Will CBD get me high? The short answer: No, CBD won’t get you high. CBD comes from the cannabis plant (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), but CBD products contain little to no THC — the psychoactive chemical that creates the high, euphoric effect. However, it is possible that if you are taking full-spectrum CBD, it may contain THC, the principal cannabinoid that causes a psychoactive effect.
CBD can be extracted from a cannabis plant, but it doesn’t have the same ability to create a “high” or state of euphoria as marijuana or THC.
CBD may help you feel relaxed or less anxious, but you won’t get high if you choose to use a CBD-infused oil, tincture, edible, or other product. In fact, if you use CBD with THC-rich cannabis products, the CBD may lessen how much of a high you get from the THC.
Before you begin using any CBD product, talk with your doctor.
Be sure to also source high-quality CBD products. Check for a label that confirms the product has received third-party testing for quality. If the brand you’re thinking of buying doesn’t have that, the product may not be legitimate.
What exactly is CBD?
CBD is one of more than 120 natural compounds called cannabinoids that come from the cannabis sativa plant (AKA hemp plant).
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a popular cannabinoid known for its psychoactive effects. But don’t confuse THC with CBD — these two might come from the same place, but that doesn’t mean they do the same things.
As we mentioned earlier, THC makes you feel the high that’s often associated with smoking marijuana — and CBD does not. But CBD and THC do share a few side effects (more on those in a minute).
CBD might help you feel more relaxed, calmer, and less anxious, and it may even help you fall asleep. It has the soothing qualities of THC without the high or “stoned” effect.
CBD comes in many forms, and while they all have similar effects, each one is slightly different.
CBD Capsules vs CBD Oil
There are CBD capsules and pills that may help with a variety of issues. You take them just as you would any other pill.
The main difference between a CBD capsule and a CBD oil is that the capsule takes longer to be absorbed by your body, so you may not feel the effects quite as quickly. However, capsule form has been proven to have longer-lasting effects.
Cannabidiol is kind of a weird one because it doesn’t really work like THC at all, it kind of almost works in opposition and we don’t really understand quite the mechanism by which CBD is actually working in the brain to have all of these effects that people are claiming that they’re having.
CBD can be derived from marijuana plants, but it tends to have a higher THC level than hemp, so thus cannot be legally sold in many parts of the U.S. (Marijuana can have a THC level of around 5 to 25 percent compared to hemp’s THC level of 0.3 percent or lower.)
CBD-related products sold in the U.S. are usually derived from hemp, and unlikely to contain traces of the THC that might make you feel high.