A couple of questions I hear quite often are, “What will CBD feel like?” and “Will I get high from CBD?”
The hemp plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids, but CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) are the two most often talked about. What determines whether a plant is classified as hemp or as marijuana basically depends on the amount of the psychoactive compound THC it produces. Plants with over 0.3% THC are considered to be marijuana plants, while those with less than 0.3% THC are legally classified as hemp plants.
Both plants produce CBD, but the marijuana plant will usually have higher amounts of THC than CBD. On the other hand hemp will produce CBD with just traces of THC. CBD oil can be made from both of these sources. Because CBD from marijuana has higher levels of THC – which will get you high, it is only legal in certain states. What we’ll be talking about today are the CBD products that are made just from the hemp plant that contain zero to trace amounts of THC.
So, what can you expect to feel when you try CBD oil?
CBD is not psychoactive, so what will you feel when you take some? Well, nothing… Or more accurately you will feel the absence of something.
Have you ever taken an aspirin or Advil for a headache? What did you feel? You don’t “feel” the aspirin – you just stop feeling the headache. It’s the same with CBD you won’t feel anything from the CBD, but you will feel the absence of pain, anxiety, inflammation, etc.
So why choose CBD over Advil? In two words… Side effects.
The long terms side effects of NSAIDs can include upper gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers, heartburn, ringing in the ears, headaches, dizziness, liver or kidney problems, leg swelling, high blood pressure, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and death.
According to The American Journal of Medicine, “Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) – related gastrointestinal (GI) complications.”
And The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that 16,500 NSAID related deaths occur just among people being treated for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis every year.
On the other hand, CBD side effects can include diarrhea, changes in appetite or fatigue.
According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), there has never been a death reported from the use of cannabis.
Of course, as with any other medication CBD can interact with certain drugs so always do your reasearch.