Does CBD Get You High?

This is a question that everyone will probably ask themselves when first learning about CBD, or cannabidiol. If you are a newcomer to the world of CBD, then welcome! This is a good question, especially when you’re just trying to be a smart consumer. 

So, does CBD have any potential in getting you “high?” This question needs some clarification first. 

What is CBD?

We’ll make this a bit easier on you. Scientifically, CBD has absolutely no way to get the user high. 

CBD is just one of the many components found in the cannabis plant. While widely extracted from hemp, it’s also extracted from marijuana as well. And this is usually where the question comes from. CBD is just one component found in cannabis and stands out from the other hundred plus cannabinoids. 

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the component we are all familiar with, and it’s the psychoactive component in cannabis. In fact, THC has some studied benefits as well, but we won’t be covering that here. THC is psychoactive and is what causes the high that medicinal and recreational users seek. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and cannot make the user high.  

This means a few things. For one, many people around the world are fascinated by the medical properties of cannabis but don’t want to get involved with it since it causes a high, and can impair certain aspects of life. And an even bigger reason would be the screening of a drug test. There are millions of reasons for people not wanting to get high from something that can help pain, insomnia, and of course anxiety, so it’s pretty much useless to try and cover any of them. But it’s pretty simple, some people just want the medicinal properties. 

Research on the effects of CBD is forever growing. In fact, many of the medicinal properties that people use marijuana are also extremely reliant on the cannabinoid CBD itself. CBD is primarily studied for its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory effects, and while THC certainly has its place in the medical world, CBD has many of the strengths here. 

That doesn’t mean to say that CBD (by itself) is the only helpful part of cannabis. The synergistic effect between CBD, THC, CBG, CBA, and many more are often studied as well and is conclusive in the fact that the combination of these cannabinoids has a boosted effect. This is why CBD isolates simply aren’t sought after, especially when you consider the fact that CBC, a separate cannabinoid, is more tuned for pain. 

Full-spectrum CBD is what utilizes the synergistic effects that cannabis has, as it contains many of the cannabinoids and not just an isolated one. However, full-spectrum CBD doesn’t have a significant amount of THC in it (Not always! Some states have legalized marijuana oil.) 

Does CBD cause a high?

Now to the question at hand. To put it simply, no CBD does not get you high. CBD is non-psychoactive, so what’s all the worry about

If you are in the US, then you have likely heard of the little regulation behind CBD. And this is the cause of the greyness in the CBD market, and trust between the consumer and producer isn’t good. 

There is a legal limit of THC in CBD products, and that’s .3%. It’s a fair limit for sure, as it’s such a trace amount that an unhealthy (and unrealistic) amount would have to be consumed. CBD derived from hemp shouldn’t run into overwhelming amounts of THC, but CBD derived from marijuana is a different story, and depending on your state, it’s likely not possible to find in stores anyways. 

Even with this limit, brands simply don’t have to worry about regulation for it. The trust completely relies on the fact if they represent their third party lab results, which should show how much THC is in their products.

Reputable brands do this, as it’s important for so many people who are buying CBD to not get any THC in their systems. Especially an amount that can cause a failed drug test (which this has happened with a few cases.)

That being said, newcomers don’t always know the distinction between hemp and marijuana, which are both classifications of cannabis. So, when someone hears about a “cannabis extract,” then they don’t always understand the avoidance of the “high.” If you’re here for that reason, then worry no longer. CBD extractions should not have a large enough amount of THC to cause any high.

It’s still important to find a reputable brand because this limit is there for a reason. Higher amounts of THC pose a greater risk of it showing up on a drug test, which goes entirely against the exact reason people want to try CBD in the first place!

Before you go…

There is an expanding understanding of CBD in the medical world. Researchers are continuously finding what CBD can do for our bodies. In 2018, the Farm Bill passed in the US, and this allowed farmers to grow hemp as a cash crop. With this, research is becoming more readily available. CBD will not get you high, so no need to worry! If you’re interested in reading more about CBD, visit our Learn page.

*Disclaimer* If you’re interested in trying CBD for any of your ailments, consult your physician if you are using any medications. We aren’t claiming CBD is a cure for any of the ailments listed, and this is not to be taken as medical advice. 

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