So, Does CBD Actually Get You High?
CBD is quickly becoming the Taylor Swift of the wellness world — catchy, healing, and a little too omnipresent in everyday life.
With so many touted benefits (pain relief! reduced anxiety! better sleep!) and so many formats to try (oil! gummies! lube!), it’s no wonder everyone is jumping on the CBD train. And just like “Lover” or “Back to December” gets you higher than a kite, you might be wondering if CBD can do the same.
The short answer: CBD won’t get you high. Even though CBD comes from cannabis (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), CBD products contain little to no THC — the psychoactive chemical that creates a high, euphoric effect.
It may, however, provide a host of other benefits. Here’s everything you need to know about the effects of CBD and how it differs from a THC-induced high. *Cue “Wildest Dreams”*
Here’s the deal: CBD is one of more than 100 natural compounds called cannabinoids that come from the cannabis sativa plant (aka a marijuana or hemp plant).
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) 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 and calm 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.
Oils and tinctures
Oils infused with CBD are popular because they’re easy to take and they get absorbed into your body very quickly, meaning you’ll feel the effects quickly.
CBD oils are typically placed under your tongue using a dropper. They’re great for anyone who doesn’t want to take pills but wants to try CBD.
Capsules and pills
There are CBD capsules and pills that may help with a variety of issues, including sleep deprivation, digestive problems, and seizure disorders. You take them just as you would any other pill.
The main difference between a pill and an oil is that the pill takes longer to be absorbed by your body, so you may not feel the effects quite as quickly.
Creams and lotions
Some CBD-infused lotions and creams are meant to relieve muscle and joint pain. Others claim to be beneficial for various skin problems, such as eczema or acne, although there isn’t much scientific evidence to back that up. You might even find CBD in some skin care products.
While CBD gummies are really popular, you can also find CBD in candy, chocolates, cookies, and even beer and wine.
The fastest way to experience the effects of CBD is to inhale vaporized CBD oil, which you can do with an e-cigarette. Vaping CBD oil sends it into your bloodstream, so it’s absorbed really quickly.
But the safety of vaping is being very seriously questioned, so it’s not something to take lightly.
Both CBD and THC have an impact on the cannabinoid type 1 receptors (CB1) in your brain, but they kinda have opposite effects. THC binds with those receptors, activating them and causing a feeling of euphoria or high.
But CBD is different: It barely binds with CB1 receptors. In fact, it can actually block any high from happening at all. If you were to take CBD with THC, you might find that you didn’t feel as high as you would if you’d consumed only THC.
So, what do you feel when you take CBD?
Research on CBD is relatively new, but some studies suggest CBD is relaxing and calming. It could reduce inflammation and pain, it may help you sleep better, and it’s often used to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
CBD is considered safe and well-tolerated in general. But everyone may react slightly differently to it, so what someone else feels may not match up with your experience.
CBD does have some possible side effects, including:
- changes in appetite and weight
- mild nausea
- dry mouth
CBD can also interact with some medications, so be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before starting a CBD regimen.
How does THC make you feel?
Smoking or ingesting THC is going to cause that feeling of being high. The possible short-term side effects of THC are:
- increased heart rate
- coordination issues
- dry mouth
- red eyes
- slower reaction times
- memory loss
The high from THC can leave you feeling euphoric, relaxed, focused, amused, giggly, creative, hungry, and more sensitive to smell, taste, touch, sight, and sound.
CBD has lots of possible benefits that have made it a good choice for people who deal with a variety of conditions. But CBD is still being studied, so new research is published often. The details on CBD could change as scientists learn more!
Easing anxiety and depression
CBD oil is a promising treatment for people who live with anxiety and depression and don’t want to turn to pharmaceutical drugs. Some research suggests that specific doses of CBD are very effective at reducing anxiety before a test.
And it’s not just for adults: According to a 2016 study, CBD oil can be safely used to relieve anxiety and insomnia in children experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some studies have also shown that CBD can have antidepressant-like effects and can affect how your brain responds to serotonin. A 2018 review of studies found that CBD can also have anti-stress effects, so it might reduce depression that’s related to stress.
Helping with insomnia
Some people take CBD to help them sleep better. In a 2019 study, 66.7 percent of participants reported better sleep after taking CBD.
Scientists don’t totally understand why CBD might help people sleep better, but it could be because CBD can ease anxiety, depression, and stress.
Relieving pain and inflammation
CBD could be one of the reasons marijuana is known for relieving pain. Research on animals has shown that CBD may reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation and could also ease pain from surgical incisions and sciatic nerve pain.
When combined with THC, CBD may be effective in easing pain caused by multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
Alleviating cancer-related symptoms
CBD may be useful for relieving some cancer-related pain and side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting. Research has found a significant reduction in pain when THC and CBD are combined for this type of use.
CBD reduces inflammation, which in turn might help reduce acne. A 2014 study found that CBD oil can prevent sebaceous gland cells from releasing too much sebum (which can cause acne) and can prevent the activation of agents that cause acne.
More research needs to be done, but it’s possible that CBD could help with other skin issues too.
Helping with seizures and neurological disorders
More research is needed, but CBD might help ease symptoms related to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
Some studies have found reduced seizure activity in children and young adults after they took CBD oil. And in 2018, the FDA approved a CBD product called Epidiolex to treat two seizure disorders, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Other studies have shown that CBD may improve quality of life and sleep quality for people with Parkinson’s disease.
And some animal and test-tube studies have even shown promising results with Alzheimer’s disease: CBD may decrease inflammation and help prevent the neurodegeneration that goes along with the disease.
Boosting heart health
A 2017 study showed that CBD might even benefit the heart and circulatory system by lowering high blood pressure, thus preventing health problems such as stroke, heart attack, and metabolic syndrome. This could be because CBD can relieve stress and anxiety, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
A 2010 study on rats also suggested that CBD might help reduce inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease.
Helping with schizophrenia
Some research suggests CBD might benefit people with schizophrenia and similar conditions by reducing symptoms of psychosis.
Aiding in treatment of substance use disorder
CBD might even be useful in treatment for substance use disorder. Research suggests it can change circuits in the brain related to drug dependence. A 2015 review of studies found that CBD reduced morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior in rats.
The short answer: CBD won't get you high. Even though it's made from cannabis (the same plant species that brings us marijuana), it doesn't contain THC, the psychoactive chemical that creates a high. But it may have a variety of other benefits. Here's everything you need to know about the effects of CBD and how it differs from a THC high.
Can CBD Get You High?
Posted on October 14th, 2020
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CBD is a compound that exists in cannabis plants. Research shows that CBD may be able to offer users some therapeutic benefits. And, unlike its cannabinoid cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) is regulated differently thanks to the USDA’s passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, since it doesn’t cause intoxicating effects. Even better? In most U.S. locations you can buy CBD without a prescription.
Keep in mind that while THC comes from marijuana plants and CBD comes from industrial hemp plants, both botanicals share the same plant species. And that species is the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. So, what’s the real difference between marijuana and hemp? The answer is simple: we breed industrial hemp for its thick and heavy stalks, because, for centuries, we’ve used the stalk fibers to make rope, paper, sails, and clothing. Over the years of breeding, the hemp plant has developed lower THC concentrations, even in the flowering portions of the cannabis plant, which contains most of the cannabinoids.
Basically, through years of selective breeding, marijuana plants gained distinction from hemp plants through this cannabinoid concentration. We label plants with high THC concentration as marijuana, preferred by breeders for their lush and heavy flowers (buds). (Most marijuana plants have a low Cannabidiol concentration because breeders have selected strains with low CBD concentrations since cannabidiol could moderate the THC ‘high’). In contrast, we label plants with low THC concentrations as hemp, preferred by breeders for their high CBD concentration, and for their additional applications.
Now, CBD oil can potentially change the way you feel. You might likely experience noticeable sensations in your body when you use products that contain CBD. But here’s the crucial difference: while THC products will make you high, you should carefully choose your CBD products to ensure a legal threshold of THC at 0.3% or less. Keep in mind, the key to this difference is carefully choosing your CBD products from verified companies. Be sure to look for the Certificate of Analysis (COA) that is a lab test that outlines the cannabinoid profile or potency.
Why Do People Think You Can Get High on CBD?
As we just reviewed, both CBD and THC are naturally found in Cannabis Sativa L. plants. Typically, CBD can be isolated from the THC compound and the cannabis plant. People infuse CBD into edibles, oils, tinctures, and other products, leaving behind that high-inducing THC molecule. The high feeling is typically experienced with THC levels above 1%, and some plant species can contain up to or around 30% THC. You will not find that level of THC in hemp plants.
Still, because both THC and CBD come from cannabis plants, many individuals assume that CBD induces the same effects as marijuana. But, here’s the good news: they’re wrong! On its own, CBD is nonintoxicating and won’t cause you to feel “high.”
Once again, this goes back to where you source your Cannabidiol (CBD) product. Since you can derive it from industrial hemp plants, you don’t have to worry about THC concentrations exceeding the legal threshold. Because as we reviewed, hemp is naturally, and can be bred for low THC concentrations, which means that hemp-derived CBD causes NO psychoactive effects. In fact, when we talk about legal CBD products, we’re talking about hemp-derived products. That’s because, by law, these products may not have a THC concentration exceeding 0.3% derived from hemp plants with 0.3% at dry weight biomass. So, when you purchase legal CBD products, you are getting a product without enough THC to induce any psychoactive symptoms.
Will You Get High From Using CBD Oil?
Once we extract, process , and formulate our specific cannabinoid profile (Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and Cannabidiol (CBD) from hemp plants, we can add our patent-pending formulation of CBD to a wide range of products. These products include lotions, salve, tinctures, capsules, and our Tanasi water-soluble drink concentrate. And it is a very popular form because it’s so versatile: you can add it to drinks (water-soluble preferred), and food, or you can take it sublingually (under your tongue).
You may notice that these products are advertised as natural treatments for lowering your stress or helping you relax. Indeed, research has identified potential reasons for consuming and using CBD in that CBD may hold benefits. We have spoken with customers who admit to having depression and, or being stressed out who like to use CBD products. These people say they like CBD because it does not produce the high-inducing effects of marijuana.
Now, when you take CBD in higher than recommended concentrations, you could experience an uplifting effect. But that is not the same as a psychoactive “high” feeling, and not recommended to exceed 100mg per day. Furthermore, taking high doses might give you side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea. And, in that case, you might not have that “uplifting” effect at all. It’s a balance, as cannabidiol (CBD) has also been known to potentially alleviate nausea (also from our own experience). This is why we suggest experimenting with CBD products to determine if you like them. CBD products may not do anything for you, and your friends may swear by CBD. If that’s the case, CBD might not be worth taking, and if your curious of its effects you should know what you are taking.
The Cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) that we also include in our Tanasi patent-pending University developed formula is essentially the pre-processed CBD molecule. CBDA is not THC and does not induce a psychotropic high.
THC vs. CBD: More About Their Differences?
The close relationship between THC and CBD is why most people ask whether CBD can get you high. So, before you take a close look at their differences, it is crucial to understand CBD and THC’s similarities.
Here’s the story: both THC and CBD are molecules known as cannabinoids. We find cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. And, we can find similar compounds, known as endocannabinoids, occurring naturally in our bodies. “Endo” meaning “internally.” We can already identify more than 100+ known cannabinoids in cannabis plants, and more are being discovered. There are theories with regard to Full Spectrum hemp extracts that include all of these cannabinoids at various levels per Cannabis Sativa L. species, and terpenes, and other molecules almsot too small to measure. In general, each cannabinoid has different effects that occur because of their interaction with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS).
As research advances, we gain more evidence on Cannabidiol (CBD) potential benefits. We have identified an optimal formula of CBDA and CBD at a one-to-one formulation. This is what separates Tanasi hemp-extracted products from other CBD products. Some users have described their use, and scientific discovery if focused on how CBD might enhance relaxation, positively impact stress levels and mood levels, possibly soothe sore joints and muscles, and could potentially promote a sense of calm. Our CBDA/CBD formula is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory solution when compared to CBD alone.
In contrast, THC brings intoxicating or psychoactive “high” effects to your body. And, with those effects, you may experience stress when you use THC, along with an altered conscious perception, introspection, and euphoria. Because of THC’s strong effects, CBD’s benefits have often been overshadowed, and many people get confused about their differences. Some have recently identified that CBD actually interacts with THC to bring down the psychotropic effects. This is also why some THC products do not include CBD because the goal of taking THC products is to get to the psychotropic effect.
Hemp vs. Marijuana: What’s the Difference?
Generally speaking, a marijuana-derived product is quite different from a hemp-derived product. The primary reason for their difference begins with the contents of the marijuana and hemp plants.
Although marijuana and hemp versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plants share most of the same compounds and have a similar appearance with leaves, smell, and grow in similar ways, they’re quite different when it comes to their cannabinoid concentrations. Typically, hemp plants are packed with high cannabinoid profiles like CBDA, CBD, CBG, CBGA, THCA concentrations, and relatively low THC concentrations (under 0.3%).
On the other hand, marijuana plants have high THC levels and relatively low levels of CBD. So, if you do not wish to get high, it’s best to source your CBD product from hemp plants. Some legal marijuana states create or manufacture CBD products from marijuana plants and remove the THC through extraction and processing.
Not sure where to start? At Tanasi, all of our products feature hemp-extracted concentrations of CBDA and CBD. You can find more information on our products by visiting our product section .
Health Uses and Impacts of CBD
Do your research and you’ll discover many suggested benefits of CBD use. Evidence suggests that it can help you feel relaxed. Although that can feel somewhat like a high, it is not intoxicating. According to research, CBD just might also be useful for potentially relieving symptoms of depression and stress . It may also help fight inflammation in your body, and when you have relief from inflammation you just might feel good and find enjoyment.
Some individuals and children with a history of epilepsy can find relief from seizures by using Cannabidiol products. That’s why the FDA has approved a CBD-based medication for treating a rare form of childhood epilepsy. In addition, Cannabidiol has potentially proven to be a means for doctors to aid people with schizophrenia and prevent the adverse effects of certain antipsychotic medications . These are all early studies, and much more data is needed from this plant that has been out of our hands for almost 90 years.
What’s more, individuals who utilize CBD-rich marijuana strains might be able to avoid THC-induced psychosis, which is a potential side effect of this drug. With more research into hemp- and cannabis-derived CBD products, healthcare providers and doctors will gain more insight into how CBD works and who may gain the most benefit from CBD use. We have confidence in our Tanasi CBDA/CBD patent-pending University developed formula. We know that inflammation is addressed, and autophagy is increased. Autophagy is the body’s process of removing dead cells that are waste and need to be removed the CBDA/CBD formula helps with this activity, and we have proven it with our patent filing.
Does CBD Carry Side Effects?
Based on the information provided by the WHO (World Health Organization), Cannabidiol is safe . Nonetheless, more research is required to have a better understanding of the full spectrum of possible uses and effects.
Though uncommon, some people may experience side effects after its use, particularly at high concentrations. In general, these side effects may include:
- dry mouth
- excessive fatigue
- mild nausea
Make sure that you consult your doctor before taking any Cannabidiol products to ensure it is right for you, and to make sure it will not interact with any of your current medications. Specific medicines might become less beneficial if taken with CBD. What’s more, they could interact and result in unintended side effects, or increased concentrations in your blood stream. Blood thinners are a known conflict with CBD products because of the cannabinoid’s natural anti-inflammatory effects. You would not take an anti-inflammatory with your blood thinner, so for the same reason you should not take CBD products if you take a blood thinner.
Is Using CBD Products Legal?
According to U.S. federal law, cannabis is a controlled substance. However, in December 2018, Congress lifted prohibitions on hemp plant products. That means that, in the United States, hemp-derived Cannabidiol products are legal unless banned at the state level.
As we mentioned earlier, legal Cannabidiol products cannot exceed 0.3% THC concentration. In states where recreational marijuana or medical marijuana is legal, then marijuana-derived products might also be available. However, CBD-to-THC ratios will differ by product.
Tanasi patent-pending University developed CBDA/CBD products start with testing the dry weight biomass to ensure the plant grown is under the 0.3% THC threshold.
How Much Should You Take?
When it comes to using CBD products, every person is different. Some people need a considerably higher dose to experience an effect they seek. Meanwhile, others require a small serving size to start enjoying the product’s benefits. Many people have appreciated the science behind the Tanasi brand products because of the patent-pending University developed formula. We have confidence with scientific discovery that CBDA/CBD formulation at a one-to-one ration works better than CBD alone.
For those who are new to CBD, you can check out our variety of Tanasi products to find out which product works best for you. Begin with the lowest recommended dose for your height and weight, as suggested on your product of choice. For beginners, a good place to begin will be in the range of 5mg to 25mg and work your way up or down based on user experience. Ideally, you’ll stick to that dose for at least three days, and adjust accordingly. At that point, if you’re still not seeing the results you’d expect, it’s a good idea to gradually increase your dose. Start week by week until you find the optimal intake for your specific needs.
How Long Will It Last?
Generally speaking, the duration of Cannabidiol products’ effects will rely on how much you are using, as well as your specific tolerance to it. If you need help determining your ideal dose, explore the printed guidelines on your product label, and follow the dosing guidelines we just reviewed. All Tanasi products come with a product insert to help you understand your dosing suggestions. Just remember, every person is different, so every user’s experience will be unique.
Although Cannabidiol can be obtained from a Cannabis Sativa L. plant, it does not have the same ability to induce a state of euphoria or a “high” as THC or marijuana does. It might help you feel less anxious or more relaxed. However, you won’t get high by choosing to take a CBD-infused edible, tincture, oil, or other product like a lotion or salve. In fact, when you take CBD from THC-rich cannabis products, that CBD might reduce how much of a high you have from the THC. Keep in mind, only states with laws that allow for higher levels of THC have CBD products with THC levels greater than 0.3%.
Do you have more inquiries regarding our CBDA/CBD products or Cannabidiol? We also have a Ginseng product with 50% polysaccharides and 50% ginsenocides! Call us during business hours, and our skilled Tanasi customer care team can assist in any of your remaining questions.
Although CBD can be obtained from a Cannabis Sativa L. plant, it does not have the same ability to induce a "high" as THC or marijuana does.