When it comes to using CBD for the first time, it’s normal to be apprehensive or nervous. If you don’t know what to expect, it can make it harder to feel comfortable taking something new. One of the most common questions we see from new users in our Facebook group is, “How will CBD oil make me feel?”
It’s easier to think of CBD as what you will no longer feel versus what you will feel. Unlike THC, which binds directly to the CB1 endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, CBD does not. This binding is largely responsible for THC’s ability to impair your cognitive function. In simple terms, it’s how THC can get you “high.” Since CBD cannot bind directly in the brain, it cannot get you “high.”
Some argue that since CBD does have the ability to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, it should still be considered psychoactive (affecting the mind). Others say that while it is still psychoactive, it would be more accurate to call it non-intoxicating. In any case, the effects of CBD versus THC are very different.
When you take CBD for the first time, it’s normal to feel nothing at all. This is actually why many new users are led to believe the CBD is “not working.” Unlike THC, which has a very profound and prominent effect almost immediately upon use, CBD is much more subtle. It tends to increase gradually over time as you use it consistently.
It’s not uncommon to hear stories of users forgetting a daily dose and then suddenly feeling bad or having a recurrence of symptoms. You may not have realized it was even working until this point. Just like with many pharmaceuticals prescribed by your doctor, CBD can take time to “kick in” and work. Often, this is a month or more of consistent dosing.
But don’t be surprised if you do immediately feel some relief when using CBD for the first time. There are a select few who do experience an immediate reduction in symptoms, but there is debate on whether or not this is a placebo effect. Keep in mind that what you feel can also depend on the method of use and the dosage level. CBD taken orally or sublingually will not have as quick of an onset as CBD that is vaped, for example. Often, a quick and sudden onset is more noticeable than something that came on gradually.
Generally, CBD does not have a prominent signature “feeling.” Instead, it’s use is all about reducing current symptoms and preventing the recurrence of future issues. Instead of feeling intoxicated or impaired, you just feel better overall. If you’re ready to start taking CBD, check out our article on CBD oil dosing to learn all about how much to take. Additionally, our recommended list of reputable brands is here to calm any fears about choosing an unsafe product.