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Can CBD Get You High?

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No. CBD Doesn’t Get You High!

CBD does not have any intoxicating or psychoactive properties. Instead, it is the answer for people looking for health and wellness benefits without the feeling of being high.

happy young woman laughing and being happy on CBD

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (commonly referred to as CBD) is one of the 85+ chemicals found in hemp plants. Cannabidiol has become popular recently for a variety of therapeutic uses and potential health benefits. But it doesn’t get you high!

There is a great deal of medical research being conducted on the uses of CBD. Over 10,000 studies are currently published about cannabidiol as of January 2019¹.  With this evidence, the World Health Organization² declared that “cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm” and also noted that it may have “therapeutic value”. Some of the potential benefits include:

  • Reduces frequency or counteracts seizures
  • Decreases social anxiety and relieves stress from a long day
  • Helps support movement and healthy joint functions
  • Reduce painful aches from over-exertion

 

CBD vs THC

Cell receptor binding & interaction diagram for CBD and THCTHC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive chemical, responsible for the high feeling. Both CBD and THC interact with receptors located in the brain and human body, but their process and effects differ dramatically. The difference comes from the structure of the chemicals and how they impact cell receptors in the body. THC binds to cell receptors, whereas CBD indirectly regulates the receptors and manages how they respond to other chemicals (see image). This slight difference in how the chemicals interact causes the psychoactive effect of THC while CBD helps regulate pain, inflammation, mood, and stress without the psychoactive effects.

 

What does CBD feel like?

Happy smiling girl high in the mountainsYou may be wondering how you will feel after taking CBD since it won’t make you high or give you a buzz. As you wait for the “effects” to kick in, you should prepare yourself for an anti-climactic experience. Some first-time consumers may fear an intoxication or having less control, but CBD doesn’t have those effects.

Generally, when taking it, you’re going to feel normal. Over the first hour, you may feel your pain or anxiety fade and that’s about it. Overall, the effects on your immediate state of mind feel less intense than the caffeine of a cup of coffee.

 

Hemp vs High THC plants

It worth noting that both CBD and THC can come from multiple plant strains. But, the ratios of these chemicals are drastically different between the plant strains. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and has up to 40% CBD. Because hemp only contains trace amounts of THC, in the United States it is considered a legal agricultural product. On the other hand, other “non-hemp” plants can contain up to 35% THC and lower levels of CBD. 

 

Is it safe and legal?

The legal status of CBD depends on if the chemical came from hemp or a plant with a higher THC content.

  1. If the CBD comes from HEMP (less than 0.3% THC) then YES, it is federally legal to use and own anywhere in the United States.
  2. If the CBD comes from a plant with a high (more than 0.3%) THC content, then it is considered a controlled substance. This means products from high THC plants are illegal on the federal level and may have state specific regulations for recreational or medicinal use.

 

How to use CBD?

There are many products on the market that include CBD. Below are some of the most popular ways to take CBD:

  • Oil – Place a few drops under your tongue then swallow
  • Cream/lotions – Rub directly onto your skin
  • Pre-made edibles – Eat a delicious snack
  • Pill/capsules – An easy to swallow form
  • Vaping – Inhale directly into your lungs with a vape

It is important to know what is included in your product. Trustworthy and reliable companies (like Daddy Burt Hemp Co.) will publish third-party testing information to prove the accuracy of the contents of their product. Before purchasing you should make sure you are getting the correct amount of CBD and the THC levels are accurate, especially if you are drug tested for THC.

Written by:

Alex Zorniger

Alex is an employee at Daddy Burt Hemp Co. He studied nutrition, the environment, and entrepreneurship at Tufts University before joining the Daddy Burt team. Alex has a passion for helping people learn about the constantly evolving Hemp industry.

Reviewed by:

Bob Estes

Bob is the founder and CEO of Daddy Burt Hemp Co. Bob has quickly become an authority and expert in the hemp & CBD industry.

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