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What to Expect When You Take CBD

by Dan Ketchum

Does CBD get you high? Does CBD make you sleepy? Will you help me move this weekend? The answers are “never,” “maybe sometimes” and “please delete my number.” 

Just as you’ve got flavor profile options from minty to citrusy to cherry-on-top, entering the world of CBD presents you with a whole rainbow of intake options. Most commonly, there’s vaping, taking supplements like capsules and tinctures (called ingestibles) orally or rubbing on topical treatments.

Each option works a little differently — both in terms of how they work and, most importantly, how they might make you feel.


How does CBD make you feel

Right off the bat, it’s crucial to note that everyone’s experience with CBD varies — that’s the beauty of being human, after all. Your unique physical body, the potency and dosage of the CBD, the absorption rate of the intake method and even what you ate for lunch can affect your personal experience.

Generally speaking, users report a relaxing sensation or a reduction in nervous feelings when using CBD. One thing’s for sure: CBD will not make you high as it does not contain significant amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. 


How does CBD vape make you feel

In terms of results, most evidence is anecdotal, but vape users often report that it’s the fastest way to feel results, as inhaling vapor potentially hits the bloodstream quicker than other methods. It’s common to start feeling the effects of CBD just a few minutes after inhalation, and the feelings can remain for about three to five hours. 

Although you’re not inhaling smoke, vaping is similar to smoking in that you’re absorbing the substance through your lungs. Vaping is often criticized for poor regulation, and a 2018 study from Environmental Health Perspectives finds that “potentially dangerous levels of metals leak from some e-cigarette heating coils.”

By October 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that vaping-related lung injuries had clocked in at an alarming 1,080, while 18 people had been reported dead.

Speaking to Vice in 2018, toxicologist Michelle Peace of Virginia Commonwealth University says, “When you inhale something as opposed to eating something, you do have to be careful.”*

*FOCL always recommends researching and buying from a trusted vendor to ensure you are putting a trusted and safe product in your body. 


How does topical CBD work

While hemp-seed-based oils do not have potential therapeutic effects, topically applied lotions, oils and balms that contain CBD do. When you rub topical solutions onto your skin — often used to help ease day-to-day aches or soreness — the CBD enters your bloodstream gradually.

So how long does it take for CBD oil to work? What about a good rub of CBD lotion? About as long as it takes to work orally, which is to say an hour or two. The effects may last longer when compared to vaping, as topical products enter your bloodstream over a prolonged period of time. 

The effects may feel gentler unless higher concentrations of CBD are present in the product. While massaging balms, lotions and topical oils onto specific body parts may help target them, using a transdermal CBD patch often produces a broader-feeling effect. 

Effectiveness of CBD topical

Research suggests that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and may offer relief in certain skin conditions. Topical cream companies are adding hemp seed oil as an ingredient in skin creams and lotions. CBD skin creams use broad-spectrum CBD, implying CBD with either no THC or only trace amounts.

CBD topical skin cream may help with joint and muscle pain by reducing inflammation in the body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that further research is needed to affirm the effectiveness of CBD products like other pain medications, such as ibuprofen.

CBD topical creams might offer relief in certain conditions like acnepsoriasiseczema, arthritis, jaw pain, and more. 

The CBD topical cream is directly applied to the affected area. While it offers topical relief, the creams penetrate to the deeper levels to offer relief from muscle pain and inflammation. Some creams aid in relaxation and enable a person to calm down and get restful sleep.

FOCL Relief Cream is packed with mother nature’s power-packed ingredients that help soothe aching joints and muscles, reduce inflammation, and offers a cooling relief to the skin. Enriched with camphor oil and CBD, it soothes and offers relief to all kinds of body aches.  

The aloe, shea butter and arnica work their way through into the deeper cells to reduce inflammation and offer relief to skin issues and sore muscles. The menthol, eucalyptus, & wintergreen oil offer a cooling effect.

Explore our wide range of FOCL products that help soothe the mind and body. They help you kickstart the day with optimum energy and ensure you stay pain-free all day. 

Side effects of topical CBD 

2017 review study revealed the most common side effects of CBD products include changes in hunger and weight,  tiredness, and diarrhea. The AAD states that contact dermatitis may be a side effect of skin cream. Although it is common with any topical lotion, not just CBD skin creams.

Thee is a lot of concern among people about the use of CBD in medications. However, the AAD claims that CBD creams contain little to no trace of THC, meaning that they will not have a psychoactive effect.

Explore your options carefully and go for an authentic range of topical creams that do not contain THC.


Ingesting CBD 

There’s another type of oil in the CBD game, too. You can take cannabis oils and tinctures (cannabis dissolved in a solvent) like FOCL’s Premium CBD Drops by placing a tiny bit under your tongue, dropping some into your morning smoothie and more.

Like topical options, the CBD is absorbed directly into your bloodstream, often making for an absorption method that rivals vaping in speed. It can take about a half hour to feel the effects, and the steady release may last for many hours.

Similarly, edibles and CBD capsules potentially offer more sustained effects. Speaking to CNET in 2019, Kevin Boehnke, PhD, of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan says, “It actually takes a while to hit the bloodstream because it has to be digested and metabolized ... So it takes a while to take effect, but then that lasts a lot longer and tapers more slowly.”

Edibles and supplements, from chocolate bars to FOCL Day and FOCL Night capsules, can peak in about an hour or two and last up to roughly six hours, though full or empty bellies can affect that range.  

Start low, go slow and find the CBD product that works just right for you.  


Ingesting CBD Oil

 FOCL offers a premium range of CBD drops that can be directly ingested. Just put the drops under your tongue, let them sit for 45 seconds and swallow them. These drops are pure, organically produced, Full-spectrum CBD, doctor-formulated & subject to third-party testing, 100% plant-based, with no pesticides or herbicides.

Users highly recommend the product as it eases the anxious mind, relieves pain, and offers deep sleep. Users wake up fresh and rejuvenated. They are ready to take on the hectic chores of the day with a relaxed and happy mindset.


Dan has been a freelance writer and small business owner since 2009. In the healthcare realm, he’s fortunate enough to have collaborated with the likes of Civilized Life, Cetaphil, LIVESTRONG, VitaGenne, DermStore, JillianMichaels.com and more as a writer, with work appearing in publications such as USA Today, The Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate, among others.



Vice: Everything We Know About the Health Risks of Vaping CBD

Healthline: From Vaping to Gummies: 3 People Dish on Using CBD for Anxiety

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Study: Lead and Other Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette ‘Vapors’

Cnet: Edibles vs. Topicals vs. Vaping vs. Oils: CBD Products, Explained

USA Today: Vaping-related Lung Injury Cases Surge to 1,080; Deaths Rise to 18

Healthline: Can You Get High from CBD or CBD Oil?