How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?

How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?


Whether you’ve been looking to use CBD oil to improve your wellbeing or you’re simply curious as to what all the fuss is about, you’ve no doubt been wondering one, or all, of the following things:

– How CBD oil works
– What does CBD oil do for you?
– What does CBD oil feel like?
– What side effects does CBD oil have?

This article will touch on some of the benefits of CBD as well as the effects it can have on the body and how they occur. It will also address some of the misconceptions about CBD and how it affects those who take it.

Firstly, please note that the information in this article is intended as a guide only; the effects of CBD oil vary from person to person and can range from noticeable pain relief to subtle changes in perception and many other things in between. Furthermore, any medication you are taking and the current state of your mental and physical health will also affect how CBD impacts you. It is also worth noting that while emerging science continues to show more and more promising results for the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids on human health, scientific studies on how and why these effects occur are still in their infancy and we are discovering new information every day on this exciting path towards natural healing.


The popularity of CBD oil products is continually growing and many people now incorporate it into their daily wellness routine.

But what are the effects of CBD oil?

When taken as a supplement, it can have a variety of different therapeutic effects on your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. If you’re looking to try CBD oil, be aware that the products sold in the UK cannot make any claims in regard to it being a medical treatment or a cure for any disorders. We recommend researching here for more information


Because CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, many people still (wrongly) associate it with illegal drugs, getting high, psychoactive effects and similar.

At Cannaba Tree, we want to educate consumers and teach them that reputable CBD oil is safe to use and won’t get you “stoned” or “high”. This is because CBD oil derived from the hemp plant contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive compound, THC. In the UK, the law states that CBD oil must contain no more than 0.2% THC for the product to be legal.


The effects that CBD has on the mind and body – and the science behind those effects – is complex. It’s known that within the human body’s central nervous system, immune system, organs, connective tissues, glands, and the brain, is a group of “receptors” known as the endocannabinoid system or ECS.

Although only discovered in the 1990’s, the endocannabinoid system is now believed to be one of the most vast and vital communication systems for sustaining good health in humans (and animals too) and regulates many of our biological processes including mood, pain sensations, appetite, memory, sleep, digestion, neuro-protection, hormones, and heart function, amongst others.

What Are Cannabinoids?

Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are produced naturally within our body (known as endocannabinoids) and communicate important messages between our cells and play a vital role in maintaining balance and stability within us, adjusting and rebalancing our internal state despite the constant fluctuations of life’s daily ups and downs. This process is known as Homeostasis and when there is a deficiency or problem within our endocannabinoid system we can often feel out of balance and experience discomfort and unpleasant physical symptoms because of it.

Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids naturally produced within plants – CBD and THC are two of the main cannabinoids found within the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant and are known to help relieve pain, anxiety, and inflammation by imitating or mimicking cannabinoids that our bodies naturally produce.

Within our ECS we have receptors known as CB1 and CB2. When the CB1 receptor, mainly found in the brain, is exposed to THC, the cannabinoid associated with feeling ‘high’, cannabis users can experience psychoactive effects (euphoria, sleepiness, pain relief, temporary memory loss, anxiety, paranoia, etc) Interestingly when the CB1 receptor is instead influenced and activated by CBD, it actually blocks THC from interacting with the receptor and has the opposite effect. By repressing the nervous systems ‘fight or flight’ response associated with the sudden increase in heart rate and breathing, CBD promotes calmness and may be ideal for somebody looking to relax and unwind without feeling intoxicated.

While CBD is known to counteract the adverse effects of THC (including memory loss and anxiety) it’s important to note that in full-spectrum CBD oilalthough THC is only found in small amounts, these two cannabinoids work in harmony together contributing to what’s known as the ‘Entourage Effect‘.


As our endocannabinoid system controls how we perceive pain and emotions such as anxiety, it’s important to note that CBD doesn’t simply replace these sensations with their positive counterparts. The changes are much more subtle.

If for example, a fully functioning ECS receives a message of stress, to rebalance mind and body a message to change our perception of the stressful situation may be activated, in turn, creating a reduction or elimination of the negative sensations associated with it. This sense of calmness and the feeling of being in control of emotions during stressful situations can promote general feelings of wellbeing, while at the same time regular CBD consumption allows Anandamide, also known as the ‘Bliss Molecule and natural endocannabinoid produced by the body, to stay present within our system for longer periods of time. CBD consumption inhibits Anandamide’s breakdown and offers an extra wellbeing boost each time we consume it, contributing to a calmer, more relaxed mood.


While it won’t instantly make you feel relaxed and happy, it can work fairly quickly within about 30 minutes if taken in tincture form, helping to slow your heart rate, ease fast breathing and decrease anxious thinking. This can help you to feel calmer and more relaxed by repressing your nervous system. This feeling can be described as a sense of calmness, mixed with the focus of caffeine, without the jitters.

In basic terms, our bodies were actually designed to interact and work with cannabinoids for optimum health and they’re already produced naturally within us to keep our bodies balanced. Thanks to the research into the workings of the endocannabinoid system, we can actually consider cannabinoids as being vital to our wellbeing.


Don’t be fooled into thinking that the second you place CBD oil drops under your tongue, you are instantly going to feel chilled-out or pain-free. It’s much more subtle than that. There is no “big buzz” or moment where the therapeutic effects hit you like taking a psychoactive drug or medication like morphine.

CBD or Cannabidiol is released into the body via the bloodstream through various consumption methods. Each method has a general time-frame for entering our system with longer-term benefits experienced with consistent use, and wellbeing effects building up over time to become longer-lasting.


Taking CBD oil for at least one to two weeks while assessing things like how you are perceiving stressful situations, maybe you are dealing with life’s normal ups and downs more calmly, feeling more focused at work, less distracted and can concentrate more easily, feeling more relaxed and less anxious, sleeping more deeply, or thinking more positively about a situation that might have previously overwhelmed you – Keeping a close eye on how you are feeling or even keeping a diary for a week or two when first starting to use CBD is a good way to assess if a CBD product is having a healthy impact on your life and in turn promoting feelings of wellbeing and restored balance.

That being said, when being used for pain relief it can take up to several weeks for the full benefits of CBD oil to really build up in the body and kick in for noticeable effects, while at the same time others report feeling a sense of calm within minutes after taking CBD, with many taking CBD oil around bedtime to slow heart rate and breathing down to promote feelings of calm, contentment and ease of restlessness, helping them to drop off to sleep.


With the stigma surrounding even just the word “cannabis” (and thanks also to the array of poor information online), it’s little wonder some people still have reservations about using CBD oil. That said, it’s perfectly normal for anyone to worry about putting a foreign substance into their body (even if it is naturally-derived) and you’re bound to have multiple questions and be looking for honest answers.

Rest assured that CBD oil has little to no side effects for most people. Nausea, dry mouth, loss of appetite or sleepiness are sometimes experienced if too much CBD is taken too quickly without giving the body time to adjust. So long as you do your research and choose a reputable product, CBD is generally safe to use and can offer an effective solution for the many looking for a natural alternative for optimum wellness.


Follow our handy UK guide: How to Buy CBD Oil Online and be sure to check the certificates of analysis for products you are buying. Only use pure, high-quality, third-party-tested products from trusted names – such as our well researched, hand-selected trusted brands we stock in our shop.


The effects of CBD oil are subtle and less about how they make you feel and more about what they stop you from feeling (pain, anxiety, overwhelmed, etc)  This in turn affects – and improves – your overall feeling of wellbeing, while additionally enjoying the calming effects of the natural ‘Bliss’ cannabinoid in the system for longer periods of time, due to inhibited breakdown each time CBD oil is consumed.

It takes the correct dosage, time and consistency to experience the full effects of CBD and remember that while there are consistencies in the effects CBD users have reported (relief, calmness, contentment, and wellbeing) these vary between different people and what one user has experienced may not necessarily be the same experience for you.

Try it yourself for a wellbeing boost – Browse our CBD products in our shop.

For more information on how CBD oil works naturally to support your endocannabinoid system, read our beginners’ guide here.

We hope we’ve helped answer some of your ‘How does CBD Oil make you feel’ questions in this post, but please get in touch if you need further assistance with anything, we’ll be happy to help.



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