Does CBD Get You High? Everything You Need To Know

There’s no question that CBD is the wellness product of the decade. With so many touted benefits and so many methods to try, it’s no wonder everyone is jumping on the CBD train. 

But if you’re new to all things CBD, you might be wondering -- does it get you high?

The short answer: CBD won’t get you high. Even though it comes from the cannabis plant (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), CBD products contain very little to no THC -- the psychoactive chemical compound that creates a high, euphoric effect. 

It can, however, provide a host of other incredible benefits. Here’s everything you need to know about the effects of this beneficial compound and how it differs from psychoactive THC.

Okay, First Things First. What Exactly is CBD? 

Cannabidiol -- or CBD for short -- is one of over 80+ natural phytocannabinoids (naturally occurring compounds) found in and extracted from hemp, a versatile plant belonging to the Cannabis sativa species. Since it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD can be purchased just about anywhere, from online to retail stores and everything in between.

Wait, What the Heck is a Cannabinoid? 

Cannabinoids promote balance and overall health and wellness by moderating the communication between the cells found within your body.* There are two types of cannabinoids: phytocannabinoids (CBD, THC, etc.), which are derived from cannabis and hemp, and endocannabinoids, which your body creates naturally.

CBD is a naturally occurring substance that’s used in many popular products like edibles and oils to impart a feeling of calm and relaxation. Unlike THC -- which is the major cannabinoid found in marijuana -- CBD is non-intoxicating. 

So What You’re Saying is, CBD Won’t Get Me High, Right?

Correct! Both THC and CBD are mood-altering compounds that have significant benefits, like potentially being able to relieve discomfort and support one’s emotional wellness, but only THC is intoxicating and CBD won’t make you feel altered or sedated in any way.* 

How Does CBD Work? 

Humans and other mammals have an internal network of receptors throughout the body called the endocannabinoid system. The primary focus of your endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis, or your internal stability, despite the unexpected challenges of daily life. 

Two essential receptors -- known as CB1 and CB2 -- bind with molecules called ligands (in this case, endocannabinoids) to exert a specific effect, such as affecting neurotransmitters.

The endocannabinoid receptors, ligands, and certain enzymes work in concert to affect a wide variety of processes in the body, including:

  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Appetite
  • Metabolism
  • Digestion
  • Hormones
  • Aging
  • Sleep

Cannabinoids created outside the body by plants -- called phytocannabinoids -- like CBD and THC from the cannabis plant, can also affect your CB1 or CB2 (and other) receptors to produce various effects and moderate some physical functions. 

What Are Some of the Potential Benefits of CBD? 

While research on this healthful compound is still in its infancy, preliminary reports and studies suggest that CBD just might have some incredible potential benefits. Here are a few of them:

May Help Relieve Discomfort 

Believe it or not, CBD could be one of the reasons why marijuana is known and loved for relieving pain.* Recent animal studies have shown that CBD may reduce discomfort by soothing tension.*

If you’re looking for a little relief, we recommend our Relief Drops. They’re a dynamic blend of high-quality organically farmed CBD with ginger oil, turmeric oil, and a custom relief terpene blend created to support your body’s ability to soothe tired and sore muscles and general body discomfort.* 

May Help Support Emotional Wellness

Stress and restlessness are on the rise -- especially following the outbreak of COVID19 not too long ago -- and can have devastating impacts on mental health and overall well-being. 

CBD oil has shown promise as a holistic approach to supporting emotional wellness.* While studies are still ongoing, the future looks bright for this powerful compound in the wellness realm. 

We love our Well-Being Drops for this because they help to restore mind and body balance to improve focus and keep you clear-headed throughout the day.  

May Support Quality Sleep 

Another great benefit of CBD is that it may help to support sleep by soothing discomfort and relaxing your mind and body. It does this by tackling barriers to sleep like tension and feelings of stress. 

For a good night’s rest, check out our Sleep Chews -- they’re a fast-acting, sleep-supporting blend of broad spectrum CBD with active levels of valerian root, botanical extract (chamomile and lavender), and a custom sleep terpene blend to support your body in promoting a healthy sleep cycle with no next-day grogginess. What’s not to love?

What’s The Best Way To Take CBD? 

It boils down to what effect you're looking to achieve and why you’re using CBD in the first place. Some individuals don’t want to ingest anything and therefore prefer a topical CBD ointment or cream. You can apply it to joints, muscles, and ligaments and still get a nice localized relief. 

For the best CBD lotion on the planet, we recommend our Body Relief Lotion. Not only is it fast-acting and effective, but it can soothe your sore muscles and joint discomfort naturally.* 

The biggest difference between edibles and tinctures is the speed of delivery and how long the effects last. A tincture looks like a tiny liquid that you simply place under your tongue with the little dropper, and you can feel relief within thirty minutes to an hour. 

This is one of the fastest ways to benefit from CBD because it gets absorbed by your sublingual glands under the tongue. If you’re looking to find calm without the brain fog, quiet your mind, and stay focused, Calm Drops from Healistcan help. 

If you prefer to taste something, you can choose an edible like a tasty chew. This method, however, takes the longest to feel the effect of CBD because the compound first must travel through your digestive tract. 

How To Make Sure You’re Getting the Best CBD Oil

Since CBD is a pretty big trend right now, it’s not too difficult to find -- but it can be hard to find really good quality CBD, which absolutely makes a difference. You want to find an honest and reputable brand that makes great CBD you can trust -- like Healist

We like to think Healist Naturals is uniquely making waves in the CBD industry. We test every product three times throughout the manufacturing process with a third-party, independent, ISO-accredited pharmaceutical-grade lab to ensure you’re getting the best of the best. We choose to use CO2 extraction to provide the richest profile of terpenes, cannabinoids, fatty acids, and flavonoids working in sync with your body -- just as nature intended. 

CO2 extraction separates the CBD oil at room temperature, meaning very minimal processing is used to preserve the plant’s natural components. Cheaper extraction methods rely on solvents like ethanol and require additional distillation to separate the solvent from the CBD oil, meaning more processing and heating of the plant. 

Sourced from nature and backed by science, the oil from Healist sets the bar for how CBD should be: 100% clean and natural.  

Bottom Line 

So, does CBD get you high? 

Despite what many people may think, the answer is no. 

Here at Healist, we’re taking action against misinformation, deceptive labeling, white lies, and soft truths to help equip you with all you need to stay informed. On every single Healist product, you’ll find a QR code and batch code that allows you to view all lab reports so you can see exactly what goes into every product. 

Our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. Check out our inventory today and reap the benefits of CBD tomorrow. Trust us -- you’ll be glad you did!

 

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