I can confidently tell you NO to CBD getting you “high”. In no way does CBD negatively alter your mind or mental processes in a psychoactive way. However, a common misconception among consumers is that CBD produces a psychoactive high because it is derived from cannabis plants. Although CBD produces some noticeable effects, it does not make people feel high like other cannabinoids do, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is mainly found in marijuana.
What about CBD oil that has THC in it?
First and foremost, I think it is important to understand that you are not going to get high by eating a freshly picked hemp leaf...ever! When hemp is harvested in its raw form, no matter how much potential, there is no psychoactive cannabinoids, (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) that is most commonly referred to as “THC”. It is not until hemp is dried and exposed to heat where delta-9 THC becomes active. One of the main differences between hemp and marijuana is the amount of THC found in the plant. Hemp will have 0.3% or less of THC, which is the legal limit in most states.
Full-spectrum CBD oil products that contain 0.3% THC or less may produce more of a pronounced effect; however, there is not enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects; the CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids will essentially outweigh the traces of THC. When looking at a CBD product it is important to look at the COA (certificate of analysis) and verify that the delta-9 THC content is less than the 0.3% or less. If your product label does not have a link to a COA or it cannot be easily found on a website, I would caution the use of that CBD product, as it could potentially have more THC in it than you want.
What about water soluble CBD products?
Water soluble products are made from the same type of hemp plant, using similar extraction method to produce the same oil, and goes through the same distillation process as straight CBD oil.
These water soluble products go through an additional process that breaks the oil particles into really small particles (called nanoemulsification) that allows the water soluble CBD to dissolve in water. Again, it uses that same oil, it is just processed differently to give users better absorption into the body.
Therefore, the same principles apply to water soluble CBD products. As long as they are derived from hemp and have a COA to verify the results, they should have 0.3% of THC or less in order to be legal in most states, as well as, to not produce a psychoactive effect.
There seems to be a lot of hearsay when it comes to CBD oil and whether or not it gets you high. Remember, the CBD cannabinoid does not get you high! CBD oil has a lot of great potential medicinal benefits and there is plenty of evidence it helps people all over the world cope with an array of ailments. CBD is naturally non-psychoactive, and if anything, you may feel more calm when taking CBD as it’s effects are more relaxing vs feeling high.