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Does CBD Oil Get You High?

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CBD oil has become popular as a health and wellbeing supplement in recent years.

But despite its popularity, it feels like there are still some unanswered questions. 

Some people are curious about how it’s made, how it works, and how it makes you feel, but a lot of first-time users often wonder: "Does CBD oil get you high?"

What Is CBD Oil?

Before getting into whether or not CBD oil can get you high, it would be wise to get a brief overview of what it actually is.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis sativa plant, also known as the hemp plant.

Cannabinoids interact with our Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a relatively recently discovered network of receptors that run throughout our central and peripheral nervous systems.

These systems play an integral role in the everyday management of some of our bodies core functions and are responsible for keeping us in a state of physical and internal balance through a process called homeostasis.

Although our body naturally produces a number of endocannabinoids, CBD doesn’t form part of our natural diets, so it can be used as a food supplement, taken to support the body in the same way that we might use a multivitamin or iron supplement to help our body function at its peak.

Does CBD Oil Get You High?

One of the most common questions we get asked about CBD oil is whether or not it can get you high.

The simple answer is that, despite coming from the cannabis plant, CBD does not get you high.

The high associated with recreational cannabis use is caused by the psychoactive cannabinoid compound THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

By comparison, CBD is non-psychoactive, and although full-spectrum CBD oils can contain very small trace amounts of THC, these are not present in a high enough volume to cause any ill effects or strange sensations.

Any high-quality CBD oil manufacturer will be able to provide lap reports that verify the cannabinoid profiles of their products, which means you can be sure you won’t end up feeling the intoxicating effects of THC without knowing it.

What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

There are more than a hundred cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant, but THC and CBD are arguably the most well known.

Both THC and CBD have an almost identical chemical makeup, sharing the same molecules but arranged in a slightly different way, meaning they actually work in very different ways.

THC binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain to produce euphoric sensations, deep relaxation, and alterations in your sensory perception, all of which are commonly associated with feeling “high”.

CBD, on the other hand, binds very weakly, if at all, to these receptors, and so does not produce the same feelings.

Because of its psychoactive effects, in the UK, THC is still considered a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, whereas CBD is legal, and commonly falls under the Novel Foods guidelines for food supplements.

How Does CBD Oil Make You Feel?

The way CBD oil makes you feel can vary a great deal from person to person.

Factors such as the dosage, the user’s lifestyle, and the reason it’s being used can all play a role in how it makes the user feel, and the way in which it’s taken can also impact its effectiveness.

Taking CBD orally, such as with an oil or a water-soluble CBD like our Absorb range, will usually give users the best results, but taking it in a different way may not deliver the same results.

Everyone’s individual experience with CBD is unique, and the way it interacts with our bodies can vary from person to person, depending on what their body needs.

Although people have different experiences with CBD, because it’s a natural supplement it can help to support a healthy balanced lifestyle and is very popular as a supplement taken before bed or as you wind down in the evening.

The one thing we can say for certain is that a well-made CBD oil supplement will not make you feel high, as it doesn’t contain enough THC for this to be the case.

The Bottom Line

The simple fact is that despite coming from the cannabis plant and its similarities with THC, CBD from a reputable company will not get you high.

Although research is still ongoing into any potential benefits CBD might have, it’s already shown itself to be a fantastic supplement for supporting a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

We know that CBD can be a tricky topic to navigate, so if you’re considering giving it a try and can’t find answers to your questions then we offer a free health advice service with me, Nick, a registered Osteopath with more than 15 years experience in the natural health field - you can get in touch with me here.

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