We know that many of us who are looking to start using CBD are wondering, “Will CBD make me high?” There are as many products out there as there are confusing facts. The answer, in short, is “no,” however we encourage users to educate themselves on the differences between CBD and THC before indulging.
CBD vs THC
Let’s start by breaking down how CBD is defined. CBD is one of the cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant, the chemical officially named Cannabidiol. Cannabidiols are considered to be non-psychoactivesince they do notcontain the psychoactive element found in marijuana THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And since CBD lacks a significant amount of THC, if it contains any at all, it won’t give you that “high” effect that marijuana does. But remember, the effects of CBD are different for each person.
CBD can be sourced from hemp or marijuana
Hemp and marijuana contain various cannabinoids, which are a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in our brains. These receptors affect how we process CBD into our bodies — and, again, the effects of these cannabinoids differ from the effects associated with THC.
Some things to know
- Hemp-derived CBD is sourced from industrial hemp plants (grown mostly for fiber and seeds)
- Hemp plants are usually skinny and scarce in foliage, where marijuana plants are usually shorter and fuller with more flowers
- Under U.S. law, a hemp plant must contain no more than 0.3% THC
Though young, the research as to how CBD actually affects our bodies continues to grow
But from what we’ve seen, the effects of CBD, versus marijuana are believedto be different in that: CBD may help someone feel calmer yet that possible effect is not accompanied with paranoia (associated with marijuana). The belief is that CBD will allow someone to feel more control of their body and mind, as well as a lighter more relaxing effect. Of course, only as the research matures can the cannabis community substantiate any of these beliefs.
Some CBD users have found that they enjoy a hybrid form of marijuana and CBD. But each person experiences taking CBD in a unique way. It affects each person differently. We recommend that you research and ask your doctor if CBD is right for you.
Note: We are not medical professionals and these blog posts are based on opinions from our staff