If you’re wondering whether or not CBD oil can get you high, you’re not alone. Many people continue to ask this question and have the misconception that CBD will get you high. This may be somewhat due to the close similarities CBD and THC have, as well as the fact that CBD comes from the cannabis plant, as does THC. In order to help you understand their differences, let’s take a closer look at what CBD is.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is only one of over 100 chemical compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another chemical compound found in cannabis and is usually the cause of CBD’s mistaken identity. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. To put it simply, it is not a compound that will alter your mental state, making you feel intoxicated, causing the “high” you would experience with THC.
CBD vs. THC
Ready for a mini chemistry lesson? CBD does have the same chemical formula that THC has. However, because they each have a different atom arrangement, CBD effects are not the same as THC effects. Research has shown that the differences in atom arrangement make CBD a beneficial anti-inflammatory and extremely helpful with neuropathic pain, without altering your state of mind. Our bodies already have cannabinoid-like compounds called endocannabinoids, so when we use CBD, these cannabinoids are interacting with and working with our system to help us manage pain. THC is credited in many studies for managing muscle spasms and pain and is particularly helpful in patients with Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. Although it helps relieve or manage pain in various medical conditions, it is not legal in all states and does have its psychoactive properties.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
So why is there so much confusion over CBD effects? One reason may be due to the fact that CBD oil can be made from both marijuana and from hemp. CBD that is extracted from industrial hemp may only contain less than 0.3% of THC, so it is not psychoactive. Growers will breed particular hemp plants specifically to extract this CBD to make CBD oil because of this minuscule amount. CBD oil made from marijuana, on the other hand, will have much higher levels of THC to alter your mental state and get you high.
Think of THC as the mischievous one in the cannabinoid family. It is known for engaging and interfering with 2 receptors in your brain (CB1 and CB2), causing miscommunication, and altering your state of mind. This is what we know as high. You may feel any or a combination of effects such as feeling relaxed, sleepy, or hungry. Your aggression levels may be lowered, and your reaction time slowed, while several of your senses become heightened. Some people may also experience hallucinations or varying degrees of distorted reality, as well as increased anxiety and paranoia.
CBD, on the other hand, does not interfere with these 2 receptors. In fact, CBD actually helps counteract some of the mind-altering effects of THC, such as reducing levels of anxiety or any paranoia that may set in. While it is known for providing a relaxed state, it will not produce a high.
CBD does communicate with different receptors throughout your brain and body though. CBD is noted in many studies to have various medical benefits. Among those are:
- Reduced levels of anxiety
- Reduced levels of depression
- Reduced levels of pain
- Helps fight cancer cells and tumors
- Reduced occurrences of seizures
Although we mentioned THC’s noted benefits in patients with MS, CBD alone can provide relief as well. For patients who do not have access to legalized marijuana, or for those who prefer not to use THC, CBD is an option that helps them get through their daily struggles with pain and spasms.
One patient with MS shared his experience with switching to CBD oil in place of medical marijuana. He found that when used daily, even on days his symptoms weren’t as bad, his pain was more manageable and he experienced fewer spasms. He also noted he did not tire as easily anymore and was able to get out and do things more often.
Rick, who suffers from Essential tremor, has found CBD oil very helpful in managing his involuntary shaking. He could recall not being able to show off photos he kept on his phone due to his uncontrollable movements. After six weeks of CBD use, he noticed changes such as being able to hold his cell phone in his had with minimal shaking. His tremors that once drastically affected his handwriting, were lessening, returning his writing to normal.
Another CBD user experienced sleep disorders and anxiety. She began using CBD in the evenings to help unwind from the day. She has noticed considerably less anxiety and has gone from getting 2 hours of sleep per night to 6 hours.
So It’s Legal?
This was a loaded question for years. Even though CBD is not psychoactive, it was still considered an illegal controlled substance, causing continued misconceptions of CBD vs. THC instead of focusing on CBD derived from hemp vs. marijuana. It has been a long and confusing journey, but thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD that is derived from hemp, is now legal across the United States.
There are many states that do consider marijuana-derived CBD legal and some that allow CBD/THC blended products, so it is important to stay informed. If you do not want any of the effects of a high, or are concerned about what may or may not be available in your area, it is important to take note of your state’s laws, the products you are considering and the amount of THC used in the blend.
At Have A Nice Day, we want you to be informed and know how important it is to clear up any confusion surrounding CBD. We proudly offer high-quality CBD products that do not contain THC and invite you to grab a few now!