What Is CBD?
CBD is a compound found in the hemp plant alongside other cannabinoids such as THC or CBG. We extract this cannabinoid from the plant in order to infuse it into products: CBD oils, CBD gummies, CBD e-liquids, and more. The effects of CBD and how it can make you feel will vary between different people, and different products.
CBD is thought to interact with the human endocannabinoid system; a biological system that produces cannabinoids and fires them around the body. The endocannabinoid system is vital for our health; it regulates many functions, including sleep, mood, pain, and more. Research suggests that CBD interacts with CB2 receptors within this system, which could help it to function more effectively. Many CBD researchers believe that taking CBD oil and other CBD products could help to enhance the natural levels of cannabinoids in the body, creating a healthy abundance. Therefore, the reported effects of CBD tend to revolve around the functions of this system: sleep, mood, pain, etc.
There are 3 different types of CBD extract that you will find in products throughout the UK: full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD
This contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and plant terpenes found in hemp, including THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD
This contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and plant terpenes found in hemp, excluding THC.
This contains no other naturally occurring cannabinoids or plant terpenes: only pure CBD.
Depending on the extract used in a CBD product, the effects felt may be slightly different. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD can produce something called the CBD entourage effect, whereas CBD isolate will not. Click here to find out what ‘entourage effect’ means. At Honest Hemp, none of our products contain full-spectrum CBD, as we believe in being 100% THC free. Read on to find out why.
Will CBD Make You Feel High?
CBD does not have any psychoactive properties, so will therefore not make you feel high. CBD is often associated with this idea because it comes from the hemp plant which is a variant of cannabis. Cannabis is used recreationally because it can produce a high sensation. This is because it contains THC – an entirely separate cannabinoid from CBD that does have psychoactive properties.
This is why we don’t put any THC in our products here at Honest Hemp. The legal content for THC in full-spectrum extract is below 0.3%, but we choose to use broad-spectrum extract, and ensure that THC is always at 0.0%. Many people prefer to know that there is no trace of THC in their body, even though an amount this small would not produce any psychoactive effects.
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
CBD can have different effects for different people, depending on a whole array of factors. Some people may notice effects immediately, some people may notice effects gradually over time, and some people may notice no effects at all. Let’s discuss the most commonly reported way that CBD makes people feel:
Feeling more relaxed and calm
Some people notice feeling more relaxed and calm after taking CBD. They may notice their stress or anxiety levels begin to reduce, and they may find that their mind is not racing so much. This can help to induce feelings of improved focus or concentration.
Additionally, these feelings may help to induce sleep; you may fall asleep more easily, and stay asleep throughout the night with fewer disturbances. As a result of this, you may feel more alert and well-rested during the day.
Depending on the reasons you have for taking CBD, the way it makes you feel may differ. For example, if you struggle with stress or anxiety, it may help to induce these feelings of relaxation. Alternatively, if you suffer from pain (e.g. chronic pain, muscle pain, headaches), then it may help to reduce this.
Dosage is important
We should mention here that, if you do not take enough CBD, you are unlikely to notice any effects. Check out our dosage guide here.
Different products may have different effects
We already mentioned previously that the CBD extract used in the product can alter the way it could make you feel. However, the actual product type – oil, edible, e-liquid, or topical – can affect this too. This is mainly due to bioavailability; this refers to the percentage of CBD from the product that can actually be absorbed into the bloodstream and have an effect.
CBD oils and edibles
The bioavailability of CBD oils is about 15% – this means that for every 100 milligrams of CBD that you take, only 15 milligrams will actually reach your bloodstream. This is for 2 main reasons: CBD is hydrophobic, meaning it does not like to stay in your bloodstream and will therefore diffuse out. Secondly, when we ingest CBD orally it must pass through the liver before it enters our circulation. This process reduces the amount of CBD; this is known as the ‘first-pass effect’.
When you vape CBD, you are bypassing this ‘first-pass effect’. The CBD enters your lungs and diffuses directly into your bloodstream. It does not need to be digested or pass through the liver. This can allow nearly 4x as much CBD to enter your bloodstream; the bioavailability here can reach 50-60%. This also means you could potentially feel the effects 30 to 60 minutes faster when you vape CBD.
The CBD from topicals and skincare products does not actually enter your bloodstream. Instead, the product is absorbed deeply into the skin, where there are many cannabinoid receptors. CBD topicals interact with these sensory receptors, which may help to promote anti-inflammation which can relieve pain. In addition to this, CBD is also known to be an antioxidant, and regulate oil production. Studies have indicated that it may therefore be effective in calming irritated skin, reducing redness, lessening signs of aging, or reducing acne. However, since it does not enter our bloodstream, these products will not make us feel the same way as the products mentioned above might. It is unlikely that a CBD topical will have any direct effect on your mood, anxiety levels, or stress levels. These products are more designed for skin problems or pain.
Is CBD Safe?
Yes, it is. It is very, very rare to experience any side effects from using CBD. The only reported side effects are things like nausea, fatigue, or irritability; these do not pose any danger to your health.
If you do not exceed the recommended dose, it is extremely unlikely that you will feel any adverse effects. These side effects tend to be reported in studies where patients are given very high doses of CBD to treat various health ailments.
However, if you are currently taking other medication, you should ask your doctor before taking CBD. Different compounds or drugs can interact with one another in the body, which can be either a good or bad thing. Therefore, it is always advisable to check with a medical professional before you try using CBD alongside other drugs.
CBD is an excellent product to try out if you are looking for a risk free solution to a problem. Unlike other pharmaceuticals, it does not carry side effects; if you don’t need the extra CBD in your system, it won’t be a problem if you take it anyway. This makes CBD a brilliant option to try out, and find out for yourself if it works or not.