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.
How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel When Using It?
What Exactly is CBD and How Does It Differ from Marijuana?
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.
How Marijuana Makes You Feel
Because each individual is unique, your specific response to marijuana can vary. Additional factors influence how marijuana makes you feel, for example:
- How much you take
- How often you take it
- How you take it (edibles, oil, smoking, vaping, etc.)
- What kind you take (for example, the amount of THC that specific strain contains)
As a general rule, most people who use marijuana report feelings of elation and relaxation, but less desirable effects can also be experienced, including:
- Increased anxiety
- Impaired motor skills
- Memory recall, especially short-term
- Hunger/unconscious bingeing or snacking
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.
How CBD Oil Makes You Feel
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.