Published on: 06/26/18
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.
What Does CBD Do?
The potential beneficial effects of CBD are bountiful with more and more being discovered on a regular basis as research into CBD develops and becomes more commonplace in the American medical industry.
Some of CBD’s beneficial effects are said to include:
- Promotes bone growth
- Inhibits growth in cancer cells
- Kills or slows bacterial growth
- Reduces risk of artery blockage
- Prevents degeneration of nervous system
- Reduces blood sugar levels
- Aids sleep
- Reduces seizures and convulsions
- Suppresses muscle spasms
- Relieves anxiety
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Stimulates appetite
- Reduces inflammation
- Decreases pain
Increasingly, more and more people are turning to CBD for its therapeutic effects. Many of our CBD users describe the effects in the following term;
Obviously, these feelings are pretty difficult to measure, but the ultimate function of CBD is either to treat an existing ailment or affliction, or to optimize your health if you are not suffering from one particular illness or condition.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The effects of CBD are mild and it is considered to be entirely safe for human consumption.
According to WebMD, “CBD doses of up to 300 mg daily have been used safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been used safely for up to 4 weeks.”
A research review investigating CBD side effects found that CBD had no adverse physiological effect on the following:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- Glucose levels
- pH levels
- Exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the lungs and bloodstream
- Red blood cell volume
- The time it takes for food to leave the stomach and travel through the intestines
- Vomiting action
- Potassium and sodium levels
Some users have reported some “dry mouth” while a little lightheadedness and drowsiness are also possible side effects from CBD usage, so it is important that when using CBD, you follow the recommended dosages and guidelines.
Most treatments will have some side effects and CBD is no different in that respect, but those effects are comparatively mild to other drugs on the market. And with CBD now declared to be safe to use by the WHO, we can really feel comfortable with our usage of CBD.
So, ultimately, CBD won’t get you high, but it might just change your life.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).