December 17, 2022 5 min read
One of the questions people want to know before taking CBD edibles is what they feel like. This article explains the effect of CBD edibles and the factors affecting such effects.
CBD has been studied to help the mind and body in different ways. People have different answers on how it makes them feel. The feeling depends on what the body needs. Different forms of CBD may have varying effects. Some people claim it makes them feel calm and relaxed, while others mistake that feeling for being high. CBD experience may appear more profound to new users; as the body adjusts to cannabis, one may experience drowsiness or diarrhea, especially if the product overdoses.
CBD is one of the compounds present in the cannabis plant. The compound is mostly extracted from the flowers and buds of the hemp variant. The cannabis derivative is infused in different products, including skin care products like balms and edibles like gummies. CBD products do not make one high but offer a relaxing and calming effect; this helps people with anxiety, stress, and sleep issues. It is also used to treat chronic pain in different diseases. Cannabidiol works with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates and balances important body functions. The ECS produces cannabinoids that act in a similar way to CBD. When there is a deficiency of these cannabinoids, the body is predisposed to different diseases. Hryhorowicz et al. (2021) pointed out that CBD helps the ECS produce more endocannabinoids, bringing balance to the body.
Edibles offer a discreet way of taking CBD. Products like gummies come in different tastes and flavors for users who dislike the taste and smell of raw CBD.
CBD does not work like tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, the compound in marijuana that causes one to feel high. Instead, it has a calm and relaxing effect making it useful for different needs. Pellati et al. (2018) explained that CBD is adaptogenic; its effects differ depending on the body's needs. New users need to take it slow because its effects take time to manifest; taking a large amount at once might have undesired effects. Users should follow manufacturers' instructions to get the desired effects.
Shannon (2019) mentioned that CBD relieves stress and anxiety. Depression and anxiety have been linked to low serotonin levels. The body's receptors and CBD collaborate to keep serotonin levels stable. Users with anxiety have reported positive results from cannabis-infused edibles.
Khaleghi (2020) explored the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of CBD. He established that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors to block acute and chronic pain signals. According to the study, it effectively treated inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Although it does not directly induce sleep, CBD oil makes it easier to fall asleep. The cannabis derivative helps one feel peaceful and at ease. While Cannabidiol does not tire you, it induces a sense of relaxation and tranquility that makes it simple to go off to sleep. Shannon &Opila-Lehman (2016) opined that CBD treats insomnia and lengthens the time between sleeping and waking. It also aids in reducing anxiety, which can lead to insomnia. Cannabinoids may reduce snoring (Kaul, Zee, &Sahni, 2021). Most people take CBD in the evening to aid with apnea and insomnia.
There is no universal dosage for CBD products since people react differently to the cannabis derivative. One can keep a journal to track their doses and symptoms. It is best to start with a slow dose and increase it until one gets the desired effects.
Though less common, some people might experience side effects after taking high doses of CBD. One of the common effects people feel is dry mouth. Staying hydrated while taking CBD edibles might help manage dryness. Other side effects include drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea, and decreased appetite. These symptoms are not as harsh compared to other medical prescriptions.
CBD does not get you high or make you addicted; they have low traces of THC. Prudhomme, Cata& Jutras-Aswad (2015) demonstrated that CBD might treat addiction and withdrawal symptoms. The cannabis derivative is used to lessen drug dependence without leading to addiction. It has been used to reduce the effects of drugs with THC. CBD can be used without worrying about becoming dependent on it.
CBD edibles are legal as long as they do not contain more than 1mg/ml of THC. Reputable brands should test their CBD products to comply with the regulations.
CBD edibles have to go through the digestive system, which means their effects are slower but long-lasting. Smoking or vaping produces fast results since the CBD enters the bloodstream through the lungs. However, edibles do not pose the same health results compared to smoking. Most people also prefer edibles because they have different flavors and tastes.
CBD is adaptogenic, meaning it has different effects depending on the body's needs. Users react to CBD edibles differently. Overall, the edibles make one feel relaxed and calm, which aids in making people deal with anxiety, sleep, and stress management. Others might mistake the relaxation for being high. However, the cannabis derivative does not make one high since it does not contain THC. There is no universal dosage for the edibles; users should start with a small dose and adjust according to their needs.
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