Does CBD Get You High? What to Expect When You Take It
Avid users of CBD have most likely encountered this question at least once: does CBD get you high? If you’re new to CBD or are looking to try it out, you may have that same burning question in mind. There is a lot of attention surrounding the special compound right now and due to its close relationship with THC (marijuana), it’s inevitable for people to have some questions.
Below, we’re going to put all speculation and misconceptions to rest by providing the clearest, most up-to-date research on the compound and whether or not it gets you “high.” First, we’ll discuss what it is exactly, and what it does to the body.
Cannabidiol And Its Uses
When it comes to hemp and cannabis plants, many compounds work together to have an effect on the body. One of those compounds is CBD.
Short for the term, cannabidiol, CBD is one of the most widely researched compounds of cannabis due to its wide range of therapeutic effects.
Some of these include: antiepileptic, anxiolytic and antipsychotic effects. Aside from the physical roles it can play on the body, CBD is also believed to provide mental and emotional effects, even being considered as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Studies are currently underway to explore these claims more fully.
What is THC?
Cannabis is described as being “the most frequently used illicit psychoactive substance in the world.” When many first hear of CBD, one of the main compounds in the cannabis plant, it may be easy for them to quickly develop the impression that CBD can get you high. This, however, is not necessarily the case.
What gives cannabis its psychoactive component is another main compound found in the cannabis plant called tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. THC is the compound that is responsible for the intoxicating sensation that cannabis produces in the body. This is due to its psychoactive properties.
Some effects of THC on the body when taken in a dose-dependant manner include: hypoactivity, hypothermia, spatial and verbal short-term memory impairment. CBD, on the other hand, does not affect body temperature, memory or locomotor activity. Instead, it provides pleasurable and therapeutic effects to the body without altering one’s state of mind like THC does.
How Does THC Make You High?
You may be wondering how THC interacts with the body to provide an intoxicating sensation. This all goes back to the receptors in our body through something called the endocannabinoid system. In short, the endocannabinoid system, the system that impacts our health and wellbeing, is made up of three parts, one including cannabinoid receptors.
One of the main cannabinoid receptors is CB1, commonly found in the brain. THC interacts with this receptor by initiating its psychoactive effects, thus resulting in the outcome of altered behavior.
Unlike THC, CBD has quite the opposite effect. Rather than activating and binding strongly with the CB1 receptors in the way that THC does, CBD has a very weak relationship with the CB1 receptors (despite having a similar structure to THC). It actually cancels out the intoxicating effects of THC and acts in a way that reveals its calming properties without impairing your mental and physical abilities.
So, Does CBD Get You High?
The answer, simply put, is no. CBD products that contain less than 0.3% of THC or none at all cannot get you high as THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, is not present nor strong enough to alter your behavior.
In a double-blind study from 2012, this question put to the test. In the study, 40 volunteers were administered THC, CBD and the mixture of both together. Pulse rate, time production tasks and psychological reactions were measured.
The results showed that THC alone “increased pulse rate, disturbed time tasks and induced strong psychological reactions,” in the subjects, whereas CBD alone caused no such effects. When both CBD and THC were given together, CBD blocked most of the effects of THC including decreasing THC’s anxiety component.
As a result, volunteers who consumed CBD alone or CBD and THC together experienced more pleasurable effects compared to that of THC alone. The results of this data supports that cannabidiol not only has no intoxicating effect on psychological behavior, it also provides the body with a pleasurable sensation as well.
How to Make Sure Your CBD Doesn’t Contain THC
Many companies claim to produce CBD products with less than 0.3% THC, but it is important to know that the CBD market is currently unregulated.
For that reason, you want to make sure you are buying the highest quality product (with little to no THC) by finding companies that adhere to the following standards:
- Organically and sustainably grown
- Clean extraction (vapor-distillation)
- Full-spectrum hemp
- Third party tested
Altura products are meticulously tested to ensure they contain less than .03% THC, which is not enough to alter your mental state nor is it enough for CBD in the state of Arizona (and many other states) to be considered illegal.
What to Expect When Taking CBD
Now that you are aware that CBD does not get you high, you may be curious as to how it makes you feel and what to expect when you do take it. The compound will interact with your endocannabinoid system through a series of receptors in your brain and immune system. This is to ensure that all the major systems in your body and working normally together.
Because CBD does not have psychoactive properties like THC, you may find that you feel a lot more calm mentally and physically, you may feel a decrease in pain as a result its anti-inflammatory properties, and you may even feel as though you have a clearer mind and sharper focus.
The list of the positive effects of the compound can go on, but regardless, CBD has the ability to make you feel and perform at your best without worrying about feeling high or intoxicated.