Atkinson says CBD’s bioavailability, or how much of it is actually absorbed into your circulatory system, depends on how you take it. CBD that you consume in food has a bioavailability of 5 percent, according to Atkinson. That means your body would only absorb 2.5 milligrams of CBD if you ate a brownie containing 50 milligrams of it, and it would take some time for you to feel anything.
While CBD is often marketed as the ultimate anxiety treatment, CBD companies avoid making specific claims so that they don’t get in trouble with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which approves products for safety and effectiveness. So far, the FDA has approved just one CBD drug, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. It recently announced plans to begin considering regulations for other CBD products.
Atkinson says it usually takes about an hour for your body to absorb CBD, though it may vary depending on the form in which you take it. He points out that CBD vape products have the highest bioavailability, and any effects when it’s consumed that way are usually felt within 10 minutes.
So Why Do People Take It?
“It’s subtle, but people usually feel something,” Dr. Alex Capano, PhD, chief science officer of CBD brand Ananda Hemp, emphasizes. “They will feel relaxed but not intoxicated, like they’ve just gotten a massage.”
If you’ve listened to the raving testimonials from people who love CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabis compound, you may wonder whether you’ll immediately feel a difference the first time you take it. Those who use CBD claim it relieves anxiety, helps them sleep better, alleviates soreness, and leads to better overall physical health. But medical professionals say more research is needed before we actually know the effects of CBD.
You know how you might feel tipsy after drinking a glass of wine with a friend, while that friend feels just fine? The same principle applies here. Some people take CBD and find that they don’t feel anything, while others say they feel relaxed right away. The effects of CBD are less dramatic than those of alcohol or marijuana, so you won’t feel loopy or disoriented after taking it. In fact, you may not notice much at all.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s a compound that comes from cannabis plants. CBD is often derived from hemp, which doesn’t have much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so CBD won’t get you high, according to Phys.org.
CBD is considered safe and well-tolerated in general. But everyone may react slightly differently to it, so what someone else feels may not match up with your experience.
Smoking or ingesting THC is going to cause that feeling of being high. The possible short-term side effects of THC are:
Easing anxiety and depression
While CBD gummies are really popular, you can also find CBD in candy, chocolates, cookies, and even beer and wine.
A 2017 study showed that CBD might even benefit the heart and circulatory system by lowering high blood pressure, thus preventing health problems such as stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome. This could be because CBD can relieve stress and anxiety, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
Oils infused with CBD are popular because they’re easy to take and they get absorbed into your body very quickly, meaning you’ll feel the effects quickly.
Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are not considered dangerous, because they don’t affect the parts of the brain that regulate vital functions of the body. Unlike opioid receptors, the cannabinoid receptors will never signal your lungs to stop breathing. For this reason, it’s practically impossible to overdose on cannabis.
CBD is extracted from hemp and processed into different kinds of CBD products. CBD isolate and broad-spectrum CBD contain no discernible THC, and are the safest ways of using CBD if you are concerned about a drug test. Full-spectrum CBD contains traces of THC, and although it too is unlikely to make you fail a test, it should probably be avoided to be absolutely sure.
Does CBD get you high?
One product to avoid is CBD oil that has been adulterated with synthetic cannabinoids. These are lab-created chemical compounds that bind with the same cannabinoid receptors in the brain that THC and CBD do. But they can be as much as 100 times more powerful than THC, and have been known to cause extended psychotic episodes and even death. They’re often sold under the brands Spice and K2 (but there are many others) in truck stops, head shops and convenience stores. Sometimes they’re sold as vape juice in bottles marked CBD.
CBD has psychoactive effects too. But whether you call CBD’s effects a high or not, vaping it or using CBD oil makes you feel different. There are noticeable sensations that many users find as pleasant as those provided by THC. Unlike THC products though, using pure (or nearly pure) CBD will not make you fail a drug test—as long as you’re careful to choose the right kinds of CBD products.
CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants (a cannabinoid) that provides proven therapeutic benefits. Because it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as its cannabinoid cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) is more lightly regulated, and can be sold without a prescription in most U.S. locations. Even high CBD strains of cannabis can be purchased online without a medical marijuana card.