Due to its association with the cannabis plant, it’s natural to wonder whether cannabidiol (CBD) can get you high. According to scientific research, CBD by itself won’t affect your mind in the same way as marijuana. However, when you purchase a CBD product and don’t want to get high, you need to consider many factors.
CBD RETAILERS MAY NOT REPORT THE EXACT AMOUNT OF THC IN THE PRODUCT
Medical journals describe CBD as being non-intoxicating. A World Health Organization (WHO) document states that CBD has effects “which are generally opposite to those of THC”.
However, due to the lack of strict regulations in the wellness industry, a number of CBD products have been discovered, by scientific researchers, to contain a higher amount of the intoxicating cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than advertised on the label.
For example, a Dutch study found 57% of the CBD products it analyzed to contain THC levels that were higher than the legal limit in the European Union (EU). A similar study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, found higher-than-legal levels of THC in 21% of the products it analyzed.
If you accidentally buy such a product, you might experience effects similar to marijuana. This is why, before buying a CBD product, it’s important to read the label and make sure that it has been tested by a third-party lab.
YOUR OWN BODY AND CBD USE MIGHT INFLUENCE HOW CBD AFFECTS YOU
In addition to the amount of THC it contains, other factors might play a role in the effect a CBD product might have on you. These include your age, weight, the amount of CBD product you consume, the type of CBD product you use and how fast-acting it is, and any other medication you may be taking while using CBD.
In short, a CBD product’s ability to get you high depends on how much THC it contains, how old you are, your body weight, how much of the product you use, the type of product you use, and any other medication you might be taking at the time.
So, before taking CBD, ask your doctor whether CBD can get you high, which type of CBD product is right for you and what your CBD dose should be.