By now you’ve probably come across plenty of different ways to eliminate pain and stress in your daily life. Whether these are self-help guides or various natural substances, the three letters “CBD” have most certainly popped up in your search. It’s common to misconceive any kind of substance to be a silent detriment on your health no matter how much its supporters try to usher in a positive outlook. But the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis CBD has proven time and time again to be nothing more than the careful relaxant that you’ve always been looking for. You hear "relaxant", but what does CBD feel like when you take it? How relaxed do you get?
This molecule can be ingested in various ways from oils, to edibles, to e-liquids, dried hemp plants and even topicals. Its use and availability has been growing consistently over recent years, emerging as a safe and accommodating alternative to THC. So what does CBD feel like? Is there a buzz? Do you feel high? How does it eliminate stress and pain?
What is CBD?
To begin, CBD is not a medication but is sold as a supplement. It is derived from the hemp plant, which is a close relative to the cannabis plant, and the selling and distribution of these products have been legalized in the U.S. since 2018.
However the FDA still hasn’t widely approved the use of cannabidiol (CBD) or other cannabis-related compounds for treatment of diseases or conditions. There have been only three cannabis-related drug products approved for use through prescription, the most prominent being Epidiolex.
So far the World Health Organization has concluded that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” With all that being said, CBD can be freely used to relieve anxiety, insomnia, induced inflammation, and aches and pains.
What does CBD feel like?
Cannabidiol is an interesting compound. As mentioned before it is an active ingredient in cannabis, but its effects on the brain are quite different. When you ingest it, you will feel a sense of calm slightly weighing down all of your movements. This is different from being sluggish.
You will feel very normal, and almost feel nothing at first, but after 15-30 minutes you will start to feel more relaxed. Your aches or pains will be numbed away slowly but surely. This could also very possibly dwell your anxiety as you will feel more comfortable with your body and your new sense of release will wash away unnecessary thoughts.
Cannabinoids help your brain communicate better with the rest of your body. If used regularly, CBD will have a biphasic effect, meaning that if it relieves your pain and stress with a small dose this can be amplified if more is taken. However, it reaches a peak and like a bell curve additional use afterwards will prove to be futile and may cause unwanted side effects like dry mouth or nausea. More extreme cases of your condition will take more time to be relieved and regular doses would be recommended.
CBD is also classified as an adaptogen. This kind of substance adapts to every body’s specific conditions by promoting physiological stability and homeostasis. This is why CBD can offer a wide variety of health benefits.
Best use of CBD
Depending on the type and severity of your conditions there is a certain dose of CBD that you should administer to yourself. There isn’t always an exact answer for this, but you can make some pretty good approximations. CBD can be used via eating, drinking, smoking, vaping, or rubbing on your skin. Currently there are a plethora of CBD products on the market that might entice you.
Overall it takes about 15-30 minutes for the effects to settle in, but some methods take longer than others. It usually takes 30-45 minutes for the edibles to take effect while smoking can take up to five minutes. It is entirely up to you to choose which of these methods is best for you.
Remember that although CBD is safe to use, it is still not approved for diagnosis and treatment of diseases by the FDA. It can have varying effects on your body and brain so you might have your own answer to the question “what does CBD feel like?”. There is more research being done on CBD yearly and each successive experience with the substance has been positive. We can all learn more about CBD by taking it and seeing how it affects us. It has a lot of potential to improve all of our lives. All in all, the future is bright for CBD and for pain and stress relief.
Written by Gabriel Anton