Suddenly, cannabidiol (CBD) oil seems to be everywhere. People are dropping it into their nighttime tea, swallowing capsules, and loading it into their vape pens, claiming it relieves depression, masks chronic pain, and helps them sleep deeper. And although CBD oil is often derived from marijuana plants, it won’t get you high—and it’s not just potheads who are partaking.
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But what is CBD oil, exactly? CBD oil is typically extracted from the resin glands on cannabis (marijuana) buds and flowers. It can also be extracted from hemp, which is an industrial, fibrous form of cannabis that has small buds and a tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, concentration of 0.3% or less (THC is the chemical compound that’s responsible for making people high). It’s usually diluted with another type of oil, like MCT oil.
So, what’s the deal with CBD oil?
No, CBD oil really won’t get you stoned
There are more than 80 active cannabinoid chemicals in marijuana, and their effects on us stem from their interactions with specific receptors in our bodies. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in the plant, and it produces intoxication and euphoria by interacting with CB1 receptors in the brain. CBD’s interaction with those same receptors is 100 times weaker than THC’s, and when it binds to them, it