You already know that CBD is a cannabinoid and that it comes from hemp. How does CBD make you feel, however, and what effects should you expect when using this cannabinoid for specific purposes and conditions?
The effects of CBD vary depending on the way that you use it and how much you use, and there are a few other things you should know before you use cannabidiol for the first time. In this guide, we’ll provide you with detailed information on the effects of CBD and explain why Secret Nature is the best source of effective, high-quality cannabidiol products.
General effects of CBD
CBD affects everyone differently, but CBD users agree on a general set of effects that this cannabinoid usually exerts. This cannabinoid is nothing like THC, and many first-time users are taken aback by how different using CBD is from experiences they may have had with recreational or medical cannabis.
When ingested in small quantities, CBD usually provides a subtle feeling of calm or relaxation. These sensations increase with the amount of CBD you ingest, and at higher doses, CBD can cause drowsiness. CBD users generally report that the effects of this cannabinoid aren’t overwhelming, and while using CBD is a highly enjoyable experience, cannabidiol is not habit-forming.
Is CBD intoxicating?
Unlike THC, CBD does not produce intoxicating effects. At high doses, CBD can significantly impact the way you see the world, but this mild head-change doesn’t come with feelings of anxiety and paranoia or hallucinations.
Scientists believe that this major difference between the effects of THC and CBD is due to the separate pathways via which these cannabinoids interact with the nervous system. THC stimulates the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, which causes an instantaneous, overwhelming release of dopamine and other potent neurotransmitters.
CBD, on the other hand, has practically no affinity with the conventional cannabinoid receptors and interacts primarily with the TRPV1 and 5-HT1A receptors instead. Neither of these neuroreceptors significantly impact your mental state, but they are critically involved in mood, the sensation of pain, inflammation, and a wide variety of other major body processes.
Can I take CBD with prescriptions?
Even though CBD isn’t intoxicating, it is still highly bioactive, which means that it interacts with many of your body’s most important mechanisms. As a result, CBD can interact negatively with certain prescription drugs.
Before using CBD for the first time, make sure to consult with your doctor. If you are currently using medications that interfere with CBD, it might be possible to switch to different prescriptions.
CBD side effects
CBD is not believed to have any major side effects. Minor side effects, such as drowsiness and dry mouth, are commonly reported in association with large doses of CBD, but at low doses, it’s likely that you will not experience any side effects from using CBD whatsoever.
How CBD ingestion methods differ
The way that CBD makes you feel varies depending on the method by which you ingest it. Some CBD ingestion methods offer immediate, potent results, and others offer long-term, mild effects. To accurately determine how CBD will affect you, it’s necessary to take the absorption rate and activation time of the CBD product type you’ve chosen into account.
The absorption rate, also called bioavailability, refers to the rate at which a substance is absorbed into your body’s tissues. This term refers both to the speed at which a substance is absorbed and the percentage of the substance that your body can use, and different CBD products offer widely varying absorption rates.
Orally ingested CBD, for instance, has a remarkably low absorption rate. Estimates vary due to lack of available research, but it’s believed that orally ingested CBD only offers around 30% bioavailability since much of the CBD you ingest via this pathway is filtered out by the liver.
Even though they have low bioavailability, CBD tinctures are still useful because they offer longer effects than other CBD ingestion methods. Plus, you can hold tinctures under your tongue before you swallow them, which offers better bioavailability via direct absorption into the lingual artery.
If you want to experience the maximum bioavailability that CBD can provide, however, you’d be better off smoking CBD, vaping it, or applying this cannabinoid topically. Your lungs filter out a tiny fraction of the CBD that you inhale, but vaping or smoking CBD still offers significantly greater bioavailability than oral ingestion. Additionally, your skin doesn’t filter out any of the CBD you apply topically, but the effects of this ingestion method usually stay limited to the site of administration.
Now that you understand which CBD product types provide the most and the least availability, it’s time to explore the other factor that impacts the effects of CBD: activation time. CBD products with the fastest activation time usually offer the most potent and intense results while products with longer activation times are usually milder.
When you ingest CBD orally, for instance, you usually won’t notice any effects for around 30 minutes. This rule doesn’t apply to sublingual (under-the-tongue) CBD administration, which offers immediate effects in most cases.
Once orally ingested CBD has taken effect, however, it will continue providing mild benefits for 1-2 hours. The effects of smoked or vaped CBD, on the other hand, only last around 30-60 minutes, so the duration of effects is one category in which orally ingested CBD truly shines.
The effects of orally ingested CBD are so mild, however, that you might find them hard to notice. However, the same can’t be said for smoking or vaping CBD flower, which provides potent, intense effects while remaining non-intoxicating.
When it comes to topical CBD products, the effects of applying CBD to your skin usually set in within 5-15 minutes. Since the effects of topically applied CBD are constrained to the area of application, however, using CBD this way provides the mildest overall bodily effects of any CBD application method.
The CBD experience when used for various conditions
At Secret Nature, some of our customers use CBD as a general relaxation tool or as an alternative to THC and all of its downsides. Other customers, however, use CBD for specific ailments and conditions, and many of these customers had questions regarding how CBD would help for these fine-tuned purposes before they completed their purchases.
If you’re like these other Secret Nature customers in that you wonder how CBD helps with pain, anxiety, stress, or sleep, you’ll be pleased to know that people who use cannabidiol for these conditions generally report good results. CBD is an incredibly useful healing tool that doesn’t have any major side effects and doesn’t get you high, and in this section, we’ll provide you with an idea of what to expect when using CBD for common conditions.
CBD for pain
Hundreds of Secret Nature customers have used our hemp flower, vape cartridges, and tinctures to help with pain. As we mentioned above, CBD interacts with the two main neuroreceptors that are involved with the sensation of pain, and our customers have found out firsthand that this scientific discovery is far more than merely theoretical.
When you’re dealing with chronic pain, you might want to try vaping or smoking CBD instead of relying on other ingestion mechanisms. Inhaling CBD is the fastest way to deliver this cannabinoid into your bloodstream, and it's understandable if you want to experience relief from pain as quickly as possible.
CBD for anxiety
CBD has a soothing, relaxing effect that is nothing like the effects of THC or even common anti-anxiety pharmaceutical drugs. Whether you’re planning to use CBD for social anxiety or generalized anxiety, understand that hundreds of Secret Nature customers have walked this path before you.
Both anxiety and depression are caused by deficiencies of serotonin in the brain, and the production of this essential neurotransmitter is controlled by your brain’s 5-HT1A receptors. Since CBD also interacts with the 5-HT1A receptors, it’s understandable why so many people have chosen to use CBD for this condition.
CBD for stress
Sometimes, a little bit of relaxation is you need to forget the day’s stresses and find your zone. Far from making you feel high or paranoid like THC, CBD has a mild, relaxing effect, which is why our customers commonly look to Secret Nature CBD products when life gets a little bit too overwhelming.
CBD for sleep
Mild sleepiness is one of the most common side effects of CBD, but in some cases, this side effect might be desirable. In their product reviews, many Secret Nature customers confide how they keep our CBD pre-rolls or vape pens next to their beds for help with sleeping at night.
Get the best feelings from CBD with Secret Nature
At Secret Nature, we enjoy the privilege of witnessing the effects of CBD firsthand. Not only are we CBD enthusiasts ourselves, but we interact with thousands of customers who have reported their findings after using CBD for various purposes and conditions. To summarize the 3,000+ product reviews Secret Nature products have received so far, CBD has an overall positive effect that doesn’t appear to have any significant downsides.
CBD is non-addictive, non-intoxicating, but highly potent where it matters most. Despite the fact that our customers use CBD for dozens of different purposes, they report total success much more often than they report even the smallest disappointment.
While CBD isn’t the answer to all of life’s problems, it certainly appears to make daily concerns easier to deal with. Plus, CBD does it all without providing any feelings or sensations that you won’t like, so discover all the potential that CBD has to offer by trying Secret Nature products today.