With so much press being given to CBD, it’s understandable that individuals are asking basic questions of the cannabinoid. One of these questions we hear often is, “Does CBD Oil get you high?” In this article, we’ll dive into CBD and talk about its effects on a user’s body and brain. With that information, we will be able to determine if Cannabidiol gets you high.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, a substance that is native to both the hemp and marijuana plants. CBD is the second most available “cannabinoid” behind THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol. What are cannabinoids, you ask?
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds secreted by the hemp or cannabis plant. The range of over 80 cannabinoids has been connected with pain relief, anxiety prevention, and inflammation reduction. Cannabinoids mimic compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids pair with particular receptors within the body to regulate health and homeostasis.
When CBD enters the body, it works very closely with a chemical called anandamide, known as the bliss molecule. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in pain, depression, appetite, memory, and fertility. Anandamide is primarily broken down by an enzyme called FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase) into ethanolamine and arachidonic acid. CBD Oil is an inhibitor of the enzyme FAAH, which leads to higher levels of anandamide within the body. It is CBD Oil’s effect on FAAH that is the suspected cause of its many benefits.
It is important to know that CBD doesn’t directly pair with receptors CB1 and CB2, which will help us understand whether or not CBD Oil will make you high.
What is CBD Oil?
It’s important to make the distinction between CBD and CBD Oil. CBD is the cannabinoid extracted from the plant and CBD Oil is the product made with CBD as an ingredient. Before CBD is available as a product, it first has to go through an extraction process. There are a variety of extraction processes, including C02 extraction, olive oil extraction, and solvent extraction. While we go into further detail on extraction in our cbd guide, for now it is just important to know that these are the different methods to separate CBD from the plant. CO2 extraction involves changing temperature and pressure, and is generally regarded as the preferred method for extraction.
CBD Oils are generally contained in tincture-type bottles with droppers. Most tinctures will contain around 2oz of CBD Oil and range from around 100 mg to 5000 mg of CBD per bottle. Tinctures are recommended to be taken sublingually, or under the tongue. If you do take a dropper of CBD Oil, it is important to keep the oil under your tongue for around 15 seconds or so, so the oil can seep into the mucus membranes and filter into the bloodstream.
There are no exact dosing guidelines for taking CBD Oil. We can only recommend that users start out using small doses (around 5mg) and increase dosage until a suitable dosage is found. There are a variety of factors - weight, gender, age - that make it impossible to have a one-size-fits-all dosing recommendation.
What Does “High” Mean?
Let’s pretend for a second that you have never been “high” before. So when asking the question, “Does CBD Oil get you high?,” it’s important to know what we’re talking about.
When one gets “high,” they are referring to the change in mental, perceptual, and physical states they feel when they ingest THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). These “altered” states are usually characterized by some of the following symptoms:
- A feeling of spaciness
- Body relaxation
- Warped perception of time
- A sense of euphoria
- Heightened sensory awareness
These effects typically last anywhere from one to six hours depending on the amount of THC and how it was consumed.
Does CBD Oil Get me High?
Now, we can begin to answer if CBD Oil produces the symptoms of “feeling high.” Or, does CBD Oil change my mental, perceptual, and physical states like THC does?
The short answer is, no, CBD Oil does no reproduce the “high” effects that THC does. But the more interesting questions is, “Why doesn’t CBD Oil make me high?”
In order to answer that question, we have to revisit the receptors CB1 and CB2 that we discussed earlier in the article. Remember when we said that CBD has doesn’t bind with receptors CB1 and CB2 like THC? This is part of the reason that CBD does not give a THC-like high.
The CB1 receptor is known to regulate the release and uptake of calcium channels in dopamine-producing neurons, which tells neurons to release neurotransmitters or not. As you may know, dopamine is the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, motivation, and reward.
When THC is consumed, it activates the brain’s reward system, similar to the way your brain is activated by sex or food. THC stimulates neurons in the reward system to release higher than average levels of dopamine, which helps contribute to the “high” feelings.
Not only this, but THC closely resembles the endocannabinoid anandamide. Whenever THC enters the body, it pairs with the CB1 receptors much like anandamide does. When THC connects with the CB1 receptors, it produces the “blissful” feelings that anandamide does, like a magnified runner’s high or chocolate bar.
Coming full circle, we know that CBD does not pair with the receptors CB1 and CB2 like THC does. Because CBD Oil will not pair with those receptors, the “high” feelings triggered by your brain’s reward system are not experienced.
In fact, CBD might even have a dulling effect on the THC “high,” lowering the anxiety and paranoia that can sometimes be experienced in that state.
A Word about Full Spectrum CBD
In your research on CBD, you may have come across the phrases “CBD Isolate” or “Full Spectrum.” CBD isolate is just as it sounds - pure Cannabidiol without any other chemicals. However, full spectrum products take a “whole plant approach,” meaning they contain other substances like terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, including THC. If you are a potential buyer that cannot risk having THC in your system, we strongly urge you to avoid full spectrum products.
If you came to this page because you wanted to know if CBD Oil gets you high, this article answered that question and gave an explanation as to why that is the case. If this article has helped give you confidence to try CBD products, we’d recommend any of Hemp Bombs product line. Our products are made conscientiously with top quality ingredients, and are sourced from CBD Isolate so there’s no risk getting high.