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What Does CBD Feel Like?

Many consumers purchase CBD products with the expectations of having a life-changing moment on their first dose, only to find that they don’t instantly feel better. This can leave many frustrated, writing CBD off as a scam after they did not experience any instant effects. I mean after all, how can it be working if you don’t feel anything?

What does CBD feel like? The short answer is that everyone is different so there is no single way people feel when introducing CBD into their routine. If you were to ask a seasoned user how CBD makes them feel, many would tell you that it’s not the presence of a good feeling, rather it’s more about the absence of bad feelings. As their journey to plant-based wellness progresses, things that used to cause them pain on a daily basis begin to melt away.

For most consumers, the epiphany moment can come weeks after their first does. For someone with severe joint pain, this moment may happen after standing up from being seated without any pain. “This used to really hurt! I just stood up without pain!” Someone with anxiety may begin thinking that everything feels like it’s going to be alright for the first time in a long time.

The Human ECS

Let’s start by covering some of the basics. CBD works by activating the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, which is a network of receptors within the nervous system. Cannabinoids act as a primer for nerve endings, allowing your brain to communicate more effectively with your body. The end result being that you have a better chance of achieving a natural state of equilibrium called homeostasis.

This should already help explain why taking CBD doesn’t necessarily lead to an immediate change and why it’s not always a felt experience. After all, the nervous system governs all sorts of things below our level of awareness like, the smooth muscle contractions of our intestines, heart rate and breathing. Anything we take that interacts with these unconscious processes may also remain largely unconscious as well.

Common Questions about CBD

Will I feel high?
No. CBD is non-psychoactive. The part of the plant that produces a “high” is a compound called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. However, some people do report feeling something by taking CBD. Often described as a bodily sensation.

But don’t CBD products contain THC?
Sometimes, yes. To remain compliant with federal regulations, CBD products sold on the open market must contain <0.3% THC by dry weight as outlined by the 2018 Farm Bill. CBD products advertised as “Full Spectrum” will contain trace amounts of THC, but not nearly enough to make the user high. The small amount of THC in full spectrum products helps to produce the entourage effect, which refers to all minor cannabinoids working together synergistically.

So what’s this Broad Spectrum thing?
Broad Spectrum products will contain all minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and CBC, but these products have all THC removed from the oil through a process called chromatography. This type of product is great for people who must avoid THC for employment or personal reasons, but still wish to use a product that has a little bit more of an edge than isolate-based products.

So which should I choose?
It depends on your needs. Everybody is different so there is no single answer, but consider what you need from a product. Typically a full spectrum product should be your first choice. These products will contain the most complete profiles of the plant they came from, allowing all of the cannabinoids to work synergistically to yield increased results. If you are sensitive to THC or must avoid it for one reason or the other, broad spectrum will be your next best choice. Although the product may not contain THC, it will still contain levels of minor cannabinoids that can help give the product’s effectiveness an extra boost.

Best Practices

All this being said, there are a multitude of factors that contribute to you achieving the results you are looking for. Here are some tips from our team of in-house experts at Extract Labs!

Consistency is key
The worst thing you can do when starting a CBD routine is take a “One-and-Done” approach to your routine. Your very first dose may not produce the effects you are looking for but that doesn’t mean success is out of the question. Keep using the product you purchased on a consistent basis for two weeks before you cast a verdict. Your body needs time to adjust to this new molecule you are feeding it and put the CBD to work!

Consider your product choice
CBD comes packaged in many different forms and for good reason. A topical product is best if you have pain centralized to one area of your body, particularly things like arthritis or back pain. A CBD cream will allow you to get the CBD right where it needs to be. A tincture is typically the best choice if you are up against things like anxiety or insomnia since the CBD can circulate through your system.

Adjust your dosage
If you are starting to notice some subtle differences after a few days, but still not to the level you need, consider upping your dosage. Take an extra half milliliter of that tincture in the afternoon. Consider applying your cream an additional time during the day.


The world of CBD is vast and can feel insurmountable at times. Whether you are just getting started with CBD or looking to perfect your routine, our team is here to be your guide on the journey to plant-based wellness. Reach out and allow us to give you some advice! You will always speak to a real human who works for Extract Labs, never a robot or call center on the other side of the world! 

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CEO | Craig Henderson

Extract Labs CEO Craig Henderson is one of the country’s top experts in cannabis CO2 extraction. After serving in the U.S. Army, Henderson received his master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville before becoming a sales engineer at one of the nation’s leading extraction technology companies. Sensing an opportunity, Henderson began extracting CBD in his garage in 2016, putting him at the forefront of the hemp movement. He’s been featured in Rolling StoneMilitary TimesThe Today Show, High Times, the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies, and many more. 

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