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Why using CBD oil won’t get you high

CBD. Three letters dominating the headlines as we learn more about the ways to harness one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa plant as a powerful, natural wellness remedy.

Every day, people around the world are discovering the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil which for years has been one of nature’s best-kept secrets. And yet, it’s derived from a plant that’s been around for centuries but it’s the cannabinoid that’s finally rewriting the story of Cannabis.

We’re used to reading about Cannabis and its intoxicating high but with CBD, the high is non-existent. Instead, it works to harmonise and balance the body and a daily drop or two of a CBD oil supplement can help us achieve a new sense of physical and emotional wellbeing.

Safe, legal and easy to use, CBD doesn’t cause a psychoactive reaction because it contains trace elements (less than 0.2% ) or zero THC which is the cannabinoid that does get you high and is found in large amounts in the spliffs that people smoke.

Why THC gets you high

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THC and other cannabinoid chemicals are found in cannabis plants and they’re similar to chemicals that naturally occur in the body. They send chemical messages between nerve cells throughout the nervous system which in turn impacts areas that influence all kinds of things such as:

  • Pleasure
  • Memory
  • Thinking
  • Concentration
  • Movement and co-ordination
  • Sensory and time perception

THC attaches itself to molecules called cannabinoid receptors, in this case to the CB1 receptor, in these particular brain areas which then activates them and changes mental and physical functions.

The neural communication network that uses these cannabinoid neurotransmitters is known as the Endocannabinoid System and it plays a vital role in the regular functioning of the body’s nervous system.

THC can stimulate neurons in the ‘reward’ part of our brain to trigger the release of Dopamine and Anandamide, the feel-good hormones that are released in response to pleasure.

As the levels THC provokes are more than we would expect to see in response to natural stimuli, this rush of the feel-good hormones causes the euphoric ‘high’ associated with the use of recreational marijuana.

While we know that the THC in marijuana causes this high, it’s also important to understand that used in the right way, it also contains many therapeutic benefits.

For example, THC can help to relieve nausea and increase appetite, but both CBD and THC are effective pain relievers.

Why CBD won’t get you high

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It may sound surprising but THC and CBD are both cannabinoids that are psychoactive but the big difference is that only THC has the ability to intoxicate.

Yes CBD can alter our mood but it doesn’t create that THC euphoria. Instead, it promotes a deep sense of calm and relaxation.

THC activates what’s known as CB1 receptors in the brain that are associated with euphoria, relaxation, anxiety, and short-term memory impairment.

On the other hand, CBD doesn’t bind itself to the CB1 receptor as THC does so it actually blocks or modulates THC’s intoxicating effects.

It also inhibits the release of an enzyme known as FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase). FAAH breaks down Anandamide which is referred to as the “bliss hormone” when it’s released as it creates a sense of happiness and contentment.

However, when CBD blocks the FAAH enzymes, it enables the build-up of Anandamide in the brain which then promotes a deeper state of relaxation and wellbeing.

This is why more people are incorporating CBD into their daily wellness routine to help manage conditions like pain, stress and anxiety. And while CBD can help manage mental stress, as it’s also an anti-inflammatory, it can help to reduce pain and relax the body too.

CBD helps to enhance wellness

Working as it does, CBD helps to promote a natural state of homeostasis, or equilibrium so that our body can work as it should do. When our homeostasis is out of sync, our body’s balance becomes disrupted. When it’s in sync, so are we.

So if you’re looking to incorporate a CBD oil supplement into your daily routine, there’s never been a better time to try it. The choices are many and growing all the time, so take your pick from the oils, capsules and edibles that are now available online and on the High Street.

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