The short answer is no. CBD will not get you high. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is more widely known for its health benefits rather than any intoxicating effects.
Intoxication is associated with another cannabis derived compound, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD-infused products that come from hemp may contain up to 0.3% THC, but those will not get you high either.
CBD is entirely different in its chemical composition and it will not affect your cognitive functioning. This includes CBD gummies, oils, and vapes.
Let’s start with the basics. You can find both THC and CBD in marijuana, but marijuana plants are bred to contain an average of 5% to 20% of THC. CBD is extracted from hemp plants because of the plants ability to produce high amounts of CBD and less than 0.3% of THC. Since there are only minuscule levels of THC in CBD derived from hemp, there is no psychoactive effect from hemp-derived products. To go a little deeper, this is because THC binds receptors in your brain and CBD does not.
Misleading information about CBD continues to circulate as many refer to hemp and marijuana as the same plant, or choose to use the terms interchangeably. This stems from both plants being sub-strains of cannabis sativa. But hemp and marijuana are very different.
Many people have negative connotations about cannabis use as a health supplement, primarily due to stigmas that stem from illegal marijuana use. But the acceptance of medical marijuana and broader awareness around CBD have started to break down these stigmas.
Many people ask if they can pass a drug test after taking CBD. Drug tests are designed to identify THC, so it’s extremely difficult for hemp extracts like CBD to test positive since the amount of THC is so low. But it’s possible. The U.S. Drug Test Centers states that CBD hemp oil could cause a false positive on a drug test if your body has been exposed to over 2,000mg of CBD in one day. For those of you that aren’t familiar with average CBD dosing, this is a very high intake amount that won’t be used by the average person in a day.
If you’re worried about trace amounts of THC in full-spectrum CBD, there are also isolated formulas available. Isolate CBD is created through an extraction process that removes all other active cannabis compounds, including THC, to leave only 100% cannabidiol behind.
The biggest issues as it pertains to drug tests are bad or mislabeled products. It’s important to buy quality, tested products so you never take more THC than you bargained for.
CBD is not going to give you an intoxicating high, but it’s common to experience a sense of relief. People have said CBD reduced their pain or anxiety without any additional side effects, such as paranoia or drowsiness that often results from THC or marijuana use. CBD produces more of a relaxing sensation, which can be effective in alleviating tension or calming one’s nerves.
The human body actually has an endocannabinoid system that is responsible for the effects of CBD and other cannabis extracts that you come into contact with. According to a study published by Cerebrum, there are cannabinoid receptors found all over your body. CBD attaches to these receptors where it begins to alleviate a wide range of symptoms.
How quickly CBD starts to affect you will depend on a couple of different factors, including:
While CBD doesn’t get you high, it’s still important to understand its limits. More research needs to be performed to validate the health claims of CBD, and the potential long-term effects are unknown. CBD’s recent rise in popularity is not to be ignored, but you also shouldn’t base your health decisions on a product simply because it’s trending. If you have existing medical conditions and want to see how CBD may affect you, we recommend that you seek guidance from a trusted physician or medical professional before hand. Most importantly, don’t expect something to work miracles just because it’s been beneficial for other people. Everyone is different, and your experience may differ from someone else’s.