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Does CBD Get You High?

Does CBD get you high? Cannabidiol is only one compound found in cannabis, and many people like yourself are finding the answer here.
Jason L is a 1st time father to a bouncing baby boy, and long time cannabis enthusiast.

Written By Jason L

On November 12, 2017

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In exploring the question: does cbd get you high, we need to make a determination. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoids that are naturally produced by the cannabis plant for reproductive purposes.

Because of the way CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system, it does not affect your body the way THC does. This means that it won’t cause a euphoric psychoactive effect, and does not get you high. The World Health Organization describes substances that are psychoactive to mean:

Psychoactive substances are substances that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes, e.g. cognition or affect. This term and its equivalent, psychotropic drug, are the most neutral and descriptive term for the whole class of substances, licit and illicit, of interest to drug policy. ‘Psychoactive’ does not necessarily imply dependence-producing, and in common parlance, the term is often left unstated, as in ‘drug use’ or ‘substance abuse’

Cannabis is generally called either marijuana or hemp. Both plants have varying degrees of THC. Hemp, however, produces such a low quantity of THC that it is extremely unlikely that you will feel a high. Generally, a hemp plant has less than 0.3% THC by dry weight after harvest, and that is very little!

An oil with only CBD in it, by itself, cannot get you high. Cannabidiol is merely one of the cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp. Some others are CBC, CBG, THC, THCA and there are others. A hemp extract with all of it’s compounds is considered to be a full spectrum product.

CBD is not what gets someone ‘high’. THC is the psychotropic compound in cannabis plants that causes a ‘high’ or an euphoric effect.

To find what the real answer to “Does CBD Get You High?” is, we will delve a little deeper into what does and does not produce a ‘high’.


There are several types of cannabinoid receptors in the body: CB1 and CB2, among others. While both cannabinoids, CBD and THC, have an impact upon these sites on our cells, THC is the only one that truly binds to them.

THC binds to the CB1 sites of the endocannabinoid system, which are primarily found in the brain. The CB1 receptors are generally associated with motor activity, thinking, short term memory, and appetite. This is why these side effects affect those particular aspects of our experience, including the munchies!

On the other hand, CBD does not directly bind with the CB receptors, thus does not have the same impact on our perceptions.

What We Carry

Here at Wellspring CBD, we sell ONLY CBD products that have been extracted from hemp. The hemp that is used in all the products we carry may contain trace amounts of THC. It will not enough to cause any ‘high’. This means that using any of these products will give you a sense of well being without the munchies!

Conversely, one can get CBD Oil that is extracted from marijuana that will most likely have a higher quantity of THC. Unless the CBD Oil is from a specialty strain, the level of THC is most likely going to be high enough to cause someone to get ‘high’, assuming enough is used.

The Lowdown

So, does CBD get you high? The short answer is: No.

Let’s face it, while some people enjoy being ‘high’ occasionally, a large number of folks do not want to walk around in this state all day long. The effects of CBD Oil from hemp allows people to receive the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) without being ‘high’.

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