What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is the most common cannabinoid found in hemp. CBD can be found in every strain of cannabis to varying degrees, along with many other cannabis compounds.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, unlike THC, attributed to the stoned feeling that cannabis is often associated with. CBD is fascinating because it offers many therapeutic effects that cannabis provides without getting its users high.
CBD products come in the following different forms:
- CBD oils
- CBD sprays
- CBD vapes
- CBD water soluble
- CBD skincare
- CBD patches
- CBD flowers
- CBD hash
- CBD edibles
- CBD extracts
What Does CBD Feel Like The First Time?
In short, CBD will offer a feeling of calmness the first time you take it. The degree to which you feel this depends entirely on the quality of CBD taken and your endocannabinoid system.
Each of us is born with a network of cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. More precisely, the CB2 receptors are stimulated when you ingest CBD. Mostly beneath the neck, CB2 receptors are studied for their therapeutic effects and potential health benefits. Among its effects include anti-inflammation, CBD relaxes its users.
Some users experience a mildly lightheaded experience their first time using CBD - especially with inhalation products. This reaction is often attributed to the new sensation of inhaling vaporized cannabis extracts, as it's uncommon for users to feel this with continuous use.
A key characteristic of CBD products that can influence the first-time effects is if the product is isolate based or broad/full-spectrum.
If you're curious about what happens if you take too much CBD, check out our article: CBD Oil Overdose: Can You Take Too Much?
Isolate CBD vs Full Spectrum CBD
The first-time effects of CBD when taking isolate products differ greatly from when taking total spectrum products.
Isolate CBD products contain only one cannabinoid; CBD. Cannabis extract is distilled to remove even the lowest quantities of THC and other minor cannabinoids.
Full spectrum CBD products contain most cannabinoids that are naturally found in cannabis. Cannabis extract is not overly processed, leaving traces of THC and other minor cannabinoids.
Due to the 'Entourage Effect' phenomenon, we experience more profound effects from CBD products accompanied by minor cannabinoids like trace THC, CBG and CBC. The presence of cannabis terpenes also intensifies this effect. Terpenes are the building blocks of essential oils and are responsible for the unique smells and flavours found in cannabis strains.
CBD isolate-based products such as our CBD shatters will have a more subtle effect for first-timers than our CBD flower range because shatters are isolate-based, and flowers are full spectrum.
How To Have The Best First-Time CBD Experience
Depending on your experience with cannabis products, you'll want to consider starting your journey on a low dose of CBD to see how it affects you. If you've experienced THC before, it's unlikely that CBD will overwhelm you. However, if you've never tried a cannabis product before, we suggest you begin with something CBD isolate or broad-spectrum, as even trace levels of THC can have a subtle effect on first-timers. Our 250mg EQL CBD oil is an excellent starting oil, as it has no THC and easily offers medium-sized doses.
For those who have taken cannabis products before, there's less need to be as careful about trace levels of minor cannabinoids, opening up the door to products like CBD flower, wax, and hash.
We've written a guide on calculating the ideal CBD oil dosage to help first-timers and those not getting the desired effects from their current CBD regime.