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By now you’ve surely heard friends, family members, coworkers, and others talking about CBD oil. But what is it, how does it work, and how does CBD oil make you feel? Let’s look at what CBD is and what it does, what marijuana is and what it does, as well as the differences between how you’ll feel when using either one.
You may already be aware that CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, and if you have concerns about this, you needn’t worry because CBD can’t get you high. It may sound odd, given that marijuana and CBD both come from the same species of plant (cannabis sativa), but the real difference lies in the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the specific strain of cannabis plant.
The level of THC is the contributing factor to intoxication. In December of 2018, the U.S. Farm Bill passed, federally legalizing industrial hemp and drawing a line of demarcation between non-intoxicating “industrial hemp” (containing less than 0.3% THC) as compared to marijuana (containing any amount greater than 0.3% THC). Marijuana typically contains much higher percentages of THC, often starting around 4% THC but with some strains reaching as much as 30% THC.
Because each individual is unique, your specific response to marijuana can vary. Additional factors influence how marijuana makes you feel, for example:
As a general rule, most people who use marijuana report feelings of elation and relaxation, but less desirable effects can also be experienced, including:
Those who consume marijuana daily (or nearly daily) over the course of just a few months can experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, making it difficult to stop.
In contrast, since CBD contains only very trace amounts of THC, you will not experience euphoria or elation from taking CBD. CBD is non-intoxicating, which means you are able to work, drive, operate heavy machinery as usual while taking CBD oil. Some people report the following upon taking CBD oil:
In fact, CBD works so synchronistically with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), that many people get relief from their symptoms, but don’t actually feel anything specific when taking CBD oil. Check out this article called “Why Don’t I Feel the Effects of CBD?”
How quickly you get relief from CBD can depend on your individual physiology as well as the method of administration. It is generally believed that a sublingual dose results in the fastest absorption, but some symptoms call for topical application.