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, but there’s one burning question that many people have.

One hesitation. One thing on the tip of every CBD-curious person’s tongue: Does CBD produce a high effect? It’s a valid question. Since CBD can be found in both hemp and marijuana, it’s understandable that people would wonder about its psychoactivity.

But we're here to clarify things once and for all: CBD does not produce a high effect.


Let’s take a look at why.

A non-psychoactive compound

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.

The ways THC can cause anxiety are twofold:

  1. Producing an uncontrollable high
  2. Increasing heart rate

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

How does it work?

To understand why CBD doesn’t produce a high feeling, 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 is able to produce a high effect by binding to the CB1 receptors in the brain that are associated with things like relaxation, anxiety, and short-term memory. CBD, on the other hand, 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.

Are all shopCBD products completely free of THC?

Not quite. The CBD contained in CBD products comes in three distinct extract forms.

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

Broad-spectrum CBD, which is a full-spectrum product, but with certain elements removed or reduced. Typically, this is done to remove more of the THC while preserving the rest of the active compounds such as CBD, as well as terpenes and flavonoids.

CBD Isolate. CBD isolates contain absolutely no THC, 99% or more CBD as well as trace amounts of other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, and so on.

Read our full breakdown of the different types of CBD extracts.

Full and broad-spectrum CBD products allow consumers to experience the entourage effect. Some people believe that CBD works more efficiently when combined with other cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. It’s not enough to produce the high effect associated with THC, but if having even a trace amount of THC is out of the question, choose a broad-spectrum or isolate product instead.

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

Key Takeaways

The most important thing to know is that CBD can't produce a high effect.  If THC needs to be completely avoided then CBD isolate extracts are the best product choice. To see our selection of CBD isolate products click here

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