Does CBD Get You High?
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is an all-natural substance that is derived from the industrial hemp plant. You may be looking to try CBD oil due to its many wellness benefits. If so, there’s probably one major question on your mind: does CBD get you high? It’s an important question for those looking to enjoy the benefits of Cannabidiol without the intoxicating side effects.
In short, no CBD will not get you high. The misconception that CBD gets you high is largely due to CBD’s relation to THC, or more likely, hemp’s close relationship to marijuana. (Difference between hemp and marijuana)
Since CBD oil does not contain the intoxicating properties of THC, it does not get you high. In order to understand why we must look at the chemical makeup of CBD.
Chemical Properties of CBD
CBD is a phytocannabinoid, which is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. The Phyto- means plant and -cannabinoid refers to the class of chemicals called cannabinoids. CBD is one of the dozens of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant [THC being the most well known]. These are what make up the chemical composition of the plant.
CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in our cells. Our brain receptors are sensitive to chemical messengers within the brain as well as those produced outside the body, such as CBD. These cannabinoid receptors make up our endocannabinoid system (ECS) and are spread throughout the brain and body. The ECS is responsible for keeping our body in homeostasis.
The two subtypes of cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2. CBD does not interact directly with these receptors; instead, it inhibits the enzyme that activates the receptors. This partially explains why CBD is not intoxicating. In addition, CBD inhibits the interaction of THC with the receptors, which reduces the intoxicating effects of THC.
Not only does CBD not get you high, but it is known to work against the THC that creates a high.
CBD Extraction Process
CBD is extracted from the industrial hemp plant in the form of an oil. In order to be considered legal in the United States, CBD oil must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. This is a trace amount of THC and is not enough to create a high. And, as mentioned previously, CBD negates even the trace amounts of THC by inhibiting the THC from interacting with our cannabinoid receptors.
Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD oil is considered a practical supplement because you can gain the benefits of cannabis without worrying about getting high. This allows for CBD to be used daily and at any time.
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