CBD has become more widely accepted and used in the past few years, but there is still rampant misunderstanding, misinformation, and stigma surrounding its effects. In particular, some people find it hard to shake CBD oil from its associations with marijuana and THC. One of the first things people want to know when they hear about CBD is, “does it get you high?” We have good news for everyone who wants to enjoy less stress, relief from pain and better sleep: CBD alone does not produce a high. Let’s take a deeper look into the science behind the compound and break down what exactly contributes to the experience of getting high.
What Are Cannabinoids?
∆-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol — THC and CBD — are two of hundreds of cannabinoids in the hemp plant. THC and CBD are also present in cannabis, though hemp legally contains less than 0.3-percent THC and is considered non-intoxicating. THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids, or plant-derived cannabinoids, as opposed to endocannabinoids — those that our bodies naturally make. The endocannabinoid system in our bodies is involved in promoting homeostasis, or the body’s skill of adapting to changing conditions – whether external, as a change in temperature, or internal, as a rush of sugars to the blood after you eat a snack. THC activates the receptor that leads to feelings of euphoria and intoxication. CBD, on the other hand, is ineffective at activating that very same receptor, instead actually inhibiting its function. This is also why CBD tends to balance or counteract the effects of THC.
The body’s endocannabinoid system extends throughout the body, but its most fascinating targets lie within the central nervous system. It helps regulate a number of physiological functions, including pain perception, anxiety and mood, immune response and appetite.
The impact that cannabinoids have on our bodies depends on the type of plant from which the cannabinoids were derived. While both belong to the same genus of flowering Cannabis plants, hemp plants are quite different from the intoxicating marijuana plant. Hemp tends to contain high levels of CBD and little to no THC. Cultivated for centuries to produce fibrous materials like rope, paper and cloth, hemp is now the primary source for CBD oil.
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
CBD does not have the same effect as THC on the body. CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it won’t diminish your mental abilities.
Instead, research suggests that CBD may contribute to efforts by the endocannabinoid system, potentially promoting sensations of relaxation and enhanced mood. To avoid any adverse effects, it is best to purchase products that are rigorously tested and made from pure ingredients. RESET Balance is produced rigorously in a pharmaceutical standard environment, triple-tested at every stage of production and is THC-free*. It leverages the power of advanced nano liposomal technology to ensure that your body is absorbing more CBD than other, less bioavailable methods.
Benefits of Hemp-Derived CBD
Currently, CBD is only FDA-approved for the treatment of certain epilepsy disorders, but hemp and hemp-derived CBD products are popular in current science for their potential to change the course of public health. CBD is popping up in products from supplements to skin care, due in part to the wealth of knowledge gained through rigorous academic research in the last decade.
Pure, hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are non-intoxicating.
Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in cannabis, real estate and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.