How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel? Your Questions Answered

By now, you’ve likely heard (and probably wondered about) CBD. This versatile ingredient shows up just about everywhere, from salves and capsules to drops and chews, with a long list of touted health benefits. 

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly this ubiquitous compound is and how it will make you feel -- you’re in the right place. 

You have questions, and we have answers. Read on to discover more about CBD oil. 

First Things First. What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a type of cannabinoid -- naturally occurring compounds with unique potential health benefits. 

It’s derived from hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa species that’s been used for thousands of years for clothing, rope, and other textiles, paper, building materials, and food products like hemp seeds. 

Marijuana also comes from the cannabis plant, but here’s the difference: Marijuana is high in delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant, while hemp is extremely low in THC and high in CBD, which is not intoxicating. 

By law, hemp-derived CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC (read: a fraction of a percent), and CBD isolates and broad spectrum CBD are totally THC-free. 

So You’re Saying CBD Won’t Get Me High?

Correct! The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-intoxicating portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like the notorious “high” that comes from THC. You won’t feel sedated or altered in any way. 

OK -- Then How Will CBD Make Me Feel?

Generally, CBD doesn’t have a prominent signature “feeling” for everyone. Some CBD users report feeling more relaxed and calm, while others say they feel more focused and energized. 

Clinical research into the effects of CBD is still evolving, but what we do know is that CBD has different effects on different people

Why? Well, it all boils down to the endocannabinoid system. You see, we each have a unique endocannabinoid system as well as a different set of health issues that we’re trying to address. 

Hold Up -- Endocanna-What?

The endocannabinoid system is your built-in regulatory system that helps maintain equilibrium -- or balance -- in your mind and body, even when external factors and certain lifestyle choices try to throw it out of whack. You’ll find endocannabinoid receptors everywhere, from the brain, immune system, and central nervous system to major organs, connective tissues, and glands. 

Incredibly, this all-important system was only discovered in the 1990s and is considered essential to your body’s ability to cultivate good health. Affecting many different processes such as appetite, digestion, sleep, mood, metabolism, memory, hormones, and aging, the endocannabinoid system’s primary function is to maintain homeostasis to your internal stability, despite the unexpected challenges of daily life. 

How Does CBD Interact With the Endocannabinoid System?

Your endocannabinoid system is made up of endocannabinoid receptors that bind to and/or interact with cannabinoids (like CBD). While THC is thought to activate the CB1 receptors, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system a little differently, influencing the receptors without actually binding to them.  

But that’s not all. Aside from CB1 receptors, CBD may also interact with and influence several other targets throughout the body. For instance, this non-intoxicating cannabinoid has at least 12 sites of action in the brain and may elicit wellness-promoting effects by activating multiple pathways at once. 

The interaction between CBD and the body may create a feeling of relaxation and improved mood, but everyone is different and may experience different effects.   

What Are the Most Common Effects?

CBD can take time to build up in your system to create results. You may feel nothing for the first couple of weeks that you use CBD oil regularly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not working! The benefits might be subtle and grow over time. Sometimes, CBD users don’t even notice how much their reality changes until they stop taking CBD and experience a recurrence of symptoms.  

That being said, here are some of the most common effects users experience when taking CBD oil regularly: 


CBD oil is a useful pick-me-up when you’re feeling especially sluggish, cloudy, or groggy. A recent study reported on the wake-promoting properties of CBD. 

Here’s a quick summary of their findings:

  • CBD doesn’t produce a psychoactive reaction like THC because of how it interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain. 
  • Injecting CBD into the hypothalamus (the hormone-producing brain region) may influence neurons that support wakefulness. 
  • The use of CBD suggests supported dopamine production, which plays a key role in learning, attention, and mood enhancement. 

This means that CBD may influence parts of the brain responsible for alertness -- which is why many users report focus and wakefulness as a common CBD side effect. 

Thinking about trying CBD oil to clear your mind? Kick grogginess to the curb and improve focus with the Well-Being Drops from Healist. These drops combine the highest quality CBD and a powerful custom immunity terpene blend to support your body in promoting overall well-being.* 

All you have to do is place a few drops under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing and wait 20 to 30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more. Yes, it’s really that easy!  

On top of feeling more alert, CBD can help you to feel calm. 


The general consensus from CBD users is that the powerful compound induces feelings of calmness. It works by calming the mind and relaxing your mood while supporting emotional wellness -- and without the less than desirable side effects like dizziness or nausea, which are commonly experienced with some popular prescription drugs.

The calming effect of CBD is soothing, almost like a warm sensation that envelops your body in ultimate relaxation. Many people find that when they’re feeling calm and relaxed, they experience better sleep -- and we all know how important sleep is! 

If you’re ready to stop tossing and turning at night, we recommend checking out our Sleep Chews. These tasty chews combine a fast-acting, sleep-inducing blend of CBD with active levels of valerian root, botanical extracts (chamomile and lavender), and a custom sleep terpene blend to support your body in promoting a healthy sleep cycle with no next-day grogginess.* 

Simply take one to three chews about 30 minutes before bed and experience your best snooze yet!

Closing Words

The bottom line is this: CBD affects everyone a little differently. You have to be patient and keep in mind that quality CBD -- like the CBD oil right here at Healist -- is crafted to work with your body naturally, not against it. Great results come by way of steady improvement, making your CBD wellness more sustainable each step of the way. 

So, to sum it all up -- what exactly does CBD feel like? The short answer really is, “it depends.” It depends on your unique endocannabinoid system as well as the concentration of your CBD.

You see, some users may feel energized and ready to take on the day, while others may feel extra relaxed and ready for a long, restful snooze. The key is to purchase from an honest and reputable company like Healist that provides clear serving details on each product as well as a recommended dose to achieve the desired effect you’re after.  

Here at Healist, we see the powerful potential in nature and the ingredients it gives us. Through cutting-edge science, we have the ability to unlock this incredible potential, push it beyond its known possibilities, and create solutions that actually work. 

We sit in the sweet spot between science and nature because, for us, we can’t have one without the other. That’s why we’ve crafted our products with the highest quality CBD and clinically backed active natural ingredients designed to power your body’s innate capacity to find calm, sleep, relief, and overall well-being.* 

Our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. 

Check out our inventory of botanically blended products today and see what nature combined with science can do for you tomorrow -- you just might be surprised! 



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