If you’ve ever heard anybody boasting about the great “CBD high” their vape gives them, or someone describing the “mellow cbd high” they got from a medicinal cannabis snack, please kindly direct them to this article after reading it. After all, there’s nothing wrong with correcting a bit of misinformation, as long as you’re kind about it! There’s no arguing the fact that cannabis is freaking complicated, man. Like, really complicated. There’s THC, CBD, dabs, hash, pipes, bongs, medical cannabis, edibles, vapes, and so many more things to know about. It’s honestly confusing as hell and often overwhelming for newcomers to the cannabis culture. It was for me anyways, even if I had some friends showing me the ropes. Some people don’t have those friends to guide them in their marijuana journeys, so it’s no wonder that the myth of the CBD high persists even today. Thankfully, the internet has brought you to this article to learn a few neat things.
I’m No Scientist
Really, I’m not, so I can’t really give you the fully detailed scientific report of why the human body can’t get high from CBD, but I can at least explain it simply. It all starts with the endocannabinoid system that can be found in every living mammal on Earth. This is a system of receptors in the brain and body which are stimulated by endocannabinoids (cannabinoids naturally produced by your body) and cannabinoids like THC. While THC and other cannabinoids found in cannabis directly stimulate the two main receptors responsible for the cannabis high, known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD does not. Instead, it affects the signalling between these two receptors, which partly explains why it is entirely non-intoxicating compared to THC. It also increases the natural endocannabinoids in your body by blocking an enzyme which breaks them down, and this is suspected to correlate heavily with the medicinal effects of CBD. It’s really fascinating stuff, and although a CBD high is entirely 100% not possible, there are plenty of other things the molecule is good for. A short little article could never do justice to a topic like this, so I encourage you to delve into some research of your own!