CBD Oil Will Not get You High
No, CBD oil won’t get you ‘high’ or cause you any psychoactive side effects.
Why Won’t CBD Get You ‘High’?
Although it is extracted from plants that are part of the cannabis sativa family, Cannabidiol (or CBD) is only one of dozens of cannabinoids found in this family. Few of these include the infamous Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), which is responsible for delivering the euphoric and psychoactive effects often associated with ‘getting high’.
The two cannabinoids share many similarities, as they both interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a network of receptors found in the human brain, which help to maintain vital body functions. As both CBD and THC are chemically similar to the endocannabinoids found in the human body, they interact with your cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors. These neurotransmitters in the brain relay messages between cells to manage stress, sleep pain and immune functioning.
However, although similar, the 2 cannabinoids are more different than many may assume and differ dramatically in their effect.
CBD Activates in the Brain Differently to THC
Although they are two separate chemicals derived from the same plant family, CBD does not create any psychological effects because it doesn’t affect the same neurological receptors in the brain in the same way that THC does.
Although CBD and THC are made up of the same carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms, there are small differences in how the CBD and THC atoms are arranged. This creates different effects on the body. Rather than binding to the CB1 receptors in the brain like THC does, CBD makes only an indirect influence, binding very weakly if at all.
It is this bond that THC makes with the brain’s CB1 receptors that creates the signals sent to the brain that result in the euphoric effect that it is more widely associated with. As CBD does not directly bond with the same CB1 receptors as THC does, it does not get you ‘high’. CBD can even negate the bond THC creates and neutralise the feelings of euphoria, delivering the health benefits that many are anecdotally reporting from taking cannabinoids, but without any psychoactive side-effects.
CBD Oil is Completely Legal in the UK
Given the fundamental differences between CBD and THC, CBD oil is therefore legal in the UK under certain conditions. As long as it does not contain more than 0.2% THC and is derived from one of the 63 industrial hemp strains that have been EU-approved, it is completely legal to buy and sell in the UK.
OK CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or malady. They are not to be used by persons under the age of 18, during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. If in doubt, check with your GP before taking CBD oil.