Does CBD Get You High?
There’s been a lot of buzz about CBD lately and how it can be beneficial as both a health supplement and medicine.
Short for "cannabidiol," CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, which includes marijuana and hemp. To get more information about CBD, check out What is CBD - A Beginner’s Guide to CBD.
You can either buy CBD as a health product from supplement companies or at a legal dispensary if your state allows it.
Marijuana is the plant that typically carries the intoxicating cannabinoid, THC. The confusion happens when people think cannabis and marijuana are the same thing. Consequently, they worry that CBD is intoxicating because of its (mistaken) link to marijuana.
Cannabis is a genus, with marijuana and hemp being plants within that genus. Hemp – the primary source due to legal limitations on marijuana – is over 99% CBD. While there are marijuana strains bred to be rich in CBD, you need to live in one of the 33 states with legal medical marijuana to get it. If you don’t have a prescription, 10 of those 33 states have also legalized pot across the board.
So does CBD get you high? The short answer is "no". However, there are some exceptions. Let’s look at that a little further.
Does CBD Get You High?
In order for THC and CBD to affect us, our body needs some way to pick up an use those cannabinoids. Find out the difference between CBD vs TCH in our guide. This is where our CB1 and CB2 receptors come in.
CB1 receptors are located in the brain, muscles and some organs. THC binds directly to them, which is why it makes you high.
CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t bind to these receptors, instead favoring the CB2 variety. CB2 receptors that reside in other areas of the body, like the digestive system, bones, and immune system, to name a few.
Are There Exceptions?
While CBD on its own won’t get you high, the product you buy might contain traces of THC. If you buy CBD that comes from marijuana, odds are there’s going to be a small amount of THC inside it.
CBD supplements from industrial hemp can’t be legally sold if their THC content is any higher than 0.3%, which is negligible. But believe it or not, certain CBD products can actually get you slightly high.
There are two types of CBD products available: isolate and full-spectrum. Find a more extensive list of CBD oil benefits in our tutorial. Isolate is pure CBD, with all of the other compounds removed during extraction. Full-spectrum, on the other hand, contains all of the other cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant matter, so some THC traces inevitably stay behind. If you’ve never used any cannabis products or happen to be very sensitive to THC, it is possible for you to experience a mild high.