Why won't CBD get me high?

Before I get all evangelical about the benefits and wonders of CBD, THC’s less buzzed up side of the plant, let me offer a few clear caveats. Opinions on drugs, just like opinions on good bands, must-see TV or best street tacos, are about as useful as a beeper to today’s drug dealer. One man’s high is another man’s horror. The last thing anyone contemplating ingesting a substance should do is listen to anyone, even a trusted friend, much less a complete stranger on the internet, about what’s going to give them the buzz or relief they seek.

That said: thar’s gold in them thar CBD hills.

And not just literal gold—cannabis is a multibillion dollar business—but also happiness gold. We call it “The Green Rush” these days.. Happiness I mean it doesn’t get you high—it gets you not-high by giving you the good, solid, reliable, anxiety and side-effect free sedation of a drug that does the good drug thing without doing the bad drug thing. Think of it this way: this is a drug so effective for what it’s good at, with so few side effects, and so generally well tolerated, that some people give it to their children for epilepsy seizure issues or ADD/ADHD or use it instead of over-the-counter pain medication.

What if I told you that there is a drug that wouldn’t make you feel tired or sick, or queasy , and especially not weird in the head? What if I told you that you could take this drug and also do your job, like all the parts of your job, and be more willing to endure with a good attitude?

What if I told you that this drug is believed to have medicinal properties, such as “anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-depression, pain-relieving, anti-spasmodic, immune-modulation and immune support, anti-convulsant, and anti-proliferative”? That means it could ease a headache, or quiet muscle or joint pain, and for many people, actively quell anxiety but let’s not get carried away here: You should know what CBD is before ingesting it. CBD is short for cannabinoid, which is a compound in cannabis, and cannabis is the same thing as the marijuana plant, or what you know as weed. I repeat: It does not get you high. That’s the job of the other compound in cannabis—THC. THC is the compound that makes your head trip in a good or bad way depending on certain strains and factors.

You can buy pure CBD in a variety of forms and ingest it in a variety of ways: You can use it as a topical that you rub on your skin, or via a few drops of CBD tincture, drink it in tea or smoke it via vape.