Can You Get High From CBD Oil?

If you’re new to CBD oil, one of the first things you may be wondering if you can get high from CBD oil. And given that CBD is derived from hemp, a member of the cannabis family, this is an understandable question.

Luckily, it’s a pretty simple answer.

There is a lot of misinformation floating around out there so it’s important that you get the facts and make truly informed decisions.

Here’s what you need to know about CBD oil and whether or not it will make you high. 

CBD vs. THC: Understanding Your Cannabinoids

Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis sativa family. While marijuana has been bred for its psychoactive properties, hemp has been developed to be woody and fibrous, making it ideal for use in the manufacturing industry.

There are well over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis and the two most commonly understood are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both CBD and THC interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a wealth of beneficial effects.  THC, however, is the cannabinoid that causes the “high” associated with smoking marijuana. [x]

The intoxicating high experienced when using marijuana comes from the THC triggering a dopamine release. Dopamine, when released in large amounts, creates feelings of pleasure. And that isn’t the only thing that THC does in the brain, it also has an effect on the hypothalamus creating hunger; on the basal ganglia affecting cognition; on the neocortex impacting conscious thought; on the cerebellum influencing sensory perception.[x]

Biologically, there are differences between marijuana and hemp plants. Marijuana is very high in THC while hemp is low in THC. Producers of CBD oil have further cultivated hemp to be rich in CBD and have little to no THC content. Not only does this allow for easier access to the potential health benefits of the hemp plant, but it also allows those plants to fit the qualifications for legal hemp.

The 2018 Farm Bill established that hemp must have no more than .3% THC on a dry weight basis. This means that in order to meet federal regulations, all hemp plants must contain less than .3% THC.

Both THC and CBD are being formally assessed to better understand what has been known anecdotally for centuries. New scientific reports and data are being published all the time. Research is still trying to catch up with the popularity of CBD oil because, until recently, it was incredibly difficult to legally source and administer cannabinoids for testing purposes. Thankfully, the majority of states have now allowed the sale of cannabis for recreational or medical use, allowing researchers to take a closer look at their potential uses and benefits. 

Intoxicant or Psychoactive?

Unlike marijuana, CBD oil will not get you high, but its a little more complicated than that. Though not intoxicating, CBD oil is still a psychoactive substance.


Here’s an easy explanation:

An intoxicant relates to any substance that creates a state in which the user experiences decreased physical or mental ability. Alcohol, recreational drugs, and THC are all examples of intoxicants.

A psychoactive relates to any substance that creates a state in which the user experiences a changed mental state. This can occur either through impacts on the brain itself or the function of the central nervous system. Chocolate, caffeine, and CBD are all examples of psychoactive compounds.

So while the term “psychoactive” may seem an intimidating label when attached to CBD oil, the truth is that the terminology simply refers to the fact that CBD has the ability to cross the blood/brain barrier. In fact, many psychoactive substances produce positive changes to mental state, while intoxicants can have the opposite effect.

In short, CBD oil is psychoactive, but it definitely won’t get you high.

Choosing your cannabinoid source

To create CBD oil, it undergoes a process of isolation and extraction from the plant. This allows for the creation of an end product with no more than trace amounts of THC (<0.3%).

During this process, some of the other beneficial compounds in the plant are also removed.

Cannabis plants contain a range of cannabinoids, as well as terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. When used together, the create something known as the entourage effect which means that each element is more effective together than it is on its own.

Purchasing a full spectrum CBD oil product will allow you to retain these additional compounds while still consuming only trace amounts of THC.

A CBD isolate, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like. It is pure CBD, isolated from all other compounds in the plant.

Whether you opt for a CBD isolate or a full spectrum product, you can reap the many potential benefits of CBD oil including relief of pain and inflammation, improvement of anxiety, insomnia and a range of other ailments.

Should you try CBD oil?

If you’re considering using CBD oil, it’s important to understand where the law stands on CBD in your state. While the majority of states have legalized CBD oil, there are a few outliers which require either a prescription or have a complete ban on all cannabis products. Do your research before making a purchase.

While the research is far from being definitive, what we know so far about CBD is that it is free of the negative elements of THC. The World Health Organization (WHO) have published a report stating that CBD is widely well tolerated, safe, and free of addictive properties.

With all of this in mind, if you are unhappy with the way you are managing your condition, or feel that your health could be improved by the properties of CBD, there’s never been a better time to seek treatment.

Speak with your doctor to discuss how CBD oil can help, together you can make an informed decision and plan for the future. Although safe to use, CBD oil has been shown to interact with some medications so it is always best to get the all-clear first. 

Green Door CBD believes in providing only high-quality, organic, CBD oil products from the most trusted brands in the business. Once you have talked to your doctor and are ready to shop, check out the curated range of organic CBD products in our store