CBD? Is that like weed?” As a CBD user, this is a question you are probably asked on a regular basis. And if you’re not a CBD user, this may be a question that you have on your mind. So it’s time to set the record straight and explore the effects of CBD and answer the question on many people’s minds; does CBD get you high?
The confusion around this question all roots back to the origins of both substances. Both CBD products and marijuana are extracted from the family of cannabis plants, however whilst marijuana is a type of cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from hemp. Hemp and marijuana have a fundamental difference in their chemical makeup, which lies in the chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive component which gives marijuana users the famous ‘high’ effect.
THC is what is referred to as a cannabinoid, chemical compounds which are abundant in all varieties of the cannabis plant that have an effect on our endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of receptors in our brain and immune system, and so there is a wide range of effects from psychological to physical. As you may have gauged from “cannabis culture”, smoking weed is known to be a predominantly mental experience. However, dating back through history, people have used cannabis to alleviate pain and physical ailments, and this is due to the presence of cannabinoids.
The effects of CBD on the human body are currently being researched thoroughly as it has recently come to public attention that this chemical compound could offer ideas for new medical solutions for conditions such as epilepsy and MS. But, so far, personal accounts tell us that CBD has calming effects for conditions like stress, anxiety, and depression, while also helping the body to recover physically by improving blood flow and acting as an anti-inflammatory. These effects can also be recognized in marijuana use, however the quantity of CBD is much lower than it is in hemp.
Unlike marijuana, CBD-based products are mostly legal across America and the European Union – provided that they are derived from industrial hemp and there is less than 0.3% THC content, whereas marijuana generally has 15% THC content. Consequently, it is safe to say that you could not get high from a CBD based product. Even if you took above the recommended dosage you would definitely feel incredibly sleepy instead of any kind of psychoactive effect taking over. So next time you’re feeling stressed at the office before a big meeting, and you turn to CBD to calm your nerves, if a colleague asks you can confidently explain that you are not getting high in the workplace!