Since cannabidiol (CBD) came into widespread use, there has been considerable unclarity about what it actually is and what effect it has on both the body and mind.
Actually, one of the biggest concerns people seem to have is whether CBD-infused products can make them feel high and whether their consumption can lead to certain changes in the way a person feels, acts, and behaves.
To avoid any further confusion and misunderstandings and truly discover CBD properties, it is important to clarify the way this powerful compound affects certain cell receptors and impacts the human mind.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a natural chemical found in the Cannabis Sativa plant family and, therefore, called cannabinoid. The cannabis plant is made from two main compounds, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD. However, their concentration levels can vary and depend on the two subspecies from which the cannabis plant can be sourced – marijuana and hemp. Although both subspecies can be used, hemp is a preferred choice due to its high concentration of CBD and low concentration of THC (around 0.3%).
There are several different ways in which CBD can be consumed, and those include CBD oils and tinctures, CBD edibles, CBD creams and lotions, CBD skin patches, and CBD vaporizing.
What effect does CBD have on the human body?
CBD, as well as the other types of cannabinoids, affects the largest system of receptors in the human body known as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
ECS is made of:
- endocannabinoids, naturally-occurring lipid-based neurotransmitters similar to cannabinoids that interact with the cannabinoid receptors;
- cannabinoid receptors that are designed to react to internal or external cannabinoids;
- enzymes, responsible for breaking down endocannabinoids once the process is complete.
ECS plays an important part in regulating many different functions, such as mood, learning and memory, metabolism, appetite and digestion, sleep, stress, nerve function, and others. What is more, experts believe that the chief purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis, which refers to the stability of your entire organism.
Since CBD is an external cannabinoid, once it is ingested, it interacts with the receptors, binds to them and facilitates the communication between the endocannabinoid system and the rest of your body, helping ECS maintain homeostasis.
Does CBD get you high?
The question that bothers many is: “Does CBD give you a body high?”, and the answer is that it does not.
Even though CBD and THC originate from the same cannabis family, CBD is not a psychoactive component and does not affect your brain in the same way THC does. That means that it is highly unlikely that you will experience any physical or mental issues and difficulties, altered state of consciousness and other negative side-effects typical of THC. In other words, CBD will not make you feel high.
Quite the opposite, CBD is even known to help minimize and completely negate the psychological effects THC causes by not allowing THC to bind with the CB1 receptors which are primarily located in the brain and nervous system. In addition, CBD is responsible for sending a signal to the body to stop the process of metabolizing THC, which also neutralizes and reduces the effects of THC.
How does CBD make you feel?
CBD users report that, essentially, CBD makes them feel great, but in a very subtle and completely natural way. They also tend to experience an overall sense of well-being, clarity, and improved focus.
In addition, those who consume CBD-infused products often report they feel more relaxed, calm, and anxiety-free, yet completely sober, as CBD interacts with the serotonin receptors that help release mental tension and stress and combat the feelings of worry and anxiety.
Moreover, many users claim that CBD helps them combat various types of inflammation and chronic pain. The reason for this is the interaction between CBD and CB2 receptors, which are responsible for boosting the immune response and providing pain relief.
Even though CBD is derived from the plant which belongs to the cannabis plant family, it does not have the same intoxicating properties as THC does, which means that it can be consumed without the fear of getting high.
However, if you are considering using any of the CBD-infused products available on the market, only use those of the highest quality to ensure that the final product went through the proper process of manufacture and is safe to be consumed.