When I initially started looking at CBD products, I felt that it was a little dubious that a compound from the cannabis plant would be so “innocent.”
When you hear “CBD,” do you think of big marijuana stoner festivals where people are passing joints and blunts around in the hot summer sun? Do you imagine a group of friends sitting on a college dorm floor, passing a bottle of wine around and ignoring their homework? Do you think, “Oh, no way will I get caught smoking weed”? Well, CBD isn’t that. It’s different. And it is time everyone knew that.
No, at least not in the traditional sense. While some CBD products contain a small amount of THC, 0.3% or less to be considered federally legal, that small amount won’t give you the same psychoactive high as traditional weed or even Delta 8 THC. I equate taking CBD to be similar to taking a long walk in the crisp spring air or a warm bubble bath at the end of the day. It’s relaxing for both the mind and the body, but I’m still very present and in control of my thoughts and actions. In other words, I’m able to be productive, focus on the tasks at hand, and enjoy what I’m doing instead of being anxious, but you won’t find me laughing hysterically.
What Is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the active cannabinoids within cannabis or hemp plants. It was first identified in 1940 when scientists discovered that a chemical found in marijuana effectively relieved pain and inflammation. Research has shown that CBD can have therapeutic effects as an anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antipsychotic, and antianxiety agent in recent years. It’s been used to treat epilepsy and schizophrenia.
In addition to its medical applications, CBD-rich hemp may also help protect your body against some forms of cancer by stimulating apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells and by inhibiting angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels).
However, while CBD oil might have health benefits, some products may contain additional non-CBD ingredients that could have a negative impact on your health. For example, research has shown that some CBD oils contain significant amounts of THC.
Well, it’s a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, but it doesn’t have the same mind-altering properties that THC does—it doesn’t get you high. Cannabidiol has been used as medicine for centuries because it interacts with receptors in your body (called CB1 receptors) to relieve pain and other symptoms without making you feel high. Researchers are also studying it as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory drug, and neuroprotectant. It sounds too good to be true!
What are Tinctures?
When you hear the word “tincture,” you might think of something old-fashioned or outdated- as I once did too. I mean, who even uses tinctures anymore? A tincture is essentially an extract made from some of our most beloved herbs. A tincture is a solution that uses alcohol to extract medicinal ingredients from plants and herbs. The tincture is often mixed with a carrier oil like MCT oil to make it more palatable or easier to use.
One of the surprising truths about using tinctures is that they aren’t magical potions but an easy way to add to your daily routine and feel better over time. They’ve been transformed into a cutting-edge supplement that is used by top practitioners and athletes today.
They’re also more convenient to use than pills or powders. Tinctures are portable, easy to use, and perfectly dosed. For this reason, it’s a perfect solution for the health-conscious crowd on the go. For centuries, people have used tinctures for health reasons, but now their popularity is surging for personal use. (There’s even a tincture for hangovers. So cool!) Scoff if you must, but tinctures are totally having a moment.
Remember, They are not THC Tinctures
When talking about hemp-derived CBD, it’s not THC—the cannabinoid that gets you high. So, no, CBD oil can’t give you a buzz. Well, what gets you high? THC is the compound in the hemp plant that gets you high. CBD interacts with receptors in your body called CB1 receptors. They help regulate your appetite and immune system. And when CBD interacts with them, it can make you feel relaxed, calm, and focused—which is why people take it for anxiety, pain relief, and insomnia.
Let’s get Back to the Main Question…
You’re Probably Still Wondering, “Do CBD Tinctures get you High?” And if They Don’t get me High, What are the Effects?
Well, that depends on what you mean by “high.” If you’re asking if they contain THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, then no. Even products that do contain THC contain such a small amount that they won’t get you high in that sense. But if you’re asking if they will help treat some of your pain and anxiety, then yes! CBD tinctures have helped many people with that.
Both THC and CBD, two compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant, can exist independently. CBD oil and other CBD products contain only the non-intoxicating compound CBD.
So, why are people still getting confused when it comes to CBD making them high or not?
People often confuse CBD and THC. But CBD and THC are not the same things- they do, however, come from the same plant- and that is why (I think) people confuse the two. The famous THC compound is a psychoactive molecule that gets you “high,” while CBD displays none of the psychoactive qualities. CBD will have its own set of effects; it will not cause a psychoactive response or any form of intoxication.
CBD vs. THC: Understanding the Differences
You might be wondering about the differences between THC and CBD—they’re both cannabinoids found in cannabis, after all. And you’re right to wonder! It’s a confusing topic, even for pros. But I’ve got you covered. First, it’s important to understand that there are two major cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. Each one affects the brain in different ways.
CBD and THC both impact cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain, but they differ in their effects on a person’s mood and general state of being. Here are some key differences between CBD and THC.
The thing with THC is it activates the CB1 receptors in your brain, which are responsible for that euphoric feeling. You know, that feeling you get when you eat some really good food? Or when you’re watching a sappy movie? That’s the CB1 receptors at work. And then there’s CBD, which is known as a CB1 antagonist. While CBD will interact with those same receptors and create a gentle, relaxed feeling, CBD can also block THC from binding to the CB1 receptor. Essentially, CBD is the ying to THCs yang and has even been reported to reduce a high caused by THC or stop someone from greening out (getting too high and getting sick).
Hemp is Hip (and Legal)
Have you seen as many products and ads for hemp and hemp-related products as I have? Then you will agree with me when I say, “hemp is definitely hip right now. But besides it being a super hot topic, what else has that go to do with CBD tinctures and whether or not they can make you high?
CBD generally comes from hemp, a cannabis plant that produces low amounts of THC (the stuff in marijuana that gets you high). How can I be so sure that hemp produces no THC? Well, it is quite simple, hemp- by definition, cannot contain more than 0.3% THC. It is not hemp if it has higher levels of THC; it is classified as marijuana.
According to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD products made from hemp that contains 0.3% of THC or less are considered federally legal in the US. The CBD used in products must be tested by a third-party lab for THC levels to be used in CBD products. If a company doesn’t willingly have their lab testing available for their products, do not buy from them, as you can’t be 100% certain of the product quality and ingredients. Laws at the state level may be different. Always check with your local state laws before purchasing products.
Does CBD Have Side Effects?
The World Health Organization, or WHO, has released a report regarding CBD, the same non-psychoactive component of cannabis that we have spoken about throughout this article. For years, there have been questions about the safety of using CBD. Some people claim it has no side effects whatsoever. Others have reported experiencing negative side effects such as dizziness and nausea.
Although many people do not report experiencing any significant side effects when taking CBD oil, some people may experience some minor or unwelcome symptoms. These side effects can include diarrhea, mild nausea, dizziness, excessive fatigue, and dry mouth.
In the WHO report, they examined recent research. Also, they reviewed past studies related to CBD to determine whether or not it is safe for consumption. They focused on three different aspects of CBD: human health, animal and public health risk management, and drug interactions. The study found that CBD is not harmful to humans when taken in the recommended dosages. The report also noted that more in-depth research into the topic is needed to fully understand all potential uses for CBD and its side effects.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Is it Legal to Use CBD Products?
Answer: It’s a little confusing whether or not CBD is legal. Let’s start with the basics: In December 2018, Congress lifted the prohibition on hemp-derived CBD. This means that products derived from hemp plants are legal in the United States unless outlawed at the state level. So what are hemp plants? Hemp plants are different from marijuana plants; they contain less than 0.3 percent THC (the ingredient in marijuana that produces a high). By law, products made from hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC and must be made from the flowers and leaves of the plant only. For now, CBD-to-THC ratios will vary by product, so it’s important to read labels carefully. And if you’re unsure about the legality of a certain product, check its source!
Question: Is THC Legal in the USA?
Answer: The legal status of THC in the USA is a bit confusing. This depends on the type of THC you are talking about. Delta 9 THC is the type of THC most people think of when they think of weed. This is considered marijuana in the United States and is illegal because it contains more than 0.3% THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp and its derivates federally legal within the United States. When they wrote the bill, I imagine they were thinking about CBD products mainly and were unaware of other THC compounds that would also become legal, like Delta 8 THC and THCV. Currently, THC derivates from the hemp plant are considered legal but states have started to pass their own laws regarding legalities.
Question: Is Hemp Legal?
Answer: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, legalized hemp production in the United States. Hemp is a form of cannabis. But unlike THC, which is found in marijuana, hemp-derived CBD doesn’t have psychoactive properties. December 2018, Congress lifted the prohibition on hemp and its derivatives like CBD. That means CBD products in the United States can be made from hemp (or technically from cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent THC) without breaking any laws. Marijuana-derived CBD may also be available at dispensaries and online in states where medical marijuana or recreational marijuana is legal.
Question: How Long Will I Feel the Effects of CBD Tincture?
Answer: On average, when you take CBD tincture, it lasts anywhere between 2-6 hours. This is because the body absorbs it in various ways, including an oral mucous membrane, a sublingual area under the tongue, or even in your stomach. But this can largely depend on whether you use CBD to provide its pain-relieving properties or its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Anecdotal reports amongst users show that the latter treats several conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, and epilepsy. In contrast, the former is ideal for those looking to address chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and migraines.
The Bottom Line
CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive properties—it doesn’t get you “high”—which means you can take CBD without worrying about feeling intoxicated or getting a headache as an unwanted side effect. When it comes to pain relief and other health benefits, there’s still a lot of scientists don’t know about CBD.
CBD is used for several ailments because it has been shown to interact with the endocannabinoid system in mammals. The endocannabinoid system regulates mood, sleep cycles, immune function, and more; it also helps regulate pain perception and inflammation. CBD interacts with this system by helping to restore balance through inhibition when there is too much activity and by helping to stimulate activity when it is too little.
When purchasing CBD, make sure to source from a reputable company. Check the label for an independent health-and-safety audit that confirms their product contains exactly what they say they do, and no more. If the brand you’re looking at doesn’t have that kind of lab test, it’s safer to choose another.