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27th November 2019

Does CBD Get You High?: Busting the Myth

Although more and more people are gaining an understanding of CBD due to increased exposure, there is still a lot of misinformation out there. Many are, understandably, still confused about what CBD is and how it is different from cannabis or marijuana.

In this blog, we’re answering the question ‘does CBD get you high?’ so that you can be a little more informed.

What does it mean to ‘get high’?

When people use the term ‘getting high’, it refers to an altered state of mind caused by psychoactive substances. The actual experience of the high will differ depending on what substance has been taken but common symptoms of a high from marijuana can include relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite, paranoia, hallucinations, confusion and anxiety.

The common misconception about CBD

Many people mistakenly believe that CBD is the same as, or will have the same effects as, marijuana because they are both produced from cannabis plants. However, it’s important to understand the difference between the two.

Cannabis Sativa is the parent plant family which includes both hemp and marijuana plants. CBD products are generally produced from industrial hemp plants whereas the drug marijuana comes from the marijuana plant.

The important distinction here is the level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) present in the different varieties of the cannabis Sativa family. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid which has a mind-altering effect on humans. CBD is also a cannabinoid but does not have these psychoactive properties.

Industrial hemp will generally contain less than 0.3% THC and is often grown in accordance with the laws of a particular country. For example, industrial hemp strains grown in the EU cannot have a THC content higher than 0.2%. On the other hand, marijuana plants can contain much higher levels of THC and are illegal to grow in many places across the world.

Does CBD get you high?

As mentioned before, CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid whereas THC is. CBD products will generally contain little to no THC, which means that they don’t cause a high in the sense of altering your state of mind.

Since CBD products are mainly produced from industrial hemp plants, they won’t contain enough THC to cause a high. The only types of CBD product which could cause a high would be those produced from a marijuana plant or those to which THC has been added. However, these CBD products will be illegal in the UK.

It’s important to do your research and carefully check the contents of your CBD products before using them.

Why do people use CBD products?

CBD does not cause a high but it does have a range of potential health benefits which could help to improve someone’s day-to-day life. Reported effects include pain relief, increased relaxation, minimising of anxiety symptoms and help with sleep.

This is a really positive solution for people who want the benefits of the cannabis plant without experiencing an altered state of mind. Plus, it’s important to note that CBD is legal in the UK whereas marijuana is illegal unless it is medical marijuana which has been specially prescribed. 

How does CBD make you feel?

Although CBD does not get you high in the sense of altering your state of mind, it does have an impact on your mood according to its proponents. As we explored in another blog which looked at how CBD makes you feel, some people have reported that CBD provides feelings of balance and relaxation, which offers relief from those who suffer from physical and mental pain.

This is because CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system and allows it to produce additional cannabinoids, which are already made naturally by the body when we are in a good mood.

We hope this blog has helped you to understand that CBD does not get you high, but that many people report that it does have positive effects on your mood.

For more information like this, you can read through the CBD Effects section of our blog. All of the products sold on the Mellow store are completely non-psychoactive.

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