Oh, the worries of mundane life! The things we get all riled up about without no reason at all! The pressure and anxiety we put ourselves under! And for what? Nobody knows. The summer’s here at last, and the only thing we should be worried about is – peach or watermelon, orange or cherry?
CBD edibles are all about fruity flavours and sweet, responsible fun. Can they get you high though? We’re here to find out.
What in the name of Mary Jane is CBD?
No, you haven’t slept it through. Chemistry 101 rarely tells you anything more than nonsense definitions that no real person will ever again use in actual life, and unless you’ve had a really cool teacher, it’s a thin chance you could have heard anything at all about the subject at hand. Besides, it wasn’t until recently that the official science has given CBD the attention it deserves.
We won’t bother you with chemistry lessons either (it’s recess, for Pete’s sake), but we will tell you what CBD is and a little something about how it works.
It’s an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in hemp and similar leafy species from the plant world. But, what differentiates it from its cousin cannabinoid molecules is the fact that CBD is completely non-psychoactive. It still has an effect on your body, however, only a milder one. All cannabinoids, CBD included, bind to receptors on your cells in a unique way, but we’ll get there shortly.
For now, it’s enough to know that CBD has finally become a new favourite of medical researchers, after decades of irresponsible avoidance. We say irresponsible because, as it turned out, this chemical compound may just be the key for life-threatening diseases and conditions like cancer and epilepsy.
Its studying promises groundbreaking changes when it comes to schizophrenia and psychotic disorders as well, but we’ll leave studying for another time. The point in case here is that those colourful CBD edibles are not only yummy, but beneficial for your health too.
How Does It Work?
Okay, so we’ve established that CBD is a cannabinoid that acts in a non-psychoactive way. Now let’s find out what happens once you chew and swallow your bear-shaped, CBD-infused gummy. Of course, your taste buds react first, telling your brain that something delightfully pleasant has entered your body. From there on, it’s all basic, cellular chemistry.
As agonists, cannabinoids target cannabinoid receptors on your cells, and bind to them. These receptors are scattered throughout your organism, and together make endocannabinoid system (ECS) – the greatest neurotransmitter in the body, responsible for just about everything from mood, sleep and appetite to memory, immune function and bone development.
What CBD does is balance this system out, thus encouraging its therapeutic effects. As the gummy travels through your body, it releases cannabidiol that soothes ESC, halts all traces of stress, anxiety and depression, and eventually makes you wonderfully relaxed. You feel dazed without being confused, and that’s pretty much everything a ruminative mind could ask for.
How High Can You Really Get?
Can CBD gummies get you high? Well, that depends on how you define that experience in the first place.
For a lot of people, being high means winding up in paranoia and anxiety. Their brain gets all foggy and their head begins spinning uncontrollably. Then, there’s that inevitable panic attack that hits immediately after.
That’s because psychoactive substances stir up your emotional responses until they eventually boil up and start running amok. Since non-psychoactive, CBD will never get you intoxicated to the point of absolute disinhibition. Instead, it will make you feel incredibly serene.
And, here’s the most brilliant thing about it – CBD lifts you up just like a psychoactive would, but in a positive, smooth and upbeat way that brings a sense of ease and halts all unwanted excitability. The sensation you get is perfectly gentle, your mind becomes clear and focused, and you’re finally given to fly without being condemned to crash right back down to the floor.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Edibles?
We’ve mentioned earlier that CBD gummies don’t only make your mouth all watery and sweet, but trigger some internal mechanisms that have beneficial, long-term effects on your health, too. We’ve also hinted that cannabidiol may mean the long-awaited end of our battle against cancer, epilepsy and mental disorders, just as well as a much-needed relief from stress, anxiety and depression.
Finally, here’s everything that this organic chemical can do for your body, besides the obvious sense of contentment and ease.
- Being rich with anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can mitigate disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus (that thing Dr House always assumes his patient have, but neither ever does).
- It’s also an antiemetic, which means it can help you bid adieu to pre-exam vomiting and nausea.
- Cannabidiol suppresses seizure activity as well. You might have heard of Charlotte Figi, a 6 year old epileptic whose parents turned the public opinion around by subduing their little girl’s chronic seizures with CBD oil.
- As an antioxidant, CBD tempers neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Though research hasn’t confirmed that yet, scientists have a reason to believe that this chemical can reduce tumours and cancer cells.
- The relation between schizophrenia and CBD is subject to analysis as we speak, all due to our chemical’s antipsychotic properties.
- Just like an apple a day keeps a doctor away, one green apple CBD lolly can help you get rid of your social anxiety, blues and mood swings.
Relaxing with CBD Edibles
Of course, you can find CBD in oils and capsules too, but where’s the fun in that? Feel Good edibles come in shape of your favourite gummy bears and candies, simultaneously pleasing your adult brain and awakening your inner child. Luscious watermelons are brilliant for the summer, while CBD lollies evoke that sweet, drunken taste of the first July cherries. Whether you chew, lick or both, you are in store for a treat, so prepare to Feel Good!