CBD is often thought of as the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, but it does have physical and psychological effects. Worried about passing a drug screening? Learn about the different types of CBD oil used in CBD gummies and protect yourself against a false-positive test. Cannabidiol, or CBD cannot get you high and will not make you feel any sense of euphoria. It isn't possible. Read more to learn why.
How Does CBD Make You Feel and Will it Get You High?
CBD is a compound found in cannabis plants (a cannabinoid) that provides proven therapeutic benefits. Because it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as its cannabinoid cousin delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9 THC), cannabidiol (CBD) is more lightly regulated, and can be sold without a prescription in most U.S. locations. Even high-CBD strains of cannabis can be purchased online without a medical marijuana card.
Both hemp and marijuana are the same species of plant—Cannabis sativa—but hemp has been selectively bred for thick, heavy stalks, whose fibers have been used for centuries to make clothing, sails, paper and rope. Since most of the delta-9 THC in cannabis is found in the flowering portions of the plant, marijuana breeders have sought plants with lush, heavy flowers (buds), and for decades selectively bred out the CBD, because its calming properties reduce the raciness of the THC high.
There are other minor cannabinoids found in both marijuana and hemp that have similar effects as delta-9 THC, but they’re present in amounts too small to extract. Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized U.S. hemp production, entrepreneurs have learned how to use chemical catalysts to convert hemp-derived CBD into other cannabinoids in quantities large enough to be commercially viable. That has brought about the advent of “new” cannabis compounds that mimic the intoxicating psychoactive effects of delta-9 THC—including delta-8 THC, delta-10 THC, HHC, and THC-O.
CBD has psychoactive effects too. The physical and emotional feelings produced by CBD may be more subtle, but whether you call CBD’s effects a high or not, vaping CBD or using CBD oil tinctures does make you feel different. CBD produces sensations that many users find as pleasant as those provided by THC. Unlike THC products though, using pure (or nearly pure) CBD will not make you fail a drug test—as long as you’re careful to choose the right kinds of CBD products.
Avida Puff Full Spectrum CBD Pen
The Avida Puff Full Spectrum CBD pens contain Avida’s USA-grown and hemp-derived CBD distillate. Each rechargeable pen comes with 400 mg CBD and a variety of terpenes and cannabinoids, including up to 0.3% THC. Experience the benefits of the entourage effect in six all-natural terpenoid-based flavors with Avida’s discreet and super-stylish vape pens.
Avida CBD Vape Pen
Avida offers their signature CBD blends in disposable format. Each vape is bursting with flavor and contains 300 mg of maximum purity pharmaceutical-grade CBD isolate. They are thoroughly tested by a third party lab for quality and consistency. The flavors range from fruits to tangy candy like mango and blue razz.
Does CBD get you high?
Both CBD and THC are mood-altering compounds that have significant therapeutic benefits, like relieving pain and nausea, reducing inflammation, and treating some seizure disorders. But even though both cannabinoids are psychoactive, only THC is intoxicating. While CBD promotes relaxation and calmness, THC produces actual euphoria, and alters perceptions of space and time.
How does CBD work?
Humans and other mammals have an internal network of chemicals and receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems called the endocannabinoid system. These receptors, named CB1 and CB2, bind with molecules called ligands (in this case endogenous cannabinoids like anandamide) to control the release of neurotransmitters like glutamate and dopamine. The endocannabinoid receptors, ligands, and certain enzymes work in concert to affect a variety of processes in the body, including thought, memory, mood, pain management, and appetite.
Cannabinoids created outside the body—called exogenous cannabinoids—like CBD and THC from the cannabis plant, can also bind with the CB1 or CB2 (and other) receptors to produce various effects and moderate some physical functions. THC can relieve nausea and increase appetite, and both CBD and THC are effective for pain relief. CBD is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, and has proven medically effective in treating certain seizure disorders.
Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are not considered dangerous, because they don’t affect the parts of the brain that regulate vital functions of the body. Unlike opioid receptors, the cannabinoid receptors will never signal your lungs to stop breathing. For this reason, it’s practically impossible to overdose on cannabis.
Is CBD psychoactive or intoxicating?
CBD is thought to be helpful in treating anxiety and insomnia. And while the scientific research isn’t absolutely clear, anxiety, stress and sleep problems are the most common reasons consumers use CBD. For many people, CBD is relaxing.
Interestingly, marijuana strains that have significant quantities of both CBD and THC rarely produce the undesirable effects—like paranoia and anxiety—sometimes experienced with weed that’s high in THC but has low CBD content. CBD apparently “competes” with THC on the CB1 receptors, and thereby moderates the psychological effects of its racier relative.
Although CBD may alter your mood—providing a deep sense of calm and relaxation—it doesn’t change spatial and sensory perception or create euphoria, like THC does. In that sense, both cannabinoids are psychoactive, but only THC is intoxicating. This also applies to delta 8 products, THCA and all other forms of tetrahydrocannabinol.
How does CBD make you feel?
As we’ve already discussed, CBD’s primary sensation is relaxation. People describe it sometimes in terms of neutralizing pain and discomfort, or removing stress. For some, that feels like an effect in itself. For others, it’s an exaggerated sense of peace and calm, or just a lack of whatever negative feelings they had experienced before.
Because CBD is an anti-inflammatory, it can reduce pain and relax the body. That, along with the stress and anxiety relief, may be noticeable. A first-time user of CBD tincture and CBD capsules told Vaping360 that he felt “super relaxed, no anxiety, no pain, and almost like I was floating.”
People who vape or smoke CBD-rich hemp flowers (buds) or high-CBD/low-THC marijuana flowers seem to experience the most obviously psychoactive effects. That may be because the flower contains a higher level of THC than other CBD products.
A high-CBD cannabis flower user on Reddit described “an effect” that “could be described as an anti-effect.” They said that “something happens and things seem to lift away with no feeling.” A Vaping360 editor says that CBD “both dulls and clarifies your mental state. Either way, your mental state can be altered.”
Vaping and smoking expedite the active ingredients to the brain (through the lungs) much more quickly than other delivery methods. Using CBD oil tinctures sublingually (under the tongue) is the second-fastest method (though still much slower than inhalation). Using CBD edibles or swallowing a tincture is the slowest, since the CBD must process through the liver before reaching the bloodstream and brain.
It’s possible that some users feel the presence of any amount of THC when it’s mixed with CBD. That’s the well-known “entourage effect” theory, which basically says cannabinoids combine to create more than the sum of their parts. It’s worth experimenting with different kinds of CBD products to see what feels best to you.
In addition to CBD-rich flowers, CBD can be consumed in vape juice (e-liquid), CBD oil tinctures, edible products like gummies and drinks, in capsules, and in a wide variety of topical lotions and creams. CBD e-juice can be vaped in a regular vape mod or pen, or taken orally like a tincture. But even if its label calls CBD e-liquid “oil,” it isn’t really oil; e-liquid is made with propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Tinctures are made with actual CBD oil and carrier oils like MCT or coconut oil, and can only be consumed orally, never vaped. Inhaling real oils can be dangerous.
One product to avoid is CBD oil that has been adulterated with synthetic cannabinoids. These are lab-created chemical compounds that bind with the same cannabinoid receptors in the brain that THC and CBD do. But they can be as much as 100 times more powerful than THC, and have been known to cause extended psychotic episodes and even death. They’re often sold under the brands Spice and K2 (but there are many others) in truck stops, head shops and convenience stores. Sometimes they’re sold as vape juice in bottles marked CBD.
Avoiding synthetic cannabinoids—or other less-sinister additives you don’t want, like melatonin—is simple. Buy from reputable dealers who offer a third-party chemical analysis of the products they sell. That’s something you may want to do anyway if you’re concerned that the CBD oil you buy could make you fail a drug test.
Can CBD make you fail a drug test?
CBD is extracted from hemp and processed into different kinds of CBD products. CBD isolate and broad-spectrum CBD contain no discernible THC, and are the safest ways of using CBD if you are concerned about a drug test. Full-spectrum CBD contains traces of THC, and although it too is unlikely to make you fail a test, it should probably be avoided to be absolutely sure.
CBD derived from hemp plants almost always contains less than 0.3% THC, which is the legal maximum it can include unless it’s sold by a licensed dispensary in a state with a legal marijuana market. You can verify how much THC a product contains by checking the third-party test on the manufacturer’s website. If the seller can’t produce a test, or you feel hesitant, move on to a different company.
Hemp-derived CBD oil is highly unlikely to make you fail a drug test. As long as the CBD you choose has been tested by a third party, and is sold by a reputable retailer that stands behind its products, you can use it with confidence and enjoy the benefits CBD offers.
Do CBD Gummies Get You High?
It’s hard to resist the charm of CBD gummies. At this point, they’re everywhere. According to the Centre for Medical Cannabis , “ six million people in the UK have tried CBD.” The numbers speak for themselves and prove that CBD is becoming a commonplace supplement all over the country (and many parts of the world!). The CBD market is growing exponentially and is expected to reach $20 billion by 2024 . Numbers like this seem incomprehensible, but their vastness is matched by the wellness potential of products made with this remarkable cannabinoid.
As a result of CBD’s popularity, manufacturers have developed several different kinds of CBD products to meet our personal needs and preferences. This makes sense, because we’re all looking to get something different from our CBD experience . One of the main reasons people love CBD (and CBD gummies) is that it can give you a gentle calmness and feeling of well-being, but it doesn’t get you “high.” Instead, CBD produces effects that can support several aspects of daily living.
CBD gummies have the advantage of being convenient and discrete enough to carry anywhere, ensuring you get your daily serving of CBD without a hitch. Gummies with CBD also taste great, which is a distinct advantage over some CBD tincture oils.
You may find that you have to take more gummies to achieve the desired effect compared to CBD tincture oils. CBD gummies may also take a little longer to start working as well.
So, with all of this in mind, let’s explore the world of CBD gummies and explain why CBD will not get you “high.”
Can You Get High From CBD?
CBD gummies start with the agricultural production of cannabis hemp . It’s important that we distinguish cannabis hemp from its infamous relative, cannabis marijuana. Hemp is the term used for cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC , the chemical compound that gets you “high.” Marijuana refers to cannabis plants with more THC, sometimes upwards of 30% THC. So, rest assured, hemp-derived CBD cannot get you “high.” In fact, if your CBD product does make you feel “high,” it probably contains more than 0.3% THC — which means it isn’t a legal hemp-derived product at all.
The hemp crops are carefully cultivated, preferably with natural farming techniques, and then the crops are harvested and prepped for the CBD oil extraction process . It’s during this part of the process that different types of CBD oil are created.
Different Types of CBD Oil
Broad spectrum CBD oil and CBD isolate are the CBD oils available in the UK.
After the initial process that removes the hemp oil from the plant, b road spectrum CBD oil goes through an additional extraction process that pulls all trace amounts of THC from the oil. This is the recommended option for anyone who goes through routine drug screenings for school and/or work. Though some of the minor cannabinoids and terpenes are also removed because of this extra process, broad spectrum CBD still retains a robust ingredient profile.
CBD isolate goes through an additional winterization process that extracts any remaining cannabinoids, waxes, and terpenes from the oil. This creates oil with up to 99% purity and is an excellent option for those who only want CBD, with none of the other compounds found in the cannabis hemp plant.
For CBD gummies, we use broad spectrum CBD because it still retains a good cannabinoid profile, which allows you to experience the famed Entourage Effect while removing all traceable remnants of THC (less than 0.1%). The Entourage Effect is a term used to describe the phenomenon in which multiple cannabinoids are consumed and, instead of working merely in parallel with one another, the cannabinoids actually bolster each other’s performance — making each cannabinoid (including CBD) work harder for you.
Types of CBD Gummies
When we make our CBD gummies, we use broad spectrum CBD — and then we get creative!
Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies
If you just want to enjoy the wellness benefits of pure, broad spectrum CBD — along with the naturally sweetened deliciousness of a gummy — our Original Mixed Berry Gummies are the perfect chew for you. It’s a tasty way to add CBD to your daily regimen.
CBD Gummies With Apple Cider Vinegar
At CBDfx, we find that CBD gummies are the perfect foundation for building a more elaborate CBD wellness supplement. Because of our gummies’ naturally sweet flavour, we can get away with adding healthy ingredients that might otherwise be too harsh-tasting for enjoyable consumption. Apple Cider Vinegar has long been praised for its long list of wellness perks. Our CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar give you all the benefits of ACV, plus a full 50mg of CBD, in a delicious chew.
CBD Gummies With Turmeric and Spirulina
Our CBD Gummies with Turmeric and Spirulina give you the benefits of broad spectrum CBD along with the “ superfoods ” turmeric and spirulina. These two ingredients have long been used for their powerful nutrient properties. Together, they form an important part of any supplement regimen.
CBD Gummies for Sleep With Chamomile & Passion Flower
A solid night’s sleep is vital for good health. But sometimes, you need a little help. That’s why our CBD Gummies with Chamomile & Passion Flower have become so popular. Combining the wellness benefits of CBD with the soothing properties of chamomile and passion flower makes these tasty CBD gummies a must for every nightstand.
CBD Multivitamin Gummies
Our CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Men and CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Women are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals, and are formulated for the distinct needs of a man or a woman. With 50mg of pure, broad spectrum CBD per serving, they’re the perfect way to start each and every day.
It’s also helpful to take note of how your CBD gummies get their flavouring and colour. Some companies use heaps of artificial sweeteners and colouring agents, which can be harmful to your health. You’ll want to find a company utilizing all-natural sweeteners and colouring. This translates to an overall cleaner, more effective product.
And with no more than 0.3% THC, there’s no need to worry about any intoxicating effects from your CBD gummies.
How Many CBD Gummies Should I Eat?
Settling on a serving size depends on your tolerance, metabolism, and the amount of CBD each gummy contains. The recommended serving size for our CBD gummies is 50mg, or two gummies, though we recommend beginning with just one gummy to determine your tolerance.
Studies have shown you can take up to 1500mg of CBD a day without any side effects, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
How Often Can I Eat CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are the perfect way to build your daily wellness routine. Some people take their full 50mg CBD gummy serving at the beginning of the day, while others stagger them: one CBD gummy in the morning and one in the evening.
Alternatively, you can take your CBD gummies in tandem with other long-lasting CBD products, like CBD tincture oils or CBD capsules .
You’ll find your tolerance level based on your physiology, experience and comfort. Keep in mind this will continuously fluctuate as you build a tolerance.
The Best Time to Take CBD Gummies
Some people like to start their day with a CBD gummy or two, while others like to take them before bedtime. Some people like to take their CBD gummies before tense or uncomfortable situations. Or, they use them for multiple reasons during the course of the day. It’s all up to you and what you’re looking to achieve.
Since CBD has a wide range of benefits, the possibilities are endless.
As you become more experienced with your CBD gummies, you’ll figure out what time of day meshes with your schedule and lifestyle.
In Conclusion: CBD Gummies and You
Experiment with CBD gummies to find your sweet spot. You’ll see how many you need to achieve your wellness goals and the time of day that works best for you.
You won’t experience any psychoactive effects with hemp-derived CBD, because it contains less than 0.3% THC. CBDfx CBD gummies are all made with broad spectrum CBD, which means even those trace amounts have been removed for your peace of mind.
Now, it’s up to you to enjoy the journey. We wish you all the best!
Ready to grab a bottle of gummies for yourself? Take a peek at our full selection of CBD Gummies!
Does CBD Oil Get You High?
Cannabidiol, or simply CBD, is a natural cannabinoid compound that’s typically derived from the hemp plant. It’s actually only one cannabinoid out of 124 different known ones. One of the most common questions we get are: does CBD oil get you high? Can CBD get you high?
CBD-infused products have recently become more popular, widely due to the changes made in both state and federal laws.
TL;DR – It is not scientifically possible for CBD oil to get you high. Cannabidiol (CBD) is non intoxicating. The way it reacts with CB receptors does not, and cannot, result in feeling sensations of being high.
Another popular cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC. THC is the cannabinoid that is notoriously known for getting its’ users high. In this article, we’ll discuss exactly why CBD oil cannot, and will not, get you high, and compare it to the properties of THC.
Both compounds naturally occur in the cannabis plant, but CBD can be separated from THC throughout the extraction process.
Does CBD Get You High?
First of all, no, taking CBD oil can not get you high.
After CBD has been extracted from hemp or marijuana plants, it can be infused with a number of different products such as oils, edibles, and creams.
The products are mostly promoted as a natural way to reduce anxiety. Anxiety is a common problem among a lot of people. According to research, CBD oil has been found to have the properties that help with reducing anxiety and depression related symptoms.
Despite being able to do that, it’s still not comparable to the intoxicating effects that recreational marijuana gives.
Nevertheless, when you consume very high concentrations of CBD products, or have more than the recommended dose, it might cause some side effects like nausea or headaches. Some of the more common side effects you might experience from taking high doses of CBD oil include: dizziness and lethargy.
CBD is often infused with edibles, tinctures, oils, and a few other products that include little to no THC (approximately 0.3%).
That said, many people still assume that CBD oil causes the same effects as marijuana. This is not true, at all, and is a common misconception.
Most individuals think that because they’re both derived from the same plant, they have the same mind altering effects. However, CBD alone can’t get you high.
It’s non-intoxicating, so you won’t get “high.”
Related article: Is CBD Addictive?
CBD oil products are mostly derived from hemp, since hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC, by law. Several states have only legalized hemp derived CBD oil. According to the law, these products should not have more than 0.3% THC.
Again, that amount of THC isn’t enough to cause any psychoactive effects.
Can CBD Oil Make You Feel Euphoric?
No, it cannot. This is largely because of how cannabidiol interacts with CB receptors within our body.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors. CBD products might be capable of reducing the ability of other cannabinoids, including THC, to bind to CB1 receptors.
That can actually lead to a reduction in the intoxicating effects that THC may cause. It can also lead to an increase in the number of circulating cannabinoids.
According to a 2018 review in Surgical Neurology International, it was found that CBD oil products may help reduce inflammation in the brain through indirect binding with CB2 receptors, not the CB1 receptors that have the ability to get you high.
Risks and Side Effects of CBD Oils
CBD reacts differently from person to person.
The majority of people usually experience beneficial results from the compound, but there’s a slight chance it can also lead to adverse side effects for others. While these side effects aren’t necessarily horrible, they still offer discomfort.
For this reason, it’s important to consult your healthcare providers before you decide to start using CBD oils.
Some of these side effects of CBD include:
● Higher risk of sedation, or drowsiness
● Drowsiness and fatigue
My CBD Oil Makes Me High – Why?
If you bought hemp-derived CBD oil, and you got high, it is because the CBD oil was mislabeled. Since it isn’t possible for CBD to get people high, there must have been a larger amount of THC in that product than allowed by law.
Unfortunately, there are some instances where people bought products like these and didn’t realize it. This is why we cannot stress enough that you need to buy CBD from only reputable organizations. Just because something is super cheap, or looks fancy, doesn’t mean it is a great product – especially in this industry.
THC largely comes from marijuana, which is a controlled substance in the United States by federal law. Prior to 2018, hemp and marijuana were considered the same thing.
However, in 2018, Congress lifted the prohibition on hemp derived CBD, and other hemp derived products. This made CBD legal. They distinguished a difference between hemp and marijuana.
Therefore, CBD that’s derived from hemp is legal in the United States – unless it’s outlawed at the state level.
According to the law in states where recreational or medical marijuana is legal, all CBD products are not allowed to have more than 0.3% THC. You can also find CBD derived from marijuana, which will most likely get you high.
The Laws Surrounding Hemp CBD Oil
Hemp has a rather interesting history. Did you know that even though hemp is completely non-intoxicating, it was criminalized in 1970 via the Controlled Substances Act?
People assumed that since hemp looked like marijuana, and smelled like marijuana, that is should be banned. While they do look strikingly similar (look at the picture below), they are different.
As you now know, they are very different plants.
It took 48 years for hemp to become removed from this list of controlled substances. The Farm Bill of 2018 (also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act) legalized hemp and hemp derived products. This legislative act makes most CBD legal, as long as it comes from hemp.
Can CBD Oil Get You High? Only if it Contains Illegal Amounts of THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary cannabinoid found in the marijuana plant. THC is the primary psychoactive compound people feel the effects from when smoking marijuana.
It usually binds with CB1 (cannabinoid 1) cannabinoid receptors that are found in the brain and are associated with inflammation, pain sensation, memory, learning, and movement.
These are part of a complex bodily system called the endocannabinoid system. Taking CBD can offer positive effects that are because of this system.
Apart from the CB1 receptors, it also binds with CB2 receptors that are found in the hippocampus and brainstem of the central nervous system. They are linked to emotions and memory.
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Other endocannabinoid system cells that contain CB2 receptors include: bone cells, immune cells, spleen, and liver. One of the reasons why THC produces very powerful psychological and physical effects is because of the widespread distribution of cannabinoid receptors.
The most common effects of the compound are the psychoactive effects when consumed via recreational marijuana. THC gives you a “high”, which is an altered state of mind where you feel pleasure, euphoria, and sometimes increased sensory perception.
The main difference between the two cannabinoids is that CBD doesn’t cause a “high” like THC. CBD is used by many because of all the benefits it offers.
It helps with conditions such as depression and anxiety. If your goal is to get “high,” then CBD won’t work for you.
Why Does THC Make You High?
Information provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, when THC binds to CB1 receptors, it stimulates a dopamine release after activating the brain’s reward system.
When there’s a sudden rush of dopamine, you experience a euphoric “high”, associated with recreational use of marijuana. Other common effects associated with THC include:
Comparing Hemp and Marijuana
Both the cannabis and hemp plant contain both THC and CBD together, along with over 540 other substances like terpenes and essential oils.
The main difference is the amount of THC and CBD present in each plant. Cannabis has three standard varieties: indica, ruderalis, and sativa.
A range of hybrid plants exist which also have properties from these strains. Those types of cannabis plants usually have much higher and varying levels of THC compared to hemp plants.
Marijuana plants contain MUCH more THC, as well as less CBD in comparison to hemp. However, over the years, those ratios have substantially changed.
The average potency of marijuana plants has risen from 4% in 1995, to near 28% in 2020. The average CBD levels in marijuana had dropped from 0.28% in 2001 to less than 0.15% in 2014.
This is because people who produce marijuana to get you high aren’t as concerned with CBD, since CBD does not get you high. Hemp, on the other hand, is a specific variety of cannabis plants. Hemp has been grown for centuries and people use it to make food, ropes, sails, clothes and a wide variety of other items.
Industrial hemp has been popular in the United States for a long time. The 2018 Farm Bill considers sativa plants with less than 0.3% THC as industrial hemp.