Does CBD Get You High?
CBD can’t actually get you high if it is pure and contains no THC; and thanks to the UK laws now, CBD can contain no more than 0.2% THC. THC is the psychoactive component in hemp and cannabis plants that creates the "high" feeling. So basically, any CBD you have purchased from a shop or online retailer does not contain enough THC to make you high.
Many people were concerned about CBD products when they were first being sold as they are associated with Cannabis. So, today, we will be speaking a bit about these concerns to help you determine whether you should be worried about CBD making you high or not.
But first of all, what is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp plants. It occurs naturally in these plants along with countless other components, such as terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, and other cannabidiol types, such as CBDA.
Specifically, in marijuana plants, CBD is produced along with THC, and that is how the major questions and arguments began to take place. Since CBD is a component found along with THC, isn’t it also able to produce psychoactive effects? Well, studies have shown that though CBD does interact with the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, it does not actually trigger any psychoactive effects, otherwise known as a high, when taken on its own.
According to UK law, any CBD product sold is only allowed to contain no more than 0.2% THC. While many people argue that any trace whatsoever of THC is enough to produce a high, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed that it is not enough to produce a high or any psychoactive effects. For this reason, as of November 2018, it is now legal to sell or buy CBD products that follow the MHRA's guidelines.
For this reason, many people are now beginning to see the positive effects of CBD and realising that although it is associated with hemp and cannabis plants, it does not contain any psychoactive (or if there is any, it is a minuscule amount) compounds to make a person feel "high".
Can CBD Itself Produce a High?
As mentioned before, because CBD is not a psychoactive compound, it cannot make you high. THC is the component in marijuana which creates what we call a high. Just remember that CBD is a completely different component, especially when it is isolated from THC. So no, in short, CBD cannot make you high.
Why is everyone taking CBD then, you might be asking. Well, many people are taking it for its nutritional benefits. Human bodies actually have cannabinoid receptors. These are basically special molecules that can grab cannabinoids, and are called the endocannabinoid system. Because everyone has an endocannabinoid system containing these receptors, it is suggested that cannabinoids, like CBD, play a natural role within the body and the immune system. CBD is also said to have a mix of different essential oils, nutrients and fatty acids that benefit the body.
There is also one very important thing to consider before taking CBD, and this is whether you are taking any medications at the same time as taking your CBD. The reason this is important to establish is that recent studies showed that CBD can, in fact, interfere with the way your body breaks down certain medicines and therefore can produce or enhance some of the side effects of those specific medications. This may sound scary, but it is only in the same way that grapefruit can interfere with medications. If you would like to learn more about this specific subject, please visit our blog called “What Drugs Should Not Be Taken With CBD?”.
So now you know all there is to know about whether or not CBD can cause a high. If you are still concerned, I highly suggest speaking to a specialist before taking CBD. Also, a good way to be on the “safer” side of this question, is taking a very small dose at first and making sure you react well to CBD before diving further into it. I hope you found this to be a helpful and informative blog, and if you would like to learn more, please visit the rest of our blogs, and become a CBD expert yourself!