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How Does CBD Make You Feel?

If you’ve never tried CBD before, it’s only natural to be curious about how CBD makes you feel. After all, this compound is extracted from cannabis — a plant that’s notorious for its mind-altering effects. In this brief article, we’ll explore some differences between CBD and THC and explain how CBD makes you feel.

THC Creates the Cannabis “High”

Hemp’s botanical cousin, marijuana, is infamous for its ability to bend your perception and plant you on the couch — only to get up in the desperate search for a snack (an effect known as “the munchies”). However, scientists have known since 1964 that it’s thanks to THC (and not CBD) that marijuana has these effects.

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis. Marijuana contains anywhere from 15-30% THC, whereas hemp contains a maximum of 0.3% THC (our tinctures are guaranteed THC-free). In contrast, hemp is high in CBD — a non-intoxicating, non-addictive compound with several potential therapeutic benefits.

Psychoactive… But Not

So, is CBD psychoactive? Does THC have any relationship at all to how CBD makes you feel? Technically, CBD is psychoactive — meaning that it acts on the brain — but not in a psychotropic way. Instead, CBD works indirectly on cannabinoid receptors to calm the mind and help you relax.


According to regular CBD users, it’s common to “feel something” about half an hour after taking a CBD wellness tincture. This feeling then peaks two hours after ingestion. Some describe the feeling as one of calm focus, a sense of safety, and an assurance that everything’s okay. It’s a feeling that flows into a positive and productive day.

When You Don’t “Feel” CBD

Interestingly, the answer to the question of how CBD makes you feel isn’t always the same for everyone. Some people don’t feel an effect from CBD at all, and for others, the effect can vary over time. The reason CBD’s effects can vary is that it’s not a standardized, single-pathway drug. Rather, CBD supplements your own body’s use of cannabinoids and promotes greater balance where needed.

In most cases, “not feeling CBD” means that you might need to try a higher dose, a stronger product, or to use CBD more regularly. For best results, you should use CBD products at the same time every day and gradually increase the dose over time. For most people, a daily dose of 10-20mg is enough to feel CBD’s effects. For others — especially those with severe or persistent symptoms — a higher dose may be required in order to experience the benefits of CBD.

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Choosing the Right Products for Your Needs

In our experience, how CBD makes you feel depends on the kind of CBD products you use and what you’re trying to achieve with hemp. At SOAR™, we’ve created four distinct lines of products — wellness, energy, recovery, and sleep — to help you find the most suitable products for your needs. 

We invite you to explore each of our product categories and products to deepen your knowledge of how hemp can support wellness. Have you “felt something” when using CBD? Leave a comment to share your experience!

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