Even if you are not a fan of the cannabis community, you have probably heard about CBD and its huge range of health benefits.
From mild problems of pain, inflammation, loss of appetite to treating anxiety, and epilepsy, people are using CBD as an alternative to conventional resources, thanks to its well-established safety profile and promising results from recent clinical studies. Food and Drug Administration has also approved CBD based medicine for the treatment of seizures in children 1 year of age and older.
However, most people think that since it comes through the cannabis plant, it can also give you a feeling of high.
So, can CBD get you high?
Well, this article will help clear up any confusion about CBD and its properties.
Feeling High: How Does It Feel Exactly?
Remember the popular meme:
“The longer you stare, the more zombies appear”?
Well, it’s not just a popular meme but it is also a state of mind when feeling stoned or high.
Vaping, inhaling, smoking, or ingesting substances such as marijuana can relax and make you feel happy.
Your vision will get sensitive, any food tastes yummy, and the music, even if it is just a loud banging of drums, will sound terrific.
In addition, you will want to dance, talk, and even have sexual intercourse at the same time. You do not care what is going on around you and time passes by so slowly.
And there is always a day of reckoning with the less-desirable effects after that. Such a state can lead to unpleasant feelings like:
- Racing heartbeat
- Altered senses
- Vomiting and nausea
- Mood changes
- Impaired memory and movement
- Problem-solving difficulties
These effects, however, depend on several factors— your gender and age, the way you consume it, and whether it is taken daily or included with other drugs or not.
So, now that you know what it means to feel high or stoned, let’s get back to the question…
Does CBD Get You High?
The short answer?
No. CBD may not get you high as long as it contains 0.3% percent of THC or less.
CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It can make you more relaxed and calmer, however, these sensations do not even get close to the signature high that the THC-enriched marijuana provides.
With that said, there is also a long answer to the question.
There are some CBD products that contain a significant amount of THC, going up to 5 percent, which can give you the feeling of high. However, these products are made from the selectively-bred marijuana strains that are grown for their high CBD content. Still, these contain higher THC than the hemp-derived CBD products.
Wait a minute!
Marijuana And Hemp-Derived Products: What Are The Differences?
The cannabis plant has been used since ancient times.
And although most people think of the cannabis plant as the infamous marijuana, it is in fact, just one of the many varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp, another cannabis variety, has also been used in order to produce rope and clothing throughout history and is now getting more popular in the health and wellness industry.
Both cannabis plant variety features among other cannabinoids. But what makes hemp and marijuana different are the levels.
Marijuana contains a high concentration of THC but lower amounts of CBD. Meanwhile, the hemp variety needs to have percent of THC but is enriched with CBD.
THC vs. CBD: The Yin and Yang of the Cannabis Plant
We’ve mentioned CBD and THC a lot of times now, and you might be wondering, what exactly are those and their key differences.
Well, let’s start with THC.
THC: The Psychoactive Compound
THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol is a highly intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is the one responsible for the signature high and stoned feeling of smoking marijuana.
The moment THC enters the body, it binds to the spinal cord and brain, producing a variety of effects on the brain and the body.
This is the reason why people usually feel too relaxed, slightly hungry, and euphoric, and sometimes sleepy after inhaling or smoking marijuana. The THC compound controls memory, mood, pain reception, and other important functions such as body temperatures or appetite.
An important thing to note is that THC is biphasic in nature. This means that the effects of THC increase with the increase in its dosage. The higher doses you take, the higher it elevates your anxiety in contrast with moderate to low doses.
CBD: The Miracle Compound
Unlike its psychoactive and intoxicating sibling, CBD features no intoxicating properties since it does not have a direct affinity with any of the CB1 cannabinoid receptors.
Instead, this cannabinoid stimulates the endocannabinoid system to release more of the body’s native cannabinoids and help the body regain homeostasis – a state of balance between all the physiological processes.
As mentioned before, CBD oil is taking the spotlight in the health and wellness industry, relieving and helping a broad range of illnesses and discomforts including inflammation, anxiety, pain perception, joint and cartilage health, attention problems, epilepsy, heart health, and neuroprotection, just to name a few.
And perhaps the best part about CBD is that it can actually mitigate the high induced by too much THC.
So, now that you are familiar with the main difference between, let us take a look at the effects of CBD.
Ingesting CBD: What Does It Feel Like?
Now that we have established that CBD alone cannot get you high, you might be wondering what happens once CBD enters the body.
As mentioned before, CBD does not directly engage with your cannabinoid receptors. However, it has over 60 known molecular targets.
Also, CBD is not a cannabinoid agonist. Instead, it is a modulator of the ECS, short for the endocannabinoid system.
So, not only does it stimulate the ECS to release more native endocannabinoids, but CBD also helps slow down cannabinoid breakdown. This allows the compounds to circulate longer in the body.
Most CBD oil users will describe the result of inhaling or ingesting CBD as a wave of relief and relaxing sensation running throughout the mind and body when taken in a vaporized form or sublingually.
Most first-time users report the first effects within 30 minutes after taking CBD oil sublingually or within 10 minutes or less after inhalation. Meanwhile, oral products like edibles and capsules need more time to take effect, usually taking between 40 and 120 minutes.
To cut the story short, CBD oil can:
- Relieved from stress
- Less in pain
But is CBD really non-psychoactive? Or do users just confuse intoxication with psychoactivity? This points us to the next question…
Is CBD Non-Psychoactive?
The fact that CBD cannot get you high does not mean that it is not psychoactive. There is a fine line between psychoactive and intoxicating effects.
At specific doses, THC can intoxicate the mind, causing alterations in sensory perception, cognition, motor skills, and mood.
The definition of psychoactive is “affecting the behavior or mind”. And while CBD does not affect one’s behavior, it can certainly affect the mind.
For instance, by reducing anxiety levels, CBD may help improve your mood. Thus, you are happier as well as behaving differently than if you feel anxious and stressed.
In short, CBD is actually psychoactive by definition. However, most people deny that trait since the word psychoactive is usually associated with THC, which is a common misconception amongst manufacturers and users.
Speaking of manufacturers, we bet you are curious as to how CBD oil is made.
CBD Oil: The Manufacturing Process
The majority of CBD products are extracted from the hemp variety, which is specifically bred to consist high levels of CBD but only trace amounts of THC.
What does a trace amount of THC mean?
Although marijuana contains anywhere between 5 and 30 percent THC, Hemp comes with 0.3 percent or less THC in order not to get users high. Federally speaking, this is the accepted limit for THC content in hemp or CBD products.
CBD oils are typically made with CO2 extraction. It involved pressurized CO2 acting as a solvent and pulls the beneficial compounds from the hemp plant. Some manufacturers use ethanol in order to create CBD extract. It is a cheaper method; however, it carries the risk of inefficient purging and removal of toxic ethanol.
From there, the CBD extract is infused into carrier oils like hemp oil, MCT oil, or olive oil in order to improve its bioavailability.
Once the oil is bottled and tested in a third party lab for purity and potency, it is ready to use. However, it is pertinent to note here that the US Food and Drug Administration has not yet regulated the production of CBD-based products.
Now, we mentioned before that, CBD may or may not get you high, depending on the source.
Let’s discuss that below.
Hemp-Derived CBD Will Not Get You High
Since there are only trace amounts of THC in the hemp-derive products, CBD from this plant cannot get you high.
In addition, hemp-derived CBD products are legal under federal law, so you can buy it like most OTC supplements. It is widely available in organic food stores, pharmacies, vape shops, and specialty online stores.
Marijuana-Derived CBD Could Get You High
The marijuana-derived CBD is obtained through the same processes as CBD products made from the hemp plant.
However, it contains a higher amount of THC, usually ranging between 5 and 30 percent, depending on the THC content of the source plant.
If you wish to purchase marijuana-derived CBD, then you need to make sure that your state or local laws approved recreational or medical marijuana. Otherwise, you might get into trouble with the law.
One last question…
Can CBD Make You Fail A Drug Test?
If you’re worried about failing a drug test when you have consumed CBD, then here is good news for you.
The drug tests for the employment of legal reasons only check for THC and its resulting metabolites. The only way CBD could come up on your drug test is that if they exceed the trace amounts of THC (0.3 percent or less) which are legally allowed by the federal law.
Now, there are some theories that CBD consumed at higher doses can cause a drug test to be positive. However, there’s no such proof of such a possibility.
Long story short, CBD can’t get you high as long as it has been sourced from hemp-derived plants.
Hemp is usually grown to maximize CBD concentration in the flowers while also reducing the amount of THC in order to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC. And while CBD may produce feelings of sedation or relaxation, it also makes your mind clearer and does not directly influence your behavior.
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