20 Jun Does CBD Oil Affect People Differently?
The natural balancing effects of daily CBD oil supplements can vary from person to person.
If you have tried CBD oil for yourself, you’re familiar with how the supplement influences you and makes you feel. While CBD oil is safe for everyone, how you respond to taking CBD oil may be different than someone else.
Derived from the stalk of hemp, CBD oil is a botanical extract containing high levels of CBD. CBD is an all-natural, non-psychoactive cannabinoid that elicits effects by interacting with the body’s native systems and their receptors.
The effects of CBD’s interaction with these body’s systems can be different from person to person. If we were to ask our customers about the primary benefit received from HempMeds® CBD oil supplements, we would receive a variety of answers.
How Does CBD Oil Affect the Brain?
Like all cannabinoids, CBD has the ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system, the major regulatory network that keeps our bodies and their functions in balance and running optimally. These cannabinoid receptors are found on cells in the peripheral nervous system, immune system, and the central nervous system — including the brain.
The brain contains large numbers of neurons, which are specialized cells that receive and transmit information through chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. Neurons are only sensitive to a particular neurotransmitter if it contains a receptor that “fits” with that neurotransmitter.
When you consume CBD oil, the CBD compounds travel through your bloodstream and enter your brain. There, the plant-derived cannabinoid can influence brain activity by interacting with neurons that have the appropriate receptors that are sensitive to cannabinoids.
There are two major types of cannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2. While CBD does not bind directly with either of these receptors, it indirectly affects their signaling by acting as an indirect antagonist of cannabinoid agonists. This means that CBD suppresses the ability of chemicals to activate the two receptors.
CBD has also shown to interact with other non-cannabinoid receptors in the brain, including 5-HT1A receptors, which influence the release of serotonin, and the vanilloid receptor TRPV-1.
CBD can also influence the impact of the naturally produced cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) in the brain by preventing the release of the enzymes that break them down.
How Does CBD Oil Affect the Body?
This interaction between CBD and receptors on cells in the brain does not cause any euphoric effects, or a “high.” Those psychoactive effects associated with marijuana come from the cannabinoid THC and its direct activation of CB1 receptors.
Because CBD doesn’t directly bind with CB1 receptors like THC does, taking CBD oil will NOT cause any temporary euphoric effects that adversely impact your:
- Sensory awareness
- Reaction time
While there are no psychoactive effects associated with taking CBD oil, the supplement still influences the body. CBD’s stimulation of the endocannabinoid system through its receptors in the brain and elsewhere encourages the system to more efficiently keep the body’s functions in homeostasis. This is how, as a nutritional supplement, CBD supports balance and overall general wellness.
How taking CBD oil makes you feel varies from person to person. Some of our customers have shared that they feel a sense of “increased relaxation” or a “calmness” after taking the supplement, while others have said it makes them feel “more awake” and “energized.”
There are also some CBD oil consumers who have told us they don’t feel any particular sensation in their body immediately after taking their supplement, but that they notice that they generally “feel better” day-to-day and have “improved sleep patterns” at night.
Why Do People Respond Differently to CBD Oil?
CBD’s influence on the endocannabinoid system and other receptor systems tends to affect some people differently. Everyone metabolizes all substances — including CBD oil — in different ways.
How a person responds to CBD oil can be partly influenced by:
- Genetics: Some people naturally have more endocannabinoids, which is partly determined by your genetic makeup.
- Biological sex: In general, females are more sensitive to cannabinoids, which may be associated with naturally higher estrogen levels.
- Lifestyle (diet, exercise habits, stress levels): Your daily lifestyle can contribute to how your endocannabinoid system functions. Exercise, for example, boosts endocannabinoid levels.
- Physical health status: Those facing health conditions likely have their biochemistry altered in some way and often respond to cannabinoids differently.
- Body fat percentage: Those with a higher body mass index typically need higher servings of CBD to experience its natural effects.
- Personal tolerance: Those who consume more cannabinoids on a regular basis often respond differently than those who do not.
There are other factors that can influence how CBD oil affects you, including:
How to Begin with CBD Oil
While CBD oil has been found to be safe, even at higher doses, when starting a new supplement routine, it is recommended that you “start low and go slow.” Begin with a lower serving size and gradually work your way up as needed as you learn how the natural benefits of CBD oil will affect you.
HempMeds® CBD supplements do come with a “suggested serving size” to help guide you as you figure out how much CBD is best. We also offer products with a range of CBD serving sizes – from the 1 mg of CBD per serving in our 1-ounce Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drop tinctures to our 190 mg per serving RSHO™ Special Blend pure hemp oil oral applicators.
Start with a small serving of CBD oil and take time to see how you feel. Every week or so, increase your daily serving, all the while monitoring any sensations you may experience. This will help you dial in on the right serving size for you.
Depending on how CBD oil makes you feel, you can also adjust the timing of your daily servings. Those who feel “awakening” effects from CBD oil often prefer to take their supplement in the morning. If you experience “calmness,” you may opt to take your CBD oil in the evening as you’re winding down for the day.
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You can learn even more about CBD and how it interacts with our native systems to encourage balance and wellness by visiting the HempMeds® education page.
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