Even if you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you still would have heard at least traces of the miracle herbal extract called CBD or cannabidiol. The range of health benefits that this medication is able to present to CBD users, sets it a class apart from other herbal medications and many over-the-counter prescriptions as well.
Everything from pain relief to anxiety control and anti-inflammation is fair game, and people have been able to enjoy many benefits in comparison to traditional medication. To add a feather to its cap- CBD has an excellent side effects profile, making it extremely safe and promising to use.
However, with CBD making an entry into the wellness industry as we know now, consumers are riddled with doubts on the herbal extract. One of the doubts that stack high is if CBD can intoxicate you. We shall help you with that question. Read on…
Can CBD Intoxicate You?
Without beating around the bush, the short answer is NO.
CBD under no circumstances can intoxicate you. The next obvious doubt would be that, since CBD is extracted from the cannabis family of plants, it must be intoxicating. To understand why it isn’t, you must first wrap your head around what is it in cannabis that intoxicates you.
The cannabis family of plants that include the likes of hemp and marijuana plants consists of certain compounds in them called cannabinoids. Different cannabinoids have different effects, and there are close to 100 of them in the plant’s extract- CBD is just one of them.
Just like CBD, there are others like THC, CBG, CBDA, flavonoids, chromenes, terpenes and many more. The primary culprit behind the intoxicating effect is none other than THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC, on its own, is a psychoactive substance- meaning it causes symptoms of psychosis such as slurred speech, delusions, hallucinations, loss in motor functions, and many more. Simply put, this is the substance that is responsible for the ‘high’. In cannabis plants, the percentage of THC is around 40% of the dry weight of the plant, whereas in hemp plant it is only a meager 0.3% of the dry weight- this is the reason why hemp CBD products don’t intoxicate.
CBD, on the other hand, is purely therapeutic in nature. Its effects are mostly body-centered and concentrate on controlling inflammation and pain, apart from the stress and anxiety-relieving properties. CBD is no less intoxicating than sugar and can be taken to boost focus contrary to what is falsely assumed.