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A Novice's Guide to CBD

by Daniella Cressman 3 months ago in health
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A Novice's Guide to CBD
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CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally-occurring compound in the cannabis sativa plant. It is derived from the hemp plant but— unlike THC—CBD does not make you high.

CBD supports both the body and mind in a myriad of ways. For some users, it may contribute to healthier sleep cycles. For others, it might help them maintain a balanced mood as they navigate the daily stresses of life.

Many people are aware of the benefits of CBD but are still wondering what it actually feels like. Honestly, you can have access to plenty of flavored tinctures and gummies, so you can always pick the flavor you prefer, but a lot of folks find that an overwhelming sense of calm envelopes them after they have consumed the cannabidiol.

Does CBD Get You High?

The short answer is no: CBD won't get you high.

As mentioned above, THC is the psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant that creates the feeling of being "high." While both CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system, they are completely different chemical compounds. THC acts on CB1 receptors in the brain to produce an intoxicating effect, while CBD doesn't directly interact with any receptors that cause that sensation.

The most notable difference between CBD and THC is that, while CBD may promote a feeling of calm or relaxation, it won't get the user high. This allows the person to feel the benefits of CBD without any risk of impairment.

CBD does not induce a state of euphoria like THC does and is not associated with the negative psychoactive effects of THC like paranoia. Instead, it works with the human body to support emotional wellbeing.

What Does CBD Feel Like?

While it doesn't cause a feeling of being "high," CBD does produce a very mild physiological response in the brain and body. It offers a wide range of positive effects that vary based on body chemistry, but the most commonly-reported feeling from CBD is an enhanced sense of calmness and relaxation.

CBD is extremely versatile, and it produces an adaptogenic response in the body. This means it may help the body adapt to various changes and stressors by supporting muscle recovery and helping with stress management.

CBD is well-known for its potential ability to support relaxation and healthy sleep cycles, but using it regularly may also help with energy and -focus. Because it works on the body's inner communication system, it can assist in restoring balance to your metabolism.

How Can You Take CBD?

CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways, but each provides the same natural compounds and active ingredients. There's no "right" way to take CBD—only the most effective choice for you.

CBD Oils and Tinctures

The most common way to consume CBD is via ingestible extracts called CBD oil or hemp oil. CBD oil is most effective when you put it under your tongue for 15-30 seconds before swallowing it.

CBD in Gummies or Food

When you hear the term "edible" you might be thinking about people getting extremely high, but that's only the case with items such as marijuana-infused gummies: CBD gummies are completely different, and do not have any psychoactive effects.

There are many different options when it comes to CBD edibles, such as:

  • Gummies
  • Chocolate
  • Chewing Gum
  • Drinks
  • Baked Goods
  • Caramels

CBD caramels are among the most delicious of them all.

Topical CBD

CBD lotions and the like can often be helpful for those who suffer from sore joints.

Topical CBD is infused in various products, including the following:

  • Lotions
  • Balms
  • Muscle Rubs
  • Massage Oils

You can often choose between cooling balms and heating ones. Both are usually quite useful in alleviating pain.

How Long Does it Take for CBD to Work?

How long it takes CBD to work depends on how it was taken as well as your individual body chemistry.

Although it can vary depending on the product and the person, one can usually expect to experience the effects of cannabidiol within 10-45 minutes of consuming it.

Most feel the effects of CBD immediately, but you will need to take it on a daily basis for days or weeks before you experience optimum results.

How Can CBD Help Me?

In general terms, CBD may support overall relaxation and clarity while contributing to sounder sleep.

While the scientific evidence is not conclusive, studies continue to show promising potential for cannabidiol's effects on the body to help people manage the daily stresses of life.

How to Find the Best CBD Products for You

If you are looking for a delicious and unique snack to ease your anxiety, edibles are probably for you. On the other hand, people who are suffering from joint pain will likely benefit immensely from purchasing an intensive balm, and those who want to sleep better without too much of a fuss will almost always appreciate the effects of a CBD tincture.


About the author

Daniella Cressman


Non-Fiction: I write about the art of prose, politics, culture, &, occasionally, entertainment.

Fiction: I write short stories in the suspense/thriller/horror/mystery genres


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