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Does CBD Get You High?

Dr. Hassam Ali MD - April 16th 2020

Does CBD Get You High?

CBD, more widely known as cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in Hemp and cannabis. Although it is just one of the many things found in these plants, there is a lot of attention being given to CBD, primarily because of the rise of different products coming to the market, instilled with CBD. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is another well-known cannabinoid that is known for its psychoactive effects, especially when consumed with marijuana.cannabis.

CBD is naturally not intoxicating.

You may feel calmer when taking CBD, as it is more relaxing than CBD getting you high. On the other hand, THC can produce an altered state of mind when consumed, which is known as "getting high". This is characterized by feelings of pleasure, euphoria, and a heightened sense of perception.  

CBD, more widely known as cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in Hemp and cannabis. Although it is just one of the many things found in these plants, there is a lot of attention being given to CBD, primarily because of the rise of different products coming to the market, instilled with CBD. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is another well-known cannabinoid that is known for its psychoactive effects, especially when consumed with marijuana.cannabis.

CBD is naturally not intoxicating.

You may feel calmer when taking CBD, as it is more relaxing than CBD getting you high. On the other hand, THC can produce an altered state of mind when consumed, which is known as "getting high". This is characterized by feelings of pleasure, euphoria, and a heightened sense of perception.

CBD does not cause said effects, although it does have various health benefits in treating people with anxiety and depression. If you are thinking, does CBD gets you high; it would not be the correct evaluation of its properties. Not only the effects of CBD are opposite to get you high, but it can also counter the effects of THC. 

How is CBD different from THC?

CBD has a close relationship with THC; that is the reason many people have this question in mind that does CBD get you high. It is essential to know how these two compounds share some similarities before we discuss this question further.

CBD and THC both belong to a similar class of compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are not only present in plants' of cannabis but also in human bodies. But these are not the only two forms of cannabinoid. There are more than a hundred known such compounds that belong to this class. Each of these cannabinoids has a different effect, and they can interact with our body's natural endocannabinoid system or ECS.

There is a lot of research being conducted on cannabinoids, and their benefits, including answering the question; does CBD get you high. With the legalization of marijuana in different states in the united states, we can expect a surge of research interest in these fields in various settings, may it be recreational use or medicinal, although more research is underway.

Initial evidence suggests that CBD has a lot of benefits regarding promoting a calm attitude, decreasing inflammation in joints, decreasing soreness of muscles, and having a positive effect on stressful mood while improving the relaxation of mind and body.

As compared to CBD, THC is quite different due to its specific effects. THC is known for its psychoactive, i.e., "high" and intoxicating impact in people. Other effects of THC consumption has an altered consciousness, increased euphoria, decreased cognitive functionality, paranoia, and introspection. These could all cloud our judgment and thought process leading to the bad rep that CBD can sometimes get.

Due to these effects causes by THC, CBD uses are being overshadowed, and it is essential to shedding light on the question does CBD get you high. There is a lot of confusion in the general public regarding the differentiation between these two products. This is also because CBD and THC are found in the same plant and often consumed together unless extracted separately. It is also essential to differentiate between the sources of CBD as it can be derived from plants like marijuana and hemp.

Why do some people think CBD gets you high?

The cannabis plant is a source of both CBD and THC. CBD can be extracted from the plant of cannabis, the same as THC, with appropriate techniques, and both can be separated and utilized separately.

Cannabinoids are being used in a variety of compounds like oils, tinctures, some edible products. These products may or may not contain THC along with CBD. It is the co-presence of THC that causes the altered sensorium, and as it is found in many compounds together with BCD, CBD takes the blame.

Many individuals still believe that CBD and marijuana cause the same effects due to a common source. The truth is quite different and must be pointed out. Research has shown that CBD is not intoxicating at all and will not make you high.

Cannabinoids (CBD) can also be extracted from the Hemp plant. There are no psychoactive effects associated with hemp. Also, many states in the US allow only CBD obtained from the hemp plant to be distributed and consumed.

Besides, all these products, due to the co-occurrence of THC, are supposed to have less than 0.3 percent of THC compound. This quantity of THC is not enough to get you high or cause any altered sensorium; therefore, it is entirely safe to consume these types of products.

Does CBD oil get you high?

As discussed before, once CBD is extracted from cannabis or hemp plant, it can be used in a variety of products, including lotions, tinctures, and oils. Out of all these, CBD oil is the most famous and widely used product by consumers.

Another question while consuming CBD oil that comes to the minds of many individuals does CBD oil gets you high. No one wants an altered state of mind, which puts us in an uncomfortable position. But we all want the benefits CBD consumptions provides.

CBD oil can be added to drinks, food items, or even vape pens. Particular tablet forms of CBD oil are put under the tongue, (sublingually) for consumption. More ofter, their products are marketed to be utilized as a way to relax or fight anxiety.

Some of the researches being done on the CBD effect do point out that CBD consumption leads to a reduction in symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. But this relaxation is not equal to marijuana or THC getting you high.

Even where high concentrations of CBD consumption can result in an uplifting mood or effect, this is still not something that can be categorized as CBD getting you high. However, you should always remember excessive dosages of CBD can result in symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. I'm sure we can all agree that these are not very nice effects of getting high, rather rover consumption of a controlled substance.

Every individual is different at some level when it comes to taking CBD oil. Overall, CBD's primary effect is promoting a sense of relaxation and calm. Once you can find the sweet spot for yourself, if you want to feel calmer, take a little more than what you require. If you're going to feel slightly less relaxed and more focused, try taking a little less than your sweet spot.

Comparing THC with CBD, a must:

CBD and THC are quite similar in composition and have similar sources. One should be knowledgeable about their effects and more. Bothe, CBD and THC act on the same receptor on the brain called CB1 receptor, short for Cannabinoid type 1 receptor. Although they act on the same receptor, but their mode of action is quite different, THC acts to activate these receptors.

This action results in causing euphoria like symptoms or the "high" you get from the consumption of marijuana. CBD action is quite the opposite. CBD acts as an antagonist and inhibits the intoxicating effect of the Cannabinoid type 1 receptor. This is the reason, many products have a combination of THC and CBD, as CBD tends to counter the high effects of THC and block any sort of intoxication that could result in altered sensorium. 

Comparing the sources: Marijuana vs. Hemp 

The CBD products that we obtain from marijuana are somewhat different from those derived from hemp. The reason behind this is that there are different stats as to their composition. While marijuana and hemp look quite similar and share a lot in the composition of the compounds, they also have differences in their cannabinoid contents.

Hemp contains higher levels of CBD and low levels of THC (below 0.3%). Marijuana, on the other hand, contains more significant levels of THC and lower levels of CBD, therefore, if you do not desire to be high after consumption of these products, always make sure to find out whether your CBD product is derived from hemp or marijuana.

You can do this by asking for a lab test or looking for a certificate of analysis on the product. If you are not aware of how to read a lab test from a CBD manufacturer, you can easily find it out via a simple google search. 

Does a CBD vape pen get you high?

Again, this can be answered in simple terms. It all comes down to the overall combination of vape material and whether the source is hemp or marijuana for that material.

If the CBD vape oil is derived from marijuana, it will have more significant THC content, which will, of course, result in an altered mental state and get you high. If the source for CBD oil in the vape pen is hemp, the THC content is barely there, so it will not cause any effects as to get you high.

If you are new to start consuming CBD and want to start this journey from a vape pen, always make sure your kit has all the information regarding the source of vape oils and its THC and CBD contents. 

Does CBD get you high when consuming it in edible form?

CBD edibles will not get a person high. They can counter any symptoms of anxiety and help you fight depression. But if the CBD was extracted from marijuana, it will also include a higher THC content, and that can get you high. Edible products, including CBD extracted from the hemp plant, are safe to consume. 

How long do infused edibles take to work?

This process is highly variable, and CBD products can take effect in up to 90 minutes. The time it takes will depend on how your body recognizes and interacts with cannabinoids products. It is suggested that the first time you are consuming edible CBD products, you should do it from the safety of your home.

This will help you keep In a safe environment and you can easily experiment to find out your safe spot, although you should have no problem taking edible CBD products at any time of the day or even while driving a car of there composition to have less amount of THC.

Another question that comes to mind while consuming CBD is how long its effects will last. This depends on how much you are taking and what is your tolerance level for most starters, the right place is in the 5-25mg range. You should always start small and then gradually work your way up. The only way to know how cannabinoids will affect you is to try them.

Dr. Hassam Ali MD
Dr. Hassam Ali holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.His meticulous passion for detail
carries from his practice into his writing, where he prides himself in his professional integrity.

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