Can CBD Get You High?

Cannabis Sativa plant outdoors

Posted on June 4th, 2020

CBD is a compound that exists in cannabis plants. Research shows that CBD can offer users some therapeutic benefits. And, unlike its cannabinoid cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) is regulated differently thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, since it doesn’t cause intoxicating effects. Even better? In most U.S. locations you can buy CBD without a prescription.

Keep in mind that while THC comes from marijuana plants and CBD comes from industrial hemp plants, both botanicals share the same plant species. And that species is the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. So, what’s the real difference between marijuana and hemp? The answer is simple: we breed industrial hemp for its thick and heavy stalks, because, for centuries, we’ve used the stalk fibers to make rope, paper, sails, and clothing. Over the years of breeding, the hemp plant has developed lower THC concentrations, even in the flowering portions of the cannabis plant, which contains most of the cannabinoids.

Basically, through years of selective breeding, marijuana plants gained distinction from hemp plants through this cannabinoid concentration. We label plants with high THC concentration as marijuana, preferred by breeders for their lush and heavy flowers (buds). (Most marijuana plants have a low Cannabidiol concentration because breeders have selected strains with low CBD concentrations since cannabidiol could moderate the THC ‘high’). In contrast, we label plants with low THC concentrations as hemp, preferred by breeders for their high CBD concentration, and for their additional applications.  

Now, CBD oil can change the way you feel. You will likely experience noticeable sensations in your body when you use these products. But here’s the crucial difference: while THC products will make you high, you should carefully choose your CBD products to ensure a legal threshold of THC at 0.3% or less. Keep in mind, the key to this difference is carefully choosing your CBD products from verified companies. Be sure to look for the Certificate of Analysis (COA) that outlines the cannabinoid profile or potency. 

Why Do People Think You Can Get High on CBD?

As we just reviewed, both CBD and THC are naturally found in Cannabis Sativa L. plants. Typically, CBD can be isolated from the THC compound and the cannabis plant. People infuse CBD into edibles, oils, tinctures, and other products, leaving behind that high-inducing THC. The high is typically experienced with THC levels above 1%, and some plant species can contain up to or around 30% THC. You will not find that level of THC in hemp plants. 

Still, because both THC and CBD come from cannabis plants, many individuals assume that CBD induces the same effects as marijuana. But, here’s the good news: they’re wrong! On its own, CBD is nonintoxicating and won’t cause you to feel “high.” 

Once again, this goes back to where you source your Cannabidiol product. Since you can derive it from industrial hemp plants, you don’t have to worry about THC concentrations exceeding the legal threshold. Because as we reviewed, hemp is bred for low THC concentrations, which means that hemp-derived CBD causes NO psychoactive effects. In fact, when we talk about legal CBD products, we’re talking about hemp-derived products. That’s because, by law, these products may not have a THC concentration exceeding 0.3% derived from hemp plants with 0.3% at dry weight biomass. So, when you purchase legal CBD products, you are getting a product without enough THC to induce any psychoactive symptoms.

Will You Get High From Using CBD Oil?

Once we extract it from hemp plants, we can add CBD to a wide range of products. These products include lotions, salve, tinctures, capsules, and our Tanasi water-soluble drink concentrate. And it is a very popular form because it’s so versatile: you can add it to drinks (water-soluble preferred), vape pens, and food, or you can take it sublingually (under your tongue). 

You may notice that these products are advertised as natural treatments for lowering your anxiety or helping you relax. Indeed, research shows that CBD may be able to alleviate some symptoms of depression and anxiety. But it does so without the high-inducing effects of marijuana. 

Now, when you take it in higher than recommended concentrations, you may experience an uplifting effect. But that is not the same as a psychoactive “high” feeling. Furthermore, taking high doses might give you side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea. And, in that case, you might not have that “uplifting” effect at all. It’s a balance, as cannabidiol has also been known to alleviate nausea. This is why we suggest experimenting with these products. 

The Cannabidiolic-acid (CBDA) that we also include in our Tanasi patent-pending University developed formula. CBDA is not THC and does not induce a psychotropic high. 

Man in green shirt smiling and holding Tanasi CBD tinctureTHC vs. CBD: More About Their Differences?

The close relationship between THC and CBD is why most people ask whether CBD can get you high. So, before you take a close look at their differences, it is crucial to understand CBD and THC’s similarities.

Here’s the story: both THC and CBD are compounds known as cannabinoids. We find cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. And, we can find similar compounds, known as endocannabinoids, occurring naturally in our bodies. We can already identify more than 100 known cannabinoids in cannabis plants, and more are being discovered. There are benefits identified with Full Spectrum hemp extracts that include all of these cannabinoids at various levels per Cannabis Sativa L. species. In general, each cannabinoid has different effects that occur because of their interaction with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS).

As research advances, we gain more evidence on Cannabidiol benefits. We have identified an optimal formula of CBDA and CBD at a one-to-one formulation. This is what separates Tanasi hemp-extracted products from other CBD products. Current science suggests that its use might enhance relaxation, positively impact your stress and mood levels, soothe sore joints and muscles, and promote a sense of calm. Our CBDA/CBD formula is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory solution when compared to CBD alone. 

In contrast, THC brings intoxicating or psychoactive “high” effects to your body. And, with those effects, you may experience anxiety when you use THC, along with an altered conscious perception, introspection, and euphoria. Because of THC’s strong effects, CBD’s benefits have often been overshadowed, and many people get confused about their differences. Some have recently identified that CBD actually interacts with THC to bring down the psychotropic effects. This is also why some THC products do not include CBD because the goal of taking THC products is to get to the psychotropic effect. 

Hemp vs. Marijuana: What’s the Difference?

Generally speaking, a marijuana-derived product is quite different from a hemp-derived product. The primary reason for their difference begins with the contents of the marijuana and hemp plants. 

Although marijuana and hemp versions of the Cannabis Sativa L. plants share most of the same compounds and have a similar appearance, smell, and grow in similar ways, they’re quite different when it comes to their cannabinoid concentrations. Typically, hemp plants are packed with high cannabinoid profiles like CBDA, CBD, CBG, CBGA, THCA concentrations, and relatively low THC concentrations (under 0.3%). 

On the other hand, marijuana plants have high THC levels and relatively low levels of CBD. So, if you do not wish to get high, it’s best to source your CBD product from hemp plants. Some legal marijuana states create or manufacture CBD products from marijuana plants and remove the THC through extraction and processing. 

Not sure where to start? At Tanasi, all of our products feature hemp-extracted concentrations of CBDA and CBD. You can find more information on our products by visiting our product section

Health Uses and Impacts of CBD

Do your research and you’ll discover many suggested benefits of CBD use. Evidence suggests that it can help you feel relaxed. Although that can feel somewhat like a high, it is not intoxicating. According to research, CBD is also useful for relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety. It may also help fight inflammation in your body, and when you have relief from inflammation you find enjoyment. 

Some individuals and children with a history of epilepsy can find relief from seizures by using Cannabidiol products. That’s why the FDA has approved a CBD-based medication for treating a rare form of childhood epilepsy. In addition, Cannabidiol has proven to be a means for doctors to aid people with schizophrenia and prevent the adverse effects of certain antipsychotic medications. These are all early studies, and much more data is needed from this plant that has been out of our hands for almost 90 years. 

What’s more, individuals who utilize CBD-rich marijuana strains might be able to avoid THC-induced psychosis, which is a potential side effect of this drug. With more research into hemp- and cannabis-derived CBD products, healthcare providers and doctors will gain more insight into how CBD works and who may gain the most benefit from CBD use. We have confidence in our Tanasi CBDA/CBD patent-pending University developed formula. We know that inflammation is addressed, and autophagy is increased. Autophagy is the body’s process of removing dead cells that are waste and need to be removed the CBDA/CBD formula helps with this activity, and we have proven it. 

Does CBD Carry Side Effects?

Based on the information provided by the WHO (World Health Organization), Cannabidiol is completely safe. Nonetheless, more research is required to have a better understanding of the full spectrum of possible uses and effects. 

Though uncommon, some people may experience side effects after its use, particularly at high concentrations. In general, these side effects may include:

  • dry mouth
  • excessive fatigue
  • dizziness
  • mild nausea
  • diarrhea

Make sure that you consult your doctor before taking any Cannabidiol products to ensure it is right for you, and to make sure it will not interact with any of your current medications. Specific medicines might become less beneficial if taken with CBD. What’s more, they could interact and result in unintended side effects. Blood thinners are a known conflict with CBD products because of the natural anti-inflammatory effects. You would not take an anti-inflammatory with your blood thinner, and the same reason why you should not take CBD products if you take a blood thinner. 

Is Using CBD Products Legal?

According to U.S. federal law, cannabis is a controlled substance. However, in December 2018, Congress lifted prohibitions on hemp plant products. That means that, in the United States, hemp-derived Cannabidiol products are legal unless banned at the state level. 

As we mentioned earlier, legal Cannabidiol products cannot exceed 0.3% THC concentration. In states where recreational marijuana or medical marijuana is legal, then marijuana-derived products might also be available. However, CBD-to-THC ratios will differ by product.

Tanasi patent-pending University developed CBDA/CBD products start with testing the dry weight biomass to ensure the plant grown is under the 0.3% THC threshold. 

Tanasi CBD tincture over coffee cupHow Much Should You Take?

When it comes to using CBD products, every person is different. Some people need a considerably higher dose to experience an effect they seek. Meanwhile, others require a small serving size to start enjoying the product’s benefits. Many people have appreciated the science behind the Tanasi brand products because of the patent-pending University developed formula. We have confidence with scientific discovery that CBDA/CBD formulation at a one-to-one ration works better than CBD alone. 

For those who are new to CBD, you can check out our variety of Tanasi products to find out which product works best for you. Begin with the lowest recommended dose for your height and weight, as suggested on your product of choice. For beginners, a good place to begin will be in the range of 5mg to 25mg and work your way up or down based on user experience.  Ideally, you’ll stick to that dose for at least three days, and adjust accordingly. At that point, if you’re still not seeing the results you’d expect, it’s a good idea to gradually increase your dose. Start week by week until you find the optimal intake for your specific needs. 

How Long Will It Last?

Generally speaking, the duration of Cannabidiol products’ effects will rely on how much you are using, as well as your specific tolerance to it. If you need help determining your ideal dose, explore the printed guidelines on your product label, and follow the dosing guidelines we just reviewed. All Tanasi products come with a product insert to help you understand your dosing suggestions. Just remember, every person is different, so every user’s experience will be unique. 

Conclusion

Although Cannabidiol can be obtained from a Cannabis Sativa L. plant, it does not have the same ability to induce a state of euphoria or a “high” as THC or marijuana does. It might help you feel less anxious or more relaxed. However, you won’t get high by choosing to take a CBD-infused edible, tincture, oil, or other product like a lotion or salve. In fact, when you take CBD from THC-rich cannabis products, that CBD might reduce how much of a high you have from the THC. Keep in mind, only states with laws that allow for higher levels of THC have CBD products with THC levels greater than 0.3%. 

Do you have more inquiries regarding our products or Cannabidiol? Call us during business hours, and our skilled Tanasi customer care team can assist in any of your remaining questions.

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