Does CBD Oil Get You High?
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
Cannabidiol, commonly abbreviated as CBD, has been touted to help with numerous symptoms from pain, anxiety, depression, inflammation, addiction, cancer, acne- the list is endless! It has exploded in popularity, and its demand is going through the roof.
However, even amid such a CBD craze, there is still a lot of misinformation about this cannabinoid and a vast majority of users are yet to understand its true effects.
This article aims to answer the most commonly asked question, 'Does CBD oil get you high?'
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is a prevalent and naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis plants. It is derived in the form of an oil that is then diluted in an appropriate carrier oil like hemp seed oil to make CBD oil.
CBD is making waves in the health and wellness markets. Researchers have studied its potential therapeutic benefits, and the results gathered so far are very promising.
Unlike its popular cousin tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (the compound that gets you high), CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it will not alter your state of mind. Therefore, CBD oil cannot make you high.
Where Does CBD Come From?
CBD naturally exists in both hemp and marijuana plants. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis plant family.
Marijuana is the type of cannabis plant that produces more than 0.3% THC and less amounts of CBD. The amount of THC in marijuana often ranges between 10% -30%. This amount is strong enough to trigger euphoric effects and make you high.
Because of THCs mind-altering effects, marijuana has mainly been used for recreational purposes. Studies show that THC can also help with numerous ailments; hence many states and countries have decriminalized the use of medical marijuana.
Comparably, hemp is a variety of cannabis plants that contains less than 0.3% THC and high levels of CBD. Technically, the amount of THC in hemp cannot stimulate any euphoric effects or make you high.
In fact, many countries have now legalized hemp-derived CBD. In Hong Kong, the sale of pure CBD oil is currently legal as it is not classified as a dangerous drug. CBD has been shown to deliver closely similar health benefits as THC but without the high and intoxication of marijuana.
Hemp is a versatile crop that has been used for numerous purposes since thousands of years ago. Today, hemp is being used in many industries, including:
• Moulded plastics
• Body care products
• Essential oils
• Nutritional supplements
• Construction products and more.
Can You Get High From CBD Oil?
Most people tend to assume that because CBD naturally exists in the cannabis plant, it can cause the high of marijuana. However, pure CBD is non-intoxicating, and it will not make you high.
Pure CBD (without any THC traces) can be isolated from either hemp or marijuana plants. However, because marijuana is considered illegal in most places, including Hong Kong, the CBD products available on the market right now are made from hemp-derived CBD.
Brands can sell CBD as an oil to be consumed sublingually or infuse it in products like tinctures, edibles (gummies & candies), capsules, and topicals (lotions, gels, creams etc.)
CBD products will not get high. Instead, the CBD relaxes you, soothes pain, and reduces anxiety. When consumed in high doses, CBD can cause an uplifting high, but nothing close to the high of marijuana.
Health Benefits Of CBD Oil
Rigorous research has backed up CBDs potency in helping with numerous conditions. When consumed, CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system to deliver the following health benefits:
• Relieve chronic pain
• Help with inflammation
• Alleviate anxiety and depression
• Help with nausea,arthritis and cancer
• Parkinsons disease and Alzheimer's disease
• Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
• PTSD and other ailments
Side Effects Of CBD Oil
Generally, CBD is well tolerated by the body. However, because our endocannabinoid system and biological factors are different, CBD may trigger side effects in some people.
Users have reported the following:
• Dry mouth
• Drowsiness and fatigue
• Diarrhoea and dizziness
• Reduced heart rate
• Loss of appetite
The Bottom Line
Though CBD can also be extracted from marijuana plants, it does not have the same potency as THC to create a high or any euphoric effects.
Studies and anecdotal reports show that it delivers feelings of relaxation while alleviating anxiety and pain.
Additionally, CBD oil causes little to no side effects. Patients under medication are strongly encouraged to consult their physicians before introducing CBD into their daily routine.