Last Updated on December 31, 2023 by Richard
What does CBD stand for?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol.
It comes from the cannabis plant just like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) does. That’s where the similarities end.
THC is the psychoactive (“high” creating) part of marijuana, and CBD has no psychoactive effects. 
What Is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol is one of the 106 currently known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The cannabidiol (CBD) content is about 40% of all of the cannabinoids found in marijuana and the industrial hemp plant. 
Industrial Hemp vs Hemp vs Marijuana
This a lot like comparing Red Delicious Apples vs Golden Delicious Apples vs Granny Smith Apples.
- Marijuana comes from the various strains of the cannabis plant that are high in THC, but low in CBD.
- Hemp comes from the strains of cannabis that are low in THC and high in CBD.
- Industrial hemp is also low in THC and high in CBD. So, chemically, industrial hemp and hemp are identical. However, in general terms, hemp is grown for the CBD and the seeds. Whereas, industrial hemp is grown for the fibers to make cloth, rope, and many other products.
- Practically everyone refers to industrial hemp, and hemp, with the same term – hemp. As people become more educated this might change.
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CBD vs THC is the same as Hemp vs Marijuana
The more CBD that a certain strain of cannabis has, the less psychoactive the THC content is. That’s because CBD tends to block the “high” provided by the THC.
The reason has to do with the endocannabinoid system. Say what?
Endocannabinoid System and CBD vs THC
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is very complex and much about it is unknown. So, I will keep this very simple.
An endocannabinoid is a cannabinoid that is naturally created within the body. Such as anandamide (arachidonoyl ethanolamide) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG).
A phytocannabinoid comes from the cannabis plant. Such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Within the Endocannabinoid System there are receptors that the endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids react with. The two main receptors for THC are known as CB1 and CB2.
It is the activation of those CB1 and CB2 receptors that create the THC “high”.
However, CBD is only minimally associated with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD is active through at least two other receptors, including the 5-HT1a receptors.
In fact, CBD is known to (for lack of a better word) block the CB1 and CB2 receptors from fully reacting to THC. The net effect is that CBD lowers the THC “high” and the negative side effects of THC use.
Does CBD Get You High When Using CBD Oil?
This question arises from people who want to buy CBD oil and are afraid that it might have THC in the CBD oil.
To repeat myself, CBD does not get you “High” because it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. However, there is, by law, less than 0.3% THC content in CBD oil. That is, unless the CBD oil is part of a medical marijuana product.
There is a lot of confusion between CBD oil and medical marijuana.
CBD oil is legal in all fifty states with no prescription needed.
Medical marijuana is only legal in the states that have passed laws to permit its sale. You are required to get a prescription from your doctor before you can purchase. The reason for this is that it contains more than 0.3% THC and it will get you “high”.
Can High Doses Of CBD Oil Get You High?
The 0.03% THC limit should prevent you from getting “high”.
However, sloppy manufacturing practices can provide CBD oils that contain significant amounts of THC.
Buy CBD Oil From Reliable Sources
One study of European made CBD oils showed that many products did not contain what they said on the product label. 
So, don’t be buying CBD oil from Madame Ruth who mixes up her Love Potion #9 in the sink.
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Does CBD Show Up On A Drug Test?
It is possible to consume large enough quantities of CBD oil to push your urine test over the 20 or 50ng/ml THC limits. This is a lot like drinking too much alcohol. It’s stupid, but it happens.
Currently CBD does not show up on a drug test, because it doesn’t create a “high”. Therefore, CBD isn’t even tested for. What the drug test is looking for is THC.
If you buy the CBD oil I buy, they remove essentially all of the THC so that no THC is detected by the independent 3rd party lab.
How One Commercial Laboratory Tests For THC:
When you have a urine test, they first check to see if you are over either the 20ng/ml or the 50ng/ml THC. The amount tested for depends upon your employer.
The urine sample is collected and divided into two parts. Only one part is actually used for the first test.
An enzyme immunoassay (EIA) procedure is used for this first test. If you are under the limit, you passed the test.
If you are at or over the limit, you are “presumptive positive” for drug use. Then a second test is done on the unused second half of the urine sample. This second test has a cut off (pass/fail) amount of 5ng/ml.
The cut off limit is lower, because they are only testing for THC. Whereas the first test also looked for other related compounds.
The second test could use any one of these: gas chromatography (GC), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS).
What Does CBD Feel Like?
Since there is no “high” from using CBD products, do you actually feel anything? That depends upon a lot of things which all have to do with the current health of your body.
That’s because the endocannabinoid system is designed to create or maintain the state of health known as homeostasis. In other words, the endocannabinoid system tries to keep your body at optimum health.
When I started taking 20mg of CBD twice per day, I didn’t feel anything, and I still don’t. However, I am quite healthy and therefore I don’t have any symptoms to recover from.
So, regardless of what you think is “wrong” with your body, the endocannabinoid system does what it knows needs to be done. That means that your experience could be quite different than everyone else.
Here is a very typical experience: You take a dropperful of CBD oil under your tongue and let it absorb. Some 20-30 minutes later you may be saying to yourself “This crap isn’t working”. However, at about the one hour or 90-minute mark you realize that your symptoms have disappeared.
What happened? Lots of little changes within your body occurred that were too small to notice. However, when all of those changes have been completed you feel better again.
You could compare it to an ant hill. The ants carry one grain of sand at a time, but over time that ant hill gets bigger and bigger.
What feels better depends upon what ails you. Most people feel “normal” or pain-free. Others are more relaxed, calmer, and relieved of their worries.
What Is A Good Dose Of CBD?
I have written another article about CBD dosing. However, let me say that it all depends upon your body and your needs.
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor, or as you may receive with your CBD product.
There is no standard CBD dosage.
Some people take 2mg of CBD per day. Others take 300mg per day.
Several scientific medical studies have used 1500mg per day.  Don’t try that at home without consulting your doctor first, because you are likely to have some minor side effects.
It is best to start at the very lowest amount for 5 days, and see how you feel. Then if you need more, increase the amount for another 5-day period. Stop increasing when you get the results you need.
Generally, using more than you need is just a waste of money. Having said that, if you are currently healthy, you should still take a health maintenance dose.
That’s because the phytocannabinoids in hemp work with the endocannabinoid system to keep you healthy. In other words, it provides scheduled health maintenance instead of waiting until you are obviously sick.
Now that I have answered the questions: what does CBD stand for and does CBD get you high, it’s time to buy some CBD.
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