What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a medicine going back thousands of years. Today the therapeutic properties of CBD are being tested and confirmed by scientists and doctors around the world. A safe, non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids,” which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile.
CBD is closely related to another important medicinally active phytocannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high that cannabis is famous for. These are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.
Both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes. But unlike THC, CBD does not make a person feel “stoned” or intoxicated. That’s because CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.
CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC, depending on how much of each compound is consumed. Many people want the health benefits of cannabis without the high – or with less of a high.
The fact that CBD is therapeutically potent as well as non-intoxicating, and easy to take as a CBD oil, makes it an appealing treatment option for those who are cautious about trying cannabis for the first time.
Does CBD Get You High?
Does CBD oil get you high? Short answer, no.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is naturally non-intoxicating. You may feel calmer when taking it as CBD’s effects are more relaxing vs a high feeling.
Not only will CBD not get you high, but it actually counteracts the high effects of THC, which is the compound notorious for getting people high.
CBD vs. THC
CBD’s close relationship with THC is the reason people ask if CBD can get you high, but before we talk about the difference, we believe it’s important to understand how they are similar.
Both CBD and THC are compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids naturally occur in our bodies as well as the cannabis plant. There are over 100 known cannabinoids with more being discovered. Each cannabinoid has varying effects which occur due to the cannabinoids interaction with our bodies natural endocannabinoid system (ECS).
We expect a new age of research to occur on CBD’s benefits and effects due to hemp being de-scheduled in the recently signed 2018 Farm Bill. Research into hemp derived CBD was made available in the 2014 Farm Bill, but many colleges and universities shied away from it due to the close relationship with THC.
With more research on the way, initial anecdotal evidence on the benefits of CBD is it may promote a sense of calm, soothe sore muscles and joints, positive impact on mood and stress, and enhance rest and relaxation. Though the anecdotal results are positive, we are excited to see more research and case studies that provide supporting documentation.
THC is different from CBD in that it has intoxicating or psychoactive “high” effects. The most common being anxiety, followed by an altered conscious perception, paranoia, euphoria, introspection, and more. The effects of THC are what has overshadowed the benefits of CBD and caused much confusion about the difference between the two compounds.
The question of whether CBD oil can get you high is also confusing because CBD and THC naturally occur in the same plant species of cannabis. The difference between hemp and marijuana is important to understand if you’re wondering, can CBD oil get you high? The reason it is important is that CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana.
Hemp vs Marijuana
Hemp-derived CBD product is much different from a marijuana-derived CBD product. The reason they are different starts with the hemp and marijuana plants and what makes them up.
While hemp and marijuana look very similar and share many of the same compounds, they are different in their cannabinoid contents. Hemp contains high levels of CBD and low levels of THC (below .3%). Marijuana contains high levels of THC and low levels of CBD, therefore, if you do not want to get high, make sure to find out if your CBD product is derived from hemp and not marijuana.
To do this, you will need to ask for a lab test or certificate of analysis on the product.