Cannabis has a lot more to offer despite one of its components, making users feel high. CBD is one of the substances available in the herb, and it comes with multiple health benefits. If you do not know much about it, you are reading the right article. Below is a detailed look at what CBD is, including a section on does it get you high, and other essential things you should know.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of the cannabinoids present in hemp and marijuana. Note that marijuana is illegal in many countries, but some states in the US allow use for medical and recreational purposes. Hemp, on the other hand, is legal at the federal level after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. Hemp is a type of cannabis that has high levels of CBD.
Cannabidiol is available in various forms, including topicals, capsules, oil, gummies, and sprays. As for the topical category, it entails various products such as lotions, creams, balms, and salves. That way, you have multiple options for getting CBD into your body and enjoying what it has to offer. You can also vape CBD. Manufacturers provide CBD vape oil to make vaping easier. Nevertheless, you can also add CBD shatter to your e-juice and vape. CBD tinctures let you use cannabidiol sublingually, where you administer a few drops under your tongue and wait for 30 seconds before swallowing. The CBD will get into the blood vessels under your tongue and yield effects faster than topicals and edibles but slower than vaping.
The different forms of CBD come in varying concentrations. As a beginner, make sure you find a potency that suits you. Start with small doses before advancing to higher amounts. As an experienced CBD user, you can experiment with various products.
How CBD affects your body?
CBD provides a calming and relaxing effect on your body. It does so by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in your body, which regulates functions such as appetite, mood, pain, sleep, and immunity. Your body naturally releases cannabinoids that ease discomforts such as mood and low appetite. However, plants such as cannabis, which include hemp, provides additional cannabinoids such as CBD that enhance the functioning of your body in managing the functions.
Which ingredient makes people high?
Besides CBD, THC is another hemp component. THC is the short form of tetrahydrocannabinol, which is responsible for making users feel high. However, hemp and marijuana contain different levels of this substance. Hemp has only 0.3% of THC, while marijuana can contain as much as 40% THC. For that reason, always find out which cannabis herb a manufacturer uses in making CBD products. If they are made from hemp, there is no need to worry about getting stoned, as 0.3% THC is a negligible amount. However, the 40% THC in marijuana will make you high; that is why many countries and states term it illegal.
Does CBD make you high?
CBD does not make you feel high. It does not interact with the endocannabinoid system the same way THC does. The system has CB1 and CB2 receptors. Both cannabinoids bind with CB2 receptors. However, when it comes to the CB1 receptors, THC binds with them directly, causing a ‘high’ while CBD does not interact with the receptors, and even if it does, the bond is weak.
Note that the CB1 receptors help in controlling motor functions, such as pain perception, memory, and stress response. When high levels of THC interact with them, the user experiences euphoria, anxiety, paranoia, and memory loss among, other effects.
Nevertheless, CBD can negate the psychoactive effects of THC, thus minimizing the severity of the ‘high’ effect. Besides, even when you take huge amounts of CBD, you cannot get high, but you might experience side effects such as dizziness and diarrhea.
Some manufacturers provide CBD products with generous amounts of THC. If you live in a location that allows the use of THC, you can try these products. The CBD in them will help counteract the ‘high’ effect of tetrahydrocannabinol.
Even though THC makes you high, it comes with other health benefits such as easing pain, muscle spasticity, nausea, and insomnia. Therefore, when it is combined with the CBD, you get the enhanced performance of the two cannabinoids without necessarily getting high.
Besides, when several cannabinoids work together, they provide an entourage effect that enhances their effectiveness in relieving various disease symptoms. However, CBD provides the same health benefits as THC. Therefore, if you do not want the high that THC offers and the cannabinoid is illegal in your area, go for CBD products made from industrial hemp. They provide relief without leaving you intoxicated.
Note that both CBD and THC are psychoactive, because they somewhat alter how your brain works. While CBD provides calming and relaxing effects, THC leaves users stoned besides offering other health benefits. However, the difference between these two cannabinoids is the fact that THC is an intoxicating substance, while CBD is not.
A psychoactive product changes your mental state by affecting how your brain and central nervous system works, and examples include CBD, caffeine, and chocolate. However, an intoxicant is a substance that causes diminished physical and mental ability, and the examples are alcohol, the THC in marijuana, and alcohol.
How long does CBD last?
How long the effect of CBD lasts depends on the form in which you are using it. As mentioned earlier, vaping CBD e-juice is the fastest way to get relief. You can also use sublingual methods. However, these forms of CBD administration do not offer lasting effects. Go for edibles such as gummies or take capsules. You can also swallow CBD oil. Even though the cannabidiol in these products takes 30 minutes or more to start working, their effects last longer than vaping and sublingual use.
Does CBD contain any health benefits?
We have already stated that CBD has calming and relaxing effects; therefore, it can help reduce stress and anxiety. It also aids with depression and decreases pain and inflammation. Besides, it can reduce the severity and frequency of seizures. The FDA approved a drug called Epidiolex, which is used in treating two types of epilepsy.
CBD offers several health benefits without getting you high. Since hemp containing 0.3 % THC is legal, its derivatives such as CBD are legal at the federal level. Use CBD to relieve symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, stress, inflammation, and seizures without worrying about getting high. It is available in various forms, including topical, gummies, and capsules, for you to choose what you prefer.