Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about CBD recently. CBD is being utilized by consumers who are seeking possible benefits such as pain relief, reduced anxiety, and an overall sense of well-being, and as a result, CBD is generating a lot of buzz. However, a lot of misinformation about CBD still abounds. And, due to its close ties with the marijuana plant, people wonder – does CBD get you high?
Does CBD Get You High?
In a short answer, no! CBD doesn’t get you high. In fact, it is 100% non-psychoactive, which means it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental processes. CBD doesn’t cause mental fogginess, haziness, or altered perceptions whatsoever. When you take CBD oil, you can go about your daily life as usual, without concerns about driving or any other task.
Many people think CBD can get you high because they associate the term “cannabis” with getting high. However, cannabis is a complex plant family that contains many different cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are molecules in the cannabis plants which give them their medicinal and recreational properties. One of these cannabinoids is THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the substance that get you “high”. THC is what gives marijuana its psychoactive and mood-altering effects. CBD (or cannabidiol), on the other hand, is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid and won’t get you “high.” In fact, even the World Health Organization states that CBD doesn’t produce any mind-altering effects or pose any risk for addiction.
Different types of cannabis plants are bred for different cannabinoid content and for different purposes. Hemp, for instance, is bred for high CBD. According to federal guidelines, hemp can only contain a 0.3% trace of THC. This minute amount of THC is not enough to experience any mind-altering effects. Therefore, CBD which is made from hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to get you “high.” On the other hand, marijuana plants are high in THC concentrations and these are used for medical or recreational purposes.
What Does CBD Feel Like?
Many consumers report feeling a wave of relaxation and stress relief, and some even say they get a mood boost, after taking the CBD. In fact, studies have found CBD may help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. CBD is also being utilized by consumers who are seeking relief from PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and other mental disorders. Some users, who deal with chronic insomnia, say that they’re able to turn off their brains, even in the face of stress, to get some sleep. CBD may also help you stay asleep so you wake up feeling refreshed. Topical application of CBD is being utilized by some consumers who are seeking relief from pain, swelling, and discomfort caused by arthritis, menstrual cramps, sore muscles, injury, or other conditions.
CBD may help treat chronic conditions without interfering with your daily life or causing impairment. Potential side effects are mild, and include diarrhea, dizziness, and dry mouth. Additionally, CBD may interact with some prescription medications and cause unintended side effects. It’s important to talk with your doctor before using CBD if you’re currently taking medication.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works by interacting with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Rather than binding to your cannabinoid receptors directly as THC, CBD influences these receptors to increase the levels of endocannabinoids in your body. This produces a milder effect on the body than THC causes.
The THC molecule is ideally shaped to bind with the receptors in your endocannabinoid system, sort of like a plug in a socket. Once this connection occurs, THC stimulates the receptors in your body and causes the cells in your body to react. Because it binds directly to your cannabinoid receptors, it may produce effects such as increase in appetite, drowsiness, relaxation, and euphoria in as little as ten minutes.
On the other hand, CBD isn’t perfectly shaped to bind to your receptors. Instead, it acts indirectly on the receptors and boosts the level of endocannabinoids in your body. In addition, it prevents the breakdown of endocannabinoids, thereby increasing their overall presence in the body. The endocannabinoids CBD targets play a significant role in sleep, mood, appetite, pain sensation, and the immune system.
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