There are many active compounds in the cannabis plants, and CBD oil and its products are some of them. Cannabis plants have terpenes, flavonoids, and many cannabinoids, including THC, CBN, CBG and CBD. Even so, CBD oil has attracted much hype, especially since the Farm Bill was passed in 2018 to allow federal legalization of hemp-derived CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC. Following this advancement, CBD oil is no longer an edgy product but can be easily accessed. Still, much is unknown about CBD oil and its products, including how it makes the user feel. This article explains, with early research findings, how CBD oil and its products will likely make one feel. Nonetheless, it is not marketing CBD oil to treat, heal, cure, or diagnose any condition since the FDA has not approved CBD oil for these roles.

The Basics About CBD Oil

CBD oil is a cannabinoid and one of the many active compounds in cannabis plants. It can come from hemp or marijuana plants, but the federally legal CBD oil exclusively comes from hemp plants and must have less than 0.3% THC. Still, state CBD laws vary widely, and it is not uncommon to come across CBD oil and products with more than 0.3% THC or derived from hemp plants. CBD oil has become highly popularized since 2018 when the Farm Bill was passed by President Trump, decriminalizing CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC. The oil is not linked to the ‘high’ effect of THC, also explaining why the cannabinoid is becoming popular every day. CBD oil and its products can be purchased from reputable brands online, but only to those who  have a certificate of analysis (CoA) that shows the product in question abides by your state’s CBD oil laws. Besides, shops, stores, and food stores stock CBD oil and its products, and one could easily walk into them to pick their CBD favorites, provided it is legal in the state of origin.

CBD Oil and Its Interaction With the Body

Much is unknown about CBD oil and its products, including how they work. Yet, how CBD oil makes one feel depends on its interaction with the body. Research suggests that life forms and the human body have an endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) comprising enzymes, endocannabinoids, and receptors (CB1 and CB2) distributed in the central nervous systems and many critical organs in the body. Still, there is a need for further studies to elaborate on the ECS.

Furthermore, the endocannabinoid system is believed to influence many processes and functions in the body. For instance, it’s said to have receptors all over the body, so it impacts, directly and indirectly, one’s sleep patterns, temperature regulation, satiety, digestion, stress, mood changes, pain regulation, and more. Besides, the ECS possesses cannabinoids, so it interacts with cannabinoids from plants such as THC and CBD oil. The CB1 and CB2 receptors bind to the cannabinoids in CBD oil, possibly exerting the benefits linked to the cannabinoid. However, there is not enough scientific evidence to show that ECS receptors bind to CBD or THC cannabinoids or that if they indeed bind, they might result in some positive effects. Nonetheless, the very interaction between CBD oil or its products and the ECS receptors is the basis of the claimed health benefits of CBD oil. CBD oil may have the following effect on the body;

CBD Oil May Soothe the Body

CBDB oil and its products are marketed widely for soothing effects. Still, there is not enough scientific evidence to justify that CBD indeed soothes people, so if you choose CBD oil for such benefits, consult a doctor beforehand. Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence and some early studies claim that CBD oil may reduce pain and inflammation, soothing the user. For instance, one study run by Vučković, et al., (2018)  recorded that CBD oil could help relieve fibromyalgia, cancer, and arthritic pains, potentially soothing a person. Still, until more advanced studies prove the claims true, CBD oil cannot be considered a remedy for pain.

CBD Oil May Relax and Calm the Body

Although the FDA has not approved CBD oil for relaxing and calming the body, many CBD brands deal in CBD and oil and products claimed to help people relax and calm down. Besides, initial research, like that of Shannon & Opila-Lehman, (2016). seems to back these claims. In fact, the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) asserts that CBD oil may help with generalized social anxiety, helping one relax.

CBD Oil May Make the User Drowsy and Dizzy

This is more like a side effect of CBD oil. While it is generally deemed safe to consume CBD oil, some people report mild side effects of the cannabinoid that are not pleasant, so to speak. For instance, some CBD enthusiasts have reported drowsiness and dizziness when they take CBD oil. Nonetheless, much is unknown about CBD oil, and we are uncertain if the effects come from CBD oil or other compounds in the CBD oil products, and only more advanced studies will clear doubts.

CBD Oil Less Likely Results in the ‘high’ Effect

The main reason people shy away from THC and the Farm Bill legalized CBD oil with minimal THC is the ‘high’ effect of the compound that affects a person’s psychoactive behaviors. Hallucinations, delusions, loss of reality, and other weird changes are linked to THC. Fortunately, CBD oil will less likely make you high for the most part. However, if the cannabinoid has more than 0.3%5 THC, one might feel a little intoxicated or lightheaded.


As the hype around CBD oil increases, it is critical for one to know how the cannabinoid will make him feel. Some studies suggest that CBD oil might soothe, relax, and calm the body, but there is not enough scientific evidence to prove this. Nonetheless, CBD oil or its products should not make one high unless they have more than 0.3% THC per dry weight.


Shannon, S., & Opila-Lehman, J. (2016). Effectiveness Of Cannabidiol Oil For Pediatric Anxiety And Insomnia As Part Of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report. The Permanente Journal, 20(4).

Vučković, S., Srebro, D., Vujović, K. S., Vučetić,

Č., & Prostran, M. (2018). Cannabinoids And Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules. Frontiers In Pharmacology, 1259.

MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

Latest from CBD