CBD, or cannabidiol, seems to be everywhere these days. Since the production of industrial hemp became legal in the United States, CBD products – which are made from hemp – have become incredibly popular. It’s hard to walk into a pharmacy, boutique or even a big box store without seeing advertisements for CBD products.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding CBD and how it is different from marijuana. There are also a lot of CBD scams out there, making false or overblown claims about what CBD can do. It is little wonder that so many people have questions about what CBD is, how it works, and whether it will make them feel high or stoned.
CBD will not make you feel intoxicated. However, depending on how you use it, CBD oil may help you feel good in other ways, such as by reducing your anxiety or helping you get a better night’s sleep. Below, we outline the latest research on CBD and give you our take on how CBD oil will make you feel.
How CBD Works: What We Know
CBD is one of at least 100 naturally occurring active compounds found in the Cannabis plant. These compounds are known as cannabinoids. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you feel high.
While the research is still early, scientists believe that CBD works by interacting with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system, ECS. The ECS is a complex system that has three core components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.
Endocannabinoids are made by our bodies. They are similar to cannabinoids like CBD, but are produced by the body instead of being found in a plant. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids as needed to help regulate internal functions.
Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout our bodies. CB1 receptors are found in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids can bind to both types of receptors, with a different effect based on where the receptor is located and which endocannabinoid binds to it.
Finally, enzymes break down endocannabinoids once they have performed their function. Together, these three components work to regulate a number of processes within the body, including:
- Chronic pain
- Appetite and digestion
- Learning and memory
- Cardiovascular system function
- Motor control
- Liver function
- Reproductive system function
- Bone remodeling and growth
- Skin and nerve function
Each of these things contributes to homeostasis within our bodies, or balance. For example, if you hurt your back, your body may release endocannabinoids to bind to CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain and to bind with CB2 receptors in immune cells to signal that your body is experiencing inflammation. In this way, the ECS works to maintain the stability of our internal environments.
Experts are not entirely sure how CBD interacts with the ECS. While THC can bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors, scientists do not believe that CBD does this. Instead, CBD may work to prevent enzymes from breaking down endocannabinoids so that they can have a greater effect on the body, or even to bind to a receptor that has not been discovered yet.
Another theory is that CBD can address clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD), which is the idea that low levels of endocannabinoids can contribute to the development of certain medical or mental health conditions. A 2016 review found that CECD may explain why some people develop conditions that don’t have a clear underlying cause, like migraines, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.
While the science is still developing on how CBD affects the ECS, we do know that it can help to address the symptoms of a number of conditions, including pain and inflammation, anxiety and depression, acne, seizures, high blood pressure, and substance abuse disorder. If you have one of these conditions or another medical or mental health issue, be sure to check with your doctor about the possible benefits of CBD and whether it may interact with any of your medications.
How Will CBD Oil Make Me Feel?
CBD oil affects people in different ways. In particular, the serving size of CBD that you take and the way that you take it can change the way that it makes you feel.
Generally, if you take too little CBD oil, you may not feel anything at all. However, if you take a more appropriate serving size, then you may feel relaxed and calm. Some people who use CBD oil describe feeling like their stress levels have dropped when they take it.
While CBD may help you go to sleep, it won’t make you feel drowsy. CBD oil can help with insomnia, but it doesn’t do so by sedating you. Instead, it may address the root causes of your sleeplessness, like anxiety and pain.
By interacting with the ECS system in our bodies, CBD may help us maintain a state of homeostasis or balance. As a result, we may feel better overall without being able to pinpoint exactly how it makes us feel.
Keep in mind that CBD oil tends to have a slow and subtle effect. You may not notice a change right away, unlike the experience you may have taking prescription medications or even using marijuana. Over time, you may start to notice that you feel more calm, or that your health and wellness is improving overall.
So CBD Won’t Make Me Feel High?
CBD oil will not make you feel high or stoned. While CBD is produced from the same family of plants as marijuana (cannabis), by law, it can contain no more than 0.3% THC in the United States. By contrast, marijuana products may contain up to 30% THC.
CBD is not psychoactive, so it will not interact with your body in the same way that THC does to produce a feeling of intoxication. While taking a larger serving size of CBD may make you feel uplifted or give you a sense of wellbeing, you will not feel high because the level of THC is so low in CBD oil made from industrial hemp grown in the United States.
If you are concerned about feeling high when taking CBD oil, you can also choose to purchase a 0% THC product. Make sure to purchase a product that has been independently tested by a third party laboratory so that you can verify the quality and contents of the oil that you choose.
Want to Learn More about CBD? We’re Here to Help.
If you’re like many Americans, you may be curious about how CBD oil can help you – but overwhelmed by sorting through the information and products. At Green Wellness Life, we are committed to sharing our knowledge of CBD with others so that they can improve their wellbeing – naturally. All of our CBD products are made from industrial hemp grown in the United States, and have been tested by a third party laboratory.
Our passion is achieving better health and wellness through CBD products. While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest CBD research so that you can make an informed decision for yourself about using CBD. To learn more or for help picking a CBD product, contact us today at (888) 772-7875 (9 am – 4 pm EST, Monday to Friday), or fill out our online contact form.