Can CBD get you high?

Friday May 14, 2021

We are often asked “Can CBD get you high?” Some people who might be able to benefit from the products are hesitant to investigate further because they are concerned that they could get them high. Let us explain why this is not the case, and how consuming or using CBD alone will not produce the intoxication associated with cannabis use.

Why CBD won’t get you high

CBD is a natural chemical extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant and is entirely different from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Whether extracted from hemp or other varieties of the cannabis plant, CBD does not affect the brain and body in the way that THC does.

The NHS says, “CBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis that has medical benefits. It will not get you high, because it does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis that makes you high.”

CBD is safe, not addictive and legal

CBD, by itself, does not appear to be addictive. In a 2017 Pre-Review Report, the World Health Organization (WHO) asserted “evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.”

In the UK and the EU, the hemp plants that are used to make CBD oil undergo a full testing and regulatory process. CBD products sold in the UK need to contain 0.2% THC or less to be legal. This means that any oil extracted from these plants will have little to no THC and will not make you feel high, even if you use a large dose.

As CBD is a non-intoxicating product, it is legal to drive after taking CBD oil.

CBD users can be further reassured as it has recently been classified under the UK’s Novel Foods Act (as of March 2021), ensuring the industry is being regulated to protect end users.

Sativa Gold products use a strain of hemp plants that are naturally high in CBD and low in THC and all are produced to exacting, industry leading standards and comply with UK (and EU) law.

How CBD works in your body and differs from THC

CBD is entirely different from THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, which produces the strong psychoactive effects of being ‘high’

CBD is a cannabinoid chemical which interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS plays a major role in balancing our bodily functions including pain, sleep, mood, metabolism and the immune system.

Whilst the benefits of CBD are not yet medically proven, a number of studies indicate it has a range of wellness benefits from aiding sleep to providing relief from anxiety, pain, depression and inflammation.

Research on cannabinoids led to the discovery of two different types of receptors in the brain: CB1, located in the brain and nervous system and CB2 which is found throughout our organs.

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse says that THC overwhelms the ECS system and causes a high by binding to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors and interfering with the ability of natural cannabinoids to function properly.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and does not bind to either CB1 or CB2 receptors. The results of a small 2016 study of 31 adults showed that while active THC produced substantial physical and physiological effects such as rapid heart rate and euphoria, CBD did not affect heart rate, blood pressure or cognitive function. CBD also performed similarly to a placebo on self-reported feelings of intoxication. Whereas the THC group reported feeling euphoric and sedated.

What to consider

CBD is taken for a wide range of different reasons. You may be looking for pain relief or it might be help with sleep, anxiety, depression or acne, or simply for general wellness. Sativa Gold products suit different needs and preferences, from an oil or capsule you take by mouth to the luxurious creams you apply to your skin to target relief where you need it most.

We recommend speaking to your doctor or healthcare provider before using CBD. When taking other medications, it is wise to consider potential drug interactions.

Everyone is different and the right dosage for you will depend on your weight, susceptibility, and the level and type of relief you are seeking.

A good place to start is with our lowest dose CBD oil.