Is A CBD High Possible?


The short answer is that, no, a CBD high is not possible in any sense. It’s a fairy tale, it’s impossible. No matter how much CBD you ingest, no matter how much CBD you vape, no matter how much CBD you eat, even if you have the insane idea to inject it in some ridiculous amount, you will never, ever be able to experience any sort of mental high. For the more curious types out there that aren’t satisfied with a simple “no” but wish to understand why not, then this article will try to explain it simply.

Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system is native to all mammals on Earth and is composed of a series of receptors throughout the brain and entire body which interact with all sorts of cannabinoids, not just CBD or THC. This endocannabinoid system isn’t fully understood quite yet by the scientific communities of the world, however it is known to be heavily tied to various functions related to the maintenance of a body’s homeostasis. Homeostasis is a state of equilibrium between interdependent systems. In the case of a biological body this refers to the optimal balance and continued efficiency of all the systems within us, from our blood circulation to our respiratory system.

So Why Doesn’t CBD Make Someone High Like THC Does?

The two different types of receptors in your endocannabinoid system are CB1 and CB2 which are heavily stimulated by THC in varying ways depending on the different interactions between different cannabinoids and terpenes. A CBD high, however, is utterly impossible because CBD does not interact directly with these two types of receptors. Actually, it even inhibits the enzyme which activates them. This means that not only does CBD not get you high in the slightest, but it actually lessens the psychoactive effects of THC by the inhibition of those enzymes. This is why high CBD strains are ideal for those looking to reap the medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting zoinked out of their heads by the potent mental effects felt and loved by so many stoners across the world. This is, of course, quite a watered down explanation for some seriously complex biological processes, so I welcome all you curious cats out there to do some reading because the more people there are trying to figure this all out, the sooner we can further improve the medicinal use of the cannabis plant.