Cannabidiol — CBD for short — is taking the nation by storm, becoming a wellness remedy for
many. While research is still in the early stages, this unique chemical compound found in
cannabis has been claimed to possess therapeutic potential for a number of ailments. However,
many often confuse CBD with THC which has led many to believe that CBD causes a high in the
body or mind. But that is far from the truth, don’t allow hearsay to deter you from experiencing
something truly amazing.
Today, we clear this myth up for you, along with a few other important things.
Why Do Folks Believe CBD Will Get Them High?
While CBD has been around for quite some time, the cannabinoid is still relatively new to the
scene — we get it. Perhaps the misconception that it can cause a high in the body is a result of
people knowing that both THC and CBD derive from the same plant family, cannabis.
As true as this is, CBD gets extracted from mainly hemp and can only be sold outside of
dispensaries (medical or recreational) if it is extracted from those plants. The marijuana and hemp
plant are from the same species, however, there is generally higher concentrations of CBD found
in hemp compared to THC. Ultimately, it is the ‘cannabis’ terminology which includes cannabis,
CBD, weed, hemp, THC and many others that seems to trip people up into thinking CBD can
create a high, which is completely false.
CBD vs. THC
CBD is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, along with the popularly
known delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-9 THC). While these two chemical compounds have
similar molecular structures, they are unique in their own right, offering different effects.
Perhaps the most fundamental difference between CBD and THC is the fact that the CBD is non-
psychoactive — there’s literally nothing intoxicating about it. Unlike THC, due to its lack of
psychoactivity, it won’t cause a high sensation in the body. In fact, if you’ve ever experienced a
buzz from consuming any cannabis-related product, it was more than likely the cause of THC.
Instead of being used recreationally like THC, CBD is commonly consumed for medicinal
purposes and has been claimed to provide a sense of balance and wholeness. However, these
statements have not been proven or allowed by the federal government. We’ve come quite a
long way in studies, however more scientific research needs to be done to make any definitive
health claims. So far, research of cannabis’ CBD has found potential effects on the following:
● Sleep disorders
● Nausea & vomiting
● Skin disorders
● Substance abuse
● Pain & inflammation
THC, on the other hand, causes psychoactive effects in the body by activating the
endocannabinoid system’s CB1 (cannabinoid) receptors in the brain. When THC is introduced in
the body, it will bind to these brain receptors, and thus, produce a high sensation. Some feelings
associated with consuming THC include:
● Altered senses
● Impaired thinking or mobility
● Change in thinking
● Increased appetite (also known as the munchies)
● Increased high heart rate
● Memory loss
● Red eyes
● Dry mouth (cottonmouth)
While some of these are rare, they can occur, especially in those who have a low THC tolerance
or are new to consuming THC. Another important thing to know is that hemp-derived CBD
products are legal to consume (to some degree) in all 50 states, as long as they contain the
federally mandated level of less than 0.3% THC.
THC, however, is still on the outs legally (by federal standards), but things may change in the near
Ok, So Does CBD Get You High?
And now, to reiterate the answer to the question you’re here for — that answer is no. As we
explained above, the effects of CBD are different from the effects of THC, and therefore, affects
our body’s ECS differently. In fact, it’s claimed that CBD has the potential to mitigate the effects of
THC overconsumption and bring you back to “middle ground”.
Now, we should say though, there are a few different types of CBD — full spectrum, broad
spectrum and isolate. Sadly many people believe CBD is offered in one type which has made it a
challenge for them to find exactly what they’re looking for.
Full-spectrum means that the product contains more than just CBD (cannabidiol). It included a
number of different chemical compounds such as flavonoids, terpenes, trace levels of THC and
other lesser known cannabinoids like CBG, CBDA, CBC, CBN, and CBA. Please don’t let the THC
hinder you from experiencing a full-spectrum product. They contain less than 0.3% THC, making
them perfectly legal for consumption. What’s even more? All of the chemical compounds found in
a full-spectrum CBD product work synergistically, which may provide an even greater effect.
Similar to full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD too contains more than just CBD — terpenes,
flavonoids, cannabinoids are all included. There are differing views to what “Broad-Spectrum”
means – but here are the two common meanings:
- Example 1: Broad spectrum contains a range of compounds from the plant, but not the
full-spectrum of everything from the plant. This may entail an extraction process that only
isolates a few compounds, or it can mean that the brand is adding compounds to their
extract, like terpenes or other cannabinoids.
- Example 2: Broad spectrum means that THC is completely removed (0% THC)
This CBD type is different from both full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD. This is a pure
CBD product that is free of all other terpenes and cannabinoids – hence the word “isolate”. The
great thing is, it’s extremely powerful where a little goes a long way to elicit its effects. It may not
cause an entourage effect like a full-spectrum product, but it’s still a well sought out product for
its strength and purity. Most products CBD products on the market (unless stated otherwise) are
made from CBD isolate.
Now that you have a better understanding of CBD and its effects, we hope you’ll be able to make
an informed decision about your next (or first) CBD product. Above all, as a general rule of thumb,
it’s always best to start low and slow and monitor your body as you consume. If you are super
new to CBD, we also suggest that you speak to your health care provider for more information so
you can find what will work best for your needs. See our online menu and let us know what you
How To Purchase CBD Products
Interested in trying CBD out for yourself? Tree-Rolls offers a range of different smokeable pre-
rolls that deliver the finest CBD smoking experience possible.
Because CBD effectiveness is based on it’s absorption rate into the body, smoking CBD is the
best way to get as much out of your products as possible. Inhaling CBD allows for the
compounds to be absorbed into the bloodstream – offering a quicker onset of effects and a
higher rate of absorption (~60-70% absorption Vs. 5-10% absorption for edible CBD).
To try out our products, we invite you to visit our CBD Pre-Rolls page and choose a flavor that
suits you best!