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Can You Get High From CBD Oil?

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CBD has grown in popularity in recent years, with people taking it for many reasons and many reporting that it helps to reduce anxiety and stress, and provides pain relief for many physical conditions.

But many potential users who are considering giving CBD oil a try have often been left with one simple question: can you get high from CBD oil?

What Is CBD?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol, one of over a hundred cannabinoid compounds derived from the cannabis sativa plant.

These naturally occurring cannabinoids work with our bodies endocannabinoid system, which helps to manage everything from our mood, sleep patterns and appetite to our pain, hormone and immune system responses.

Since CBD doesn’t typically form a natural part of our diet, taking CBD oil can act the same way as any other dietary supplement, helping to provide our body with the compounds it needs to ensure our endocannabinoid system is working properly.

These compounds, found in high-quality full-spectrum CBD oils, work together with the CBD to produce the entourage effect, which increases the effectiveness of all of the compounds and works in harmony with the endocannabinoid system to provide users with relief from a number of issues.

Can You Get High From CBD Oil?

So if CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant, can you get high from CBD oil?

The short answer is no.

The psychoactive cannabinoid compound responsible for the stereotypical “high” feeling that people who smoke cannabis are looking for is called THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol.

In contrast, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound that interacts with different receptors within the endocannabinoid system, giving users all of the benefits the cannabis plant has to offer without the high.

By law, CBD oils and other CBD products in the UK must contain a THC content of less than 0.2% and must be made from approved strains of the cannabis sativa plant that already have very low levels of THC, so any legally manufactured and tested CBD oil will not get you high.

CBD vs THC: What’s The Difference?

On a molecular level, CBD and THC have the same structure, but the way the atoms are arranged means that they both have different effects on the body.

As briefly mentioned above, the biggest difference between CBD and THC is that CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that it doesn’t give you the “high” feeling associated with smoking cannabis, while THC does.

This is mainly attributed to the receptors that form our endocannabinoid system, and the way the different compounds interact with those receptors.

Our body contains predominantly two types of receptors - CB1 receptors that are most prominent in the central nervous system, which controls most functions of the body and mind; and CB2 receptors that are more common in the peripheral nervous system, which forms the rest of the body’s nervous system.

The THC in cannabis has a tendency to bind with the CB1 receptors resulting in the “high” associated with the recreational use of cannabis.

CBD, on the other hand, favours the CB2 receptors, which help the body to provide the relaxing, healing benefits associated with CBD oils.

What Can CBD Oil Help With?

While there are currently no approved health claims for CBD oil supplements, the fact that it’s an entirely natural compound means it’s something nearly everyone can try safely.

CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis or hemp plant, and our range has been designed as general health supplements that can be used to promote wellbeing naturally. 

Outside of the supplement world, there are ongoing medical studies involving cannabinoids, looking into their potential uses for a variety of conditions, including:

We often get asked by our customers whether they can try CBD oil if they have an existing condition and more often than not the answer is yes as they are incredibly safe to use. However, like any other supplement, they have been designed to support health and wellbeing alongside a balanced diet and lifestyle and are not intended to replace any existing medical treatments.

What Are The Side Effects Of CBD Oil?

People are often concerned with side effects from taking CBD oil, but research has found that CBD oil does not have a negative impact on any core functions, and side effects are extremely rare and mild if encountered.

Taking too much CBD oil too quickly can make users feel tired, or result in loose bowel movements, but these symptoms can be easily resolved by simply reducing the dose of CBD and giving the body time to adjust to the supplementation.

Is It Legal To Use CBD Oil?

Many users are unaware that it is actually the THC within cannabis that is the controlled substance, so provided a CBD oil has a THC content of below 0.2%, the legal threshold, it is not considered a controlled substance and is therefore legal for use in the UK.

To be sure you’re buying a high-quality CBD oil, make sure you look for a full spectrum product that has been laboratory tested to confirm it’s cannabinoid profile and ensure it meets the legal requirements in the UK.

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