First of all - we are all totally unique so how things feel can be different for everyone as we all have different metabolisms, dosage requirements, and body weights and that goes for anything, not just CBD.
Also, if you have any health complaints that you think CBD may be able to help you with, consult your GP for proper medical advice first.
What follows is entirely my own, limited experience but I would like to share it nonetheless to help you get a better understanding of what it feels like to take CBD.
Disclaimers out of the way, let's get into it...
1. I start to feel relaxed
This is definitely the most obvious thing - I feel less anxious and worried about things and generally feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I've struggled with anxiety, depression and stress and, for me, these are noticeably reduced when taking CBD.
It's less about how it makes me feel and more about what I stop feeling when I take it, that I get most benefit from.
I also start to feel physically relaxed as well - my muscles don't "tighten up" as much before I get tired, but they also don't stay tightened for as long afterwards. They hold flexibility longer, which feels awesome when you're recovering from a long day during which every muscle in your body was put through its paces!
2. I focus better
I get less distracted and much more focused on the task at hand. This is really important to me because as a full-time writer, I spend a lot of my day in front of the computer, working away on my latest article or blog post and editing photos for Etsy designs. If I'm not careful, my mind will start to wander and before I know it, I've lost focus or missed the point of what I was writing about.
CBD helps me get into "the zone" so that I'm just thinking about what I need to be doing - no distractions!
3. CBD makes me feel energetic and ready for action
Because of all the stuff I mentioned above, I'm not as tired after work or on weekends and I can still get things done if I need to.
4. I feel lighter and less weighed down
Taking CBD has helped me with my depression, which has meant that I'm not carrying around the weight of the world on my shoulders and feeling like a huge, negative hulk of a human being.
Socially, I am more relaxed and less anxious - when socialising for work or pleasure, I feel like I can relax into the conversation more easily without being too worried about what people think of me or what's going to happen next etc...
It's not what it adds but what it takes away that helps me most.
Here’s the thing
Not everyone is going to feel the same way as I do, but I've noticed that the majority of people who take CBD will report a lot of the same effects.
It's important to note that CBD products are not entirely without side effects - these can vary depending on dosage and the individual body weight ratios. Some people have reported stomach aches, nausea and headaches when taking large amounts of CBD in one go.
Please remember to always check with your doctor before starting any new medication or treatment regime. CBD is not illegal but it is still new to medical research and can have side effects that need to be considered if taken long term or in high doses.
If in doubt, consult your GP first, especially if you are on any other medications.
To find out more about CBD, check out our CBD Guide here.