Underneath the Chemical Composure: Will CBD Get you High?

With the use of CBD going mainstream such a hot topic of conversation recently you may well be asking the fundamental question that many people want the answer to, will you get high?

It is understandable that there is an element of confusion and misinformation regarding the use of CBD, especially with its association with cannabis.

If you buy some easy-to-swallow CBD capsules, for instance, to help with relaxation and for pain relief, you will want to know what effect the capsules will have on your body and whether you might get a so-called high from its use.

Here is a look at CBD products and the difference between them and cannabis, or marijuana.


First of all, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid and is a compound that is naturally occurring in cannabis and hemp and is just one of the huge variety of compounds that can be found in these plants.

The confusion tends to arise from the fact that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another high-profile cannabinoid, but this particular compound is renowned for its psychoactive properties when it is consumed with cannabis or marijuana.

THC, therefore, produces what is commonly referred to as a “high”, which is the description given to the heightened sensory perception you can experience, often characterized by a sense of euphoria and pleasure.

What’s the difference?

Understandably, in light of the fact that both CBD and THC naturally occur in cannabis plants, you could be forgiven for thinking that you must also be able to get high on CBD in the same way that you do with THC.

However, an important point to note is that CBD can be isolated from the cannabis plant as well as the THC compound, which means that it is then possible to infuse a range of products with CBD without the impact of THC.

The bottom line is that CBD does not create the same impact as marijuana and is nonintoxicating, meaning it won’t give you a high.

It is also worth noting that it is CBD can be produced from the hemp plant and because hemp does not have any psychoactive properties, you will not get a high from a hemp-derived CBD product either.

What about oil?

There are a number of ways to consume CBD and another popular product range is CBD oils, so will any of these products get you high?

CBD oil is popular as a way of inducing feelings of relaxation and is also suggested as a way of helping with anxiety and depression symptoms, however, you should not expect CBD oil to provide you with the high that you experience when taking marijuana.

When you consume high concentrations of CBD, which is not suggested without taking professional medical guidance, you might experience what you could describe as an uplifting effect but, once again, this is definitely not the same as getting high.

Used safely, and sensibly, you should discover that CBD may help you to feel relaxed and it may also help alleviate pain, but you can use the products in the knowledge that CBD products will not get you high.



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