CBD, aka cannabidiol, is one of the 60+ naturally occurring compounds found in the marijuana plant.
And yes,THC, is another one of those compounds, which brings us to an important point. Because THC and CBD both yield from the marijuana plant many assume CBD can get you high. Since its the same plant, it does make sense, but is it true? Does CBD Get You High?
Let’s shed some light on the situation.
For starters, don’t feel bad about asking whether or not CBD will get you high. We are asked it multiple times every day, and its a great question. After all, shouldn’t we be aware of whats going in our bodies and how it will affect us? Of course, we should.
That being said, let’s dive into CBD and answer the question: “Will CBD get you high?”
The Short Answer: Absolutely not. While THC is psychoactive and can cause sedation, lethargy, dysphoria, and other negative effects; CBD is completely non-psychoactive, and will deliver the healing properties of the cannabis marijuana plant without getting you high.
The Long Answer: Well, this is going to get pretty in-depth, but for those of you looking for more of a scientific explanation, continue reading below!
The Science Behind CBD (The Long Answer)
Everything we are is essentially controlled by our Central Nervous System (CNS), which consists of our brain, our spinal cord, and our nerves. These components are connected throughout our entire body and control everything we do and experience. Within the CNS are different systems of receptors that carry out different functions of our body. One of the most important ones is the Endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a group of endogenouscannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain, that researchers believe control our appetite, mood, pain sensation, memory, and more.
Within the ECS, are several different receptors, one of which is the CB1 receptor. When the CB1 receptor comes into contact with THC, it causes the psychoactive effects associated with “getting high;” however, when the CB1 receptor comes into contact with CBD, CBD actually blocks the THC from engaging with the CB1 receptor, effectively canceling out the psychoactive effects of THC. While inhibiting the effects of THC, CBD also activates other receptors in our brain, such as the adenosine receptor (controls “Fight or Flight” syndrome ie. anxiety), the serotonin receptors (which controls our mood, and how we feel), and the vanilloid receptor (which helps to regulate pain). So while THC does provide the healing properties of the marijuana plant, it also causes negative side effects; while CBD actually inhibits these side effects and provides a wide variety of benefits.
How Can CBD Oil Benefit You?
Because CBD can provide the healing benefits of the marijuana plant, without inducing the negative side effects of THC, it has become very popular in the medical community. Today, people from every walk of life use CBD in a variety of ways including using CBD oils as a tincture, using CBD with a vaporizer, consuming CBD water, and more!
For many, gaining relief from these conditions, without the negative effects of THC, or the addictive properties of prescription medications, is nothing short of a miracle. It’s no wonder why tens of thousands of people around the world have publicly posted their testimonials and success stories. In the years to come, we predict that many more patients will benefit from CBD, and we want to do everything we can to help spread the wonders of CBD!
We hope that this article was valuable to you, and if you have any questions or comments, we invite you to engage in the comments section at the bottom of this page!