The two most common cannabinoid compounds that exist in cannabis are CBD and THC. THC, the more famous of the two has the ability to produce feelings of euphoria. CBD on the other hand does not create this effect, but can produce other desirable results. Of course, there is more to it than that, but if you are consuming some type of pure CBD you won’t have to worry about getting high.
It’s understandable that some people may wonder if CBD can produce a high considering how closely it is related to THC. Unfortunately the effects of THC have overshadowed the many advantages of CBD.
CBD can come from both marijuana and hemp, but THC is mainly found in marijuana. This is part of the reason it’s helpful to understand how hemp and marijuana are different. Hemp has been grown and cultivated for a long time, as people have been able to use the fibrous properties for cloth, paper, and rope. Hemp and marijuana share a lot of compounds and even look almost identical, but hemp has less than 0.3% THC, and it has high levels of CBD. Marijuana is the opposite, containing little CBD but 5%-35% THC. Many CBD products are made out of hemp for this reason, ensuring that you have very little contact with THC at all. 0.3% or less of THC will not get you high, especially since CBD negates the intoxicating effects of THC by inhibiting it from interacting with cannabinoid receptors.
What does it mean to be high? Generally this means a decrease or significant change in a person’s mental or physical abilities. It is a form of being intoxicated. There is a sense of mental distortion and euphoria. Different types of drugs, and sometimes even different strains of THC can leave a person experiencing a different kind of high. There is also a lot of variability in the strength and potency of THC depending on the concentration. Common effects of being high on THC are impaired memory, altered conscious perception, lethargy and sleepiness, and sometimes paranoia and anxiety. CBD will have you feeling none of these mental or emotional changes. It does however excel at producing some other effects.
As stated previously, CBD can actually counteract the effects of THC that produce a high. Therefore, you are more likely to feel calm and relaxed while taking CBD without THC. Even though CBD use is still in its infancy in the U.S. and lacks comprehensive lab testing, we do have some first hand user accounts of what CBD can do. Some of these uses include soothing sore muscles and joints, reducing stress and improving sleep. With the signing of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, which finally legalized hemp, more testing should be on the way.