This is one of the most common questions we hear from customers and CBD sceptics – and it also happens to be one of the most difficult to answer.
There is still a lot we don’t know about CBD and how it affects the body. Your age, weight, individual biochemistry and experience with CBD will play a large role in how it makes you feel.
It’s common for people to try poor quality CBD, not notice any profound changes, and then assume that it doesn’t work for them. Individuals can also use a high-quality CBD oil, but not give it time to build up in their system and then reach the same conclusion.
We recommend taking CBD consistently for at least 2-4 weeks to experience the full benefits. You might not have a profound experience with CBD, but many customers report noticing positive subtle shifts in their wellbeing once they add this simple supplement to their routine.
Does CBD get you high?
No, CBD will not get you high.
It’s non-psychoactive, so it doesn’t have the capacity to alter your state of mind in any way. So while some users report feeling a little more relaxed after taking it, this is not because they are high – it’s simply how CBD makes some people feel.
In fact, CBD is the cannabinoid within cannabis that counterbalances the high-inducing effects that recreational users experience when they take CBD. Cannabis strains that are higher in CBD are popular for this reason.
The only way your CBD product could get you high is if it contains THC. If you do not have access to a certificate of analysis with your CBD product, there is no way to confirm if it contains safe and legal levels of THC. This can easily be obtained by requesting it from email@example.com, and a copy of the COA that matches your product’s batch number will be sent to you.
If a CBD product contains unsafe levels of THC, it could get you high. This would also make it a Class B controlled substance, which could land you with a prison sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to £2,500.
Is CBD addictive?
CBD is not habit-forming, so you don’t have to worry about becoming addicted or building up a tolerance. If you decide you want to stop taking CBD, you can do so at any time without any risk.
Addiction happens when the brain craves the reward of taking a particular substance. Once addicted to a substance, your brain will encourage you to seek it out, even if it is bad for your health. Addicts who stop taking a substance may also experience withdrawal symptoms.
This can be made worse when you build up a tolerance to the substance. This happens when your body adjusts to the presence of the substance, so it requires more of it to experience the same effects.
Since you cannot build up a tolerance to CBD, you won’t need to continually increase your dose to experience the same effects. Likewise, since it is not addictive, you won’t experience any adverse side effects if you decide to stop taking it.
Will CBD make me sleepy?
One of the common side effects of taking CBD is that it can make you feel calmer and more relaxed. This is excellent news for those who are looking for a healthy addition to their bedtime routine. Taking CBD before bedtime is a common practice. You can take it alone or add it to your favourite herbal tea.
If you meditate before bed, taking a few drops of a flavoured oil like our peppermint CBD oil can help to enhance the sensory experience. You’ll find it easier to focus your mind when you allow the peppermint taste and smell to wash over your senses.
Can I drive while taking CBD?
Yes, you can drive while taking CBD. As we’ve mentioned before, it is not a controlled substance, and it cannot get you high or alter your mental state in any way. Being alert and in control is essential when you get behind the wheel, and the good news is that CBD shouldn’t impair your ability to drive.
Some people use CBD the night before a long drive to help support their body and ensure they are well-rested before hitting the road. If you get anxious about long drives or about driving on the motorway, adding CBD to your nighttime routine could help you to feel more in control.
So, how does it actually feel?
We’ve spent a lot of time in this guide telling you what CBD can’t do – but what can it do? The truth is, how CBD makes you feel will be unique to you. One theory is that the effects you feel will be linked to what your body needs the most.
We recommend taking CBD consistently for at least 2-4 weeks and paying close attention to your mind and body during this time. Starting a CBD diary can help you to figure out your perfect dosage and the ideal time of day to take your CBD.
In your CBD diary, make a note of things like:
Your CBD dose
The time of day you take it
Quality of sleep
When you exercise
Changes in your mood
Anxiety and depression symptoms
If you’re ready to start your journey with CBD, we’ve got just the package to get you started. Our CBD Starter Kit includes everything you need to explore CBD in a variety of different formats.
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