There are still a lot of misconceptions when it comes to cannabidiol, how it works, and what the user experiences. Some people confuse the effects of hemp with those of marijuana and wonder if they are going to feel some sort of body high when using CBD products.
We aim to clear up a bit of this confusion and provide you with an in-depth look at hemp extracts, the variety of compounds they contain, and the difference between hemp and its highly psychoactive cousin, marijuana.
If you still have some burning questions about the effects of CBD and whether or not you can expect a “body high”, then stick around because we have some helpful information and tips to help you better understand this highly sought after compound.
How CBD Products Are Made
The first step in understanding how CBD works is to familiarize yourself with how it’s made. The effects of CBD are often confused with the effects one feels when they use marijuana and nothing could be further from the truth.
Hemp and Marijuana contain similar compounds but in very different concentrations. Marijuana has a high concentration of THC, while hemp has a very low THC content. Industrial hemp is used to manufacture CBD products and contains 0.3% THC or less.
The CBD manufacturing process starts with high-grade industrial hemp that is grown to maturity, harvested, and dried to the perfect moisture level. Once the hemp is dry it is ready for the process of extraction which moves all of the desirable compounds from the raw hemp to the resulting extract oil.
Different brands and manufacturers use different extraction methods. Some utilize butane and others use CO2. The CO2 extraction methods are generally regarded as the cleanest and most efficient.
Powerful Compounds Found In Hemp Extract
Hemp extracts contain a variety of powerful non-intoxicating compounds that provide a myriad of benefits to the body. The most well-known of these compounds is cannabidiol (CBD), but there are some others that are highly valuable and provide their own important contributions to your CBD experience.
Terpenes are found in every part of nature. These important and diverse compounds contribute to the color and smell of hemp extract. Terpenes develops in cannabis and other plants as a natural deterrent for predators. In the wild terpenes act as a defensive mechanism and one that allows identification. They are much like nature mediators, giving the right plants to the right predators. One of the reasons hemp smells so enticing to us humans is because the terpenes align with our olfactory preferences. Our bodies know that they want CBD even if our conscious minds don’t.
Amino acids are composed of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. Each amino acid has a specific and unique function. There are 20 different amino acids and CBD contains all of them which makes it a complete protein chain. Sometimes people’s diets are lacking in the complete variety of amino acids and CBD can be a fantastic way to make sure that you are providing your body with all of the beneficial amino acids it needs to function at its best.
THC is a highly psychoactive compound that is found in high concentrations in marijuana but only present in trace amounts in CBD products. The amount of THC found in hemp extracts(CBD) is not nearly enough to elicit any sort of psychoactive effect.
Why Some People Think CBD Give You A “Body High”
There is still a bit of confusion amongst the general public about the effects of CBD. Though cannabidiol is meant specifically for your body, it does not make you feel any sort of “body high.” People sometimes assume that they will get a body high when they use CBD due to the reputation of marijuana but the effects are very different.
Marijuana has a very high THC content and has strong psychoactive effects that make the user feel a sense of being “high.” Because CBD has such a minuscule amount of THC, it does not have any sort of psychoactive effects and does not make you feel “high”.
CBD vs THC
Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol are two very different compounds that exist in varying concentrations in both hemp and marijuana. Though both of these compounds are incredibly powerful, they have their own unique set of benefits and effects.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is found in high-concentrations in marijuana and very low concentrations (0.3%) in hemp. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that is responsible for eliciting psychoactive effects that make the user feel “high”.
Cannabidiol (CBD) indirectly interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system to help promote homeostasis. CBD is completely non-psychoactive and does not make the user feel a “body high” or any sort of psychological effects.
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