Can CBD Oil Get You High?

Can CBD Oil Get You High?

The Quick Answer:

Question: Can CBD Oil Get You high?
Answer: No, CBD is naturally non-psychoactive. You may however feel more relaxed, which some people also associate with being “high.”

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A common worry for those considering using CBD oil to benefit from its positive influences over health and illness is the possibility of getting you high. So let’s talk about the difference between CBD and THC.

CBD is one of 85 compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is associated with reducing anxiety, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic effects, reducing nausea and vomiting and potentially combating cancerous or tumorous cells. Research into CBD’s effects in these areas has snowballed in recent years. While the links between CBD and this plethora of benefits are not yet conclusive, research is positive and is continually uncovering more and more supportive evidence.

However, although there is a lot of positive research surrounding CBD oil effects, it is sometimes overshadowed by the information we hear about THC. THC is another compound found in the cannabis plant. It has psychotropic properties and is associated with feelings of sedation, anxiety, elation, relaxation, and sometimes hallucinations and delusions among other effects.

The fact that THC and CBD are closely linked leads people to question, “Can CBD oil get you high?” Additionally, since THC products are illegal in most places, this is a worry when people confuse CBD and THC.

Hemp vs Marijuana

In order to fully understand if you’ll get high, you need to know that CBD oil can be made from both hemp and marijuana.

But here’s the deal…

CBD is, in fact, totally legal when sourced from Industrial Hemp like the CBD supplements on our site. And when you get CBD Oil made from hemp you will get negligible levels of THC, because Hemp is grown for it’s sturdy stalks and low levels of THC. So, no you will not get high when consuming products made from industrial hemp.

However, CBD can also be found in Marijuana. This may or may not be legal depending on where you live. If you decided to get products made from marijuana, you may get varying levels of THC and CBD. This is totally up to the dispensary. So if you are concerned about getting high, you may want to avoid products made from marijuana unless you can confirm the qualities of CBD and THC. This can be done by third party lab testing, and any self respecting company should be testing their products for heavy metals, mold, levels of cannabinoids etc.

So while THC is found in high quantities in marijuana and low quantities in hemp, the reverse is true for CBD. The CBD in CBD oil is most often extracted from hemp as opposed to marijuana since it is naturally higher in CBD and low in THC.

The short answer to the question, “can CBD can get you high” is no, it can’t. The reason for this is that the process of extracting CBD oil is unlikely to produce oil contaminated with THC, and CBD on its own has no ability to get you high.

Next, we’ll take a closer look at the production of CBD oil to make this clearer, and we’ll take a look at what the research says about CBD.

How CBD Oil Is Made

Hemp plants from which CBD is extracted to make CBD oil are specifically bred to contain the highest concentrations of CBD and the lowest concentrations of THC. The fact that hemp is naturally high in CBD is taken advantage of, and the plants are grown to enhance this factor.

While marijuana contains around 5-10% THC, hemp only contains around a tenth of that, .05-1%. Levels as low as this can be considered negligible. THC is found concentrated in the buds of the cannabis plant, but since hemp is grown for its height due to the usefulness of its stalks, it is bred to grow without these THC-containing buds.

CBD is extracted through one of three methods: Co2, ethanol or oil. You can read more about the methods of how to make CBD oil here. All three of these methods extract CBD from the hemp plant in a close to pure form with a zero to negligible trace of THC. We prefer to use the Co2 method because it’s clean and doesn’t have any nasty byproducts like using ethanol or oils.

So now we know that THC is the compound with psychotropic effects and that CBD oil is produced with little to no THC. Next, let’s review the research around CBD.

Promising Scientific Research for CBD

The use of CBD to benefit a plethora of ailments and complaints has hugely grown in popularity over recent years. Therefore, so has the research. Recently, a paper was published reviewing the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids, giving special attention to CBD. The paper claims CBD to be non-psychotropic and to have implications for inflammation, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.

Research has even gone as far as to say that CBD has anti-psychotic properties. This is the opposite of the effects of other cannabinoids such as THC. Research published back in 2006 suggests that CBD is a safe anti-psychotic compound that could have anxiolytic effects. While THC is often suggested as being a potential factor causing people to be vulnerable to developing disorders such as schizophrenia due to its psychotropic effects, CBD is suggested as potentially useful as a therapy for schizophrenia due to the opposing effects it has.

CBD has been seen to be completely different from the psychoactive compound THC even to the level of how it interacts with receptors in the brain. Though more research still needs to be carried out to find out exactly how CBD interacts with brain receptors, so far, it has been found to be completely different from the way in which THC interacts with cannabidiod receptors. This is good evidence to support the assertion that the two compounds have completely different effects.


Research is only bringing out more and more support for the numerous benefits of the non-psychotropic compound CBD. The reason its benefits have been overshadowed by fears that it will get you high is its link with THC, the compound in marijuana with psychoactive effects. The more we discover about CBD and how it differs from THC, the more the public we benefit from the positive effects of CBD.

Given all the positive research into CBD that’s currently happening, what do you think is the future for CBD? Many researchers are suggesting its implications in combating serious health issues. Do you have any positive stories about what CBD has done for you? Please leave your stories and experiences in the comments section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the effects of CBD?
Answer: At low levels (1-20mg), CBD makes you feel relaxed, it takes the edge off the day without making you feed sedated. At higher levels (20mg+) you will feel very relaxed, and possibly sleepy. Each person responds differently, so it’s best to start low and work up in serving size.

Question: What is CBD oil used for?
Answer: CBD oil is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis used to calm and relax the body and mind.

Question: What is CBD hemp oil used for?
Answer: CBD hemp oil is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis used to calm and relax the body and mind.

Question: What is CBD oil vapor?
Answer: CBD Vapor oil is an type of vaporizer oil that contains Cannabidiol (CBD) – a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). It’s typically used to calm and relax the body and mind.

Question: What does CBD e juice do?
Answer: CBD e juice is a type of vaporizer oil that contains Cannabidiol (CBD) – a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). It’s typically used to calm and relax the body and mind.

Question: What are CBD edibles?
Answer: CBD edibles are food products that have been infused with Cannabidiol (CBD) – a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). CBD Edibles are used to calm and relax the body and mind.

Question: Is CBD oil and hemp oil the same?
Answer: No, they are different. “CBD oil” is made by extracting a specific compound (called CBD) from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant. This is turned into products that are used to calm and relax the body and mind. On the other hand, “Hemp Oil” typically refers to Hemp Seed Oil which is made by a completely different process. Hemp Seed Oil is cold-pressed oil from the hemp seeds only. This contains no cannabinoids, and can be used as a cooking oil. It also contains high levels of healthy Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids.

Question: Can you get high from hemp seed oil?
Answer: No, hemp seeds contain no THC, so there is no chance of getting high from eating hemp seed oil or hemp seeds themselves.

Question: Can you get high from hemp hearts?
Answer: No, hemp hearts contain no THC, so there is no chance of getting high from eating hemp hearts.

Question: Can you get high on hemp?
Answer: No, the hemp plant as a whole was bred specially for it’s hearty stalks and low levels of THC. You can not get high by smoking hemp.

  • Gordon Bennett

    ‘Can CBD Oil get you High? What the Research Says’ – A simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ would have sufficed.

    • dartist1162

      Yes, for me with Fibromyalgia and CFS. “One spray “of Plus CBD oil made me high and I was hallucinating as well. I have never taken it again. I already deal with dizziness anyways sometimes goes into vertigo. So for me I guess I am a light weight. Can’t drink either. So the only thing I do is take Turmeric & Ashwagandha morning and night and this helps a lot. Sometimes 2 ibuprofen.

      • Robert Berry

        Supposing that every person may react differently but that’s not the least little bit like anything I’ve experienced taking repeated doses everyday. Sorry for your experience. Be careful with the OTC pain relievers though too. They do take a toll as well. Hallucinations? That’s really extreme…can’t imagine from cbd? I never experienced those from THC… Have you had your inner ears checked?

        • dartist1162

          Just show my nervous system and brain super sensitive. The nature organic Turmeric and Ashwagandha 2x a day is more natural for me for pain and inflammation plus organic foods. Yes, I have had ears checked and no miners disease. People with CFS and fibromyalgia some have a loaded feeling anyways. So alcohol is out of the question for 37 yrs. cause the pain is worse….

        • dartist1162

          Yes,ears checked no Mineers disease. I am a light weight. Can’s drink either. Darn!:( My fun comes out in me being me personable when walking my dog or at the market:) Take care.

    • Robert Berry

      No, not like a THC high. At times a bit of pep does ensue when vaping repeatedly. That to help relieve chronic spinal and muscular pain resulting from injuries and arthritus. I vape and take oral spays and gels. It doesn’t kill the pain….simply tones it down to a more reasonable level which allows me to do more with increased flexability, mobility and resulting energy. Pain wears a body out. The CBD can leave me feeling a bit light headed at times but not a classic smoked pot high by any measure. Again as a result of vaping….4 or 5 good hits, sometimes x 5 per day. No lung congestion caused. Also no kidney, gut or liver damages like ibruprophin and acetpominofin do when frequently taken. No addiction like various opioids, not as effective as the opioids but much safer. Has been a good product for me. Try vaping if you want immediate relief in more effective form. Add the oral for maintaining the relief over longer periods.

      • Gordon Bennett

        Thanks for the reply – very helpful info. I have a lot of pain in my shoulder but also things to do and I can’t afford to be high all the time. Part of the time is okay though 😉

      • I’ve been experimenting with doses of CBD oil and turmeric powder in my morning smoothies. About a month ago, I had a HIGH dose of CBD (maybe 1ml of 15% oil), and spent the day feeling very stoned indeed. But, as others have said, it’s not like a THC high, I was perfectly capable of carrying on conversations or work, but I did experience a very pleasant “up” feeling, combined with heightened sensory awareness. Since then, I’ve tried different doses each morning, and I’m convinced that the CBD is the primary effective ingredient. 25 drops of 15% produced a very pleasant, euphoric feeling, while 15 drops was less noticeable but still very pleasant. I’m getting quite used to operating in this state, and plan to continue. (I also have acute back pain right now, so the turmeric and CBD are likely both helpful to manage that.)

  • Prestonsburg resident

    i recently tried 200mg cbd by vaping i walked alot before i tried it should have been sleepy but stayed up all night didnt get to sleep until after 6am the next day, hadnt been high in a long time so i wasnt sure. definitely felt different, very calm, a little loopy, really strange. slept for nearly 12 hrs when i did fall asleep though. so ive been afraid to try it again on a work week day.

  • dartist1162

    From my experience with CFS and fibromyalgia for 37 yrs. I did not do well with CBC oil or any eatable. I am to sensitive What has worked for me has been organic india Turmeric Formula and Ashwagandha 2x a day.

  • Aa

    I took super strength cbd. I vaped 3 puffs. I took it as an alternative to my bipolar meds hoping that I’d feel great enough to reduce my meds. I felt hightened sensory and maybe added anxiety. 5hrs later i took my meds and while brushing my teethe, felt a incredibly dark feeling hit me. I forgot i took my meds for the reason being but remembered with a brief epiphany. I went to bed and felt incredibly depressed. I got up and distracted myself with my guitar which helped with the anxiety that followed the dark feeling, realizing i was in trouble. I felt like i was going crazy again and started shaking uncontrollably from anxiety. It was an terrible experience. I found that cbd inhibits the enzyme that metabolizes most pharmaceuticals. Maybe that was the problem? Anyways, it was rough and very difficult to stabilize again considering i’m on a low dose of meds and intolerable to higher doses of antipschotics/mood stabilize. They made feel like shit. I know that i am ultra sensetive to most things so maybe i shouldnt of experimented. It was a big mistake thank you very much. I am bipolar 1.

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