Does CBD Get You High?

Odds are you have heard the term CBD being discussed in the news, on the Internet, and on popular television programs. This is mostly due to cannabidiol’s (CBD’s) wide range of medical applications for children and adults suffering from chronic conditions. Perhaps, you have even heard about the recent FDA approval of the pharmaceutical Epidiolex, a drug derived from cannabidiol. Research into CBD is still ongoing, but one underlying fact is that people clearly get relief from their ailments when they use high-quality CBD extracts.

CBD is a natural therapeutic agent that works on the endocannabinoid system to get the body into a place of homeostasis—balance. The benefits of CBD may seem obvious to many people, yet there still remains to be a lot of misinformation about it. The most common question consumers are asking is whether CBD can get them high.

CBD Defined

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one among many cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant species. Cannabinoids, in this case, refer to chemical compounds contained in the plant. The species includes both hemp and marijuana plants. Sometimes the two are used interchangeably, but they are genetically different plants. The prevalent cannabinoids, which are an area of interest, are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both hemp and marijuana contain THC and CBD. These two compounds have their own therapeutic benefits, but THC is the compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Hemp has low concentrations of THC, less than 0.3 percent by dry weight for plants harvested in the United States. Therefore, hemp-derived CBD is legal as per the 2018 Farm Bill while marijuana-derived CBD is still illegal except in states that have regulations about medical marijuana.

Can You Get High From CBD?

The simple answer is no, CBD does not get you high. CBD is 100 percent non-psychoactive, which means it does not negatively impact your mind or your mental processes. What does this mean? CBD has no influence on you to make you feel high, stoned, faded, or any other term you have commonly heard. CBD does not cause any mental fog or haziness.

How Is This Possible?

Many people cannot believe CBD does not get them high, since it is extracted from Cannabis sativa. The misconception about CBD getting you high comes from where you associate the term “cannabis” with the marijuana plants bred for high THC content. THC is the compound and the specific cannabinoid that gets you high. The Cannabis sativa plant is defined by many other compounds, cannabinoids, other than THC most of which—like CBD—do not get you high.

In addition, some Cannabis plants—specifically hemp plants—are bred for high CBD content exclusively. As mentioned earlier, the plants must contain below 0.3 percent THC. It is for this reason that products derived from hemp plants are non-psychoactive. The products have a combination of high CBD content and extremely low levels of THC, and products made from CBD isolate contain no THC.

What Does CBD Feel Like?

If CBD doesn’t get you high, what does it exactly feel like? This is a valid question. CBD affects multiple sets of receptors throughout the body. This is different from what THC does. THC binds to the cannabinoid receptors in your body directly. Yes, your body does have cannabinoid receptors, named so because of their similarities to the cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. The cannabinoid receptors form the endocannabinoid system in your body, which is responsible for regulating various physiological activities in the body.

CBD does not bind directly to the cannabinoid receptors. It only exerts indirect influence on these receptors resulting in an increase of the levels of endocannabinoids, which are produced naturally by the body. What follows is a wave of relief and relaxation, which can be felt throughout the entire body when you orally ingest, smoke, or vape CBD. Topical application also provides relief and an immediate reduction in swelling, pain, and discomfort.

The effects of CBD are mild, but the point is that CBD targets the source of your ailments, limits the symptoms without interfering with your day-to-day life, and does not impair you in any way. First time CBD users might continually check the time after 30 minutes or an hour to see whether they are feeling anything. The only thing they realize is that after an hour, the depression, anxiety, pain, inflammation, or any other discomfort is gone and their mental capacity is still intact. CBD has subtle yet extremely effective healing properties.

Don’t expect to feel anything weird or feel like your head is in the clouds once you take any CBD products. Topical applications display faster effects than oral ingestion, but the results build over time.

Expect to feel relieved, calm, and relaxed. Also, you will experience a reduction or elimination of pain—especially chronic pain and discomfort. Shortly after administering, you will  regain a sense of normality and an overall feeling of wellbeing. These feelings cannot be quantified, but that is what exactly CBD does to your body.

What About CBD Oil?

Typically, CBD oil is made from cannabidiol extract from the hemp plant, and it consists of a short list of ingredients like a carrier oil, similar to a medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Sometimes, other ingredients may be added for flavoring such as vegetable glycerin or artificial flavorings. These are okay and often have no side effects. The ideal CBD oil should contain only these ingredients. You should be skeptical and raise your eyebrows if the product you are researching contains any other ingredients.

CBD oil is available in capsules, tinctures, salves, and vaping juices. If they are derived from hemp, none of these products will get you high. This is why professional athletes use these products because they can relieve pain without affecting mental capacity. However, you should be cautious about the brands you buy. The demand for CBD products has meant a proliferation of unscrupulous products, which may not be so good for you. You have to do your due diligence before buying any CBD product.

You can let go of any skepticism you have about CBD. You will not get high.