The long and short of it is that CBD does not get you high. There’s been no known high linked to CBD.
On the other hand, it’s a very well-established fact that it’s the THC in marijuana that gets you high, not the CBD. Of course, it’s important to know that the high with THC kicks in only after you’ve consumed an excess amount of THC. If you take a dose that’s right for you, then you’re not going to get high off of the THC.
Why doesn’t CBD get you High?
It really comes down to how CBD interacts with your body at a very micro level. To start with let’s get down to the nitty gritty of how exactly THC causes a high to better understand why CBD doesn’t cause a high.
THC attaches itself to what’s called cannabinoid receptor 1 in the brain. In fact, THC snuggly fits right into cannabinoid receptor 1. And, a result of this interaction is that the brain releases dopamine. The release of dopamine, in turn, affects things like mood, cognition, perception, etc. And, the total of all these changes creates that feeling that we’ve come to call the high.
Now, CBD isn’t really into cannabinoid receptor 1. So, CBD doesn’t attach itself to cannabinoid receptor 1 in the same way that THC does. Instead it does something sneaky. It changes the shape of cannabinoid receptor 1 in a way that THC can’t attach it. And, because of this things like mood, cognition, perception aren’t affected. And, there’s no feeling of that high.
So, from what we know so far, there are 2 ways that CBD doesn’t cause a high. It doesn’t interact with cannabinoid receptor 1 in the same way that THC does and it changes the shape of cannabinoid receptor 1 so that THC can’t attach to it.
How to Use Marijuana without Getting High
On a very practical level, there are a couple of ways to avoid getting high, one of which is to select products that primarily contain CBD.
Products made from hemp by default contain primarily CBD. And, this is because both in the United States (per section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 ) and in general around the world, hemp is defined as having less than 0.3% THC.
But, and this is a big BUT, it’s important that you verify that the product actually does primarily contain CBD. Why? You may remember way back when I spoke to you about How to Buy CBD Oil that when the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) randomly tested some samples of CBD Oil, they actually found that some hemp-based products contained more than 0.3% THC. And, I’ve had patients who bought hemp-based products report that they actually got high off of it. So, point being do your due diligence. Be a smart consumer. Verify that the product actually has less than 0.3% THC against the laboratory tests results.
With products made from marijuana, otherwise also referred to as cannabis, you have to be more picky. And, you have to be more picky, because there’s more digging around to do. You’re going to find a wide variety of products with differing amounts of CBD and THC. Some products are clearly going to be high in CBD. Other products on the complete opposite end of the spectrum are going to be high in THC. And, then you also have products in between. There are products that have equal amounts CBD and THC. You also have products that are slightly higher in CBD than THC. And, you have products that are slightly higher in THC and CBD. In other words, you have look closely at the packaging and the lab test results to figure out which products primarily contain CBD. There’s more work involved on this front.
Alright, so there you have it – an answer to the question – Does CBD Get you High? I hope you found this information valuable.
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