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Does CBD Get You High?

Alex Malkin
Does CBD Get You High?

CBD product lines continue to expand, and savvy consumers know it is important to understand the industry terminology found in product descriptions and on CBD package labels. Knowing these terms is especially helpful if you are concerned about passing sensitive drug testing at work or concerned as to whether CBD oil can get you high.

Can CBD Oil Get You High?

Does CBD get you high? The answer is “no.” CBD does not get you high and does not contain THC.

Research has shown CBD does not have psychoactive effects, so CBD does not produce mind-altering intoxication or euphoria. If you eat something like an edible that has THC and CBD, you can experience some degree of high. For example, CBD gummies can get you high only when THC is one of the ingredients.

What Is THC, and How Is It Different from CBD?

THC (Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) comes from the cannabis Sativa plant called marijuana. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid that produces a high, meaning it alters brain activity primarily by activating CB1 receptors in the brain.

How much THC gets you high depends on several factors, including the THC content of the product and how it is consumed. Over the years, the THC content in cannabis has increased. Some products contain as much as a 95 percent THC concentration.

Legal CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant called hemp. CBD is only legal when it comes from a hemp plant that has 0.3 percent or less of the cannabinoid THC. CBD does affect some brain chemicals but not in the way THC does. There is no CBD oil high. CBD is called a CB1 antagonist which means it blocks the intoxicating effects of the CB1 receptors.

What Does CBD Feel Like?

CBD may produce feelings of relaxation or even mild euphoria, but it does not produce a mind-altering high. Some users have reported they take CBD to reduce feelings of pain or to help get a good night of sleep.

What Other Cannabinoids Could Make You Feel High?

An analog of Delta-9-THC called Delta-8-THC will make you feel high. However, though Delta-8-THC is a psychoactive substance, it is said to be less potent than Delta-9. It does not produce as much of a high as THC and is said to produce mild euphoria.

Drug Tests

Drug tests do not test for CBD because it is legal at the federal level and does not get you high. Once again, there is no CBD oil high. However, the caveat is that full spectrum CBD products may contain up to 0.3 percent THC. A sensitive drug test could conceivably detect THC when you take a 0.3 THC CBD oil.

If you are worried about passing a drug test, the best thing to do is buy broad spectrum CBD, preferably a product that says THC-free or CBD isolate. It is important to buy CBD from a company with an excellent reputation for honest labeling. It is also important to read the Certificate of Analysis (COA) closely to ascertain the product has only a trace of THC or no THC.

Originally appeared at CBD.market blog

Alex Malkin
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