Speaking of CBD and THC, let’s have a look at how these compounds interact with our bodies and with each other.
Most of the time, you’ll hear people saying that CBD is non-psychoactive when they refer to its effects.
What is THC?
Most users describe the effects of CBD as a surge of unwinding sensation combined with relief running through the body and mind when inhaled or taken sublingually.
Most CBD oils are produced from hemp plants, which are specifically bred for their high CBD content and only a negligible amount of THC.
However, you can still experience a wide range of health benefits associated with using cannabinoids. People use CBD oil to feel focused, relaxed, invigorated, pain-free, and better rested on top of many other goals.
“It’s less potent, but that doesn’t mean it gets you less high,” said Grinspoon, a primary care physician at Harvard Medical. “It’s sort of like you can’t argue that beer gets you less drunk than vodka.”
In the meantime, there’s a way to get high in a legal loophole. Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, a close relative of the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, is sold online and in stores with little to no regulation.
Delta-8 is less potent than the classic THC, but it can still get you high
Until the research catches up, Grinspoon said it’s important to remain cautious when considering potential benefits of delta-8.
Just like drinking enough beer can get you drunk, you can get pretty high on delta-8 if you consume enough. But some people say the high feels more controlled than what you’d experience with THC.
That’s not to say delta-8 is fully legal — the cannabinoid is not explicitly addressed in the 2018 Farm Bill, which essentially legalized CBD and other compounds derived from hemp.