Over the last decade, CBD has skyrocketed in use and popularity in the UK.
Despite its widespread use, much mystery surrounds this incredible herbal product.
One of the most asked questions is, can CBD get you high, and if not, why?
After all, the average person associated the hemp and cannabis plants with recreational ‘highs.’
Before we answer that question, we have to learn the basics of the hemp plant.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is the second most active ingredient of the hemp plant, a close relative of the marijuana plant. It is also an important component of medical marijuana.
CBD is used to relieve anxiety and pain, most prominently. According to the World Health Organization, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” Additionally, there is no evidence that CBD causes any public health issues, and it won’t get you ‘high.’
It is also one of 113 identified cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and is responsible for nearly half of the plant’s extract.
What is THC?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the chemical that causes marijuana’s famous psychoactive properties. Interestingly, THC acts eerily similar to the cannabinoid chemicals that our bodies make naturally.
Secreted by the glands of the marijuana plant, THC is found in high concentrations around the reproductive organs of the plant. You will also find other compounds exclusive to the marijuana plant in this same resin, including CBD.
THC has been used to alleviate pain and sleep issues, but it also comes with a slew of risks including short-term memory recall issues, elation, increased anxiety, and tachycardia.
How Are CBD & THC Different?
You might not know this, but both CBD and THC have the same molecular structure—21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms.
The similarities don’t stop there.
CBD and THC also are incredibly similar to your body’s endocannabinoids on a chemical level. All of the good benefits of CBD and THC hinge on their ability to interact with your cannabinoid receptors. As they do, they change the way neurotransmitters are released in your brain. That’s why you get benefits in the way of sleep, pain, immune function, stress, and much more.
In a crazy turn of natural events, there is only a minor difference in the way these atoms are arranged which, in turn, changes the way you feel when you consume them.
Even more interesting, not only is CBD non-psychoactive but it also actually blocks the psychoactive effects of THC.
How Does CBD Oil make you Feel?
CBD oil is used in countless topical and edible products. Keep in mind, CBD is NOT hemp oil, which has neither CBD nor THC cannabinoids.
The most common experience from CBD is a general sense of calm and relaxation. For many people, there are no discernible side effects.
However, it’s critical to choose a product that is third-party tested for quality assurance. Due to national laws regarding the use of CBD and cannabis, it’s difficult to find a product that is thoroughly vetted.
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