With the popularity of all forms of CBD growing, the stigma that was once attached to it is finally diminishing. While people are getting used to the idea of using CBD to manage different health issues, there are still some who don’t understand what CBD is and the different between medical CBD and illegal drug consumption.
Does CBD get you high?
The simple answer to that question is no, CBD won’t get you high. But the confusion is reasonable as most people are not aware of the difference between CBD and THC. While they are both compounds in the same cannabis plant, CBD will not get you high, on the other hand THC, the so-called psychoactive compound, will.
So, what is the difference between CBD and THC?
The difference between CBD and THC can be easily described as follows: Cannabis plants are divided into two species: Species I which is Hemp and Species II which is called Marijuana. Hemp contains 20%+ CBD and less than 0.3% THC, while Marijuana contains 10%+ CBD and more than 20% THC.
The majority of CBD products are extracted from Hemp, which will give the person taking them all the benefits of using a cannabinoid, without getting high, as hemp contains only 0.3% THC. And another plus is that you will get a higher dosage of CBD than those who are smoking marijuana, if the compound is extracted from hemp.
How it chemically works is that both CBD and THC have an impact on certain receptors found in the brain, the cannabidiol type 1 receptors (CB1). However, while THC will activate these receptors, which causes euphoria and the ‘high’ feeling, CBD has the opposite effect, it blocks those receptors from being activated.
The patients that are provided a combination of THC and CBD are also unlikely to get high as CBD will counter the psychoactive effects of THC.
So, in conclusion, CBD won’t get you high, but it will provide all the other benefits of using a cannabinoid.
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So how does CBD make you feel?
While CBD won’t make you feel high, it will make you feel something. That something is usually described as a feeling of relaxation, hence why many people use CBD to manage different health issues. The feeling is rather subtle, not like being intoxicated, but more similar to the feeling of getting a massage.
Does CBD show on a drug test?
CBD alone won’t show up on a drug test, however most CBD products contain small traces of THC, which as mentioned before, is the main active ingredient in marijuana. If a person ingests a larger amount of these kind of products on a constant basis, then it is very likely to show up on a drug’s test. In fact, it is good to know that THC is traceable in your body for between 3 to 15 days after use.
In conclusion, there are some cases in which using CBD could lead to a positive drug test depending on the quality of the product you are using and its ingredients. This is why when using CBD it’s important to do your research and know as much as possible about the products you are taking.
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