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How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?


When you’re trying out a CBD oil product for the first time, it’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous. Though you’ve heard about all the potential positive effects of CBD, you’ve probably also heard that the cannabidiol CBD compound itself is present in both varieties of cannabis plant: hemp and marijuana. So what’s the difference, and how does CBD oil make you feel?

Many people ask us how does CBD feel when you start taking it. We’ll cover it all in this comprehensive article. But first, here’s the short answer:

CBD Does Not Make You Feel High

Taking CBD will not get you high like THC does. Hemp and marijuana are different varieties (or sets of varieties) of cannabis plant. Their THC content is what makes them different from each other. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized the cultivation of hemp (formerly called "industrial hemp") by defining hemp as cannabis plants that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. While legal hemp plants may have a low amount of THC, they can have extremely potent levels of CBD.1  

Unlike THC (the main compounds found in cannabis marijuana plants), hemp-derived CBD products are non-intoxicating and will not make you feel any psychoactive effects. Just like legal hemp plants, legal CBD products contain a total percentage of no greater than 0.3 percent THC. This small amount does not make you feel funny like recreational weed or medical marijuana. CBD oil focuses on the body, not taking your brain on a trip.  

If you use CBD at a very low dose, the effects you feel will be very subtle. At our recommended starting dose of 25 mg per day, most people have a completely normal day without feeling impaired. Most people just feel a sense of calm and their bodies feel more comfortable.  

Everyone Feels Different With CBD Oil

CBD oil is not a one-size-fits-all solution. No two people react the same way, and individual body chemistries can make CBD feel different to each person. That’s why we recommend starting out with a small dose and working your way up so you know what dose is right for your body. 

The effects of CBD oil tend to compound over time, it isn't something most people can take one dose of and feel different immediately. The best way to take CBD oil is by taking it regularly every day.

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So How Do CBD Products Make You Feel?

Because CBD is non-intoxicating, CBD may not produce a distinguishable “feeling” in a CBD user's mind or body. Instead, it’s more about promoting overall potential wellness, bringing the body back into balance. This is why we like to say that instead of making you “high,” CBD can make you feel “middle.”

CBD is not a cure for every problem. However, the evidence of the effects of CBD from the Cannabis sativa plant can no longer be ignored.

If you’d like to learn more about the wellness properties of cannabis, just keep reading. We will explore CBD's potential wellness benefits and educate you on how to make informed decisions about CBD hemp oil.

Can CBD Make You Feel Better?

Maybe! Depending on what you are experiencing, CBD from the cannabis plant could have the potential to improve your quality of life. In 2017, HelloMD conducted a large CBD usage study with Brightfield Group. In the study, researchers surveyed 2,400 HelloMD users about their CBD use.

About 80 percent of those surveyed said that they found CBD to be very or extremely effective. Approximately 52 percent of this group indicated that CBD works better than traditional remedies. So why does CBD oil seem to work so well?2

How CBD Works

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors found throughout the body. The ECS is thought to be responsible for helping the human body maintain balance.

When CBD enters the bloodstream, it stimulates the ECS. This encourages the ECS to enhance its performance. Researchers think that CBD derived from hemp may restore balance within the ECS, which in turn brings the body to homeostasis.3

The "entourage effect" happens when all of the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, including CBD and trace amounts of THC work together for maximum effect. Full spectrum CBD oil works the best because it has all of the plant compounds present in their natural ratios.

What Is THC-Free CBD Oil?

THC-free products don't work as well as full spectrum CBD, since they don't help produce the entourage effect on the ECS. Broad spectrum products are CBD products that have had the THC removed. CBD isolate products contain just the single CBD compound by itself.

Companies who produce THC-free products assume that many people want them so they can pass drug tests. Or that they want the benefits associated with cannabis, but they don't want the intoxicating effects of THC.  

But, even broad spectrum products and CBD isolate can flag positive on drug tests! Some tests can't tell the difference between THC and CBD, and will show as positive even if you use a THC-free product.

As we've mentioned, full spectrum CBD oil is non-intoxicating. So not only are people buying an inferior product when they buy THC-free, it doesn't do what they were hoping it would do in the first place.

How do CBD Gummies Make You Feel?

Just like the effects of CBD oil, the effects of CBD gummies will differ from person to person. Cornbread Hemp’s CBD gummies contain just under 0.3 percent THC, so full spectrum CBD gummies will not get you stoned. So exactly what does CBD gummies do to your body? 

CBD gummies do their thing just like CBD oil, by working with your body’s ECS, which helps maintain homeostasis. What CBD gummies do depends on the dosage level, too. Each of Cornbread Hemp’s vegan organic CBD gummies is 10 mg, and the serving size is two gummies. Finding the correct gummy dosage for you is a matter of starting at a base level, such as two 10 mg gummies, and then raising or lowering the dosage depending on how you feel. 

Using CBD gummies as a CBD delivery method doesn't work as quickly as CBD oil does, which is taken sublingually. CBD oil is absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the tiny capillaries under your tongue. Gummies must first be digested before they enter the bloodstream, meaning they could take longer to have an effect.

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Talk to Your Doctor About CBD

If you struggle with a serious issue, be sure you talk to your doctor before trying any kind of CBD oil whether it be THC-free broad spectrum or full spectrum. The decision to add CBD to your routine should always be made under the supervision of a licensed medical professional, especially if you are taking any medications. 

If you’re looking for general wellness, CBD oil products could be a great option to improve your well-being.

When Is CBD Oil Bad for You?

Although rare, it is possible for someone to have a bad reaction to CBD. If you don’t do the proper research and dose responsibly, you could run into some mild side effects with CBD. Here are some common side effects of CBD:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Taking CBD could also cause interactions with prescribed medications. This is probably the biggest danger when taking CBD. This is why you should talk to your doctor before starting a CBD routine if you're taking medications. 

A hemp allergy could also cause a problem when taking CBD oil. And inferior ingredients in CBD products could cause issues. Even if the CBD is high quality, using low-quality carrier oils could affect the CBD's performance.

Potential Hazards from Low-Quality CBD

Unfortunately, the CBD that’s available to consumers is not currently regulated. If you purchase CBD oil from a dishonest, untrustworthy source, you could potentially experience dangerous side effects. Low-quality CBD oil products that are improperly labeled could contain:

  • Synthetic cannabinoids (which can be deadly)
  • Pesticides, fertilizers, and heavy metals
  • Contaminants like mold or bacteria
  • Illegal levels of THC (over 0.3 percent)

The negative effects of these dishonest CBD products are potentially quite dangerous. Even if they don’t have short-term effects, these products could cause long-term damage that you might not feel immediately.

How to Avoid CBD Side Effects

All of these CBD side effects are easy to avoid by taking proper precautions. To ensure you’re getting real CBD, always look for a third-party lab test. You should also consider buying only USDA-certified organic CBD to ensure you’re not getting any harmful pesticides or fertilizers in your product.

The side effects of true CBD will come as a result of taking too much, too quickly. That’s why you should start at a low dose. To get started, we recommend one full dropper of our organic CBD oil. This amounts to 25 milligrams of CBD, which is a good starting point.

If you experience negative side effects, simply lower your dose until you feel comfortable. You could also try keeping with the same dose for a week as side effects usually subside after your body gets used to the CBD.

Other CBD Warnings

If you are thinking about using CBD oil to treat an existing condition, you should consult with your doctor before trying CBD.

If you take prescription drugs, do proper research to avoid any harmful interactions. Much like grapefruit juice, CBD could increase the strength of certain medications. If you have liver complications, talk to your doctor before trying CBD oil. 

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s probably best to abstain from CBD alone for now. Research shows that hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD can pass through the placental barrier. We don’t know much about how CBD affects a developing baby, so it’s probably safest to minimize your exposure.

If you want to replace your current medication with CBD, consult your doctor.4

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How CBD Oil Makes Me Feel

When I first heard about CBD, I was curious to know how it would really affect me. To find the truth, I documented my Cornbread Hemp full spectrum CBD usage every day for a month.

Although I was skeptical at first, I was blown away by the amazing effects of CBD by the end of my 30-day trial. When I began taking CBD, I really didn’t notice much. I was honestly a bit let down, as I was expecting CBD to change my life. As the days and weeks went on, though, I began to notice what I no longer noticed.

I no longer noticed the worries of daily events hanging on my shoulders. I no longer noticed the nagging thoughts of having to deal with the following work week or the impending Monday morning meeting. Instead, I was calm, focused, and ready for whatever came my way. 

Obviously, this is just a personal account: your mileage may vary. Everyone’s body is different and therefore everyone’s experience with CBD will differ. But rest assured that CBD will not get you high.

Knowing what I knew about CBD oil and the purported effects of CBD on the body, I felt comfortable using Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic CBD oil. The USDA organic seal is a symbol of trust to consumers all across the country, and only the best CBD companies will put in the work that it takes to obtain it.

How Does CBD Make You Feel?

When wondering how CBD oil really makes you feel, keep in mind the answer depends on a few variables and you will feel different depending on the following qualities: 

  1. Pay attention to the quality and source of the hemp extract. Choose a USDA organic CBD oil sourced from hemp grown in the USA. (Kentucky has the best growing conditions for hemp!)
  2. Find out what extraction process is used to create the hemp extract. Many companies use harsh solvents like butane or supercritical COextraction. But Cornbread Hemp has a gentle process using organic sugarcane ethanol. This method produces a smooth-tasting oil that doesn't need artificial flavors or sweeteners to taste great!
  3. Avoid inferior broad spectrum and CBD isolate products. Make sure you are taking a full spectrum CBD product to trigger the entourage effect. Full spectrum CBD oils maximize the potential wellness benefits of CBD edibles.
  4. The dosage and the delivery method of which you are ingesting the CBD oil. CBD comes in many forms including capsules and gummies. Using the oil sublingually allows you to absorb more CBD quicker than other methods. Cornbread Hemp uses MCT coconut oil as a carrier oil because its small molecules help increase the absorption rate.
  5. CBD may be non-intoxicating, but you should be aware that some marijuana derived CBD oil have the potential to cause side effects.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any CBD oil products. When you do, let them know that Cornbread Hemp products are USDA certified organic, always full spectrum, and are held to the highest quality standards in the industry.

QR codes on Cornbread Hemp product labels lead directly to third party lab reports, ensuring that they have high CBD content, and that they are safe. If you’re going to use CBD, give Cornbread Hemp a try and experience the best in high quality cannabis comfort.

About the Author
Jim Higdon, Co-Founder

Jim is a native of Lebanon, Kentucky. He holds degrees from Centre College, Brown University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Jim published Cornbread Mafia in 2012 before co-founding Cornbread Hemp. Full author bio here.


No. Even though CBD oil comes from cannabis plants and contains trace amounts of THC, it's not enough to get a person high like marijuana plants can. Hemp and marijuana may be the same Cannabis sativa plant, but CBD makes you feel different from how THC makes you feel.

Taking CBD does not affect the same cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system as THC does, which is what causes THC's psychoactive effects. Preliminary research indicates that when you use CBD, you may actually help to counteract the euphoric effects of THC. So you can take CBD to bring you back down if you get too high from marijuana.

No. Overdosing on CBD oil is not possible. To date, there has never been a recorded death from a person taking too much CBD. So you can feel comfortable enjoying as much CBD oil as your body needs!

Yes, it is possible to fail a drug test even if you're taking a CBD product that claims to be free of THC, like an isolate. Some drug tests cannot tell the difference between THC and CBD.


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4. FDA."What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD." Published March 2020; accessed July 29, 2021.