Does CBD Get You High?

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Let’s start this 2018 guide on getting high and CBD with a simple straightforward answer: no.

CBD does not get you high.

There, that’s out of the way!

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is completely non-psychoactive on its own. It does not get people high, at all. But it is only one of more than 150 naturally occurring cannabinoids found in Cannabis Sativa.

You may have heard Cannabis Sativa referred to by one of its other names – Marijuana. More confusingly, you may also have heard of Cannabis Sativa under a different monicker – Hemp.

Both Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant species and genus, yet they are considered two different substances.

You must be wondering how the same plant can be two different things…

Good question! It all comes down to THC content.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component of Marijuana. 

CBD and THC sort of compete for real estate in the cannabis plant. Depending on the strain, a plant may have more or less of one or the other. (You can think of strains of cannabis plants like breeds of a dog or varieties of apples. They can have very different qualities but they are nevertheless still dogs or apples.)

More often than not plants with high quantities of THC contain less CBD and vice versa.

Modern farming techniques and genetic engineering are helping cannabis cultivators dramatically increase the quantities of both of these cannabinoids.

When a cannabis plant contains a lot of THC and very little CBD, smoking it gets people high, and the plant is considered marijuana. When it contains mostly CBD and less than .3% is THC then, by law, it is a hemp plant.

Smoking cannabis with less than .3% THC would not get people high, and most of the time hemp contains even less than that.

If it Does Not Get You High… Why are People Taking CBD?

There’s a lot of misinformation about this incredible health supplement going around.

Probably the most common misconception is that the benefits of medical marijuana come from the fact that it gets people high.

That’s not true at all.

In fact, of the dozen or so cannabinoids that have been studied, CBD seems to have the most benefits.

While THC is mainly known to stimulate appetite, suppress nausea, and relieve pain – CBD has been shown to relieve pain, halt seizures, inhibit tumor growth, calm people with psychosis or anxiety, protect brain cells, and reduce inflammation.

These effects are profound, real, and well researched.

Whether you are vaping, smoking, or ingesting CBD in gummies or a tincture it seems there are many possible benefits!

Does CBD Give You a Body High?

CBD has a profound effect on body functions and some people have taken to calling these effects a “body high.”

Don’t misunderstand what “body high” refers to with CBD products. CBD is a non-psychoactive substance so you should not expect to get “high” when you buy a CBD product. However, CBD provides relief for common aches, pains, and problems.

If you carry extra tension in your body due to anxiety or stress then taking CBD may help you relax those muscles. This is especially helpful for people who experience tension headaches or stress-related lower back pain.

CBD can also offer relief to those who suffer from chronic pain and pain caused by nerve injury. As a pain medicine CBD is remarkable because it does this without diminishing nervous system functioning or causing brain fog. 

CBD lowers inflammation and combats oxidative stress.

All of these things can feel very soothing and comforting to the body which results in what many people are referring to as a “body high.”  



Will CBD Oil Get You High?



Cannabidiol is a lipid soluble substance which is why it is often sold as an oil or tincture.

These tinctures may contain up to .3% THC by law.

Although .3% is the legal maximum, hemp products typically contain far less than .3%

You should be able to find the percentage of THC on lab results provided by your CBD oil company. Many hemp products contain 0% THC.

A full spectrum oil that would be best for managing most medical symptoms should contain trace amounts of THC because it supports the benefits of the CBD.

Always look for lab results.

An oil with .3% THC would be an incredibly high dose oil. You usually wouldn’t see this much THC content until you got upwards of 3000mg of CBD in a bottle.

At .3% THC 1ML of CBD oil would contain 3mg of THC. A double dose of such an oil would provide the amount of THC found in the lowest doses of marijuana edibles, which users call microdosing. Reports on microdosing at 5mg of THC say that at these doses there are no detectable psychoactive effects.

Most normal doses of fill spectrum CBD will actually contain less than .1% THC

Even if you exceeded the recommended dose of a high potency CBD oil you probably could not get high.

 

Can You Get High From CBD?

Cannabidiol itself cannot get you high at all under any circumstances.

The psychoactive effects found in cannabis are from tetrahydrocannabinol. 

Although quality full spectrum CBD oils and vape products contain trace amounts of THC you probably won’t experience any psychotropic or psychoactive effects.

At extremely high doses you may experience intense physical relaxation and a mild euphoria but at ordinary doses of a CBD oil you won’t feel anything except a general sense of wellbeing and wellness.

The amount of THC in a normal daily serving of CBD oil should not even be enough to show up on a drug test.

 

 

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