Perhaps you know the medicinal benefits of CBD (one of the cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant) & have decided to give it a try… This might lead you to wonder ‘Does CBD oil get you high?‘.
The short answer is no, it does not.
Many people learn about the immense beneficial effects of cannabidiol, and wish to try it out, but are hesitant because they think it may get them high.
I can understand why they might think this, because THC, the other dominant cannabinoid found in cannabis, will certainly give you a high, as it is psychoactive.
CBD on the other hand, is not psychoactive and does not have a strong attraction for the same receptors as THC, which means you can take CBD without getting the high.
Does CBD Get You High? If Not, then Why Not?
Before we get into the nitty gritty of it all, I just want to share a quick story with you.
Charlotte Figi was a young girl suffering with Dravet Syndrome, a particularly rare and intractable form of epilepsy. Doctors had tried many combinations of drugs, diets and management options.
None worked for long, and she was left with horrific side effects.
She was just 5 years old when Doctors said there wasn’t much more they could do for her. Her parents looked to medical marijuana to help her regain some normality in her life.
They obtained the oil of the cannabis plant and began administering it to her. Amazingly, she went from having hundreds of seizures weekly to just a few seizures a month (and even then, mainly in her sleep).
The Stanley brothers became a Godsend, helping supply her with a CBD dominant strain of marijuana, which they named Charlotte’s Web in her honour, so that she would not get the psychoactive effects of the THC.
A few years later, she is healthy and thriving and a source of joy to her family.
I tell you this story firstly to highlight the indisputable role of CBD in treating a notoriously difficult to treat form of childhood epilepsy, and secondly because it answers the question ‘does CBD oil get you high’ in practice.
How Does CBD Work Then, Exactly?
The marijuana plant contains over 65 cannabinoids, two of which are particularly well known: CBD and THC.
THC primarily binds to and activates CB1 receptors found in the brain, lungs, liver and kidneys. It also acts on CB2 receptors which are concentrated mainly in the immune system.
CBD is complicated in the multifaceted ways in which it works. It activates PPAR, 5HT1A serotonin, Adenosine and Vanilloid receptors resulting in various medicinal effects:
- antidepressant and anxiolytic
- anti inflammatory and analgesic
- treatment of Alzheimers Disease
In addition to this, CBD suppresses the FAAH enzyme & in this way, helps counter some of the effects of THC (i.e. it can help to curb the anxiety and paranoia you may experience), by preventing the breakdown of THC into its more psychoactive form.
Overstimulation of GPR55 receptors can result in tumour cell proliferation and the development of osteoporosis, and CBD helps to combat this by blocking the receptor.
Best Way To Make CBD Oil
The oil is extracted by mixing the buds, flowers and leaves in a solvent such as isopropyl alcohol, straining the plant matter out (optional step) and then heating it gently for some hours to evaporate the solvent, leaving a sticky, thick, resinous cannabis oil rich in medicinal properties.
Using a CBD dominant (or rich) strain of cannabis to begin with will ensure that you have a final oil product high in CBD and relatively low in THC. Ingesting the oil is useful in treating epilepsy, pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety and many other conditions.
Conclusion… So, Does CBD Oil Get You High?
Maybe you have chronic pain and are sick of taking pain killers?
Perhaps you feel you are too dependent on anti anxiety medicines and you want to detox completely?
Or, it might be that you want to use medicinal marijuana, but do not want the psychoactive effects?
Asking whether CBD oil gets you high is a logical & reasonable question, and as the answer is a resounding NO it does not, there is no reason why you cant try CBD oil to treat a plethora of conditions.
Additionally, now that you know CBD does not have psychoactive properties, you are free to experiment with various CBD dominant strains and see which one suits you best…
… whether it is Charlotte’s Web to treat Dravets Syndrome, or the CBD Mango Haze for pain, inflammation, depression and stress, knowing that CBD will not get you high, opens up a world of possibilities.