Does CBD Get You High?
Remember The Breakfast Club scene when Andrew smoothly steps out of the foreign languages classroom with a joint in hand; the air behind him caked in smoke? He savors a final drag before rushing down the hallway in a frenzy of punch dancing, cartwheels, summersaults, and—for some reason—tearing off his sweater.
For many of us, our relationship with cannabis lives and dies with melodramatic representations of its use in television.
So, when you start hearing stories about cannabis having benefits, a lot of questions come to mind. Especially when those stories involve children. Are parents actually making their kids stoned?
Let’s venture into the essential question…
Why does marijuana make you high?
Thanks to the internet (and a generous amount of science), it’s becoming common knowledge that cannabis can have remarkable wellness benefits.
Now, let’s clarify that cannabis and marijuana are often used interchangeably. Cannabis is a plant genus, so it’s true to use either word —but it’s not always specific enough to say “cannabis,” because you could also be talking about hemp.
More on that later. Let’s get back to science.
You, your kids, your dog, and even your aunt Paula’s eighteen cats, all have a system in place that keeps the body working smoothly. It’s vital to our wellbeing, yet scientists have only scratched the surface of what it can do.
We’re talking about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS): a long word with a simple concept.
The ECS is comprised of two receptors, called CB1 and CB2. They’re located on cells all throughout your body, including your brain, central and peripheral nervous system.
Role of the Endocannabinoid System
Your ECS regulates a lot of biological processes, essentially keeping you in balance. That may sound insignificantly simple, but don’t be deceived.
An out of balance body can come in the form of anxiety, inflammation, pain, insomnia, and so much more. A list of conditions related to an out-of-whack ECS would span several pages.
Our endocannabinoid system plays a part in pain sensation, inflammation, memory, mood, and more. This entire system is a relatively new discovery, so there’s still a lot to learn.
Endocannabinoid System Receptors
CB1 and CB2 receptors are supported by a unique type of chemical compound, known as cannabinoids.
When cannabinoids enter the body and interact with the ECS, they can have various effects. There are differences and similarities between cannabinoids, but only one seems to have a direct affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors, causing psychoactive effects. Spoiler: it’s not CBD.
Hats off if you noticed “cannabinoid” suspiciously resembled “cannabis.” There’s a reason for that.
To be honest, everything we’ve discussed thus far was discovered in an odd order.
In 1992, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (often dubbed the “Father of Marijuana Research”) was the first to isolate the exact compound in cannabis that makes people high. Thus, the name cannabinoid.
The following years unraveled a lot of surprising information, including discovery of the ECS.
It turns out…there are more than 80 different cannabinoids; and they’re found in more than just cannabis.
Guess what else makes cannabinoids? You!
That’s right, yet again there’s a similarity between you, your dog, and aunt Paula’s eighteen cats.
The body makes its own cannabinoid, called anandamide. This compound is what naturally supports the body’s ECS. Anandamide earned its name thanks to effects discovered by researchers. It comes from a sanskrit word meaning joy, bliss, delight.
A healthy ECS, a happy you.
This explains a lot when it comes to cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. The reason they have such strong effects on us is because our bodies are structured to need cannabinoids.
In other words, it’s therefore possible to have a cannabinoid deficiency.
Can CBD Get You High?
Although many different cannabinoids exist, most have only been found in small quantities.
Only two are abundant in cannabis—doesn’t that make life easier?
They’re called CBD and THC.
Maybe you know someone who grows marijuana—I won’t tell—or maybe you’ve seen grow rooms in movies. Regardless, you might’ve noticed they’re grown with a purpose. They’re nurtured with special lights, controlled temperature, and attention to space between plants. This care is necessary to ensure the plants are as potent as possible.
Potent in what, you ask? THC.
THC is what gives marijuana its recreational value, because it will make you stoned.
Here’s where things get simple, if you will.
THC is the only cannabinoid that makes you high. This is because THC interacts with our CB1 and CB2 receptors a little differently than other cannabinoids, with a direct affinity.
Does CBD get you high when you eat, vape, smoke, or drink it? The answer is no. CBD does not cause psychoactive effects.
Both CBD and THC have been studied for similar benefits, but with a high concentration of CBD and very little THC, you can get those benefits without negative side effects.
Or, rather, without side effects that are incompatible with certain life styles. To each their own!
Alright, it’s time to cue in our precious, hemp oil.
To say the least, hemp is an incredible plant that’s often overshadowed by it’s cousin. Hemp may look similar to marijuana, but it has no recreational value.
By definition, hemp contains 0.3% or less THC. You could smoke or eat it all day would never get high.
What does CBD hemp oil do to you?
So, we’ve established that CBD does not get you high. THC, and THC only, is responsible for that effect.
What does CBD feel like, you may be wondering?
CBD is an interesting cannabinoid that seems to affect people differently. Some people take 5mg of CBD and claim to get very relaxed or tired, while others can take 100mg and feel completely normal.
Although more research is needed until we fully understand the how’s and why’s of CBD, there’s a pretty logical guess floating around.
Just like any natural substance (like coffee), the noticeable effects can be different between individuals. Depending on what’s going on inside your body, that CBD may be utilized in different ways. That’s why people with serious wellness goals may want to take more CBD every day.
Some people take CBD oil before bed to help them sleep, because they find CBD to be very calming and relaxing. On the other hand, there are people who don’t notice that sort of lethargy, but will take CBD during the day for inflammation or other issues.
It’s important to remember that CBD is not THC, and it’s not a drug. You might not have any immediately noticeable effects from CBD, but with daily use find that it helps support your body.
Overall, CBD is a natural way to support your body and promote homeostasis without causing psychotropic side effects.
People take CBD in many forms from edibles such as gummies, gum, chocolate or in vape form with various e liquid flavors. Most new users wonder, does any of these CBD products get you high?
As you now know, the answer is, “absolutely not.” Hemp oil can contain trace amounts of THC (0.3% or less), which is a very tiny amount. It’s not enough to cause a high.
Does CBD show on a drug test?
Jumping right into the next big question to new CBD users, let’s talk about drug tests. Since hemp oil can contain trace amounts of THC, in theory it’s possible to fail a drug test.
Most people would say it’s highly unlikely for a hemp-derived CBD product to raise any red flag in a drug screening, but here’s why that’s never a guarantee.
There are different types of drug tests. Most commonly, they only look for one cannabinoid: THC. However, other test types exist that look for any cannabinoids.