I’ve used CBD oil topically to relieve sore running legs, but didn’t realize that ingesting the wellness ingredient can have a similar effect. Studies have shown, though, that taking CBD has anti-inflammatory benefits, and muscle pain is a sort of inflammation, so I’ve found it to help. As someone who works out almost daily, my legs are almost always sore. I traded my CBD topical oil for the kind you ingest, and still felt a very subtle perk of muscle pain relief. The CBD oil helps my body repair itself in recovery mode, fighting that newfound inflammation from my hardcore workouts and allowing me to do it again the next day without feeling like my legs are made out of cement.
Now, obviously, everyone is different, and it’s important to remember that you should check with your doctor before introducing something new into your regimen. But given its cred, I was ready to give it a go. Here’s what happened when I did.
Drew Todd, co-founder of new CBD brand Feals, notes that taking CBD oil is more about what you don’t feel. “The way we describe taking CBD is that it’s not about what you feel, but it’s more about what you don’t feel,” he says. “If you have pain or anxiety, once the effects of CBD start setting in, it’s almost like it’s whisked away and it’s not there anymore.” But it’s not about totally changing your current state: “It’s not about getting high or really feeling any psychoactive effects; it’s more about melting away whatever’s getting in your way of living well, so that you can focus on living your life.”
“If you have pain or anxiety, once the effects of CBD start setting in, it’s almost like it’s whisked away and it’s not there anymore.” —Drew Todd
3. I was able to focus more
I hate to admit this, but I’m a very stress-prone person. I’ve gotta hit several deadlines each day, survive a number of meetings, and juggle a work life, a romantic relationship, and very dear friendships (in other words: I’m like every other person). In the past, though, I’ve let all of this pressure get to me, and could almost feel coritsol surging in my body. However, I found that taking CBD oil regularly has eased this stress (something it’s scientifically proven to do), and I’m able to get through my day without feeling as though the completion of my to-do list is set to the tune of major stress.
As for how it actually makes you feel, it’s more of a subtle effect. “CBD is used and repurposed by your body in the way you need it most, so the feeling by each individual tends to be a bit different,” says Heitman. “However, I think everyone feels relief and balance from daily use of CBD.”
CBD is the major, non-psychoactive cannabinoid complex from the cannabis plant that offers significant health benefits. I’ve explored these benefits via skin-care products, body wash, and in my workout recovery routine—but I’ve yet to take it internally, which many say is the most direct way to absorb it.
1. I slept better
I began taking a full dropper of Feals (around 30 mg of CBD) before I went to bed by holding it under my tongue for 30 seconds—which Todd and most all CBD brands recommend as the fastest way for your body to absorb the ingredient. Within roughly 15 minutes, I felt a comforting, warm sense of calm wash over me that was deeper than when I take melatonin. Over the next half hour or so of watching TV, I became increasingly tired and proceeded to fall fast asleep and woke up feeling rested in a way that some sleep supplements don’t allow me to (which FWIW, a small study has shown). So yes, it’s now a steady part of my nighttime regimen.
On a related note, I’m also able to focus better when I’m at work. That’s likely due to CBD oil’s proven effects at relieving anxiety, which therefore results in a clear mind that’s better able to cross things off of my to-do list. Before trying out the ingredient, I’ve often felt overly anxious at work when I have a lot going on at once—but taking CBD regularly (and honestly probably wrapping my head around my to-do list in a healthy way) has allowed me to think more rationally about what’s on my plate, rather than sit and freak out about it.
CBD isolate is decreasing in popularity as the benefits of the entourage effect are further supported with scientific evidence. It’s still used by people who want to be sure they’re getting nothing but CBD – and don’t want THC to show up on a drug test.
If you’re taking medication or suffering from a serious medical condition, consult with your doctor before trying CBD.
She added that, over time, our bodies adjust to this feeling. Instead of feeling fatigued, you may experience a sense of balance.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, on the other hand, does not act on your CBD receptors in the same way. Evidence indicates that CBD does not attach directly to these receptors at all. Instead, it works through the endocannabinoid system indirectly to relax your body, reduce pain and inflammation, and provide a general feeling of well-being.
CBD relaxes your body by reducing cortisol levels, pain and inflammation, all without making you feel high.
Impurities and Dosage Irregularities in CBD Products
Marijuana-derived CBD oil remains illegal at the federal level. In most states with medical or recreational cannabis legalization, you can usually legally purchase this CBD derived from pot – which contains much more than 0.3% THC – if you have a medical marijuana card or you’re 21+, respectively.
Marijuana, on the other hand, is grown primarily for its intoxicating ingredient, THC. All pot strains contain some level of CBD, but are primarily known for their high THC content. So unlike hemp-derived CBD oil products, marijuana-derived CBD oil may make you feel intoxicated.