What are the Effects of CBD? Does it Get You High?
You’ve probably heard of CBD in the news due to its wide range of medical applications – especially for children and adults suffering from chronic conditions. They clearly get relief from their ailments with the use of CBD, but the question everyone wants to know – are they getting high?
Does CBD Get You High?
No! CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental process. In other words, CBD does not get you 'high' or stoned. There is no mental slowness or haziness caused by CBD – seriously, none.
You might be wondering how this is possible. It’s because your association of cannabis is to the marijuana plants bread for high THC content – the specific cannabinoid that gets you high. However, cannabis contains many other cannabinoids – most of which do not get you high, like CBD. Some cannabis plants are bred for high CBD content exclusively – these plants are known as ‘hemp’ – and only contain trace amounts of THC (below 0.3% to be exact). The combination of high-CBD with extremely low amounts of THC is what makes the products derived from hemp plants non-psychoactive.
To reiterate, the cannabis plant contains multiple cannabinoids, however, only THC provides the traditional high associated with cannabis. CBD, the second most prevalent cannabinoid, is non-psychoactive and doesn’t induce any ‘high’.
What does CBD feel like?
Now you’re probably wondering, if CBD is not going to get me 'high', then what is going to happen? Valid question. Without going too deep into the science, which you can do here, CBD affects multiple sets of receptors all throughout the body. Rather than binding to your cannabinoid receptors directly (like THC), CBD exhibits an indirect influence on these receptors, increasing the levels of endocannabinoids produced naturally by your body. For reference, endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the body and phytocannabinoids (like THC and CBD) come from plants.
The result is described by many as a wave of relief or relaxation that can be felt throughout the whole body when ingested orally or vaporized. Topical application result in a near instantaneous reduction in swelling, pain, and discomfort. To be clear, the effects are typically pretty mild, but that’s the point – CBD targets the source of your problem while limiting symptoms – without interfering with day-to-day life.
Many first time CBD consumers look down at their watch 30 minutes after ingesting tinctures and think, “I don’t feel anything, is it even working?” An hour later, they totally forgot about their anxiety, pain, inflammation – you name it. This example serves to illustrate the subtle, yet extremely effective healing properties of CBD. You won’t feel anything out of the ordinary, but after 90 minutes you’ll suddenly realize that you pain has totally melted away.
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We realize that some of these positive feelings are hard to quantify – but that’s kind of the point – your body’s endocannabinoid system serves to maintain equilibrium, or homeostasis, in the body. In laymen’s terms this means its function is to fix what is wrong with you if you are ill and optimize your health if you are already well.