It doesn’t quite matter if you are in tune with the what’s hot of the CBD industry or not, even the excuse of living under a rock would not have stopped you from hearing about CBD or cannabidiol- the miracle drug that is rich in health benefits, more than you can possibly count.
Everything from relief from physical discomfort to reduced inflammation and anxiety control, people have a new lease on life with this herbal extract by their bedside. A medication that is starting to make most of the conventional over-the-counter prescription drugs look bad- CBD is a class apart with its well-balanced safety profile and studies which cement its properties.
But, one of the misconceptions that manage to find its way around and also a question that often wanders in the mind of first-time CBD users, is if CBD can get you high? I can’t take CBD; I’ll get fired from work! – An unnecessary worry which you will find out soon enough.
But It Is Derived From Cannabis Plants Isn’t It?
To start off the bat, the answer to your initial question of whether CBD will intoxicate you or not- No, CBD will not intoxicate you.
But, this is true only if the content of THC in the CBD products is within the permissible 0.3% or less mark. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound, the same way how one would go to say that drinking water won’t intoxicate you. The nature of the compound is in tune with therapeutic effects which make you relaxed and centered. These are sensations that don’t register in the same vicinity as the high that you receive when smoking marijuana.
But we don’t want to leave you with half-baked information.
CBD oils contain a mix of similar substances in them which are called cannabinoids. The key cannabinoid that is responsible for the feeling of high and intoxication is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is inherently psychoactive and creates symptoms of psychosis such as being delirious, euphoric, inability to function at your optimum both mentally and physically and temporarily losing mobility and motor functions.
Marijuana contains around 35-40% of THC, compared to the paltry 0.3% of THC that is present in hemp plants, also belonging to the cannabis family. It means that different plants of the cannabis family are different in their own right and the effects that it has on the users too.
CBD: Digging Deeper
CBD is able to exert its benefits by means of interacting with the cannabinoid receptors that are present in the human body, namely the CB1 and the CB2 receptors. Both are part of a much larger integrated system called the endocannabinoid system or the ECS. The CBD signals the ECS to release more of the body’s own natural cannabinoid so as to help the body enter a state of balance or homeostasis, among all of the physiological processes.
The effects are accentuated when other cannabinoids make up the batch, by means of an effect called the entourage effect. The effect is a result of the synergical effect of all the cannabinoids such as the terpenes and flavonoids working in unison to boost the individual and collective benefits. THC is noted for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. What this means is that THC is needed, in the smallest of amounts to unlock the complete therapeutic potential of the herbal extract.
What Does Ingesting CBD Actually Feel Like
For many who are first-timers, the idea might seem rebellious even. But reminding you once again, what you are doing is completely legal and, you will be fine too.
How quick you feel the effects depends on person-to-person, with some experiencing the effects in a couple of minutes to those who take an hour. This is again tied into the method of delivery.
To compress and make it digestible, CBD makes you feel:
- Control pain better
- Remain calm
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Stay relaxed
Is CBD Non-Psychoactive?
There lies a fine line between intoxication and psychoactive effects. Now if we’re to look into what the definition of psychoactive is, it goes to say the effects that alter the mind or the behavior of a person. Now CBD does affect the mind. So the right way to put it would be to say that CBD is psychoactive because it does improve mood, it does reduce anxiety and stress and does create an aura of happiness and well-being.
The issue is with the traits that people associate ‘psychoactive’ with. THC is also mind-altering but in a negative sense. In the case of CBD, the effects are the opposite.
Taking The Leap Forward
Taking the leap towards trying out CBD therapy is in your best interests. CBD therapy is of help not only if you are unwell or sick, but even if you are healthy in general and would want to increase the quality of life to an even greater ledge.