No, vaping CBD will not get you high. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, meaning it does not produce the “high” associated with THC.
The psychoactive effects of THC are due to its chemical structure and its ability to bind to the CB1 receptors in the brain. The CB1 receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in regulating a variety of physiological processes such as appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. THC mimics the effects of the body’s own endocannabinoids and triggers a cascade of chemical reactions that ultimately lead to the “high” that users experience. Specifically, THC binds to the CB1 receptors which are found primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, which causes the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This leads to changes in perception, mood, and cognitive function, including altered sense of time, heightened sensory perception, and an overall sense of euphoria.
CBD, on the other hand, does not produce psychoactive effects because it does not bind directly to CB1 receptors. While CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system, it does so in a different way than THC. CBD can inhibit the breakdown of endocannabinoids, such as anandamide, which can lead to an increase in the levels of endocannabinoids in the body. Additionally, CBD can also interact with other receptors in the body, such as serotonin receptors, which can affect mood and anxiety. However, these interactions do not produce the psychoactive effects that THC does because it does not bind to CB1 receptors.
In general, a psychoactive compound is defined as a substance that has the ability to affect the mind and alter perception, mood, or consciousness. Psychoactive compounds can interact with various neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain, leading to changes in brain chemistry and behaviour. The specific chemical structure of a psychoactive compound is crucial in determining how it interacts with the brain.