Let's Explain Once and For All What Taking CBD Actually Feels Like

POPSUGAR Photography | Maria del Rio
POPSUGAR Photography | Maria del Rio

I started taking CBD oil and supplements last Summer as an experiment, and since then, it has become a staple in my wellness and antianxiety routine. But I still get so many funny looks, nervous questions, and confused remarks about CBD's effects — some people are still really scared to take it!

And I understand that, because I was nervous, too. For decades, cannabis plants have been stigmatized and off-limits, so not only is research limited, but doctors and common folks like you and me haven't been able to have much experience with it (legally, that is). Until recently, CBD hasn't even been part of our everyday vocabulary and has been all but a mystery.

A brief refresher (in case you're brand new to this): CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in hemp, hops, and marijuana. It is nonpsychoactive, meaning it won't cause intoxication (read: it won't get you "high"). It is antioxidant, antianxiety, and anti-inflammatory. Studies are showing that it's also antitumor, antitremor (for cases of epilepsy), and antipsychotic. Seems incredible, right? That's because it is!

But nearly everyone I've encountered who is new to CBD wants to know one thing: how does it make you feel? And this is sort of the whole point with CBD . . . it's less about what you feel and more about what you don't feel.

Allow me to explain: with CBD, you'll experience the absence of anxiety — but nothing more than that. You won't feel an extrahappy feeling in place of that anxiety, but perhaps happiness or calmness that already existed and was suppressed by your anxious feelings.

You'll feel the absence of insomnia, but you won't feel extra sedated or groggy. You'll go right to sleep without feeling drowsiness or a hangover that you might get from something like NyQuil or sleeping pills.

And you'll possibly notice that you have less pain, but you won't have any kind of body high to replace the void your pain or woe left behind. It's not that CBD makes you feel "good" necessarily, but rather it makes you feel NOT bad. It eliminates whatever is plaguing you and allows your brain and body to return to its happy, healthy homeostasis.

Because CBD is a cannabinoid (and often comes from a cannabis plant), people usually confuse CBD with THC — the psychoactive compound — and expect to feel intoxicated or high in some way. This is absolutely not what happens. You don't get high. You don't get stoned. Nothing happens. For real.

All that said, if you're still nervous, that's normal given the circumstances. This seemingly miracle supplement has been kept from us for about a century, and we've been told it's bad for the body. You're going to have to see for yourself just how wrong that is!

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