Understanding how a cannabis product will make you feel is a massive part of selecting the right one for the occasion. Whether you’re looking for a mellow high, a burst of creativity, or help managing stress, there are strains or products that are best suited for each scenario. For those that aren’t looking for a high but are more attracted to cannabis’s calming and relieving effects, there’s cannabidiol (CBD). If you count yourself within this group and want to know more about the effects of CBD, we’ve got you covered.
What is CBD exactly?
CBD is one of the primary cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are the compounds in cannabis that engage with our body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for producing molecules that support many functions including digestion, motor control, and sleep.
While THC engages with this system to produce psychoactive effects that we generally associate with cannabis use, CBD works to promote homeostasis, enhancing the equilibrium within our body. Also unlike THC, CBD won’t make you feel euphoric or have you reaching for a late-night snack.
Instead, CBD has been attributed with a number of health and wellness benefits including anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe sore muscles and joints, calming effects that help relieve stress, and general improvements to a person’s wellbeing. The cannabinoid also plays an important role in the medical space, with CBD-based treatments being designed and tested for epilepsy, PTSD, and opioid addiction.
Anyone wishing to find out about the medical benefits of CBD should speak to their health care practitioner.
What are the effects of CBD?
How your body reacts to CBD depends on a number of things:
How you take it
CBD products come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you’re taking it orally—whether that’s as an edible or oil—it can take longer to absorb as it has to go through your digestive system. This also means that some of the potency is lost before it reaches your bloodstream. Sublingual tinctures offer a much faster alternative that has a smaller impact on how much of the effects you feel.
There are also cannabis strains with a higher-than-average CBD content that can be rolled into a joint or added to a bong or pipe and inhaled. These flowers are able to preserve the benefits that come from terpenes, adding to your overall wellness.
In the near future, you’ll also be able to buy CBD vape cartridges in the Canadian market. Inhaling CBD can be more effective than consuming it orally, as people are able to absorb more of the compound.
How much you take
At cannabis stores, you’ll often see CBD products like flowers, tinctures, and cartridges labeled with ratios like 1:1, 4:1, or even 20:1. These indicate the CBD to THC ratio in a given product. In a 1:1 product, there are equal amounts of CBD to THC, and you get an equal mix of the two compounds.
Something to keep in mind as you choose your product is the entourage effect. This term refers to how CBD and THC work together to enhance their effects. If you’re just looking to focus on the benefits of CBD, though, you should look for products that have a larger CBD ratio—or no THC at all. These will be the most effective at avoiding the psychoactive effects of THC. Be aware that there is such a thing as taking too much CBD, even though the identified side effects are pretty minor, so be sure to follow dosing instructions.
Your chemical makeup
Beyond being different on the outside, humans all have chemical nuances that impact how they react to certain compounds. How your body reacts to a certain dose of CBD could be very different to how someone else’s does. Because of this, it’s important to start with small doses and work your way up to the type and intensity of effect you’re looking for.
How will I feel when I take CBD?
As we’ve mentioned, how you feel when you consume CBD—whether that’s in a capsule, oil, vape cartridge, or balm—will depend entirely on your body and how it absorbs the compound. For topical products specifically, the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors on the skin is what makes CBD an effective relief for aches and pains.
Generally, the feeling that encompasses most CBD-related experiences is that of relaxation and relief. Its calming and soothing effects help address your pain points, restore your equilibrium, and set you up for a good day. In some cases, CBD can even help enhance your productivity, creativity, and focus—even making it the ideal companion for long days at the office.
Interested in finding a cannabis product that works for you? Eden stores will offer a curated selection with varying CBD ratios—come check them out!
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