Does CBD Get You High? How Does it Actually Feel
Despite CBD's growing mainstream popularity, there are still many misconceptions surrounding this cannabinoid.
Perhaps the most persistent myth about CBD is that it has psychoactive properties (i.e., it makes users feel "high"). People assume because CBD comes from the cannabis plant, it must have similar properties to marijuana.
In reality, CBD has zero psychoactive potential. Scientists from around the world now list CBD as a non-intoxicating compound.
Heck, even the World Anti-Doping Agency lists CBD as an accepted substance for pro athletes.
The science is clear.
You don't have to worry about getting "high" from a CBD tincture or edible.
CBD vs. THC – A Tale Of Two Cannabinoids
While CBD might not get users "high," THC certainly does. Short for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, THC has been shown to have extremely potent psychoactive properties. Recent research suggests THC molecules land directly on our brain's CB1 receptors.
While you could find THC in both hemp and marijuana, the latter has way more THC. Under US Federal Law, industrial hemp must contain under 0.3 percent THC to be considered legal. Anything above this level is technically in violation of the 2018 US Farm Bill.
Many retailers such as Eden's Herbals will send their CBD products to third-party labs for thorough screenings. You can find an example of their lab results on this link. As you'll see, the THC levels are well below the federal guidelines.
If CBD Doesn't Get You "High," What Does It Do?
Since hemp has only been federally legal for a few years, there's still a lot of info scientists don't know about CBD.
Most researchers now believe this cannabinoid works indirectly on the endocannabinoid system (ECS). For those who don't know, the ECS is a natural part of our physiology like the nervous or digestive system.
Interestingly, our bodies have cannabinoid receptors that may regulate various processes like mood, sleep, and appetite. Cannabis is the only plant with cannabinoids that could influence our ECS.
While THC directly binds with CB1 receptors in the brain, CBD seems to take a more indirect route.
A few recent studies suggest CBD may stimulate the production of a natural compound called anandamide. Sometimes called the "bliss molecule," anandamide is closely associated with feelings of contentment and relaxation. There's also some data that suggests anandamide might help regulate the circadian rhythm.
While this research is encouraging, there's still a ton we don't know about how CBD works. Hopefully, as more scientists become interested in CBD's potential, we'll better understand how this cannabinoid interacts with the ECS in humans (and pets, too!).
Why Do People Take CBD Oil?
While CBD is non-habit-forming, many people say they can't imagine life without a bottle of CBD oil.
But if CBD is non-intoxicating, what's all the hubbub surrounding this hemp-derived cannabinoid?
As mentioned above, CBD seems to have a subtler effect on our ECS than THC. This doesn't mean, however, that CBD does not affect us at all.
Many people who take CBD oil report feeling a clear-headed sense of relaxation. Also, some athletes claim using CBD creams helps soothe achy joints and muscles, especially after a big workout.
But it's not just humans that seem to benefit from CBD. Believe it or not, many pet owners are giving their pooches CBD-infused treats. There's even evidence out of Cornell University that suggests CBD pills could reduce dog osteoarthritis!
Companies like Eden's Herbals are offering CBD Dog Treats for the most convenient and easy dosing that your dog will love!
What CBD Product is the Best?
The first problem many new CBD users have is choosing the right forms of CBD for their needs. Besides the standard CBD tinctures, you could now find CBD gummies, CBD isolate powder, and CBD topicals.
A common query we receive is “which CBD products are the best?”. Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to this question.
Since everyone has different reasons for using CBD, there's no "one-size-fits-all" answer. You must evaluate your needs and preferences before choosing your preferred CBD product.
For instance, people interested in using CBD to help with joint pain or backaches will probably do well with a CBD topical. Interestingly, scientific reports suggest we have CB2 receptors on our skin. When you apply our CBD cream to your back, wrist, or knees, it seems to calm these nerves, which may reduce pain signaling.
While CBD topicals are fantastic for skincare or joint aches, they aren't the best choice for people who want stress relief. Since these topicals don't penetrate the bloodstream, they only have localized effects.
To take advantage of CBD's stress-healing properties, we'd recommend using a CBD tincture or gummies.
In general, CBD tinctures have more immediate effects than gummies, especially when you take them sublingually (i.e., under your tongue). On the flipside, gummies effects are slower and they are way more discreet—and tasty! CBD gummies are fantastic for people who want to sneak a little cannabidiol into their workday.
Full-Spectrum vs. CBD Isolate – What's The Difference?
As you're shopping for the perfect CBD product, you'll also run into a distinction between full-spectrum and isolate products. The main distinction between these items has to do with their amount of THC.
While full-spectrum goods could have = 0.3 percent THC, isolate powders are 100% THC-free. In fact, CBD isolate powders will have as close to 100 percent CBD as humanly possible.
Anyone who's concerned with purity may prefer using isolate CBD. Plus, since CBD isolate is odorless and tasteless, it's incredibly easy to add to edibles. On the flip side, many people claim full-spectrum products have a more potent effect than isolate powders.
Indeed, there's now a theory known as the "entourage effect" that suggests CBD works better when paired with other natural compounds found in the hemp plant. In addition to small traces of THC, full-spectrum oils often contain other non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBC, CBN, and CBG. All these factors may enhance CBD's effectiveness.
Got More CBD Questions? Reach Out To Eden's Herbals!
Although we don't know everything about CBD, one thing's for sure: this cannabinoid is non-intoxicating. At Eden's Herbals, we promise to lab-verify our CBD products to ensure you're never exposed to over 0.3 percent THC. We also have plenty of non-THC products for customers who'd prefer to avoid this cannabinoid entirely.
If you have more questions about CBD or Eden's Herbals' products, please don't hesitate to drop us a line at [email protected]
*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.
All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden’s Herbals.
Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA approved.
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