October 13, 2021

Does CBD Get You High?

Does CBD Get You High? Here’s The Lowdown

The quick and dirty answer is: Probably not. Let’s tease this out a tad, like rockin’ hair from the 1990s.

Why The Answer To “Will CBD Get You High?” Is Usually A “No”

CBD is a chemical compound. As a stand-alone cannabinoid, it doesn’t contain anything that would cause a psychotropic effect (aka high, buzz, euphoria, intoxication, etc.). Lacking psychoactive elements, there’s no mechanism for the CBD to trigger a bodily response that could lead to you getting high.

There Are Always Exceptions To Rules….

So, when might your CBD oil product get you all blissed out?

While CBD itself won’t having you soaring above treetops, it’s usually bundled with other cannabinoids — namely THC — which are psychoactive substances. Depending upon the kind of CBD that’s in your CBD product, you may be consuming enough THC with your CBD to feel the twirly-whirlies from the THC.

In sum, for hemp-derived CBD these are the general guidelines:

  • Full-spectrum CBD can have more than 0.3% THC, which could be sufficient to cause a high.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD will have no more than 0.3% THC, which shouldn’t be enough to give you the giggles-and-munchies but should be enough for you to get the desirable entourage effect.
  • CBD isolate contains no THC (or other phytocompounds) so there’s no chance of euphoric lift from this rendition of cannabidiol.

There are CBD product formulations made with marijuana-derived CBD extract or high-THC hemp-derived CBD oil.

Regardless of the plant of origin or type of CBD used in these products — it’s not the CBD that could cause psychoactivity. It’s the THC.

The THC Factor Can Be A Really Good Thing

We don’t want you thinking that THC is a bad guy. Like CBD, it has many potential wellness benefits.

Even if you don’t want a product that will make you high, you might still want one with THC in it. As we mentioned above, a spike of THC in your CBD can produce the so-called entourage effect. This is a synergistic collab between cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytosubstances that helps your CBD work better than it could on its own.

Just something to consider next time you’re shopping around, pondering that broad-spectrum CBD tincture, CBD softgel, or CBD cream.

OK, So How Does CBD Make You Feel?

CBD has a long reputation for bringing a sense of serenity to its users. And reams (or RAMS?) of research support this with actual scientific data. Yup, the lab-coat brigade has been looking into this aspect of CBD for quite a while.

Also backing this up are the countless anecdotes and reviews from real-life CBD users. Many people report feelings of calm, destressing, being able to unwind, and an increased ability to quietly focus.

As a result, CBD users often express mental and physical benefits — like getting better sleep, experiencing less anxiety, etc.

For more on this topic, we recommend reading What Does CBD Feel Like? Real CBD Users Weigh In.

CBD Won’t Make You High

CBD can’t get you high because it chemically lacks anything that could produce a psychoactive response.

However, many CBD oil products do also contain THC. If your CBD formulation includes sufficient THC, you could experience a high. Federally-legal CBD has 0.3% THC or less, which isn’t enough for most people to feel a euphoric boost.

CBD is associated with feelings of relaxation, quietude, and unfettered concentration.

Opting for broad-spectrum CBD could be the best way to strike the optimal balance. You likely won’t get high but could still reap the many possible benefits of having CBD bolstered by other cannabinoids.


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