The complete guide for knowing what CBD does to your body.
It’s sort of tricky to gauge the effects CBD has because it varies from person to person. Not only is everybody different, but different medications you take could also impact how CBD responds to your body.
This makes it difficult for CBD newbies to figure out if CBD can fit into their wellness regime or not. That’s why we put together this article — we want you to be able to make an informed decision. But keep in mind that personal experimentation is helpful to fully understand how CBD interacts with your unique body.
Before we hop into the effects CBD oil has on you, let’s rehash what CBD is in the first place.
Remember, CBD is one of over 80 natural compounds found in the cannabis plant. And it is not psychoactive like THC (the main ingredient in marijuana), meaning it will not get you “high.”
How does CBD interact with your body?
CBD works by interacting with our endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is basically a system that helps you maintain balance or homeostasis across a vast internal system of controls.
In other words, your ECS helps regulate some of your most important daily functions such as sleep, mood, and appetite.
What is the endocannabinoid system and what does it do?
Recent research has led scientists to believe that your endocannabinoid system (ECS) promotes balance and homeostasis in your body.
Dr. Lumir Hanus first discovered the ECS in the early 1990s while studying how THC reacts with our internal system. During that research, he realized that your body produces its own compounds, similar to how cannabinoids are found in cannabis.
Hence the name, endocannabinoid system (“endo” being the latin word for within).
In other words, your body makes its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s “high,” then you’ve felt the effects of endocannabinoids.
The ECS is made up of both CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are primarily found in your brain and central nervous system. While CB2 receptors are primarily found in your immune system.
How does CBD work within the endocannabinoid system?
Currently, scientists believe that CBD interacts with different cannabinoid receptors that line the outer layer of your cells all throughout your body. CBD specifically reacts with the CB2 receptors located in your immune system.
Once the CBD interacts with your CB2 receptors, it encourages your body to produce its own cannabinoids, which help restore balance and improve your general sense of well-being.
However, keep in mind that all of this is very new for scientists. There have been more than 1500 published studies and reviews so far — and while that might seem like a lot, the research is still very young. Scientists learn something new about CBD, endocannabinoids, and your endocannabinoid system nearly every day.
How does CBD make you feel?
This is where different users feel different effects from their CBD usage. But first, let’s get some misconceptions out of the way:
CBD is often confused with its cousin, THC. But, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and thus doesn’t get you “high” (which is the euphoric feeling generally associated with THC and marijuana). CBD derived from hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC. In comparison, it’s common for marijuana to contain as much as 30% THC.
How CBD affects you on a personal level depends on several factors. Your weight, height, and metabolism all play a role. As well as how often and how much CBD you consume.
We like to think of CBD as a deep-tissue massage for your entire body and mind from Mother Nature herself. Generally speaking, you can expect to feel more relaxed, more at ease, and enjoy more comfort (both physically and mentally).
Some users report that CBD increases their energy and focus levels. While others use it as a way to wind down after a long day and make falling asleep easier.
That’s the mystery around CBD. Its effects vary from person to person.
That’s why we always recommend starting with a lower dosage, monitoring how you feel, and increasing your dosage level as necessary. Nobody knows your body as well as you do!
How long will CBD remain in your system for?
There is no hard and fast research that suggests CBD stays in your system for a specific amount of time. Most studies suggest that CBD only stays in your system for 2-5 days, but each body is different and your lifestyle choices can affect how long CBD stays in your system.
Some factors are mostly out of your control such as your metabolism, sex, and body mass index while others are more in your direct control such as how often and how much CBD you consume.
The general rule of thumb is: the more CBD you consume, the longer it will stay in your system. Click here to learn more about how long CBD stays in your system and if it will show up on drug tests.
Are there any side effects to CBD?
Remember, it’s possible that CBD can affect you in a completely different way than it affects your friends or family members. That’s why we always recommend starting with a low dosage and building up to a level that works for you — one where you maximize the comfort CBD gives you while minimizing the side effects.
Some of the most common side effects of CBD use include:
- Fatigue & drowsiness
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in weight
- Dry mouth
Again, it all depends on your unique body and how much CBD you consume. Always start with a low dosage amount and monitor how you feel!
Is CBD safe?
Aside from the few, relatively minor side effects mentioned above, CBD is generally considered safe and non-toxic. The World Health Organization (WHO) even recognizes CBD as being safe with little to no side effects.
That said, the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has not approved CBD at the time of this article. That means that CBD products from Farmacy Bliss and other CBD companies have not been officially approved by the FDA.
Always double check with your doctor or healthcare practitioner if you’re considering adding CBD into your wellness mix.
And remember: CBD products are NOT intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any diseases or conditions.