What Can I Expect When I Take CBD?

By now, you’ve likely come across CBD at some point – and while it sounds interesting, perhaps you’re still not sure about what to expect in terms of how it will make you feel. Maybe you’re worried about feeling strange, or maybe you’re not sure about its safety or even how it works. With all the new information about CBD coming out since its federal legalization in 2018, it’s become more confusing to understand exactly what the experience of using it might be like for you.

In this post, we’ll break it all down, diving into what taking CBD means in terms of wellness, what to expect after trying it, and how to make sure it’s actually working. Read on!

What Does CBD Do?

The most frequent question first-time CBD users typically have is: Will it get me high? The straightforward answer is: No! Although CBD is often confused with its “sister” cannabinoid THC (the chemical in cannabis that does have psychoactive effects, which make you feel “high”), CBD has absolutely no psychoactive effects of its own. One of the effects that studies on CBD consistently reveal is that CBD gives its users a sense of mental clarity and calmer thinking.

According to studies published by Healthline, CBD oil can help people when they feel nervous or jittery as well as help those who feel blue or down, both in the long and shorter term. People also frequently turn to CBD as a natural alternative to help with physical pain or sleepless nights. It’s widely understood that all of these effects take place through CBD’s interaction with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system, which helps keep things in balance (and, therefore, helps you feel your best).

What Does CBD Feel Like?

As we mentioned above, people who have taken CBD report the most common effect is an increased sense of calm, ease, and relaxation. WebMD notes that CBD’s calming effects are likely a result of the fact that, “cannabidiol seems to prevent the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that affects pain, mood, and mental function.” By preventing this breakdown, it is thought that CBD can help decrease perceptions of pain, increase mood, and boost overall mental function. Taking CBD is a bit like meditating – it can promote a sense of calm and reduce feelings of unease.

Furthermore, CBD has properties that can significantly help relieve physical pain. This is due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties. As explained in a recent study, CBD has been found to have neuroprotective qualities that can help with inflammation by preserving the structure and function of your neurons so they can continue firing as they should. So if you’re looking to take CBD to help ease soreness, many kinds of topical balms and creams are available to apply directly to those areas that are aching and burning.

How Long Does It Take CBD Oil to Work?

If you’ve never tried CBD before, it might take a few times to feel its full effects before you figure out the amount and delivery mode that works best for you. A few factors are at play here: mainly your metabolism, weight, and your body’s ability to recognize CBD in your system and to allow it to work. In more formal terms, this process is called bioaccumulation. Essentially, it may take your body some time to build a response to the cannabinoid, sometimes up to a few weeks. However, some products are specially formulated to give you a more instantaneous effect: for example, the B GREAT Relax Shot is formulated with melatonin to help you get a better night’s sleep starting from the first time you take it.

Anecdotal evidence suggests the benefit of taking CBD continuously over time is that your body will become more responsive to its effects, so you can actually feel it for a longer time. Instead of taking CBD simply to address soreness for about 4 to 6 hours, you may experience relief all day.

The way in which you take CBD matters as well: studies show that ingesting CBD might take a bit longer for you to start to feel calmer or less tense (about one to two hours). On the other hand, if you take CBD oil via a tincture that you use to drop oil under your tongue, for example, your body skips the initial metabolization process and the CBD can enter the bloodstream more quickly.

If you’re ready to start your CBD journey, begin by thinking about what you’re looking for CBD to address, and choose a well-tested product that’s formulated to target your desired areas. Make sure that any products you purchase are transparent about their third-party lab testing and provide you with a COA (Certificate of Analysis) that shows exactly what is in the product. Then, pay attention to how you feel as you incorporate CBD into your routine, and adjust from there. 

Ready to B GREAT? Check out our line of products — which uses 100-percent full-spectrum hemp to help soothe tense muscles, calm your mind after a long day, hydrate your skin, and more. And if you want to find answers to other common CBD questions (like whether or not it will show up on a drug test), by checking out the article 6 of Your Most Common CBD Questions, Answered

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6 of Your Most Common CBD Questions, Answered

CBD’s move into the mainstream has been truly remarkable. However, despite its growing popularity – CBD is projected to be a $16 billion industry in the United States by 2025, according to The New York Times– a lot of confusion still exists about CBD oil and similar products. So don’t be discouraged if you’ve got a laundry list of questions about what CBD is and what it can do for you. If you’re a first-time CBD user, start by learning the basics and weeding out the myths so you can incorporate CBD into your routine with confidence. 

To help you get started, here are six of the most common FAQs about CBD, answered.

1. Can CBD Get You High?

No. CBD won’t make you high. 

This is a common assumption and a valid concern. CBD is one of hundreds of compounds in the hemp strain of the cannabis sativa plant. It’s not psychoactive, and therefore, it cannot get you high. Users of CBD don’t feel intoxicated in any way. A different compound found in the marijuana strain of the cannabis plant, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is psychoactive. Products that do contain THC can cause users to feel high. 

Depending on the laws in your state, commercially available products might contain CBD only, THC only or both. Consumers who want only CBD (and not THC) must be vigilant about the products they purchase to ensure the products contain a negligible amount (0.3 percent or less) of THC. B GREAT’s entire product line contains only 100 percent full-spectrum hemp, which is third-party lab tested and verified to contain less than 0.3 percent THC. We guarantee that none of our products will cause you to get high. 

2. Will CBD Make You Fail a Drug Test?

If you have an upcoming job interview or your employer often issues random drug tests, you may be worried that a CBD product could get you in trouble. Don’t be. 

According to independent publication CBD Central, CBD is highly unlikely to make you fail a drug test. Plus, tests for CBD are not a normal part of drug screening. Typical drug tests detect THC, so if you have consumed a CBD-only product with zero (or trace amounts of) THC and have not taken any other drugs, the chances of failing the test are extremely low. This is another reason it’s important to choose a CBD product from a trusted company. 

3. How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

No exact answer exists to the question of how long CBD stays in your system. 

The length of time varies, depending on how much CBD you’ve consumed, how frequently you’ve used it, and which mode of delivery you chose (for example, drops of oil under the tongue, a topical skin cream, or a drinkable shot will all move through your system differently). It also varies depending on your own body chemistry, particularly your body weight and metabolism. Even the experts disagree: Some say it stays in your system for three days, while others report it’s closer to six days or as long as a few weeks.

Know that the length of time CBD stays in your system is different from the amount of time you’ll usually feel its effects. Most CBD users feel the effects for around two to six hours, depending on the dosage. The way you take CBD – whether you use drops under your tongue, consume an edible, or apply topical lotion – all affect how quickly you feel its effects and how long they last. For example, users who take drops under the tongue experience typically feel the effects within 30 minutes, whereas it may take longer for those taking capsules, as they take more time for your stomach to digest. (Want to learn more? Check out our guide for What to Expect When You Take CBD.)

4. What Is the Difference Between Hemp and CBD?

The simplest answer here is that there is not much of a difference between products labeled “Hemp” and those labeled  “CBD.” 

Much of the confusion around CBD and hemp products is about the two different strains of the cannabis sativa plant – the hemp plant and the marijuana plant. These two plants are in the same family, but they’re not the same. The hemp plant, the source for B GREAT’s CBD products, contains high levels of CBD and other beneficial components, including vitamins, terpenes, ketones, and fatty acids. The hemp plant contains 0.3 percent or less of THC (the psychoactive ingredient that makes you high). The marijuana plant contains both CBD and high levels of THC.

B GREAT products are made from full-spectrum, non-GMO hemp grown in Kentucky and Tennessee. Our full-spectrum hemp products use the whole plant and include CBD plus a wide range of other nutrients, as opposed to products labeled “CBD isolate” which only include pure CBD without the other beneficial compounds. These components all work together to help your body metabolize CBD more efficiently. 

That said, There’s a big difference between CBD oil and regular hemp oil, aka hempseed oil, which is made from crushed hemp seeds. In recent years, CBD oil and hemp oil have been used interchangeably on labels (partially because of confusing and conflicting FDA regulations), so most products that include “hemp oil” on the label will give you all of the benefits of CBD. That said, hemp seed oil is essentially a cooking oil, and it doesn’t offer the wellness benefits of CBD oil. If a product is labeled “hempseed oil” it will likely not produce the calming effects of CBD that you’re looking for. 

5. What Does CBD Oil Taste Like?

CBD oil is usually diluted with a neutral-flavored carrier oil, such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil. Flavorless versions are just that, flavorless, and some consumers find them okay, while others do not. Some versions are flavored to make them more enjoyable, for example, with honey or citrus flavors. B GREAT’S RELAX and FOCUS shots are passion fruit flavor and are some of the best-tasting on the market. Consumers who choose CBD oils that don’t taste great can try to disguise the flavor by adding them to a juice or smoothie, but there’s no need for that with B GREAT products. Our citrus-flavored oil tastes delicious and is ready for immediate consumption, no blender required!

6. Is CBD Legal in My State?

Yes! CBD is legal in all 50 states. 

That said, know that in states where medical or recreational marijuana is legal, some CBD products also contain THC. So be sure to read all labels and product descriptions carefully. Note that because CBD is considered a supplement rather than a medication, it’s not regulated by the FDA. This is another reason to stay vigilant about the source of your CBD products. Always choose CBD products – like B GREAT products – that contain less than 0.3% THC (the legal limit), are third-party tested for quality and accuracy of ingredients, and manufactured in FDA-registered facilities. 

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Why CBD Works: Introducing Your Body’s Endocannabinoid System

By now you’ve likely heard of CBD and the multitude of benefits it has for health and wellbeing. It’s in everything from pain cream to after-shave lotion, and for good reason. The natural cannabinoids found in high-quality CBD products are hard to beat for supporting the nervous system and reducing aches

But with all the hype, we have to ask ourselves, “How exactly does CBD work?” 

Enter the endocannabinoid system or ECS. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. Despite having evolved in vertebrates more than 500 million years ago, the ECS wasn’t discovered in humans until the 1990s when scientists identified a “new” signaling molecule functioning behind-the-scenes called an endocannabinoid. 

These natural, cannabis-like molecules, which we call cannabinoids, are made on-demand from lipids in our cell membranes and function as messengers all throughout the body. Super versatile, cannabinoids have the ability to bind to everything from skin and muscle cells to the immune system, GI, nervous tissue, and even the heart and brain. That means the ECS  plays a role in learning and memory, eating, sleeping, emotions, and our protective mechanisms. So not only can the ECS support well-being, but the perception of well-being, as well.

The Role of CBD

How does CBD fit in? While our bodies produce natural cannabinoid molecules, recent research has linked many chronic diseases with endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome. Essentially, the body may produce fewer natural endocannabinoids due to stress, diet, or other lifestyle factors. CBD can help fill in the gaps by literally binding to cannabinoid receptor sites such as CB1 and CB2 receptors found all throughout the central and peripheral nervous system, shifting the body back into balance for a host of health benefits.

Choosing the Right Product

So maybe CBD does live up to the hype. Even so, it’s hard to know what kind of product to choose.

Topical vs. ingestible? Broad-spectrum vs. full-spectrum? The key is to look at your particular goal. 

Since CB1 receptors are most concentrated in the brain, research has shown that the ingestion of CBD products can be particularly beneficial to the nervous system, GI, and endocrine system. CB2 receptors are particularly concentrated in the skin and smooth muscle, so topical applications may be beneficial for soreness or irritation. Either way, new research is showing that full-spectrum products that contain not just CBD, but also a variety of terpenes, fatty acids, and other phytonutrients, are more effective than CBD isolate products. Plants hold a variety of phytonutrients that can help incorporation into the body, and taking out the supporting characters just makes for a less effective product. That’s why here at B GREAT we are committed to producing all of our products using full-spectrum CBD that adheres to a rigorous 5-star standard.

As one of our lesser-known and lesser-appreciated systems in the body, it’s no wonder there’s still a lot of confusion around the endocannabinoid system. But as this behind-the-scenes player interacts and underlies all the other systems in the body, clearly supporting the endocannabinoid system’s function plays an important role in health and wellbeing. 

Ready to give CBD a try? Check out B GREAT’s selection of products, all designed to help you feel great, look great, and be the best version of yourself. 

Your Lifestyle, Your CBD: How to Choose What Works for You

According to a 2019 Gallup report, 14 percent of Americans that’s about one in every seven people said they use CBD (also known as cannabidiol) products. And that number jumps to 20 percent for those under age 30. With so many people using CBD, and with new products and new research emerging by the day, it can be hard to know which CBD products are going to work best for you.

There’s a saying among CBD enthusiasts: Go low and start slow. As a plant-based remedy, CBD is a low-risk solution for stress, relaxation and ache relief (plus, it’s non-psychotropic, which means it won’t get you high). Trying a little at your own pace enables you to find exactly what works for you. Get to know the quality of the CBD you’re taking and the options you have for using it – whether you’re looking for increased focus or calm vibes, you’re bound to find the right pairing.

Get to Know Your CBD

By now, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with food labels like “Organic,” “Non-GMO” or “Free Range” they’re common because people naturally want to know where their food comes from. Likewise, it’s key to know what sort of CBD you’re putting into your body, whether the product you choose is  CBD lotion, hemp oil capsules, lip balm or drinkable shots.

First off, let’s talk about the simpler labels to look for: ”Grown in the USA”, “Vegan” and “Third-Party Tested”. If a CBD product checks these boxes, you can rest assured it contains no surprise ingredients, was grown on local American farms and has been tested for safety and efficacy by unbiased third parties. If a product doesn’t have these labels, it’s best to steer clear. 

You’ll likely also notice another common set of labels highlighted front and center on most CBD products’ packaging: full-spectrum vs. broad-spectrum vs. isolate. When cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant, other beneficial compounds like flavonoids (naturally occurring antioxidant compounds) and terpenes (aromatic oils that imbue cannabis with different flavors and aromas) are extracted, too. While CBD isolate removes these other compounds, broad-spectrum CBD contains some of them, and full-spectrum CBD contains all of them. Research shows that full-spectrum CBD, like all of B GREAT’s lineup, is significantly more beneficial and effective (as Pharmacology & Pharmacy reported in a 2015 study). 

On the note of knowing your products, traceability is crucial. To know exactly what you’re putting into your body, you need to know what elements are in that tincture, capsule, or shot. 

Brands like B GREAT allow you to look up the exact percentage of elements contained in your CBD product and confirm that it contains less than 0.3 percent THC (the maximum allowable amount, per federal law). Additionally, you can receive a certificate of analysis (a CBD COA, if you will) online. The COA comes from a third-party lab, so rather than taking the manufacturer’s word for it, you get an independent source verifying what’s in your CBD.

At B GREAT, you’ll find only U.S.-grown hemp from Department of Agriculture–approved farms, processed at facilities that meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, and have been tested at third-party labs—all of which are solid rule-of-thumb attributes to seek when shopping for safe CBD.

Then, Listen to Your Body

Once you’ve narrowed in on a brand that produces products you trust to be top-quality, it’s time to wade into the world of tinctures, shots, gummies, and creams. When it comes to choosing what type of CBD product to add into your routine, it pays to think about your goals and listen to your body. Here, are a few of the most common ways to take CBD, and how to know which one is best for you.   

Topicals

When you massage CBD lotion or balm onto your body, the cannabidiol may help ease the pain and inflammation you experience daily, like post-work or post-gym soreness. Lotions and balms are considered “topicals” since they do not enter your bloodstream, but rather work with your skin. Pain relief occurs because the skin actually contains dense cannabinoid receptors, which interact directly with CBD and the body’s built-in endocannabinoid system (that’s right, your body has a cell-signaling network that works directly with cannabinoids to affect everything from pain sensations to appetite).

This skin-level endocannabinoid reaction is why topical products like B GREAT Hemp Relief & Recovery Cream serve as potentially effective solutions for aches. It’s no wonder that of the 14 percent of CBD-using Americans who reported to Gallup, 40 percent of them use CBD for day-to-day pain relief. Even further, because the endocannabinoid system is also linked to our sleep and mood functions, products like a skin-soothing Hemp Balm with added essential oils can help promote feelings of relaxation, too.   

Traditional Ingestibles

Ingestible CBD products, like CBD-infused capsules, typically offer a slow absorption into the bloodstream. Speaking to CNET in 2019, Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D., of the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan said, “[CBD ingestibles take] a while to take effect, but then that lasts a lot longer and tapers more slowly,” compared to other intake methods. Typically, the effects of the CBD peak at around one to two hours (though factors like a full belly can lengthen the absorption process). A 2019 study from The Permanente Journal finds that 79.2 percent of the 72 people tested reported decreased anxiety scores, while 66.7 percent reported improved sleep scores while taking a CBD capsule once daily.

Oral oils and tinctures (such as B GREAT Hemp Oil) however, have a significantly faster absorption speed. With oils — which you typically ingest by placing a few drops under your tongue — you’re likely to feel the effects within 30 minutes. This makes oil a prime delivery candidate for quickly enjoying CBD’s effects on relaxation and mood. 

CBD Shots

CBD drinkable shots offer a middle ground between traditional food edibles and under-the-tongue oils. B GREAT’s Focus Shot unlocks all of the positive effects cannabis can exert on the brain’s left hippocampal volume — as reported by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research in 2018 — which helps the brain with processes like spatial navigation, memory, and stress response. The B GREAT Focus Shot also contains caffeine and B vitamins to boost energy levels. Melatonin and ginkgo biloba in the B GREAT Relax Shot work in tandem with CBD’s blood-pressure-lowering qualities to lend a sense of calm.

Final Thoughts

Thinking about your lifestyle, your needs, and your preferences can help you narrow the wide range of available CBD options. Knowing the facts and what to look for in CBD products can help you determine the product that is right for you—sound knowledge goes a long way.  

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