Can CBD Make You High?
No! CBD is 100% non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental processes. In other words, CBD does not get you 'high,' stoned, faded, or any other term you care to use. There is no mental fog or haziness caused by CBD – seriously, none whatsoever.
You might be wondering how this is possible. This is likely because you associate the term "cannabis" with the marijuana plants bred for high content of the substance that can get you intoxicated. For the uninitiated, it's that and only that substance, that is the specific cannabinoid (cannabis-derived compound) that gets you high.
Cannabis, however, is a complex plant family that contains many other cannabinoids – most of which do not get you high, like CBD. Some cannabis plants are bred for high CBD content exclusively – these plants are known as ‘hemp’ . The combination of high CBD content and extremely low levels of the other compound is what makes the products derived from hemp plants non-psychoactive.
What does CBD feel like?
Now you’re probably wondering if CBD is not going to get me 'high,' then what is going to happen? That's a valid question.
Without going too deep into the science, CBD affects multiple sets of receptors all throughout the body. Rather than binding to your cannabinoid receptors directly, CBD exerts indirect influence on these receptors, increasing the levels of endocannabinoids produced naturally by your body.
The result is described by many as a wave of relief or relaxation that can be felt throughout the whole body when CBD is ingested orally, smoked, or vaporized. Topical application also provides relief, resulting in a near instantaneous reduction in swelling, pain, and discomfort.
To be clear, the effects are typically pretty mild, but that’s the point – CBD targets the source of your problem while limiting symptoms – without interfering with day-to-day life or impairing consumers in any way.
Many first time CBD consumers look down at their watch 30 minutes after ingesting tinctures and think, “I don’t feel anything, is it even working?” An hour later, they realize they totally forgot about their depression, anxiety, pain, inflammation – you name it. This example serves to illustrate the subtle, yet highly effective healing properties of CBD.
You won’t feel anything weird or out of the ordinary, but after 90 minutes you’ll likely realize that your pain has totally melted away. The effects take time to set in when ingested orally, but they build over time.
You may feel:
- Reduction or elimination of pain, especially chronic pain
We realize that some of these positive feelings are hard to quantify, but that's absolutely within the nature of CBD. Your body’s endocannabinoid system serves to maintain equilibrium, scientifically called homeostasis, in the body's different systems. In layman’s terms, this means its function is to fix what is wrong with you if you are ill and optimize your health if you are already well.