Although CBD may alter your mood—providing a deep sense of calm and relaxation—it doesn’t change spatial and sensory perception or create euphoria, like THC does. In that sense, both cannabinoids are psychoactive, but only THC is intoxicating. This also applies to delta 8 products, THCA and all other forms of tetrahydrocannabinol.
Avoiding synthetic cannabinoids—or other less-sinister additives you don’t want, like melatonin—is simple. Buy from reputable dealers who offer a third-party chemical analysis of the products they sell. That’s something you may want to do anyway if you’re concerned that the CBD oil you buy could make you fail a drug test.
How does CBD work?
Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are not considered dangerous, because they don’t affect the parts of the brain that regulate vital functions of the body. Unlike opioid receptors, the cannabinoid receptors will never signal your lungs to stop breathing. For this reason, it’s practically impossible to overdose on cannabis.
Both CBD and THC are mood-altering compounds that have significant therapeutic benefits, like relieving pain and nausea, reducing inflammation, and treating some seizure disorders. But even though both cannabinoids are psychoactive, only THC is intoxicating. While CBD promotes relaxation and calmness, THC produces actual euphoria, and alters perceptions of space and time.
People who vape or smoke CBD-rich hemp flowers (buds) or high-CBD/low-THC marijuana flowers seem to experience the most obviously psychoactive effects. That may be because the flower contains a higher level of THC than other CBD products.
The initial effects one feels when taking CBD do gradually diminish. But only in the sense it becomes the new normal. If you are anxious all the time for example, you will likely notice the effects much more when you first start taking it. Over time though, this becomes your new normal and you will only notice that it’s working if you run out and don’t take it for a couple days.
Similar to taking CBD oil orally. Smoking CBD will not get you high like THC will, but you will likely feel the effects much more than taking CBD orally.
CBD can help you feel better, if..
If CBD has a lot of the same therapeutic benefits as THC, how does it make you feel? A “runners high” is likely the best way to describe how it makes you feel initially. For those unfamiliar with the “runners high”, it’s essentially a flood of endorphins that lifts the mood in a completely natural way. Users often experience a heightened sense of awareness, ability to focus better and an overall sense of well-being.
Even though THC can create intoxicating effects, it’s very possible to micro-dose and get the relief you are looking for a without becoming inebriated. New users will likely feel an increased euphoria in the early stages, but after a tolerance is built up, micro-dosing will allow a person to remain completely functional throughout the day.
How long it takes for CBD oil to take affect varies, but more on that, here.