CBD, aka cannabidiol, is one of the 60+ naturally occurring compounds found in the Cannabis plant.
And yes…THC, the psychoactive cannabis compound, is another one of those compounds.
Naturally, because CBD and THC both yield from the marijuana plant, many assume that, like THC, using CBD will get you high.
We wrote this article to help inform our readers about the differences between CBD and THC, and to answer an important question:
“Does CBD Get You High?”
So, does CBD Get You High?
For starters, don’t feel bad about asking whether or not CBD will get you high. It’s a very good question because it’s careless to not be aware of what’s going into your body, and what affects it may have. Let’s get to it then.
The Short Answer: Absolutely not. While THC is psychoactive and can cause sedation, lethargy, dysphoria, and other negative effects; CBD is completely not psychoactive, and will deliver the healing properties of the 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
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 endogenous cannabinoid 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 <a href=” alt=”How Can CBD Oil Benefit You” />CBD oils as a tincture, using CBD with a vaporizer, consuming CBD water, and more!
Research has indicated that CBD can be used to benefit over 50 medical conditions including:
- Epilepsy / Seizures
- Chronic Pain
- Sleeping Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- 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!