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THC is the compound in cannabis that causes a feeling of being high. The high can differ depending on the person, but in general cannabis products containing THC can make you feel euphoric, faint, anxious, giddy, paranoid, happy, sleepy, hungry, relaxed, or all of the above. Many people have felt or heard about the standard effects from smoking or eating cannabis, but surprisingly few people know that CBD products produce very different effects. In fact, CBD products do not make you feel high at all. Now, you might be wondering, “If it does not make you feel high, how does CBD make you feel?”
CBD products can make you feel a range of effects depending on the dosage and method of consumption. In general, CBD makes you feel more relaxed and calm. It is non-psychotropic, so you don’t get an altered perception of reality.
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
To answer the question, “How does CBD make you feel?” you really have to try it for yourself because everyone has a different body chemistry, and what works for someone else might not work for you. But, there are some general effects that CBD is known for
Relaxing & Calming
Even if you do not have clinical anxiety, you can still benefit from the relaxing and calming effects of high CBD cannabis. In fact, one of the main reasons people like to use any mind-altering substances (alcohol, caffeine, or sugar) is to try and relax. While THC can trigger panic attacks and increase stress for some people, CBD switches your nervous system into the parasympathetic mode that allows you to get out of “fight-or-flight” response and chill out. In this state of the nervous system, it is easier to relax and let go of ruminating thoughts. CBD treats are also a great way to help pets relax and stay calm if they have trouble with anxiety or are easily frightened.
Although CBD products are pretty awesome, they do not come without side effects. CBD is known for making people a little lightheaded. This side effect usually only comes up if you take a high does of CBD. With high doses of CBD, you can experience a temporary drop in blood pressure, which causes the lightheaded feeling. This side effect is temporary and can be resolved by drinking water, coffee, or tea. If it is your first time taking a high dose of CBD, make sure you do it at home or in a comfortable place where you can just lay down if needed. If you are in public or at work, stick to a lower dose.
One of the best and worst side effects of taking CBD is that it will make you sleepy. This effect makes CBD a better treatment before bed or in the evening, as it can be really helpful for things like insomnia and irregular sleep patterns. Once the CBD wears off however, people generally feel increased energy and that their focus improves overall.