Without a doubt, CBD oil is one of the most popular herbal supplements in the world today. It’s also a product category that’s rife with misunderstanding – and in this article, we’re going to set the record straight on one of the most common CBD oil myths. When you begin reading about what CBD is, one of the first things you’ll learn is that it’s derived from hemp – also known as cannabis. With that in mind, you’re probably almost immediately going to have one big question: Does CBD get you high?
We’ll begin this article by answering your question. No; you can’t get high off CBD. It doesn’t matter how much CBD you use. You can consume an entire bottle of CBD oil if you like, and it won’t produce any level of euphoria. In fact, you may feel no overt effects at all.
In this article, we’re going to answer all of the questions and concerns that you may have about CBD and the fact that it’s derived from cannabis. As you’re about to learn, genetics and selective breeding can make an enormous difference in the properties of a plant. Although industrial hemp and marijuana are technically the same species of plant, the effects of the two breeds of cannabis are completely different.
So, can CBD get you high? The answer is no. Here’s why.
What’s the Difference Between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana?
The cannabis plant contains at least 113 different cannabinoids – and that’s just the number that scientists have identified and isolated so far. There could be others. Cannabinoids are the active compounds in cannabis. Cannabinoids interact with a system in your body called the endocannabinoid system by binding to specific receptors and producing various effects.
Cannabis is a plant that responds extremely well to selective breeding. For thousands of years, people have cultivated cannabis by saving the seeds of plants with certain characteristics and replanting those seeds. Some cannabis plants had durable fibers that were appropriate for the production of textiles and rope. Those types of plants are what we now call industrial hemp or just hemp. Hemp rope helped to power the world’s greatest navies for hundreds of years.
Other cannabis plants produced effects that were a bit more – well – fun, we’ll say. Those plants were selectively bred for their psychoactive properties, and that’s the type of cannabis that we now call marijuana.
CBD oil comes from the industrial hemp plant, which is legal to grow in all 50 states thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp nationwide, and it defined industrial hemp as plants containing no more than 0.3 percent delta-9 THC by weight after drying. At such low levels of THC, CBD hemp will not get you high regardless of how much you consume.
Although industrial hemp has virtually no THC, it is rich in other cannabinoids – and the most plentiful of those cannabinoids is CBD. The fact that CBD oil is made from industrial hemp is the reason why it doesn’t get you high, and it’s also the reason why CBD is legal despite the fact that delta-9 THC is a controlled substance.
So, if CBD doesn’t make you high, how does CBD make you feel?
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
If you’ve been nervous about trying CBD up to this point because you’re afraid that it could make you feel high, we hope that we’ve alleviated your concerns with this article. True industrial hemp simply doesn’t have that capacity. With that in mind, you’re probably wondering that you can expect from using CBD oil.
How does CBD oil make you feel? The answer is that you may not feel much of anything at all. Since CBD isn’t psychoactive in the way that THC is, many people find that it produces no real overt effects. You may feel an overall sense of wellness and relaxation, but that’s pretty much it.
If CBD Doesn’t Make You Feel Anything, How Do You Decide on the Right Dosage?
How, then, can you determine whether CBD is working for you if you don’t really feel anything when taking it? More importantly, how can you decide what the correct dosage of CBD is for your needs if you feel essentially the same whether you’re taking a low dose or a high dose?
Researchers have surveyed thousands of CBD users around the world, and the majority of respondents have said that they use CBD because they’re hoping it will alleviate specific health conditions. If that’s true for you, we recommend starting with the dosage suggested on the package of the CBD oil you’re using and adjusting from there. If you’re not happy with the result from taking one serving per day, try two servings instead – and so on. We suggest starting low because, once you’ve found the CBD dosage that works best for your needs, it’s unlikely that you’ll see any benefit from taking more than that.
Don’t forget that researchers have studied CBD extensively over the years to learn about its potential benefits. If you’re taking CBD because of a specific condition, chances are that you can actually find a clinical study in which CBD was administered to people with that condition. You should consider searching for relevant studies and reading them to determine what CBD dosage was used, how the CBD was administered and what the result was.
If you’re taking CBD more for overall wellness than for a specific health condition, on the other hand, then you’ll probably be happiest if you stick with one serving of CBD per day. If you’re using CBD oil, try taking just one dropper per day. If you’re using CBD gummies, try eating just one gummy per day. If you’re not getting the intended result after taking CBD for a while, then it might be wise for you to consider increasing the dosage.
When you try to determine the appropriate CBD dosage for your needs, it’s important to remember that absorption is always going to be somewhat slow when you take any supplement orally. When you take CBD oil, the fact that you hold the oil under your tongue mitigates the slow absorption somewhat. Some of the CBD will enter your bloodstream sublingually, and the rest will absorb through your digestive system. When you use an oral product like CBD gummies, all of the absorption takes place through the digestive system. The process can take an hour or more. So, if you take CBD and don’t notice anything right away, that’s completely normal.
Does CBD Have Side Effects if You Use Too Much of It?
One of the great things about CBD is that very few people have ever reported adverse effects from using it – and most of the side effects that are reported are very trivial. The most common side effects that people report when taking CBD are drowsiness, dry mouth, diarrhea, fatigue and low appetite.
Although those side effects may not be fun, it’s worthwhile to note that this list of CBD side effects is virtually the same as the list of the most common side effects of taking a placebo. With that being said, you may still want to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery when taking CBD for the first time until you have a better idea of how it interacts with your body.
If you use any prescription medication, we suggest talking to your doctor before taking CBD for the first time because it is possible for CBD to interact with other drugs. CBD may inhibit the production of a liver enzyme that’s used in the process of metabolizing many prescription medications. That could potentially cause those medications to reach higher levels in your bloodstream than they normally would.