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What To Expect When Taking CBD?

By Jatauna Stanger  •  0 comments  •   6 minute read

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Welcome to the ultimate CBD journey, where curiosity meets relaxation, and wellness takes center stage! You've heard the buzz about CBD, seen it trending on your social media feeds, and now you're ready to dip your toes into the soothing sea of possibilities.

But before you embark on this adventure, it's time to answer the age-old question: What To Expect From CBD? Grab your passport to tranquility because we're about to embark on a voyage through the realm of relaxation, wellness, and all things CBD!

Understanding Cannabidiol

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is derived mainly from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) and Marijuana (Cannabis Indica) are closely related but different. Sometimes CBD is called hemp extract.

Cannabis hemp contains high amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) and low (less than 0.3%) amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In contrast, Marijuana contains very high amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD.

What To Expect When Taking CBD?

Today we are discussing:
1. Different ways you can consume CBD?
2. How long it will take before you see results from taking CBD?
3. How CBD will make you feel?
4. CBD is a natural alternative?
5. Can I overdose on CBD?
6. How long may CBD stay in your system?
7. How long may CBD-containing THC stay in your system?


1. Different Ways To Consume CBD

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As you can see from above, there are a few different ways to get your daily dose of CBD. Some are yummy and delicious, like edibles and gummies, whereas others are more practical and efficient, like softgels and oil drops.

Hemp extract comes in a variety of different ingestible. Some people choose products based on taste preference, and others choose based on efficiency. Choosing which CBD product to use typically depends on preference and the desired results.


2. How Long Will It Will Take Before I Can See Results From Taking CBD?

CBD oil is the most efficient method when taking these products because it offers the highest bioavailability. After taking this oil, you may start to feel the effects after about 20 minutes. CBD softgel, edibles, and gummies may take up to 1 to 2 hours due to the natural breakdown of your body's digestive system.

Depending on the type of hemp extract found in the softgel, edible, or gummy, it will have a different bioavailability. Nano-CBD is the best for bioavailability because it is pre-broken down into smaller particles so the body can absorb it more easily.

Click here to learn more about Nano-CBD and bioavailability.


When starting out with hemp extract for the first time, it is recommended to start with the minimum dosage recommended for your body weight and slowly increase that for a week or so until you get the results you are looking for.

If you don't know which milligram strength to start with, see if the hemp company your purchasing from has a dosage chart.

Click here to read "How much CBD should I take?"


3. How Will CBD Make Me Feel?

couple relaxing on couch after taking CBD

What can I expect from taking CBD? Many people report feeling more at ease, less stressed, less inflammation, and better overall health when consuming these types of products.

Hemp extract may have different side effects for each person. Some common side effects are mild nausea, fatigue, and dry mouth.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information says (1), "CBD… maintains a good safety profile. Neither abuse nor dependence has been demonstrated." CBD is safe to take when needed and causes no dependence symptoms.

Hemp extract comes from the cannabis plant, and many assume that all cannabis products cause intoxication, but CBD does not make you high.

Any products containing a high quantity of THC may cause one to experience a high. Although, THC taken in small amounts is known to have physiological and mild psychological calming effects.

4. Is CBD a Natural Alternative To Certain Types of Medication?

The most common symptoms CBD is used for are discomfort, mood, and sleep. If you are taking medications, you should check with your doctor before using hemp extract for possible interactions between the medication and hemp extract.

Hemp extract may be an effective natural alternative for individuals with joint or muscle discomfort. It has been known to assist in calming those with unhealthy mood levels. Hemp extract has also been used to promote a sense of calm and relaxation, helping individuals fall asleep.

5. Can You Overdose on CBD?

According to a study done by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (2), "Prescription drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States... Cannabis can be an effective treatment for pain, greatly reduces the chance of dependence, and eliminates the risk of fatal overdose…."

In a study involving 2,897 medical Cannabis patients, 34% of those individuals had been using opioid-based medication in the past 6 months.

"Ninety-seven percent of the sample 'strongly agreed or agreed' that they were able to decrease the number of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% 'strongly agreed or agreed' that taking cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition than taking cannabis with opioids."

These results are amazing. Not only did the patients get relief from their symptoms from using cannabis, but they did not experience symptoms of dependence as they had with their opioid medications.

Always consult with your doctor before taking cannabis products if you are on any medication.

How Much is Too Much?

According to a study published in 2017 by The National Library of Medicine (3), "Research showed that humans could safely tolerate up to 1,500 mg per day.

For reference, a typical 1-ounce bottle of CBD oil contains anywhere from 300 to 1,500 mg". You would most likely need to consume much more than the recommended amount of hemp extract to pose a danger to your health.

There is evidence to support that taking too much CBD may cause negative side effects, including:

Visit the nearest emergency room or call your doctor right away if you experience a negative reaction to hemp extract, such as:

Having trouble breathing or swallowing

  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Unconsciousness

Like all supplements, it is best to consume only the recommended dose of CBD.


6. How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

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How long CBD stays in your system depends on a few different factors. Those factors include but are not limited to: Your body mass index, water content, and metabolism are just some factors that can influence how long CBD stays in your system.

After you take hemp extract, you may typically feel its effects for 2-8 hours, and just like food, it may stay in your system for 2-5 days and sometimes weeks, depending on the person. The same is true for Full Spectrum CBD products that contain THC.

7. How Long Will THC Stay in My System?

A common question is, if you take CBD containing THC, will it show up on a drug test? Pure CBD (Broad Spectrum and Isolate) will not cause you to fail a drug test, but If you take Full Spectrum CBD, which does contain THC, the THC can build up and cause you to fail a drug test or test positive for THC.

The bottom line is that if you are worried about testing positive for THC, we recommend using Broad Spectrum or Isolate hemp extract to eliminate that possibility.

Sum It Up!

What you can expect from taking hemp extract varies slightly from person to person because of many factors. Don't be discouraged if the first CBD product doesn't work out as you had hoped. The first product you try may not be strong enough strength or made with lower-quality hemp extract.

Click here to learn more about "What to look for before buying CBD."


We hope you found this helpful, but if you are looking for more answers about what you can expect from taking hemp extract, you can check out the description of our products or contact us directly.

At Zatural, all our CBD products are derived from industrial Hemp. Our mission is to provide the purest, truest, highest-quality CBD products possible. Zatural aims to help our customers get to a happier, healthier you.

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*FDA DISCLAIMER -These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.


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