In short, 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 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 relax 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.
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. Cannabis
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 cannabis.
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 cannabis. 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 cannabis 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.
Whilst THC is found in high quantities in cannabis 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.
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 cannabis 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.
A CBD oil extract is created 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.
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 means that CBD might have the opposite effect of other cannabinoids, such as THC. Research published back in 2006 suggests that CBD is a safe antipsychotic compound that could have anxiolytic — anti-anxiety — effects (4).
CBD has been shown to be completely different from THC even in how it interacts with receptors in the brain. While more research is needed, there is good evidence to support the assertion that the two compounds have completely different effects.
Still have questions? Post them in the comments and our friendly team will get back to you!
This blog post has been repurposed and was originally posted by healthyhempoil.