CBD oil is the hot product on the market today, and it’s rise to popularity is nothing short of meteoric. Less than a year ago, the product wasn’t even legal. That changed with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed CBD from the federal government’s list of Schedule One drugs and allows the product to be consumed and sold commercially. Since then, it’s popularity has exploded. According to one study, CBD is now on track to generate $22 billion over the next three years. This is no wonder, as a recent poll indicated that 1 in 7 Americans have tried the compound.
However, CBD’s newness to the commercial market means that there is plenty of confusion and misinformation about the product, and that can be dangerous for users. One of the most popular questions about CBD is the obvious: How does it make you feel? This often leads to a secondary question, one which comes from the fact that CBD originates from the cannabis plant: Can it make you high?
Here’s a look at the answers to those questions.
It’s tough to make specific categorizations about how CBD will make you feel, since every body is obviously different. However, there are a few general statements which we can make about CBD.
Broadly speaking, CBD relaxes you. People who have used it report that they feel calmer, more relaxed and an increasing sense of well-being. It can also reduce stress, pain and anxiety.
Your specific experiences with CBD also depend on how you take it. For example, rubbing CBD lotion on a spot of pain may help relieve the soreness in the associated muscle, but it’s possible that you won’t feel anything anywhere else in your body.
While CBD’s effects are subtle – and certainly more subtle than taking any sort of drug, alcohol or marijuana – it’s important to note how CBD won’t make you feel. It is not intoxicating. It won’t make you feel “out of it,” drunk or high. Indeed, CBD won’t get you high either, but more on that shortly.
All of CBD’s effects are tied back to how it works. CBD’s impact on your body occur because of how CBD impacts your body’s endocannabinoids system. Your endocannabinoid system has two parts: Your body’s naturally produced cannabinoids and the cannabinoid receptors which are studded throughout your body, skin and organs. CBD works by altering the bond between your cannabinoids and receptors. The impact of this is to typically bring your body back to a naturally occurring place of homeostasis. This results in a reduction of stress, pain, anxiety and more.
Though limited and usually tolerable, negative side effects are possible with CBD. These include fatigue, nausea, upset upset stomach, diarrhea, appetite loss and possible changes in weight. Generally speaking, as noted by a World Health Organization report on the subject, CBD is well-tolerated in humans, and the side effects are usually small and manageable. Fortunately, as the report also notes, overdosing is likely not possible, and it is not possible to develop an addition to CBD.
When it comes to managing side effects, it is best to always first try CBD in a place where you can deal with side effects. For example, be somewhere where you are not operating any heavy machinery or need to drive, make sure you have easy access to the bathroom, etc.
While CBD is tolerated well by most humans, it is possible to experience more significant negative interactions, depending on if you have certain conditions (such as liver diseases) or take certain kinds of medication. This is because CBD can suppress a critical liver enzyme which is responsible for how your body processes medication. As a result, you may wind up absorbing more of a medication than intended by the manufacture of the drug. This, of course, can be dangerous.
Because of these possible dangers, it is always advisable to consult with a medical professional before consuming CBD. This will ensure that you are not suffering from any illnesses which could be made worse by CBD, as well as confirming that any medication you may take will not be negatively impacted by CBD use.
The answer to this question is far more definitive than the answers to the questions above: Absolutely not, as long as the compound is produced within current legal specification.
This question is asked because of CBD’s origins. Like marijuana, CBD is produced from the cannabis plant. However, that’s where the similarities end.
There are three types of CBD: Full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Only full spectrum has THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the compound in marijuana responsible for intoxication. However, if it is produced legally, CBD should have no more than .3% THC. Marijuana has much higher THC levels – often as high as 20% or greater. As such, full spectrum marijuana lacks adequate concentrations of THC to get you high.
The only possible way that CBD can get you high is if you are using illegally produced or mislabeled CBD. That is all too possible, unfortunately: A 2017 study by the University of Pennsylvania showed that nearly 70% of all CBD products examined were mislabeled for a variety of ingredients, including THC. As such, if you use a product which has been illegally manufactured or mislabeled, it is possible to get high.
The remedy for this is to only purchase CBD which has a Certificate of Analysis available. Reputable CBD companies will always have their products independently tested and make those test results available in a Certificate of Analysis, which will show the ingredients and amounts of those ingredients which are in the specific batch of CBD which you are considering purchasing.