How does CBD work without getting me high?

How does CBD work without getting me high?

How does CBD work without getting me high?

Questions often arise when talking about CBD. Will it get me high? This is the biggest one, and often the most important to people. The easy answer is no. CBD will not get you high.


The reasons why are actually fairly simple, and a basic understanding of the plant source, as well as the relationship to humans and plant medicine will help ease concerns for most. 


The origins of the plant.


HEMP is a term that is used to classify varieties of the Cannabis plant that contain .3% or less of THC. Hemp is understood to be non-intoxicating Cannabis


MARIJUANA is a term that is used to classify varieties of the Cannabis plant that contain .3% or higher of THC. THC can induce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user.   


While Hemp plants contain trace amounts of THC, it is typically not enough for a person to feel the euphoric effects of getting high. Additionally, most Hemp based CBD companies distill the THC further out of the product leaving not even a trace in the product. 


To put this simply, if you can purchase your product outside of a Cannabis dispensary, the CBD in your product came from hemp. Any product made with CBD distilled from Marijuana must be sold inside of a Cannabis dispensary. 


Questions often arise when talking about CBD. Will it get me high? This is the biggest one, and often the most important to people. The easy answer is no. CBD will not get you high.

 

The Endo and Phyto-Cannabinoid Systems


To further the understanding of how CBD works without getting a person high comes from understanding the plant and its science as a whole. There are approximately 113 known cannabinoids that have been identified in the Cannabis plant. A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that interacts with the human endocannabinoid system . Some of the more well known cannabinoids include CBD, CBN, CBC and THC. 

 These cannabinoids bind to the endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. 

  • CB1 is highly concentrated in the brain and central nervous system with some receptors also in glands, spleen, heart and other locations. 
  • CB2 is found in the peripheral tissues and cells of the immune system. 

These two types of receptors are recognized as signaling pathways for pain perception, anxiety, stress, and inflammatory responses. 


THC is the only of the known cannabinoids understood to get you high. The Phytocannabinoid THC mirrors the Endocannabinoid Anandamide. Anandamide is known to produce feelings of pleasure or bliss in the body. Understanding the role of Anandamide in the body is another whole article. But in a nutshell, THC and Anandamide give the body a similar feeling. An easy example of this is the runner’s high. This feeling of euphoria after a run is courtesy of Anandamide. THC does the same thing in the body that Anandamide does. But CBD has no correlation with this at all. 


In short, CBD will not get you high. Not only is it not possible because of the origin of the plant, it is not possible because of how it works within the body. There may be trace amounts of THC in a CBD product, but not usually enough to generate the euphoric sensation it is known for.