Chances are you’ve heard about CBD and its benefits in the news. It has gained a lot of popularity due to its extreme wide-ranging applications for medical conditions, especially in combating chronic diseases in children and adults. While studies are still in their preliminary stages, CBD has amassed a massive following, with several people indicating that they get relief from a host of ailments when they take high quality CBD tinctures and extracts.
In the human Endocannabinoid system (ECS), CBD acts as a stimulant and therapeutic agent, promoting homeostasis in the body. However, despite the obvious benefits of CBD, there is still a lot of misconceptions and conflicting information about it. This is what drove us to the question everyone wants answers to – does CBD gets its consumers high? In this article, we will provide a concrete answer to this question in a detailed fashion.
Do You Get High When You Take CBD?
NO! CBD does not get you high. CBD is completely non-psychoactive, which means that when used, it has no negative effects on your mind, memory or mental activities. In other words, you don’t get high, buzzy, faded or stoned when you use CBD. CBD does not cause any intoxication, haziness or mental fog whatsoever.
You may be wondering how true this is because the term “cannabis” is often associated with marijuana plants known for high concentration of THC. For the uninitiated, Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC is a cannabis-derived compound that induces psychoactive effects and gets you high.
However, cannabis is a complex plant containing several different cannabinoids, many of which, just like CBD, won’t get you high. The class of cannabis plants that are grown because of their high CBD content are known as hemp. They contain only a few amounts of THC, which is about 0.3% according to an Act by federal regulations. A combination of extremely low THC concentrations and high levels of CBD is what makes hemp-derived products non-psychoactive.
As stated earlier, the cannabis family of plants has over 100 different cannabinoids, however, THC is the only one that gives the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis. Marijuana plants provide high levels of THC, and hemp high amounts of CBD. So, now you know that CBD, which is the second-most popular cannabinoid, is not psychoactive and won’t get you high at all.
What Does Using CBD Feel Like?
Now that it’s clear that CBD won’t get you high, you’re probably wondering what CBD products make you feel like. Well, that’s a genuine concern.
Without going much into technical terms and scientific jargon, CBD interacts with a number of receptors in the brain and throughout the body. Unlike THC which binds directly to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, CBD performs modulation and regulation indirectly. It indirectly stimulates these receptors, increasing the production levels of endocannabinoids naturally in the body.
Many people describe this effect by CBD as a feeling or relief or relaxation which is experienced throughout the whole body when it is taken orally, vaporized or smoked. Some also report that when used topically, CBD provided relief that resulted in reduction in swelling, inflammation, and pain in almost a matter of minutes.
For clarity purposes, CBD produces mild effects when used, which is exactly the point. CBD produces relief from illness while reducing symptoms – without affecting your day-to-day activities or vitiating you in any way.
When most people take CBD or ingest tinctures for the first time, they take a look at their watch after 30 minutes and think, “it’s been 30 minutes and I don’t feel anything, is this thing even working?” Fast forward an hour later, and they realize they have completely forgotten about whatever problems they were experiencing, be it pain, fatigue, inflammation, anxiety or depression. This example reiterates the subtle but powerful healing properties CBD possesses.
You’re not going to experience anything unusual or weird, but after about 90 minutes, you’ll find out that your pain has completely disappeared. While it may take longer to feel the effects when taken orally, they build up over time.
When you consume CBD, you may experience relief, calm, comfort, relaxation, removal or reduction of pain, or chronic pain, and you may feel “normal” or “better”.
We have noticed some of the said feelings experienced with CBD are hard to explain or quantify, but that’s only because of the nature of CBD. The Endocannabinoid System performs the function of maintaining equilibrium in the body, a term referred to scientifically as homeostasis. In other words, it performs a function of restoring whatever is wrong in your body when you’re ill, and further improves your wellbeing if you’re already healthy.
What Exactly Is CBD Oil Made Of?
All CBD oil products contain a list of active ingredients: hemp extract or CBD concentrate, a carrier oil such as coconut oil or hemp oil, and one or two other ingredients added for coloring or flavor, whether it’s natural or artificial.
Another addition on the ingredients list of most products is vegetable glycerin, also referred to as glycerine or glycerol. Vegetable glycerin is a clear liquid used as a thinning agent and is harmless when vaporized.
Most legitimate CBD oils don’t contain more than those ingredients. If you find anything else on the ingredients list, you may want to be extra careful as there are several fake products that present themselves as CBD oil.