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Cannabidiol or CBD is well known to provide physical and mental support for a variety of issues. This cannabis-derived compound carries many known benefits including improved sleep quality, relaxation, better recovery, relief from aches and soreness, and more. What's more, all this is provided without the psychoactive 'high' associated with THC use.
CBD's benefits are widely supported by research and user experience but don't come with the same marked change in perception that THC use carries. This often leads to the question: what does CBD feel like and how will I know it's working?
In this article, we take a look at how CBD interacts with the body, how the effects vary depending on what your body needs, and what to expect when you start adding CBD to your daily regimen.
Every person has within them a vast network of receptors called the endocannabinoid system or ECS for short. This network is found throughout the body helps to regulate and maintain balance across the major systems throughout.
To help keep the system in balance, the body makes it's own cannabinoids. These endo-cannabinoids are endogenous meaning they are internally generated by our bodies. These compounds bind to the receptors throughout the ECS.
We can also supplement our bodies with externally generated cannabinoids. Phyto-cannabinoids are plant-generated compounds generated by cannabis and include stars like THC and CBD and many other minor variants like CBG and CBN. Introducing these external cannabinoids to our bodies can help aide the ECS to better maintain balance throughout the body.
When you take a CBD product, you won't 'feel' it at work, instead, you'll 'notice' the benefits it provides. Let me explain:
If you've ever consumed marijuana, you'll know that the psychoactive high can introduce a very pronounced change in your perception. This change is something you can distinctly feel. The cannabinoid THC is solely responsible for this shift in perception. If present, other cannabinoids, like CBD are at work even though they don't produce this shift that THC does.
CBD products which are sold freely to the public are derived from hemp. By law, they can contain no more than a trace amount of THC. Many products, like ours, don't contain any THC at all. The result is that the feeling associated with marijuana use is not present in a CBD product. You won't directly 'feel' a direct, pronounced change when you consume CBD.
Instead, CBD oil works to bring unbalanced areas of the body and mind into sync. The result is that you end up 'noticing' the benefits wherever there is a correction to be made. For example, if you're feeling stressed out or fearful and you take CBD, you may notice a calming effect. Adversely if you're already in a totally relaxed state, you might not notice a shift at all.
Another way of saying this is that CBD is readily noticed by people with more severe issues. Those with minor issues may have to pay close attention to notice the subtle changes taking place.
Knowing that you'll be 'noticing' CBD at work rather than 'feeling' a change it provides means that it can take some time, observation, and adjustment of dosage to dial things in and confirm you're seeing the benefits you expect.
The first step is to define what you're looking for out of the product and time taking it appropriately. For example, if you're looking to take the edge off of day-to-day stresses, you'd likely want to take CBD in the morning. If you're looking to improve the quality of your sleep, you'd take the product an hour or so before bed.
The next step is to find the ideal dose for your needs. As we discuss in our dosage guide the key is starting at a generally accepted conservative dosage and bumping the dose up over time based on your observations.
There is a common first-week adjustment that happens where a dose that worked the first couple of days needs to be increased a bit to continue to provide the same benefits for the long term. For example, we often see people find a huge improvement in their sleep with one 10mg softgel the first couple nights, but end up bumping their dose up to two 10mg softgels or a 25mg softgel over the next few days to find their sweet spot. It's all about trying for yourself and observing the results.
Another thing to note is that if you're taking a product daily, it can begin to blend in and feel normal even though it is constantly at work. This isn't a sign to stop taking it, it just means it's working as it should!
Putting these efforts into finding a properly-timed and measured dose will give you the best chance of finding out if CBD works for you. We talk with a small number of people who say CBD just doesn't work for their needs, but overwhelmingly we hear success stories of clients who find the right dose and enjoy life much more with a bit of CBD!
Don't just take our word for it. Here are some stories our clients have left in reviews of our products:
"... after nearly 2 months my skepticism has been alleviated completely. Not only have I had a reduction in soreness but an increase in mobility in all of my joints!"
"Much better quality sleep, vivid dreams! I wake up much more rested now."
"Works well and keeps me steady. I'm dealing with pretty serious issues, and my head stays calm with CBD."
"The Hydro tincture has improved my sleep quality greatly. I take one dropper in milk, tea, juice, or even just water right before bed each night, and I wake up feeling refreshed. It also helps reduce my stress levels the next day."
"I take a dropper full in the morning and I have been much less stressed. It is hard to put into words but I feel much more relaxed during this very scary time in our lives. I was skeptical at first, but I can’t say enough good things about the CBD oil from Big Sky Botanicals."
"I get very good soreness reduction in my hand when I apply the CBD balm... I'm not sure, but it seems like the soreness gets " interrupted" when I apply the balm. That is to say, it seems to last for a day or so at times."
How do you find CBD's impact on your day-to-day life? What do you notice when you consume or topically apply these products? Let us know in the comments below!