CBD has come with numerous claims ranging from: “CBD won’t make you feel anything,” to: “CBD left me completely impaired.” So, where’s the truth in all this noise? Does CBD get you high or not? Well, the answer isn’t a simple “yes” or “no.”
THC vs. CBD: Differences in the effects on the brain
CBD does affect different areas of the brain than THC affects. According to AmericanMarijuana.org, THC is the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Basically, it’s the main chemical responsible for creating most of marijuana’s common psychological effects — the ones that make you feel “high” or “stoned.” Unlike THC, CBD isn’t considered to have strong cognitive effects on the brain, and this in turn means no “high,” so you won’t experience the same effects as you would from cannabis.
Why dosing is important
We also know that CBD interacts with our brains and bodies differently, so dosing is key to each person’s individual health needs and traits. And even though CBD won’t get you “high” in the same context as cannabis, it’s crucial to be mindful of dosing and how herbal remedies impact on your body. Always consult your physician first to see if medical cannabis is a viable option for you.
And when it comes to dosing, one of the common misconceptions about CBD’s effects is that “too much can make you sleepy,” almost as if you drank a sleepytime tea before bed, or that “too little won’t have any noticeable impact on you whatsoever.” It’s crucial to get dosing right so that you can find exactly what works for your body, which may include factors like body weight, your individual body chemistry, the concentration in each pill, capsule, drop or edible.
CBD is still being heavily researched, and its long-term effects are unclear. But evidence has shown that CBD may be beneficial for a wide array of medical issues. Definitive data, however, is still in the works. Stay tuned for our future series on dosing and label reading.
“CBD Fact: What Most Consumers Don’t Know,” Dwight K. Blake, August, 2019; https://americanmarijuana.org/cbd-facts/
Disclaimer: These represent the opinions of Puurfx staff. All content is strictly informational and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your physician or health provider regarding any further questions or advice on CBD/Cannabis