Does CBD get you high?

CBD is one of the fastest-growing wellness products in the world. It may, in fact, be the fastest growing product.

Lots of people are eager to try it, for the many benefits reported by those who use it.

But there’s one burning question.

One hesitation.

One thing on the tip of every CBD-curious person’s tongue:

Will this stuff get me high?

It’s a valid question. Since CBD is derived from the same source as marijuana, it’s understandable that people would wonder about its psychoactivity.

But I’m here to settle the score once and for all:

CBD does not get you high.

And what’s more, I’ll prove it. Let’s take a look.


A non-psychoactive compound

Lots of people report that CBD helps them manage their anxiety. While this remains to be conclusively proven, anecdotal evidence shows that it can have a dramatic effect on anxiety, calm and overall mental wellbeing.

But for those who suffer from anxiety, THC can sometimes make things even worse. Many people, especially those with anxiety, have had bad experiences with THC or conventional marijuana.

So it makes sense that those people would be wary of trying CBD – they don’t want another anxiety-intensifying experience.

Well, good news.

CBD is completely non-intoxicating, and doesn’t carry any of the anxiety-causing potential of THC.

According to a study reported on by the World Health Organization, “CBD alone produced no significant psychoactive, cardiovascular or other effects” when compared to THC. They also stated that, “in contrast to THC, CBD has no effect on heart rate or blood pressure.” 1

The ways THC can cause anxiety are twofold:

  1. Getting you stoned.
  2. Increasing your heart rate.

Since CBD doesn’t do either of those things, there’s no risk of getting high, or of experiencing anxiety after taking it.


Ok, but… how does it work?

To understand why CBD doesn’t get you high, it’s useful to know how THC does.

Cannabinoids like CBD and THC work by affecting receptors in your brain and body, called the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

THC gets you stoned by binding to the CB1 receptors in your brain that are associated with things like relaxation, anxiety, and short-term memory.

CBD is believed to affect the CB2 receptors, which are found throughout your body – but not in your brain. It does not bind with CB1 receptors, and therefore does not produce a “high.”

In fact, CBD is believed to be a CB1 antagonist, which means it actually reduces the effects of THC.

In short, THC gets you high by attaching to stuff in your brain. CBD does not.


So, are all shopCBD products completely free of THC?

Not quite.

The CBD contained in CBD products comes in three distinct forms.

Full-spectrum CBD, which contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes present in the hemp plant (including a tiiiiny bit of THC).

Broad-spectrum CBD, which is full-spectrum product, but with certain elements removed or reduced. Typically, this is done to remove THC while preserving the rest of the ingredients.

CBD Isolate. This is CBD isolated from all other compounds, and contains nothing but pure CBD.

Read our full breakdown of the different types of CBD.

Full and broad-spectrum CBD produce what’s called the Entourage Effect. In a word, it means that some people believe CBD works better when combined with other cannabinoids, including a trace amount of THC. It’s not enough to get you high, but if having even a trace amount of THC is a concern for you, choose a broad-spectrum or isolate product instead.


TL;DR – no high, no worries

The long and short of it is, none of the CBD products on will produce a psychoactive high. That means it’s safe to take before work, before bed, or any other time you need a little CBD boost.

No high. No worries. Just pure CBD goodness, every single time.

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