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Are you thinking of trying CBD oil to find relief from pain, anxiety, inflammation, and more? CBD oil has become a mainstay in the health and wellness community. Best of all, it's safe and legal for sale and use in many states and countries.

If you’re interested in incorporating CBD oil into your everyday routine, our CBD oil guide answers the question “how does CBD oil make you feel?” and provides a list of health benefits you can experience from consuming CBD products.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the primary cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is one of the hundreds of compounds in cannabis but does not cause a “high” when taken alone. Most CBD products are derived from the hemp plant, containing less than 0.3% THC.

What Is CBD Oil?

There are many CBD product types in the world of cannabis, including CBD edibles, flowers, pre-rolls, tinctures, and topicals. CBD oil contains extracted CBD from the cannabis plant alongside an alcohol base or carrier oil like hemp seed or MCT oil.

Can CBD Oil Make You Feel High?

Unlike THC, CBD does not produce intoxicating effects. For this reason, many users turn to CBD for its symptomatic relief from pain, anxiety, and other symptoms without the “high” of cannabis and the side effects of THC.

How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?

Everyone experiences CBD differently. Some users may not notice the effects even after a few months of regular CBD oil use. Regardless of how you use it, CBD oil should not make you feel intoxicated. Instead, it should elicit relaxing and calming effects.

The effects of CBD oil will depend on your dosage, hemp strain, ingredients, and production method. Other factors that will affect the effects of CBD products include your metabolism, diet, genetics, medical conditions, and medications.

Generally, CBD produces subtle effects that can make certain symptoms disappear by balancing the body’s endocannabinoid system. However, CBD can make some users feel slightly lightheaded in high doses.

Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD oil has numerous therapeutic benefits, with more being discovered with new research. Here are some of the incredible benefits of CBD products.

  • Relieves pain and relaxes muscles
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Anti-acne
  • Relieves psoriasis
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces nausea
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Inhibits cancer cell growth
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Protects nervous system

Hemp-Derived vs. Cannabis-Derived CBD Oil

Hemp-derived CBD oil contains under 0.3% THC, which would not produce intoxication. However, marijuana-derived CBD oil is extracted from cannabis plants that usually have higher concentrations of THC than CBD, although many strains are high in CBD. Cannabis-derived compounds in CBD oil may make users feel high.

Different Types of CBD Oil

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When buying CBD oil products, you may notice different types being sold, including full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD products. Here is the difference between different types of CBD oils.


CBD oils labeled full-spectrum CBD contain the plant’s entire lineup of cannabinoids and terpenes, including THC. Research has shown that consuming the entire spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes can produce an entourage effect for more health benefits and fewer side effects.


Broad-spectrum CBD oil is similar to full-spectrum CBD but does not contain THC. THC is removed from the CBD extract, so you won’t experience any intoxication when consuming the product.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate oil does not contain any cannabis plant cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids, except for CBD. The product contains up to 99% CBD.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

How does CBD work in the body? CBD products work by indirectly interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), particularly the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD works directly with vanilloid receptors, serotonin receptors, PPARS nuclear receptors, and GPR55 orphan receptors.

In high doses, CBD activates 5HT1A serotonin receptors, reducing depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. CBD directly binds with TRPV1-2 vanilloid receptors, inhibiting pain and inflammation.

CBD inhibits the uptake of GABA, serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, and AEA, relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety. CBD inhibits the breakdown of AEA. IT also inhibits the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver, reducing the metabolization of medications.

What Are the Adverse Effects of CBD Oil?

While CBD is generally considered safe for use, some users may experience mild side effects. CBD side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Reduced appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Medication interactions

Is CBD Oil Safe?

While more research is needed into the effects of CBD on the human body, generally, CBD has proven to be safe for use. However, we recommend you consult a doctor before taking CBD regularly to account for medication interactions and other health factors.

Hemp-derived CBD oil that contains less than 0.3% THC is federally legal. However, if CBD oil is derived from marijuana, the product is federally illegal. CBD laws vary by state. In some states, CBD may be prohibited or sold in certain forms.

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How Can CBD Oil Be Consumed?

CBD oil can be added to your favorite food or drink. Add a few drops into your smoothie, juice, coffee, tea, or any other meal of your choice. You can also put a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue for about 30-60 seconds for faster absorption than eating CBD oil.

CBD oil can also be used to make other cannabis products, such as capsules or topicals. When taken as capsules, CBD must go through the digestive tract to be metabolized. Users may wait between one to two hours to feel the effects. CBD oil can also be blended with coconut oil or beeswax to make a topical that can provide localized relief.

Mellow Out with CBD Oil

CBD can provide anxiety and pain relief without intoxication. If you’re a first-time CBD user, we recommend starting with the lowest dose possible and working your way up to your desired effects. For more information, enroll in CTU’s online Master of Marijuana Training and become a CBD expert!

Fred Hernandez - Cannabis industry expert writer
Fred Hernandez

Fred Hernandez is a highly accomplished and versatile writer, boasting an extensive background in the cannabis industry. With an in-depth understanding of various sectors including cultivators, processors, retailers, and brands, Fred's expertise spans across the entire cannabis landscape. As a prominent contributor to CTU, he consistently delivers insightful articles exploring the latest developments, news, and regulations shaping the cannabis industry. Whether it's delving into the intricacies of cannabis products, cannabis strain reviews, or providing comprehensive analyses of cannabis laws, or sharing expert insights on cannabis cultivation techniques, Fred's wealth of knowledge positions him as an invaluable writer and educator for all cannabis-related subjects.

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