Users of CBD will testify that this is the question they get asked most by non-users. While the answer is quite simple (no, it does not get you high), there are plenty of stigmas and misinformation that make the answering of this question more awkward than it really needs to be.
When people hear the word cannabis, invariably thoughts and comments turn to the negative connotations surrounding the drug. While you might already know that your CBD does not affect you in a negative way, there will always be skeptics and doubters who seem to wear their stigmas like a badge of honor. Unfortunately, those skeptics sometimes make it difficult for us to explain CBD without hearing about their negative experiences of cannabis.
Luckily, we are here to give you all the information and knowledge you need so that the next time someone questions you on your CBD usage, you won’t feel overwhelmed when trying to explain that CBD does not get you high.
No High = No Lie
As most of us are now aware, CBD will NOT get you high. CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t have any negative impact on your mind or indeed your mental process. There is no mental slowness, drowsiness or haziness caused by CBD.
So, if CBD comes from cannabis, why doesn’t it get you high, you may wonder?
Most people’s association with cannabis is to the plant that is bred specifically for its high THC count. THC is the specific cannabinoid that gets you high. However, in reality, cannabis contains many other cannabinoids – most of which do not get you high, like CBD. In fact, it is only THC that provides the traditional high associated with cannabis.
CBD, which is the second most prevalent cannabinoid, is, as mentioned, non-psychoactive and doesn’t induce a “high” feeling. Indeed, CBD is specifically produced to minimize the presence of THC (THC is the component of cannabis that gets you high) and our products contain virtually no THC (less than 0.1%).
To put it simply, CBD cannot get you 'high' or stoned and has none of the side effects usually associated with cannabis.
So, the next time someone asks you that annoying question, you should now be able to give them the answer you struggled to explain previously.
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So, if CBD Doesn’t Get You High, What Does it Actually Feel Like?
CBD affects multiple sets of receptors that exist throughout your body. Rather than attaching to your cannabinoid receptors directly (like THC does), CBD exhibits an indirect influence on these receptors, increasing the number of endocannabinoids (endocannabinoids are produced naturally in the body, while phytocannabinoids (like THC and CBD) come from plants).
When ingested orally or vaporized, the effects of CBD have been described by many as being like a wave of relief or relaxation that can be felt throughout your entire body. And topical application will usually provide a near instantaneous reduction in pain, inflammation and discomfort.
The desired effect of CBD is that it targets the source of your problem while limiting your symptoms, allowing you to continue to live your normal day-to-day life without hindrance.
While many first-time CBD users will report feeling nothing in the first 30 minutes and start to question whether the CBD is actually having any effect, give them another hour and they may well have briefly forgotten about their affliction as the healing properties of CBD start to take effect and the pain washes away.
Ultimately, CBD is not supposed to give you a feeling or high (as you would expect with cannabis), but rather it serves to heal your affliction, working in the background while you go about your normal life. You could almost describe it as being similar to the antivirus software that you have on your laptop.