You probably know the fact that marijuana produces “the munchies,” or a sudden feeling of hunger after the onset of the marijuana high that promotes eating. A source of easy stoner-comedy for decades, it’s a fact of life for those who partake of THC-based products.
But what about cannabidiol? If you’re looking for CBD benefits, chances are you want neither a high nor side effects such as “the munchies.” Let’s take a look at how CBD oil and its effects differ from THC-based products.
The role of CBD
Cannabis contains a huge number of compounds, but the two most recognizable and the most potent are THC and CBD. THC is responsible for the “high” you get from consuming cannabis. CBD, however, produces no high, and is responsible only for a calming, anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety effect. In fact, it is often used by those who use marijuana to counterbalance the psychological effects of marijuana.
Because CBD oil contains only CBD and no THC, there is no “high” associated with CBD, only relaxation.
THC and the “munchies” effect
Now that you know the difference between CBD and THC, we have some good news: It’s THC that’s responsible for the so-called munchies. THC binds to the body’s CB1 endocannabinoid receptor—and this receptor increases appetite. CBD, on the other hand, does not bind to the CB1 receptor. So, the bottom line, there is literally no way that pure CBD can have the same effect as marijuana.
But beware of impure CBD!
While CBD oil is perfectly safe, and the medical benefits are astounding, due to the changing and disorganized nature of CBD and marijuana’s relationship to the legislative and medical communities, we still live in something of a “wild west” when it comes to consumer information, regulation, and education.
So, if you live in an area that has legalized medical or recreational marijuana, you may run the risk of purchasing a product which contains some amount of THC, even if it is marketed as a CBD oil. Usually, the amount is a trace amount. In recreational regions, however, there may be a greater amount of THC. While the product should still be safe, it is likely to produce different effects than you are seeking, and if consumed at a large enough quantity, may indeed produce the munchies.
The best way to avoid this is to purchase from a supplier with third-party analysis and confirmed 0% THC, such as CBDoobie.
Get the Benefits Today
If you’ve been considering using CBD oil for its range of benefits, but don’t like the idea of accidentally consuming THC or have had a bad relationship with marijuana in the past, you can rest assured that pure CBD oil will not produce any of the same side effects, including the munchies, as marijuana. As an all-natural remedy, you have nothing to lose, and CBDoobie’s goal is to produce a variety of safe products for every type of consumer. Browse our cannabidiol products today and find a verified 100% THC-free product today!