How Does CBD Make You Feel?
The popularity of CBD as an alternative is growing. Every day more and more people are discovering its benefits, and every year the market grows larger, with one study predicting that CBD companies will generate $16 billion in revenue.
Does CBD Make Different People Feel Different Things?
While the effects of CBD can vary depending on the user, the chemistry behind how it works remains the same.
CBD works by activating certain receptors in the brain. The effect experienced by the user depends on the type of receptor being activated.
For example, serotonin is a widely-known neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation, appetite, sleep, and other physiological functions. By activating serotonin receptors, CBD may alleviate negative symptoms associated with these functions.
CBD also acts as a reuptake inhibitor for anandamide and adenosine, meaning it blocks reabsorption of these compounds and increases their levels in the brain.
CBD’s Relationship with THC
One of the less commonly known effects of CBD involves its relationship with THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Whereas THC directly binds with CB1 and CB2 (the two major cannabinoid receptors) in the brain, CBD indirectly binds with them—but in such a way that it blocks THC molecules from attaching to the receptors.
This results in an overall reduction of the psychotic “stoned” effects of THC in users while still benefitting from the synergistic effects of a combined CBD/THC dosage.
One may question whether CBD has any side effects. Some users report gastrointestinal issues when using CBD.
It’s important to note, however, that these cases are most often the result of poor production quality or a sensitivity to the carrier oil being used in the product (i.e., coconut, grapeseed, hemp seed, etc.) and not the CBD itself.
This points to the lingering issue of lack of oversight in the CBD industry that allows less ethical companies to produce lower quality products using harsh chemical extraction processes.
Another common side effect of CBD is fatigue; however, this varies depending on user and dosage size/strength and may even be seen as a benefit in those with insomnia.
Are CBD Oil Side Effects Subjective?
Like all botanical supplements, the effects of CBD are subjective and differ from user to user. Some people may not notice any perceptible effect at all, while others will report a marked decrease in anxiety, stress, or some other affliction.
The truth is that CBD’s effects are often subtle, and sometimes require frequent, consistent doses at high concentrations to tackle physiological ailments such as pain.
As if it weren’t comprehensive enough, the list of CBD’s beneficial effects continues to grow. As the market steadily increases, more research and clinical trials will be conducted, offering more concrete evidence as to the full potential
- APC Collaborator