The short answer is no. CBD will not get you high. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is more widely known for its potential health benefits than any intoxicating effects.
Intoxication is associated with another cannabis derived compound, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. CBD-infused products that come from hemp may contain only up to 0.3% THC, which is not enough to cause mind-altering effects.
CBD Won’t Get You High
Let’s start with the basics. You can find both THC and CBD in marijuana, but marijuana plants are bred to contain an average of 5% to 20% of THC. CBD is extracted from hemp plants because of the plants ability to produce high amounts of CBD and less than 0.3% of THC.
Since there are only minuscule levels of THC in CBD derived from hemp, there is no psychoactive effect from hemp-derived products. To go a little deeper, this is because THC binds receptors in your brain and CBD does not.
Misleading information about CBD continues to circulate as many refer to hemp and marijuana as the same plant, or choose to use the terms interchangeably. This stems from both plants being sub-strains of cannabis sativa. But hemp and marijuana are very different.
CBD is growing in popularity because it may help people feel better without causing any intoxication. CBD products have also been declared relatively safe by the World Health Organization.
How CBD Does Make You Feel
CBD is not going to give you an intoxicating high, but it’s common to experience a sense of relief. People are said to experience a relaxation or increased focus after taking CBD.
How quickly CBD starts to affect you will depend on a couple of different factors, including:
- Method of use—some products work faster than others. Sublingual application, or CBD oils, and inhalation are the fastest ways to get CBD into your body. There are also plenty of ways to ingest this cannabis extract for a slower release of CBD that may last longer over time. CBD capsules may take longer to take effect.
- Metabolism—this genetic factor pre-determines how quickly your body will break down and absorb CBD when it is ingested.
- Full or empty stomach—generally, you can expect to get a faster response from CBD oils, capsules or edibles when they are taken on an empty stomach. If you have just eaten a meal, it will take some time for your body to digest the food before it gets to the CBD at the top of your stomach.
Should You Use CBD?
While CBD doesn’t get you high, it’s still important to understand its limits. More research needs to be performed to validate the health claims of CBD, and the potential long-term effects are unknown. These products also can be expensive.
CBD’s recent rise in popularity is not to be ignored, but you also shouldn’t base your health decisions on a product simply because it’s trending. If you have existing medical conditions and want to see how CBD may affect you, we recommend that you seek guidance from a trusted professional.
Most importantly, keep in mind that everyone is different and your experience may differ from someone else’s.