It’s amazing how one plant extract can potentially do so many things – and the benefits of CBD far outweigh the side effects of CBD. But, before we get into the potential side effects of CBD, let’s remind ourselves as to what CBD is and where it comes from.
CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. In fact, CBD is one of over 100 compounds that derives from cannabis plants, another being THC.
How does CBD make you feel?
It’s a fair question to wonder how this substance will make you feel. It’s a common misconception that CBD will make you feel ‘high’, like THC. However, CBD is completely non-psychoactive, which means it won’t give you that feeling associated with other strains of cannabis. When CBD is derived from the hemp strain of cannabis, it has less than 0.3% THC, and is considered legal.
Unlike other cannabinoids - such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - CBD does not produce a euphoric "high" or psychoactive effect. This is because CBD does not affect the same receptors as THC.
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids. It produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids. The ECS helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune-system responses, and pain.
When THC enters the body, it produces a "high" feeling by affecting the brain's endocannabinoid receptors. This activates the brain's reward system, producing pleasure chemicals such as dopamine.