There is no question about it: This is a scary moment in world history. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to circle its way around the world, killing thousands and sickening hundreds of thousands. Sadly, it may be some time before this epidemic truly ends.
You might be looking for something to help you maintain your health at this time.
You might be looking at CBD.
However, because CBD is so new, there are many questions that still remain about the compound. One of them is whether or not CBD will get someone high.
So, Does CBD Oil Get You High?
Unquestionably, no. CBD does not get you high.
People continue to believe that CBD will get them high because CBD is a distant cousin of THC. However,CBD is a specific type of cannabinoid that is found in CBD oil. Cannabinoids come from the cannabis plant, which produces over 100 types of cannabinoids. CBD is one of the more common types of cannabinoids. So is THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the cannabinoid that gets people high.
However, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, for CBD to be legally manufactured, purchased and consumed, it must contain less than .3% THC. That amount is well below what is necessary to get anyone intoxicated; it is common for marijuana that is available today to have 20% or more THC.
It’s also important to note that CBD does not contain any intoxicating components. While some users do report drowsiness as a side effect, there is nothing intoxicating about CBD oil.
Why Does This Myth Persist?
Simply put, people don’t understand the difference between CBD and THC. Both are cannabinoids, but both have dramatically different impacts on you and your body.
What makes this myth even more frustrating is that many types of CBD do not have any THC. Broadly speaking, there are three types of CBD: Isolate, Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum. Isolate is CBD alone, with no other cannabinoids present. Full Spectrum CBD does have low amounts of THC, while Broad Spectrum has all the ingredients of Full Spectrum, minus the THC. Proponents of Full Spectrum CBD have said that THC is a critical ingredient in the Entourage Effect, which is the idea that CBD oil must contain all of its naturally occurring components – including THC – in order to be effective.