Cannabidiol, or CBD, is all the rage right now, and its oil is popping up in common, everyday items like lotion and even dog treats. What is it exactly, though, and importantly, does CBD get you high? Let’s back up for a moment.
First, What is CBD?
To begin, it helps to know what a cannabinoid is. These are chemical compounds that affect the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. When a compound reacts with these receptors, they can impact everything from your nervous system to your immune system to the impulses in your brain.
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CBD, one of the most well-known (and well-researched) cannabinoids, naturally occurs in hemp, which is why it’s often called hemp oil. Interestingly, hemp has been used for centuries to create items like clothes, paper, rope, and industrial materials. You can even find it in certain foods.
Another cannabinoid you’ve probably heard of is THC, which, on the contrary, is often derived from marijuana.
While marijuana contains a considerable amount of THC, hemp carries very little. Thus, the two plants are mostly used for different reasons: THC versus CBD.
They might both be cannabinoids, but there is an important distinction to make between the CBD and THC and how they each affect your body.
The Difference Between CBD and THC
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that makes you high. If your employer asks you to take a drug test, odds are it’s looking for THC (among other things). That’s because this is what causes you to be impaired whenever you consume marijuana. If you have it in your system, then you’ve recently consumed marijuana and could potentially be under the influence.
However, such is not the case with hemp and CBD.
Because hemp carries so little THC, the CBD you derive from hemp does not make you high. Using CBD oil in any manner will not lead to impairment. In fact, research is increasingly suggesting it could carry certain health benefits.
The Possible Health Benefits of CBD Oil
This industry is too new and has only recently started skyrocketing, so the research is still in its early stages. However, what we do know thus far is looking promising. CBD oil is sometimes used to help treat pain and is obviously a safer alternative than pharmaceutical options which could lead to addiction, like opioids.
Other research has found using CBD oil could help fight anxiety. Because of the oil’s ability to alleviate anxiety and stress, people will sometimes use it to help them sleep at night.
Other conditions CBD oil has been used to treat include diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Could CBD oil help you? Possibly. Does that mean there’s no harm in taking it? No. Even though it won’t get you high, it’s important you talk to your physician before trying any CBD products, same as you would with supplements you can find at the store or online.
The Future of CBD
Hemp is soaring. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, the number of acres used for hemp cultivation increased a whopping 140%, and by 2021, the hemp market is projected to reach $1.65 billion. A quick look on Amazon will render countless CBD oils, gummies, vape inhalers, lotions, pet products, and more.
As the cannabis industry grows, as marijuana use increases, and as people continue exploring ways to use CBD, having clear rules regarding drug use in your workplace is becoming more vital than ever. State laws can be ambiguous and there is still a lot of grey area. Don’t try to navigate it alone. Contact US Drug Test Centers today for help managing your drug-free workplace policy, employee testing, and more.