Does CBD Oil Get You High?

CBD oil has grown in popularity recently.  Since CBD oil is derived from the hemp and cannabis plant, people wonder if it can get them high the same way marijuana does. Before trying CBD oil, it is important to understand what it is and its effects.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD stands for cannabinol. It is naturally found in cannabis and hemp plants. People infuse many different things with CBD oil. This could include vaping oils, lotions, body oils, edibles, balms, and more!

Does it Get You High?

No!  CBD oil does not cause people to get high.  The World Health Organization states that it is safe to use.  People describe that they enjoy how calm CBD oil can make them feel, instead of feeling a high.

CBD is not the same thing as THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a different cannabinoid, can cause the “high” we associate with marijuana.  Be careful not to confuse the two! People might confuse them because they are both found in the same plants. CBD oil by itself cannot get people high, but some products containing CBD oil with substances that do include THC do have the potential to get people who use them high. Make sure your CBD oil products only contain CBD.

Of course, it is still important to be safe and only consume recommended amounts.  While it does not get people high, some people have experienced side effects from large doses. This could include nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, fatigue, or dizziness.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before you try any new product, such as CBD. This is especially important if you are currently taking any prescription medicines. The FDA warns that CBD could potentially cause a negative interaction when used with other medications. It may also cause liver injury or damage male fertility.

What are the Benefits of CBD Oil?

Many people believe that CBD oil makes them feel good and relaxed. Instead of the high caused by THC, CBD is popular for health and wellness benefits.  Studies show that CBD oil can help ease anxiety and depression symptoms.  Further research suggests that it can be used to treat inflammation and painCBD may also help treat stress and insomnia.  Some doctors have even found success using CBD oil to treat epilepsy and schizophrenia.

Currently, the FDA has approved one medical CBD product called Epidiolex. This prescription drug treats some forms of epilepsy.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Yes! However, only for certain types of CBD.

In 2018, Congress voted against the prohibition of hemp plants. This means that CBD from hemp is legal in the United States. This federal law approval is only for products containing THC levels of less than 0.3%. This only includes CBD oil derived from industrial hemp, not cannabis.  However, CBD oil may be illegal depending on which state you are in. Keep this in mind when traveling.

In Pennsylvania, purchasing CBD oil is legal if the product meets state regulations. CBD oil made from hemp can be purchased in many stores across the state, such as vape shops.  You may see some stores dedicated entirely to CBD products. People with medical marijuana cards can purchase CBD oil from cannabis plants in state-licensed dispensaries. Cannabis for recreational use is still illegal in the state of Pennsylvania.

CBD oil will not get you high, but instead can lead to some calming effects.  Talk to your doctor today if you think CBD oil is something you would like to try.

 

Resources

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24923339/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5101100/

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/statement-fda-commissioner-scott-gottlieb-md-signing-agriculture-improvement-act-and-agencys

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/what-you-need-know-and-what-were-working-find-out-about-products-containing-cannabis-or-cannabis#:~:text=The%20FDA%20has%20approved%20only,it%20as%20a%20dietary%20supplement.