Experts agree that the substance affects everyone a little differently, but for the most part, individuals report feeling more relaxed, less anxious and more focused. It does not make you feel “high.” Some people claim that CBD oil reduces chronic pain and headaches; others say it helps their insomnia.
Some take it for its anti-inflammatory properties. One study comparing the effects of THC and CBD found that THC activates neurotransmitters involved in our “fight or flight” response, while CBD represses autonomic arousal, the nervous system response associated with increased heart rate or respiration, which could be why so many people purchase it for relaxation benefits.
A 2015 study found promising results regarding CBD oil’s potential in treating anxiety, but also pointed out a need for more rigorous scientific research of chronic and therapeutic effects.