There’s a lot to get excited about when researching potential health benefits of hemp-derived CBD products.
Plenty of people look to the cannabinoid for help living with post-traumatic stress disorder, various forms of anxiety, chronic pain, and a host of other ailments. Others incorporate CBD products into their everyday fitness routines to supercharge their recovery from vigorous workouts.
If you’re reading this, you may have heard that CBD products made from hemp are a way to incorporate some of the therapeutic properties of cannabinoids — without the intoxication or psychoactive effects.
You’re also probably skeptical. There’s a great chance you’re probably asking,
The short answer is: No, CBD oil does not get you high.
Why Don’t You Get High From Using CBD Products?
To understand why you won’t get high from CBD alone, it’s important to understand where the product comes from and how the plant affects the human body.
CBD is frequently confused with THC (which will get you high), and understandably so. The two compounds are closely related — both are cannabinoids, which means they both come from the cannabis plant.
The cannabis plant has two common varieties: one is used to produce marijuana, and the other variety is used to produce agricultural hemp. Both varieties contain CBD, but only the marijuana-producing variety contains significant amounts of THC.
Most CBD oil products, including Nanocraft’s, come from the agricultural hemp plant. This plant contains only trace amounts of THC. That’s why CBD-only products won’t produce the mind-altering high that’s commonly associated with smoking cannabis.
To explain further, let’s take a step back and analyze why marijuana creates that euphoric high in the first place (Fair warning: This might seem a bit like a science lesson, but stick with us).
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
Compounds found in cannabis plants are referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids also naturally exist in the human body and work in tandem with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is basically a network of receptors in the brain and throughout the body that participates in regulating some natural functions: mood, sleep, appetite, etc.
There are two primary endocannabinoid receptors:
- CB1 receptors are found in the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). CB1 receptors interact with nerve cells in the brain to help regulate the body’s biochemistry.
- CB2 receptors are found in white blood cells (peripheral nervous system). CB2 receptors interact with white blood cells to manage responses from the body’s immune system.
Cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis plants interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors to help regulate the aforementioned functions.
Other than CBD, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the other dominant compound in cannabis plants. THC is the compound that primarily binds with CB1 receptors in the brain. This is what produces the cerebral high effect that is most commonly associated with smoking marijuana.
CBD, however, binds itself with the CB2 receptors throughout the body and interacts with the body’s immune system. This is why there is plenty of evidence showing CBD oil’s effect in reducing inflammation, lowering anxiety and helping with chronic pain.
Cannabis plants have a certain ratio of THC and CBD compounds depending on the type or strain of plant. Some plants will have a higher concentration of THC and can have more psychoactive properties.
CBD oil is often produced from hemp plants, which only have trace amounts of THC. This is why CBD products like Nanocraft’s do not have psychoactive effects and won’t alter your state of mind.
How Does CBD Make You Feel?
So now you’re probably asking yourself: “If CBD doesn’t produce that cerebral high, what am I going to feel when I use CBD oil?”
The concept behind CBD use is to engage the immune system in a way to achieve better balance and adapt physically to stress and other condition changes.
Regular users of CBD oil products often report feelings of heightened energy, improved sleep patterns, and increased relaxation. While these can make someone feel relaxed and refreshed, it’s not the cerebral, psychoactive high that comes from consuming THC.
What Does This Mean for CBD Users?
If you’ve been on the fence about trying CBD oil because you don’t want to get high, don’t worry.
As you look for the right products to incorporate in your lifestyle, be sure to focus your search on hemp-derived CBD products. Because the hemp plant contains only a trace amount of THC, you won’t experience the high that’s associated with cannabis.
Hemp-derived products, like Nanocraft’s, will allow you to incorporate all the benefits of CBD — without the psychoactive effects of THC that you’ll find in marijuana.