CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that belongs to a family of more than 100 natural compounds found in the famous cannabis sativa plant (AKA Marijuana or Hemp).
Not to be confused with the infamous Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is infamous for its mind-altering psychotropic effects on humans.
While both of them are extracted from the same plant, that does not mean that they have the same effect on humans.
The THC is a compound responsible for getting you high, a trait which is commonly associated with smoking weed or marijuana. Although, the same can’t be said about CBD.
While both of them have been observed to cause similar side effects on humans, they are two completely different products.
CBD is a compound that has been known to have a calming and relaxing effect on humans and also reduces anxiety. It has essentially the same soothing effects on humans as THC but without causing any psychotropic or mind-altering effects.
Types Of CBD Explained
CBD is available in many forms to consume, while each one of them is slightly different from each other, they all have more or less the same effect.
Tinctures And Oils
Mixing CBD with oils is a great way to feel the effects quickly, as it’s easier to take and gets absorbed by your body very quickly. This is also happening to be the most popular way of consuming CBD. CBD oils are consumed by placing it under your tongue with the help of a dropper.
This is a great way for people who are willing to try CBD but refuse to take pills.
Pills And Capsules
You take CBD pills the same way you consume any other pill, these pills may help with a variety of issues such as sleep deprivation, seizure disorders and digestive problems.
The major difference between consuming oils and pills is that pills take longer to be absorbed by your body so you may not feel the effects as quickly while oil shows faster effects.
Lotions And Creams
Creams and lotions infused with CBD are meant to ease muscle pain as well as joint pain. A lot of people have also claimed that lotion infused CBD is beneficial for various skin problems like acne or eczema, although, there is no scientific evidence to back that up.
CBD might also be available in several skin care products.
You can also consume CBD in the form of cookies, candies and chocolates, beer as well as wine. But the most popular form of consuming CBD edibles is to consume it through gummies.
This is probably the fastest way to get high by consuming CBD, using e-cigarettes’ which essentially contain vaporized CBD oil. Vaping CBD oil essentially sends it straight to the bloodstream which is why it is absorbed quickly.
Although, the safety of vaping CBD is being questioned more often than not so you might want to be cautious with this.
Difference Between a “THC High” and a “CBD Chill”
Both THC and CBD have a similar effect on the brain as they both affect the cannabinoid type 1 receptors in our brains, but have very different outcomes.
While CBD barely binds with the various CBI receptors in our brains where it may even block the high from happening at all. THC always ends up binding with those receptors, activating them, causing a strong sense of high or euphoria.
If you were to take both THC and CBD together, you may end up finding out that you don’t feel the same high as you did while just consuming THC.
What Exactly Do You Feel When You Take CBD?
While all the research on CBD right now are comparatively young, some do suggest that CBD is very calming and relaxing. It’s often used to ease depression and anxiety in humans, and is also known to significantly reduce inflammation and pain.
While CBD might be safe for most people, others might react to it differently. So your experience might be completely different than theirs.
You need to keep in mind that CBD might also have some side effects such as;
- Mild Nausea
- Changes In Weight
- Changes In Appetite
- Dry Mouth
CBD has also been known to interact with some medications so please consult your healthcare provider before you start consuming CBD.
What Exactly Do You Feel When You Take THC?
Ingesting or smoking THC may cause psychotropic and mind-altering effects on you, causing you to get high. The short-term side effects of THC are;
- Memory Loss
- Red Eyes
- Coordination Issues
- Slower Reaction Times
- Increased Heart Rate
- Dry Mouth
Other Than Relaxation, What Else Is CBD Used For?
CBD has several benefits to the human body that has made it an excellent choice for people who deal with a wide variety of conditions.
Although CBD is still being studied and every once in a while, new research is published. From what we know till now, CBD has been shown to have the following positive effects on humans;
- Lowering Anxiety and Depression
- Curing Insomnia
- Relieving Inflammation and Pain
- Suppressing Symptoms of Cancer
- Stopping Acne
- Helping With Neurological Disorders And Seizures
- Improving Heart Health
- Aiding Schizophrenia
- Helping With Substance Use Disorder
What Does Law Have To Say About CBD?
Currently, CBD is completely legal in all 50 states, especially after the 2018 bill regarding Hemp Farming was passed.
According to the bill, all products containing less than 0.3% THC are completely legal all over the country.
I insist you still refer to your state laws regarding CBD as there might be slight differences that you should be aware of especially regarding the ingredients used in various CBD products.