How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?

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Written by Sara Ochoa

Updated On June 11th 2021

A common question I get asked is 'what does CBD oil feel like?'.

I always tell people that it all depends on three things...

  • The type of extract you pick
  • The type of cannabis you consume
  • How much you take

Soon, you're going to find out why all these things are important. In this article, I'm going to share everything you need to know.

Also, at the end, you will see answers to some frequently asked questions.

You can skip to any section of this article by clicking the links below.

Type Of CBD Extracts

CBD oil is simply a concentrate of cannabinoids extracted from Cannabis Sativa and diluted into a carrier oil.

It comes in a bottle with a dropper. The dropper is what you use to dose CBD.

How it gets extracted determines the experience you get. Allow me to explain...

There are three types of CBD extracts:

  • Full-Spectrum
  • Broad-Spectrum
  • CBD Isolate
cbd and thc are compounds found in the plant

There are also different types of cannabis plants that are used in the extraction process. I'll touch more on this soon, so you don't buy the wrong product.

Let's quickly delve into each of the extraction methods to get a clear understanding of the differences.

Full Spectrum

A full-spectrum extract means that all the plant chemicals are extracted from cannabis. This includes cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, phytochemicals, and more.

All these chemicals create an entourage effect [1.1] and give you everything the plant has to offer. It's also the only extract that will give you any sort of 'high.' Why?

Because it has THC, I'll talk more about THC and CBD soon.

Even though full-spectrum extracts only have trace amounts of THC, they can still make a big difference in how you feel.

Broad Spectrum

A broad-spectrum extract means that all the plant chemicals are extracted, except THC.

So broad-spectrum simply means it's THC-free and contains a broad range of cannabinoids.

You are essentially guaranteed not to experience any psychoactive effects. People that are afraid of testing positive for marijuana usually resort to this type of extract.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is, well, you guessed it - isolated CBD! It's the purest form of CBD.

That means all the plant chemicals are removed except CBD. This is the least effective extract that you will experience. Why?

Because CBD alone does not work as well without the other chemicals in the plant.

So if you're looking to get any noticeable effect from CBD, CBD isolate should be at the bottom of your list.

Hemp CBD Oil Vs. Marijuana CBD Oil

Don't skip this.

You must know the difference between hemp-derived CBD oil vs. marijuana-derived CBD oil. I want to clear up any confusion regarding this topic before we move on.

Hemp plants and marijuana plants both derive from cannabis. The cannabis plant is the mother of all. However, they both have different effects due to the cannabinoids present.

Hemp and marijuana are terms used to describe the cannabinoid profile and use of cannabis. Hemp has less than 0.3% THC, and marijuana has anything more than that.

hemp plant (industrial hemp) vs marijuana plant

Marijuana-derived CBD oil may be CBD rich. But it will contain more THC overall, which will create a different effect.

So to drive this point home - the effects of hemp vs. marijuana will be completely different...

If you want to get the full benefits of CBD, use CBD derived from a hemp plant. The word 'hemp' is usually on the label and in the ingredients.

Can You Get High From CBD Oil? - THC VS CBD Explained

Will CBD make you high? Let's put this question to rest once and for all.

THC is the only cannabinoid that can make you high. There are 113 cannabinoids in total.

What about full-spectrum CBD oil since it contains trace amounts of THC?

0.3% THC is nowhere near enough to produce any intoxicating effect. Even in large amounts! That is like expecting to get drunk off Kombucha (which has less than 0.5% alcohol).

To give you perspective, most marijuana strains are at least 20% THC and contain little to no CBD.

Cannabinoid ratios play a massive role in what you experience from cannabis. The effects you feel from CBD oil will be due to CBD.

high cbd ratios makes it less intoxicating

How does CBD feel?

Watch this quick video below to discover the differences between CBD and THC in more detail.


The amount of CBD oil you take will also play a huge role in your experience. The effects range from mild to very strong.

Here is a dosage table I recommend to my readers. This gives you an idea of what you would take based on your weight and the severity of your condition.

dosage table

However, this is a general guideline. You may need more, or you may need less. In other words, experimentation is your best friend.

The great thing about CBD oil, or just cannabis in general, is that you control the intensity of the effects.

So, for example, if you take a little in the morning, you may feel energized.

But if you take a lot more at night, you can use it for sleep. I made a great article that dives into the best time of day to take CBD oil.

How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel

CBD is non-intoxicating to the body, unlike THC.

CBD works by influencing your body on a chemical level.

There are cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. So when you ingest CBD oil, the cannabinoids bind to the receptors in your Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

Once this happens, you begin to notice the effects and the benefits of CBD.

As I mentioned before, the intensity of your experience is all based on the dosage you take.

Now I will reveal both the health benefits and side effects that people report when using CBD oil.

Positive Effects

Increased Alertness & Focus (low dose)

Day time

In lower doses, CBD can act as a stimulant. If you're feeling sluggish, CBD oil can pick you up. Research [1] suggests that CBD may act as a wake-promoting agent.

It can also help with focus due to the calming effects of CBD. It's a lot easier to get tasks done when you're in chill mode.

Boost Your Energy (low dose)

impacts of cbd on your endocannabinoid system

Earlier I mentioned that CBD could act as a stimulant in low doses. Due to this effect, you may experience an increase in energy levels.

It also boosts your immune system, which helps you feel more energized.

Taking it before a gym session can end up being your new pre-workout. It's a great alternative to pre-workout drinks or coffee.

Why not mix both? That's what I do. It's my secret weapon for ultimate productivity.

Calms You Down (low-moderate dose)

woman relaxing

CBD oil is notorious for its anti-anxiety [2] effects. A few drops of the good stuff can melt away stress and anxiety.

In mild to moderate doses, it can create a sense of calm and relax your body.

Joe Rogan has famously reported using it to help him with his anxiety.

Less Chronic Pain & Inflammation (moderate-high dose)

man in pain

Did you know that cannabis is a great analgesic (pain-relief) [3]?

Most of its pain-killing properties are due to the effects of CBD. CBD is an anti-inflammatory that helps relieve pain in the body.

So if you have any nagging pain, CBD oil is a great natural alternative to traditional treatments.

Better sleep (moderate-high dose)

woman sleeping

Using CBD oil works wonders for falling asleep and staying asleep. The trick is to take higher doses than usual.

Once you've found a dose that works for you, it can be a game-changer for improving your sleep quality.

More research is [4] now showing that CBD's anti-anxiety effects can help promote better sleep.

The Side Effects

Dry mouth

dry mouth

Like THC, CBD can give you a dry mouth. But this is nothing compared to the intensity from THC.

The dryness is subtle and easily manageable.

If you chew some gum and stay hydrated, you won't even notice anything.

Drowsy and fatigued

cbd is non-intoxicating but can make you sleepy

Drowsiness is common in full-spectrum CBD oils due to the trace amount of THC.

Taking CBD in high doses during the day can make you feel sleepy. That's why I always recommend people to experiment with low dosages first.

Drowsiness is a common side effect that is likely to happen if you overdo it. If you want to feel more sleepy then taking a larger dose is perfect for nighttime.

Medication interactions

CBD can interact with certain medications [5]. If you are using any of these medications currently, speak to your doctor before you use any CBD product.

Here is a quick list of the medications that have serious interactions:

  • Blood thinners
  • Heart rhythm medication
  • Thyroid medication
  • Medication for seizures

Curious To Try CBD Oil?

I hope I helped you understand exactly what to expect when taking CBD oil.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been a game-changer for a lot of people. Most people think that people only use cannabis to get stoned.

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is found abundantly in cannabis and offers the most health benefits.

If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment down below. Or, if you have a specific question, you can email us at

Where To Buy CBD Oil

If you want to buy high-quality CBD oil, our number 1 recommended CBD product is CBDPure. They have a 90-day money-back guarantee, and all of their products are lab-tested.

They have remained number 1 on our list for being the most trustworthy company this year. But, they only have full-spectrum products.

If you're worried about testing positive for marijuana, pick a broad-spectrum product instead. CBDMD is the best company right now that has all high-quality THC-free products.


Is CBD Oil Legal?

The use of CBD oil is legal on a federal level as long as it derives from hemp. Hemp contains less than the legal limit of 0.3% THC.

So this means that you can buy CBD oil anywhere. You don't need a medical marijuana card to purchase hemp-derived CBD oil.

One thing, though. Make sure that the CBD products you buy are 3rd party lab tested. CBD products are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Businesses cannot claim that their CBD products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illnesses. CBD products are seen as dietary supplements for health and wellness purposes.

How does CBD make you feel?

So what does CBD feel like?

Well, CBD has no intoxicating effects on the body or psychoactive responses. So this means it will not get you high.

When your Endocannabinoid System is activated, CBD makes you feel different effects. The effects you feel are based on the dose you take.

CBD has a biphasic effect when your receptors are activated. So when you use CBD in smaller amounts, CBD can make you more energetic. But, in larger amounts, CBD makes you feel more sedated.

Can you take too much CBD?

You've probably already heard this before. No one has ever died from cannabis.

If you end up taking CBD in large amounts, the most common side effects are nausea and drowsiness.

Researchers say that your body can tolerate large amounts of CBD.

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