I know you’ve wondered this.
Q. Can CBD oil get you high?
HELLO, my fellow wellness seeker!
As a holistic lifestyle and beauty educator, confusion about food (diets), supplement and product choices for optimal health and beauty never appears to wane.
The same has been true for my side hustle as a cannabis coach and product creator. Because medical marijuana is novel to Americans and perception of cannaphobia, it makes sense that people are completely curious and confused about all this buzz.
Even though MN is a non-legal Marijuana state (recreational), there is a large population seeking medical help from cannabis medical providers, and equally CBD users seek CBD for everyday therapeutic support.
So back to the question - and my answer.
No, CBD is completely non-psychoactive.
What you will experience, however, is feeling more relaxed, but not that “couch lock” relax. You can function at 110% with more focus and calm.
Want to learn more? Read below to dig deeper into this topic.
CBD vs. THC
A common worry for those considering using CBD is the possibility of getting high. It’s no wonder with the strong stigma cannabis has had over years of propaganda. Let’s dig in about the difference between CBD and THC.
CBD and THC are only two of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD may positively impact stress, pain, rest, and skin health.
THC has psychotropic properties and is associated with feelings of sedation, anxiety, elation, relaxation, and sometimes hallucinations and delusions, among other effects.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
To fully understand why you won’t get high from CBD, you need to know that CBD oil can be made from both hemp and marijuana.
CBD is, in fact, totally legal when extracted from industrial hemp, which is the source of CBD for all Evoq CBD supplements. Full spectrum CBD oil made from hemp will contain negligible levels of THC (<0.3%), because hemp is grown and used for its sturdy stalks and low levels of THC.
If you prefer to not chance it, our Evoq line contains broad spectrum formulated options, which are specifically decarboxylated to contain zero THC. I know, all you worriers out there - we’ve got your ECS covered.
To reframe and drive into the leaf a bit deeper, THC is found in high quantities in marijuana and low quantities in hemp, the opposite is true for CBD. The CBD in CBD products are most often extracted from hemp as opposed to marijuana since it is naturally higher in CBD and low in THC.
If you are concerned about getting high, you may want to avoid CBD products made from marijuana (high in THC )unless you can confirm the quantities of CBD and THC. This can be done by third-party lab testing, and any self-respecting company should be checking their products for heavy metals, mold, pesticides and cannabinoid levels.
So the long and short of it, CBD 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 with high levels THC, and CBD on its own doesn’t get you high.
A Focus On Plant Genetics
We utilize certified organic hemp plants when extracting CBD and are specifically bred to contain the highest concentrations of CBD and the lowest concentrations of THC. Our growers sustainably take advantage of the fact that hemp is naturally high in CBD and breed the plants to enhance this factor.
CBD products are created through one of three methods: by pushing CO2 through the plant at high pressures or by using ethanol or a carrier oil. All three methods have their benefits when extracting CBD from the hemp plant for a pure and near zero to negligible trace of THC.
What about dosage to get noticable benefits from CBD?
At low levels (1-20 mg), CBD makes you feel relaxed; it takes the edge off the day without making you feel sedated. At higher levels (20 mg+), 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.
CBD to Reverse Marijuana Side Effects (paranoia)
If you’re one of the few in a illegal Marijuana state, you can still benefits from utilizing CBD as a antagonist to reduce the side effects from taking medical marijuana. Feel free to email me if you would like someone to coach you through dosing - it’s my specialty! (email@example.com)
A few final facts.
Medical marijuana is cannabis that you purchase in a dispensary and/or by a health care provider in states where such sales are permitted.
It’s the cannabinoid THC in cannabis that is responsible for the high feeling.
CBD does not get you high, rather this cannabinoid dull the high effect of THC.
Medical marijuana strains with higher amounts of CBD than THC are less likely to get you high.
Most states require labeling of marijuana cultivars to indicate the ratio of CBD:THC in its products so you're aware.
Many chronic health issues have inflammation as an underlying cause. If CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, that tells us that CBD is a primary player in healing chronic disease by reducing inflammation. THC is not always needed for benefits. If you do dose THC, combining it with micro dosing (taking a small amount of cannabis), CBD-dominant cultivars are less likely to make you high.
Cannabis is truly personalized lifestyle medicine!
Love and Light - Kassandra