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In Portland, You Can Drink CBD-Infused Beverages From Morning Till Night. So We Did.

In the end, I felt nothing.

By nightfall on a recent Saturday, I had ingested 102 milligrams of cannabidiol, or CBD. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting. As most consumers know by now, CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabis compound that’s become increasingly popular as a means of relieving pain, calming anxiety and generally bringing about a sense of internal relaxation, minus the psychoactive properties of THC. You find it everywhere in Oregon these days, infused into everything from bug sprays to makeup to Victorian-style smelling salts. In particular, an increasing number of bars, restaurants and coffee shops in Portland are offering drinks laced with varying amounts of cannabidiol oil. So I thought, “Why not spend a whole day drinking CBD and chart the effects?”

So I did. Nine hours later, though, the only tangible effect was the usual stuff that happens to your bladder when you’re averaging a beverage an hour.

What gives? Are my levels of stress so high I’ve built an immunity to CBD’s benefits? Or is this whole thing just trendy snake oil?

Turns out, no one should really expect to slug a CBD-infused smoothie and immediately get a full body buzz. According to Anna Symonds, director of East Fork Cultivars’ CBD Certified program, there are several factors that go into the personal CBD experience, from the source of the cannabidiol to the sensitivity of individual cannabinoid receptors.

“It’s not that CBD is bunk; it’s trying to figure out how to use it with precision,” Symmonds says. “Because the body is complicated, and the plants are complicated.”

In other words, it didn’t work for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t for you. So with that in mind, if you’re looking to get yourself in a really mellow mood without setting foot in a dispensary, here’s an ideal CBD drink crawl.

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