, sleepy feeling.
That is why taking the right dosage for you is imperative for the effectiveness of your CBD oil. We recommend always starting with a low dose, and slowly working your way up to the right level for you. That way you won’t find yourself in an unexpected midday nap at your desk.
Side Effects of CBD
Feeling drowsy may not be a bad thing when you are ready for your beauty sleep. That’s why we highly recommend Nightcap if you have trouble catching those Zzz’s. However, A sense of drowsiness is not the only unwanted side effect that may occur. Here are some other possible side effects that may accompany your CBD experience.
- - Dry mouth
- - Diarrhea
- - Changes in appetite
- - Changes in mood
- - Dizziness
- - Drowsiness
- - Nausea
- - Vomiting
Talk to your healthcare provider before taking CBD oil for the first time. This is especially important because it may interact with other medications you are taking. It is also important to not combine it with excessive alcohol use because the two are processed by the same liver enzymes.
Centered, Balanced, and at Ease
Although you won’t become one with the couch as with THC, CBD can make you feel more relaxed. This sense of calm and relaxation may not inspire you to work on your old Bob Ross masterpieces or hug strangers, but it can allow you to become more centered, balanced, and at ease.
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. It is not provided to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. It should not be interpreted as instruction or medical advice to displace the advice of your doctor or other medical professionals. We recommend talking to your doctor to prepare a treatment plan for any disease or ailments.