The cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years throughout many different cultures. Its stalks provide a strong durable fiber and its seeds contain a variety of nutrients.
But what makes this plant even more intriguing is its flower. The buds and the flower alone contain a number of phytocannabinoids (“phyto” meaning plant) that produce many health promoting properties.
However, the question still remains of "Will CBD get you high?" In this article, we’ll explore what some of these phytocannabinoids are, how they make you feel, and what they actually do.
What is CBD?
So, what is CBD? CBD is short for Cannabidiol –– a phytocannabinoid that naturally occurs in the Cannabis Sativa plant (hemp and cannabis). CBD has astonishing therapeutic potential, not just as a single molecule but as a whole plant. [1,2]
Does CBD Get You High?
To date, the CBD market is exploding with multiple products, which can be a bit overwhelming for new CBD users. And for some, the question still remains, does CBD get you high?
The answer: No. CBD will not get you high.
CBD is completely non-psychoactive. In fact, CBD doesn’t even act on the same neural pathways as Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
When CBD is extracted from hemp, it contains small trace amounts of THC, not enough to produce a psychoactive effect. For legal purposes, in order for a cannabis plant to be considered “hemp”, the amount of THC should be 0.3% or less.
Anything more than 0.3% of THC is considered “marijuana” . Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states.
For those concerned with trace amounts of THC in whole plant extracts, broad-spectrum CBD (which contains other properties of the cannabis plant without any THC) may be a safer option to consume.
These two CBD products are ideal for people who legally, medically, personally, or educationally prefer zero THC.
When referring to cannabis, people often think of the infamous mind-altering molecule, THC.
Although THC contains many health-promoting benefits, for some, consuming THC may produce unwanted effects.
CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t produce the colorful mind-altering effects that THC does. And it produces health benefits that support the body’s natural healing processes.
To the untrained eye, CBD and THC look identical when their formulaic structures are sketched out –– 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms.
And it’s a single atom that differentiates these two molecules — which changes everything in how these two molecules act within our body .
How CBD Works
In short, CBD indirectly helps create endocannabinoids within our Endocannabinoid system (ECS) –– a signaling communication system made up of receptors cells and enzymes in and throughout our body .
CB1 receptor cells are generally found in our brain and nervous system, and CB2 receptors are found mainly in our immune system.
As for THC, it directly triggers and binds to the CB1 receptors. This induces a response in the nervous system that causes a euphoric effect.
On a lighter note, THC also triggers the CB2 receptors in a much different way –– it acts as a pain reliever and increases the appetite .
As stated before, the ECS is a signaling communication system for our body. It is where CBD enters and helps create the production of our endocannabinoids. Now, the sole purpose of the ECS is to maintain balance in the body.
For example, if there is too much pain in the body, the ECS will find and regulate that pain so that you have very little to no more pain in your body.
However, the question still remains, how does CBD make you feel?
What Does CBD Feel Like?
For first time CBD users, some may feel a subtle change in their mental state, in that they may feel more relaxed, calm, or focused.
For example, pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications often leave you feeling very sedated and out of it. CBD, on the other hand, subtlety reduces anxiety, allowing the body to function as it should.
Now it’s important to know that anxiety is a very complex disorder. However, studies have shown that CBD is a powerful reducer of anxiety in some people .
For those seeking pain relief or other health-promoting effects, CBD’s main purpose is to promote a homeostatic balance within the body, keeping everything as it should be.
What does CBD do?
CBD has been extensively researched as a single molecule by numbers of scientists around the world.
And these scientists have concluded that CBD can provide multiple therapeutic properties.
These properties include:
- Antitumoral (helps prevent the production and growth of tumors)
- Anti-inflammatory (helps reduce inflammation)
- Antispasmodic (help prevent spasms)
- Anticonvulsant (helps prevent seizures)
- Antiemetic (helps reduce nausea)
- Antidepressant (helps relieve forms of depression)
- Antipsychotic (helps relieve psychotic symptoms)
- Anti-addictive (helps reduce cravings)
- Anxiolytic (helps reduce anxiety)
- Antibiotic (an agent for fighting bacterial infections)
- Analgesic (a potent painkiller) 
To date, there are no known side effects of CBD, which is why more and more medical professionals prefer it. In fact, researchers suggests that CBD is well tolerated and safe among its users, even in high doses .
It’s through stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise that we may develop an endocannabinoid deficiency — meaning the ECS can become impaired by our overwhelming, fast-paced, poor quality of life.
Supplementing with phytocannabinoids such as CBD can be very beneficial in promoting optimal health in and throughout our body.
This is because CBD acts as an adaptogen in supporting a homeostatic balance.
Interestingly enough, we already have the organic foundation in place to fully utilize the elements in cannabis, because the plant itself already produces a spectrum of identical compounds that naturally exist within our own body.
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