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.”
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CBD vs. THC
A common worry for those considering using CBD oil products to benefit from their positive influences on health is the possibility of getting high. So, let’s talk about the difference between CBD and THC.
CBD is one of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD may positively impact stress and mood as well as muscle soreness, provide sleep support, enhance skin health and even calm down your pet. 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, cannabidiol research is positive and is continually uncovering more and more supportive evidence. We cover the latest developments together with case studies in our blog.
However, although there is a lot of positive research surrounding CBD oil effects, it is sometimes overshadowed by the information we hear about THC, another compound found in the cannabis plant. THC has psychotropic properties and is associated with feelings of sedation, anxiety, elation, relaxation, and sometimes hallucinations and delusions, among other effects (1).
The fact that THC and CBD are closely linked leads people to question, “Can CBD oil get you high?” Additionally, as THC products are illegal in most places, confusing CBD with THC can cause worry.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
To fully understand why you won’t get high from CBD, you need to know that CBD oil can be made from both hemp and marijuana.
CBD is, in fact, totally legal when extracted from industrial hemp, which is the source of CBD for all our CBD supplements. When you choose CBD oil made from hemp, you will only get negligible levels of THC (<0.3%), because hemp is grown and used for its 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 quantities of CBD and THC. This can be done by third-party lab testing, and any self-respecting company should be checking their products for heavy metals, mold, pesticides and cannabinoid levels.
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 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 with high levels THC, and CBD on its own doesn’t 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 that are used to extract CBD for CBD oil are specifically bred to contain the highest concentrations of CBD and the lowest concentrations of THC. Growers take advantage of the fact that hemp is naturally high in CBD and breed the plants to enhance this factor.
While marijuana contains around 5-10% THC, hemp only contains around a tenth of that, .05-1% (2). Levels this low can be considered negligible. THC is found concentrated in the buds of the cannabis plant, but hemp is bred to grow without these THC-containing buds. Its height also proves useful as hemp stalks are used when creating the oil.
CBD is extracted through one of three methods: by pushing CO2 through the plant at high pressures or by using ethanol or a carrier oil. All three methods of making CBD oil rely on extracting 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 you get when using ethanol or oils.
So now, we know how CBD oil is made and why it’s produced with little to no THC. Next, let’s review the research around CBD.
Promising Scientific Research for CBD
The use of CBD to provide a plethora of benefits has hugely grown in popularity over recent years, and 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 (3).
Research has even gone as far as to say that CBD has antipsychotic 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 antipsychotic compound that could have anxiolytic effects (4).
CBD has been seen to be completely different from THC even in how it interacts with receptors in the brain. While more research is needed, this is good evidence to support the assertion that the two compounds have completely different effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the effects of CBD?
Answer: At low levels (1-20 mg), CBD makes you feel relaxed; it takes the edge off the day without making you feel sedated. At higher levels (20 mg+), you will feel very relaxed and possibly sleepy. Each person responds differently, so it’s best to start low and work up in serving size.
Question: What is CBD oil used for?
Answer: CBD oil is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis used to calm and relax the body and mind.
Question: What is CBD hemp oil used for?
Answer: CBD hemp oil is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis used to calm and relax the body and mind.
Question: What is CBD oil vapor?
Answer: CBD vapor oil is a type of vaporizer oil that contains cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). It’s typically used to calm and relax the body and mind.
Question: What does CBD e-juice do?
Answer: CBD e-juice is a type of vaporizer oil that contains cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). It’s typically used to calm and relax the body and mind.
Question: What are CBD edibles?
Answer: CBD edibles are food products that have been infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). CBD edibles are used to calm and relax the body and mind.
Question: Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same?
Answer: No, they are different. “CBD oil” is made by extracting a specific compound (called CBD) from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant. This is turned into products that are used to calm and relax the body and mind. On the other hand, “hemp oil” typically refers to hemp seed oil, which is made by a completely different process. Hemp seed oil is cold-pressed oil from the hemp seeds only. This contains no cannabinoids and can be used as a cooking oil. It also contains high levels of healthy Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids.
Question: Can you get high from hemp seed oil?
Answer: No, hemp seeds contain no THC, so there is no chance of getting high from eating hemp seed oil or hemp seeds themselves.
Question: Can you get high from hemp hearts?
Answer: No, hemp hearts contain no THC, so there is no chance of getting high from eating hemp hearts.
Question: Can you get high on hemp?
Answer: No, the hemp plant as a whole was bred specially for its hearty stalks and low levels of THC. You can not get high by smoking hemp.
Research is bringing to light more and more support for the numerous benefits of the non-psychotropic compound CBD. While its benefits have been overshadowed by fears that it will get you high due to its link with THC, the more we discover about CBD and how it differs from THC, the more the public will give it a chance.
Given all the current research into CBD, 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.