The short answer is no.
CBD is naturally non-intoxicating. Its effects are more relaxing than high-inducing.
Not only will Cannabidiol (CBD) not get you high, but it, in fact, counteracts the high-inducing effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound which is notorious for getting people high.
Let’s dive into details about why CBD doesn’t get you high:
THC vs. CBD
Both CBD and THC are naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis and hemp plant, called cannabinoids. However, THC differs from CBD in that it has psychoactive effects, such as paranoia, forgetfulness, pleasure, euphoria or heightened sensory perception, which we commonly consider a “high.”
Hemp-derived CBD products greatly differ from marijuana-derived CBD products owing to the difference in their cannabinoid content. Hemp has high concentrations of CBD and low concentrations of THC. Conversely, marijuana contains low levels of CBD and high levels of THC.
THC triggers a dopamine release in the brain, which is the source of the positive emotions associated with getting high. Moreover, THC also impacts appetite, emotion, cognition and conscious thought.
CBD products sold recreationally contain no more than 0.3% THC and these trace amounts don’t produce the same psychoactive high like marijuana (which can contain 100 times as much THC).
Some research-backed uses of CBD suggest that it may make you feel relaxed. While CBD can be considered “psychoactive”, the key distinguishing factor is that CBD is non-intoxicating. In fact, in a 2017 report on CBD, WHO found that while THC impairs psychomotor abilities and cognitive performance, studies have shown that even high doses of oral CBD don’t have the same high-inducing effects as THC.
To get technical here, the reason why CBD doesn’t make you high and THC does has to do with the way CBD binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system— a specialized system that regulates the function of sleep, pain, appetite, and immune system.
THC activates our CB1 receptors that are associated with euphoria and relaxation, while CBD is a CB1 antagonist, which is why it actually modulates or blocks THC’s intoxicating effects.
CBD Health Benefits
CBD is associated with physical and mental health and wellness.
So, if you’re eager to pop a CBD gummy before starting a stressful day (first make sure it’s legal in your state), the good news is that you won’t have to stress about it making you seem stoned. It may not cure your anxiety right away, but it’ll help you relax—without the dry mouth, munchies, and paranoia!
Moreover, CBD has even shown to help reduce chronic pain.