Does CBD Get You High?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound taken from cannabis and hemp. It has received a lot of attention due to the changes in policy. The policy changes have led to the growth of the production of products infused with CBD. CBD does not cause people to get high but people think otherwise, because of the presence of CBD and THC in cannabis plants. CBD benefits include soothing anxiety and depression as well as anti-acne and anti-inflammatory properties.

Feeling High by CBD

Why do people think that CBD is intoxicated?

People think that CBD is intoxicated due to the following reasons and factors.

  • CBD (and THC) are both present in the cannabis plant. Aside from the tendency of people to fall prey to poor understanding and fake news about certain topics. The kind of information they have about the plant, can be a main point and factor. People have assumed that CBD is intoxicated because it is a compound present in the cannabis plant, but the truth is far from it. 
  • CBD can also be derived from the hemp plant. Aside from its presence in the cannabis plant, you can extract CBD from the hemp plant. 

At the end of the day, despite CBD being found in the cannabis and hemp plant, it cannot get you high because even if CBD is a substance that is psychoactive, it binds weakly with cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain. THC is the compound that can get you high because it binds strongly with CB1 in the brain, which causes people to get high. 

We highly recommend fact-checking your sources for data on CBD and what it can do from credible health and wellness sources such as Harvard Health Journal and Healthline. 

What are the Ingredients in CBD?

The ingredients in CBD depend on their type. The types of CBD are:

  • Full-spectrum CBD – Full-spectrum CBD contains no more than 0.3 percent. 
  • Broad-spectrum CBD – Broad-spectrum CBD has all of the naturally occurring compounds except for THC. A tiny amount down to no THC is typically removed from this variant. 
  • CBD Isolate/Isolants – It is the purest form of CBD. It contains no THC content at all. 

What is THC?

THC is best known as the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, which can cause people to get high. THC is usually found in oils, capsules and tinctures. It is also used for pain relief, nausea and low appetite. 

Does THC Content in CBD Get You High?

No. The THC content and amount in CBD cannot get you high because usual amounts of THC in CBD and its variants range from none to very low dosages and because CBD does not bind well with Cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain.

What Type of CBD can Get You High?

There is no type of CBD that can induce a high because CBDs do not bind well with the Cannabinoid 1 (CB1) brain receptors. Unlike CBDs, it is THC that binds well with CB1 receptors. This binding causes a high.

What Products Do Have Possibilities to Make You High?

The products that can possibly make you high are:

  • Inhalants – They are defined as solvents and materials that produce vapor are  inhaled by drug users. These range from solvents, aerosol sprays, gases and nitrites. These products among inhalants include glue, paint thinners, gasoline and liquid aroma.
  • CBD Vape Oil – Among the wide range of CBD products like CBD gummies, CBD oil and CBD vape oil, CBD vape oil is a possible one (in theory) that can get you high because it is considered an inhalant. 

What are CBD Effects on the Body and Brain?

The effects of CBD on the body and brain are listed down below. 

  • CBD effect on body – According to established studies, CBD can be used to treat epilepsy, although the findings of the studies indicated that there were also side effects. The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidiol research offers hope for seizure disorders and more tests and research will be conducted. 

A benefit and effect of CBD on the body is its pain relief property. CBD can also help manage pain because the effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain. Research indicates as well that cannabis can give benefits for chemotherapy patients, especially when taking it after their treatments. The National Institute of Health is also looking at the role of cannabis in treating symptoms caused by chronic pain, arthritis and spinal cord injuries. 

  • CBD effect on brain – Researchers have taken interest in the CB1 brain receptor to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders. A  2019 study has suggested that CBD may be useful to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease as CBD helped suppress some of its symptoms, such as behaviour disorders and memory loss. Another research found that CBD may reduce nightmares and sleep disturbances in those with PTSD but will need more larger-scale trials to confirm this discovery. 

What Do You Feel when You Take CBD?

When you take CBD, you will usually feel “a surge of unwinding sensation combined with relief running through the body and mind” because CBD is a modulator of the endocannabinoid system. CBD signals the Endocannabinoid System in the body to release more endocannabinoids while slowing their breakdown. This results in more of your natural body’s cannabinoids to circulate. 

CBD effects manifest for first-time users within 15–30 minutes after taking CBD oil, or within 2–5 minutes after inhalation.CBD products that are usually taken orally take more time to digest and show their effects. 

Yes, CBD is legal to use in the United Kingdom. In the United States only states allow medical marijuana, containing THC, for several uses, but it is still illegal under federal law. Please check your state’s laws regarding CBD. 

What are the other Cannabinoids that could Make You Feel High?

The other Cannabinoids that could make you feel high are CBN and THCV. 

1. CBN

CBN is a non-toxic compound that occurs when hemp is aged. It also comes from the breakdown of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC but does not produce a high. Studies conducted in 1975 and 2019 have been done on CBN and found that it can be used as a sedative and aid with temporomandibular disorders and fibromyalgia.


THCV has been touted as “diet weed” and “weederall” for its purported appetite-curbing and energy-boosting properties. It is mainly found in cannabis products alongside THC. According to research, THCV has been found to reduce appetite.  Saorise O’Sullivan, PhD, a researcher and scientific advisor to Artelo Biosciences, states that due to THCV blocking the CB1 brain receptor (which is linked to appetite), it can reduce human appetite. This finding has also been backed up by recent studies done on animals. More preclinical animal research suggests that THCV can help aid in Parkinson’s disease, psychosis, bacterial inflammation and epilepsy. THCV is still under-studied and under-produced but interest in it has been renewed thanks to undergoing studies.