With all the excitement surrounding CBD and the myriad of benefits it has to offer, people are naturally becoming curious about the hemp extract and what it feels like. The truth is that CBD doesn’t necessarily feel like anything, because it isn’t psychoactive.
In other words: CBD will not get you high. But that’s part of its appeal; CBD oil allows people to experience many of the same health benefits that are associated with marijuana, but without becoming impaired.
Many CBD newcomers have asked what to expect when taking CBD for the first time. Since it doesn’t “kick in”– and because finding an effective dose can take some experimentation – it can be tricky to know when CBD is working.
To answer that question, we turn to bloggers who are sharing their experiences online, like Tamara Pridgett. As she relayed to Popsugar (https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Can-CBD-Benefit-Athletic-Performance-44829043), she noticed several surprising effects after taking her first few doses of CBD.
For one thing, her sleep improved immediately:
I took one full dropper (this is the recommended dosage for restorative sleep and after strenuous activity) and was pleasantly surprised with the earthy flavor that reminded me of a subtle combination of wheatgrass and fish oil. The next morning I woke up feeling surprisingly refreshed. It was the first time in more than three months that I had slept through the entire night (yes, I wake up just as often as newborn babies).
She also found herself less achy after the gym:
My workouts tend to be intense — I love to sprint, lift weights, and on occasion run half-marathons. And if I’m being completely honest, my recovery game, both mentally and physically, has been slacking. I took a full dropper after a day of strength training and doing a 5K race, and I’m pretty sure I heard my muscles rejoicing. I was expecting to feel like I got hit by a truck, but instead my muscles felt like they had received a five-star massage. There was no aching when I bent down to tie my shoes and I was able to get through a workout without feeling sore from the day before.
Lastly, she felt more focused and productive:
My brain is constantly operating on overload, and I have days where I can’t focus on anything except for all my thoughts, incomplete tasks, and ending up alone. I decided to take half a dropper 30 minutes before heading into work to see what would happen. In my opinion, I had a very productive day at work, but the self-fulfilling prophecy could also have played a role in that. To be completely honest, I was struggling with writing this post as my thoughts were all over the place; I pulled the oil out of my bag, and boom — I was able to get past my word vomit.
Of course, your experience may vary, but it’s clear that when you take an effective dose of CBD, it’s noticeable. So if you aren’t seeing any changes after a few days, that’s a good indication that you should increase your dose. With CBD oil tinctures, it’s easy to make such adjustments – which is why we recommend tinctures to those who are new to CBD and unsure of what amount to take.
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