Cannabidiol, otherwise referred to as CBD, is a natural substance obtained from the cannabis plant.
It is part of hundreds of cannabinoid compounds obtained from the cannabis plant, but in recent times it's now embraced by a lot of users across the world, forcing significant changes in the law.
In this post, we will answer the age-long question that seems to be on everyone's lips, "Will CBD get you high"? The short answer is NO. This is because CBD doesn't contain any psychoactive substance, THC, that will give you the high effect.
The number of people using CBD, most commonly in the form of a CBD oil, in the UK is estimated to be around 300,000.
You might have heard about the remarkable things CBD is capable of doing to the body and want to cash in on the benefits of this modern blessing to man. Still, you're skeptical because of marijuana's psychoactive tendencies on the body, and well, CBD is derived from marijuana.
What is responsible for the Psychoactive tendencies in Marijuana?
Another popular compound also derived from cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This compound is responsible for the psychoactive behaviours and effects exhibited by users of marijuana. In the UK THC is still considered illegal and any products with CBD must be able to demonstrate less than 0.2% concentrations of THC.
Unlike THC, which causes psychoactive effects in its users, CBD, on the other hand, doesn't cause any psychotropic impact when consumed in any form or with any method.
Why people assume they can get high from CBD?
It’s true that both CBD and THC naturally occur in marijuana plants. What a lot of users don't realise is that CBD can be isolated from a marijuana plant and also separated from THC. CBD can now be used in varied forms, in oils, skin products, edibles, without any trace of THC as an added agent.
CBD vs. THC
Both CBD and THC have the same chemical formula, but what varies is the way the atoms are structured; this, in turn, influences how they both compounds affect the body.
CBD and THC work with the CB1 receptors found in the endocannabinoid system but different ways, influencing things like sleep, pain, memory, and the skin's sensory cells.
While THC is known to stimulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors, resulting in euphoria and psychoactive effect associated with cannabis, CBD, on the other hand, reduces or antagonises the effect of these receptors, reducing intoxication caused by THC.
Can you get high from using CBD on your skin?
As mentioned above, CBD does not cause any psychoactive effect on the body when consumed in any form. On the contrary, CBD can improve the proper functioning of the skin. When the receptors in the endocannabinoid system are not running correctly, the skin is significantly affected. For instance, the sebaceous gland will be unable to release adequate amounts of lipid-sebum and the waterproof barrier responsible for protecting the skin can, in turn, become weakened, thus increasing the exposure of the skin to disease and microbial attacks. Proper cannabinoid balance in the skin also results in healthy skin homeostasis.
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Is it legal to use CBD products?
In the UK, you can be prescribed CBD oil by a doctor, and it is totally legal.
For CBD oil to be legal in the UK, it must contain no more than 0.2% THC, and the THC must not be easily separated from it. Simple!
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