The short answer to this question is a simple ‘no’ – CBD will not get you high.
In fact, the whole manufacturing process is geared towards removing as much THC (the psychoactive component that makes up over 50% of the marijuana plant) as possible.
While there is inevitably a tiny amount left over (well less than 1% is typical for any quality oil) it is by no means enough to get anyone remotely stoned. In fact, there at the time of writing, there is not even a recognized level of toxicity for CBD oil it is so benign!
A much more interesting and informative angle to take on this question is to consider why CBD oil does not make you high.
There’s More To Cannabis Than THC
While THC is the largest component of the marijuana plant, they also contain dozens of other cannabinoids that deliver no psychological effect whatsoever.
Hemp – a strain of marijuana bred specifically to eliminate the psychoactive agent – contains generally less than 0.3% THC – and this is what the vast majority of manufacturers use to produce their CBD oils.
By extracting the (almost) pure CBD oil it is thought that all the potential health benefits that cannabis is increasingly believed to offer are retained, without making the user remotely high.
In fact – and without wishing to get too bogged down in science, CBD actually blocks the brains CB1 receptor (the part which THC latches onto) while encouraging adenosine receptors to work at full capacity.
Why is this important? Those are the receptors that facilitate the production of serotonin, the chemical that is considered essential to mental wellbeing and is the body’s natural antidepressant.
If It Doesn’t Make Me High, What Does It Feel Like?
Once again there is no catch-all answer here as results will dramatically vary between people.
Finding the perfect dose of CBD oil can be a time-consuming task and we’re talking weeks, if not even months, of gradually tapering to a dosage that makes a difference.
A great deal depends upon individual body chemistry with some people being naturally receptive to CBD and others essentially ‘immune’ regardless of the size and strength of dose.
This means that what one person may claim to feel may be utterly undetectable to another.
Those who are receptive to the oil tend to describe the sensation as being one of calmness and general wellbeing.
It is rare for someone to say specifically that CBD oil magically removed for example back pain or totally eliminated their depressive thoughts. But plenty of people say that it can help lessen the impact that their various ailments have upon their lives.
For those yet to start taking any CBD oil this can obviously be frustrating. But it is a simple truth – people feel different sensations from taking regular doses and it can take a while for these to become apparent.
One thing to be absolutely sure of though is that in no sense of the word will these oils get anyone high – even though most brands do have a slightly earthy taste that is reminiscent of classic marijuana.
How About Other Side Effects?
As mentioned above, there is no established level of toxicity with CBD oils.
In large part, this is because barely anyone has reported any negative side effects from regularly using these oils even in high concentration.
The worst anyone ought to expect is that the flavour isn’t to many people’s taste – but it is advisable to avoid ‘flavoured’ brands as they tend to use low-quality CBD as their base. The best way around that problem is to have a mint or some gum on hand to enjoy afterward.
On a final note, it is always worth looking for CBD oils that use olive oil as their base such as VSAVI drops. Not only does this help to make them slightly more palatable, but it serves as the best natural preservative for the active ingredients.
I’m Thomas Jones. I graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 2016 with an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. I’m currently reading for a PhD at The University of Glasgow. I started using CBD in 2017 as a result of finding it in my local vape shop. My experiences in using these products inspired me to undertake my current doctoral research. You can find out more about me and this site here.
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