The Quick Answer:
Question: Can CBD Oil Get You high?
Answer: No, CBD is naturally non-psychoactive. You may however feel more relaxed, which some people also associate with being “high.”
CBD vs THC
A common worry for those considering using CBD oil to benefit from its positive influences over health and illness is the possibility of getting you high. So let’s talk about the difference between CBD and THC.
CBD is one of 85 compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is associated with reducing anxiety, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic effects, reducing nausea and vomiting and potentially combating cancerous or tumorous cells. Research into CBD’s effects in these areas has snowballed in recent years. While the links between CBD and this plethora of benefits are not yet conclusive, research is positive and is continually uncovering more and more supportive evidence.
However, although there is a lot of positive research surrounding CBD oil effects, it is sometimes overshadowed by the information we hear about THC. THC is another compound found in the cannabis plant. It has psychotropic properties and is associated with feelings of sedation, anxiety, elation, relaxation, and sometimes hallucinations and delusions amongother effects.
The fact that THC and CBD are closely linked leads people to question, “Can CBD oil get you high?” Additionally, since THC products are illegal in most places, this is a worry when people confuse CBD and THC.
Hemp vs Marijuana
In order to fully understand if you’ll get high, you need to know that CBD oil can be made from both hemp and marijuana.
But here’s the deal…
CBD is, in fact, totally legal when sourced from Industrial Hemp like the CBD supplements on our site. And when you get CBD Oil made from hemp you will get negligible levels of THC, because Hemp is grown for it’s sturdy stalks and low levels of THC. So, no you will not get high when consuming products made from industrial hemp.
However, CBD can also be found in Marijuana. This may or may not be legal depending on where you live. If you decided to get products made from marijuana, you may get varying levels of THC and CBD. This is totally up to the dispensary. So if you are concerned about getting high, you may want to avoid products made from marijuana unless you can confirm the qualities of CBD and THC. This can be done by third party lab testing, and any self respecting company should be testing their products for heavy metals, mold, levels of cannabinoids etc.
So while THC is found in high quantities in marijuana and low quantities in hemp, the reverse is true for CBD. The CBD in CBD oil is most often extracted from hemp as opposed to marijuana since it is naturally higher in CBD and low in THC.
The short answer to the question, “can CBD can get you high” is no, it can’t. The reason for this is that the process of extracting CBD oil is unlikely to produce oil contaminated with THC, and CBD on its own has no ability to get you high.
Next, we’ll take a closer look at the production of CBD oil to make this clearer, and we’ll take a look at what the research says about CBD.
How CBD Oil Is Made
Hemp plants from which CBD is extracted to make CBD oil are specifically bred to contain the highest concentrations of CBD and the lowest concentrations of THC. The fact that hemp is naturally high in CBD is taken advantage of, and the plants are grown to enhance this factor.
While marijuana contains around 5-10% THC, hemp only contains around a tenth of that, .05-1%. Levels as low as this can be considered negligible. THC is found concentrated in the buds of the cannabis plant, but since hemp is grown for its height due to the usefulness of its stalks, it is bred to grow without these THC-containing buds.
CBD is extracted through one of three methods: Co2, ethanol or oil. You can read more about the methods of how to make CBD oil here. All three of these methods extract CBD from the hemp plant in a close to pure form with a zero to negligible trace of THC. We prefer to use the Co2 method because it’s clean and doesn’t have any nasty byproducts like using ethanol or oils.
So now we know that THC is the compound with psychotropic effects and that CBD oil is produced with little to no THC. Next, let’s review the research around CBD.
Promising Scientific Research for CBD
The use of CBD to benefit a plethora of ailments and complaints has hugely grown in popularity over recent years. Therefore, so has the research. Recently, a paper was published reviewing the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids, giving special attention to CBD. The paper claims CBD to be non-psychotropic and to have implications for inflammation, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.
Research has even gone as far as to say that CBD has anti-psychotic properties. This is the opposite of the effects of other cannabinoids such as THC. Research published back in 2006 suggests that CBD is a safe anti-psychotic compound that could have anxiolytic effects. While THC is often suggested as being a potential factor causing people to be vulnerable to developing disorders such as schizophrenia due to its psychotropic effects, CBD is suggested as potentially useful as a therapy for schizophrenia due to the opposing effects it has.
CBD has been seen to be completely different from the psychoactive compound THC even to the level of how it interacts with receptors in the brain. Though more research still needs to be carried out to find out exactly how CBD interacts with brain receptors, so far, it has been found to be completely different from the way in which THC interacts with cannabidiod receptors. This is good evidence to support the assertion that the two compounds have completely different effects.
Research is only bringing out more and more support for the numerous benefits of the non-psychotropic compound CBD. The reason its benefits have been overshadowed by fears that it will get you high is its link with THC, the compound in marijuana with psychoactive effects. The more we discover about CBD and how it differs from THC, the more the public we benefit from the positive effects of CBD.
Given all the positive research into CBD that’s currently happening, what do you think is the future for CBD? Many researchers are suggesting its implications in combating serious health issues. Do you have any positive stories about what CBD has done for you? Please leave your stories and experiences in the comments section.