With so many touted benefits from CBD like pain relief or better sleep, it’s no wonder it’s becoming so popular.
The short answer: CBD won’t get you high. Even though CBD comes from cannabis (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), CBD products contain little to no THC. Since it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as its cannabinoid cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) is more lightly regulated and can be sold without a prescription in most U.S. locations.
How does CBD Work?
Research on cannabinoids led to the discovery of receptors in the brain and throughout the body that link up with them, which in turn led to the discovery that our bodies make cannabinoid-like substances called endocannabinoids. CB1 and CB2 are the two main endocannabinoid receptors.
CB1 = is found throughout the central nervous system, as well as in the lungs, liver, and kidneys.
CB2 = is less abundant, and mainly expressed in the immune system.
THC is the only compound in the cannabis plant that can make you feel high. Once it enters your circulatory system, it binds to the CB1 receptors in the brain and spinal cord, producing sensations of euphoria, deep relaxation, and changes in sensory perception.
Unlike THC, CBD does not bind to either CB1 or CB2 receptors. CBD may reduce the ability of THC and other cannabinoids to bind to the CB1 receptors. This may reduce the psychoactive effects of THC and may increase the number of circulating cannabinoids.
Many first-time users report first results within 15–30 minutes after taking CBD oil. Oral products such as edibles and capsules need more time to show their effects, usually up to 120 minutes.
CBD doesn’t get you high, but instead, benefits may include:
- Anxiety and stress reduction
- Pain relief
- Support Sleep
Here are some tips on how to incorporate CBD into your wellness routine this year.
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