Does CBD Get You High?
The cannabis industry has taken the world by the storm in recent years. With countries hopping onto ‘Medical Marijuana’ legalization bandwagon, it is becoming very common to see products at the stores flashing three magical letters — C-B-D. As CBD oil is being revered as the holy grail for myriad maladies, what could possibly stop people from buying it?
One word — Skepticism.
In all fairness, it’s how we’ve been conditioned. The first thing that usually pops up in someone’s mind when they think about Cannabis is the idea of getting high. Although the winds of change have brought a significant paradigm shift, still there are a lot of misconceptions about CBD oil. The doubts generally boil down to one question — Does CBD get you high?
The answer to that is a big fat NO!
How? Let’s find that out.
What does CBD do?
Anxiety, Stress, Diabetes, Pain relief, Seizures, sleeping issues, Cancer are few amongst many problems that CBD could effectively help you fight. But that fact surrounds a pretty obvious question — how could it have such diverse applications?
Well, CBD stimulates the EC (endocannabinoid) system of our body; it is the central component of our system that takes care of our health and healing. The endocannabinoids and their receptors are spread throughout our body — you could find them in the brain, connective tissues, immunes cells, etc. It’s fascinating to note that the system has a big impact on our body and your reaction right now also has its influence in it. It manages an extensive range of psychological processes from your appetite to mood.
Effects of CBD
A normal and healthy person has a well-functioning EC system. The receptors are stimulated by the endocannabinoids that are created by our body naturally. Although, when something goes wrong with your EC system, phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids are drawn from plants) could be used to stimulate the EC system.
Let’s understand it more closely.
The molecular structure of phytocannabinoids is pretty similar to their endogenous counterparts which allows them to be incorporated smoothly into our system and function with body receptors just like the natural cannabinoids. In simple words, our EC system ensures an equilibrium is maintained in our body — homeostasis in other words — in order to maintain our health. So, we can stimulate it through CBD when the equilibrium is disturbed.
Benefits of CBD
The journey of getting CBD into the market has been pretty elusive. The bigwigs of the medical industry didn’t like the idea of CBD entering their market in the first place — they still don’t do — as we’ve evidently seen over the past few years how CBD has proven effective over the conventional drugs for a diversity of ailments. The effects of CBD aren’t adverse and that is something that draws a big line between them and their competitors in the market. And the soaring demand for CBD products hints to these drugs getting obsolete in the distant future and holding a candle to CBD-infused products if the industry keeps growing like this.
CBD’s impact has been very profound on the medical industry because of its extensive applications. It is proved effective in pain relief as it interacts with the receptors in our brain and reduces the sensation of pain and inflammation. Pain relief is one of the most popular applications of CBD. Anxiety, from which nearly 40 million adults in the US are suffering, could be significantly treated with CBD. Our moods and stress levels rely a lot on our EC system. CBD’s anti-anxiety properties are safe and stimulate the EC system effectively in order to treat problems like Anxiety, Panic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Social Phobia, mild to moderate depression, etc. While the drugs available for these problems are generally addictive in nature, CBD proves to be a great alternative.
It has also been proven an effective cure for a certain type of Cancers because of its antitumor properties. It can inhibit the growth of cancer spreading cells and could result in boosting the death tumour cells. Problems like diabetes, seizures could also be treated by CBD. Although, it must be taken into account that the majority of the studies that have been conducted on CBD’s effects on Cancer are pre-clinical.
How much THC in Hemp Oil?
There are plenty of CBD oils out there for grabs with varying levels of THC in them. One of the most commonly used amongst them is Hemp oil. It is bred with a high content of CBD to make it non-psychoactive in nature. The percentage of THC in Hemp oil is below 0.03%. So, Hemp Oil only has traces of THC which makes it free from any psychotic effects on its consumer.
But you need to be careful while buying CBD oil in the market. There could be products made from marijuana that could have a different composition of THC and CBD. In order to find a high-quality CBD oil, always check for more information about the manufacturer at the packaging. If you can find their website, always check if their products have been tested by an authentic third-party lab or any reliable self-respecting organisations.
What does THC do?
THC, as mentioned, is psychoactive in the nature. We have two compounds (neurotransmitters) anandamide and dopamine in our body that stimulate our appetite, moods, motor functions, and cognitive abilities of our brain. THC is analogous to anandamide. When we consume a significant amount of THC or in other words, take a hit, the phytocannabiniods get involved with our body’s cannabinoid receptors (C1 and C2) and take the place of anandamide, which is normally bind to these sites. As a result, our cognitive functions no longer get controlled by the anandamides.
What does it feel like?
The oral administration or vaporized ingestion results in the feelings of euphoria and the apparent increase appetite. The consumer feels more relaxed, relieved from stress and the level of anxiety lowers down. If consumed in large amounts, it could result in high level of sedations, and even delusions and hallucinations sometimes.
Although our body already has a well-functioning EC system, it is not a bad idea to supplement it with Cannabis. Some researches show that the phytocannabiniods could result in increased level of endocannabinoid production which results into our body building additional cannabinoid receptors.
Does CBD get you high?
So, it goes without saying that it doesn’t. CBD has a completely different influence on our body and it doesn’t have any psychoactive properties. THC on the contrary, does have those properties. When it comes to the consumption of hemp Oil, it only has traces of THC in it which is almost negligible as compared to the CBD content in it.
CBD Vs THC?
You could understand the relation between the two with a simple example. THC and CBD are your two cousins — THC is the one that you smoke pot with, and CBD tells you to exercise and take care of your body good — enough to be lodged in your brain?
Although there has been a lot of positive research that supports the effects of CBD, it still isn’t welcomed widely. The notorious side of the Cannabis plant generally makes it little difficult for the governments to accept it and easier for market rivals to stop them from entering the market. Nonetheless, the industry is growing better than ever and we hope it gets global acceptance in the coming years.
These statements have not evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always check with your physician or medical provider before starting a new dietary supplement program.