The Quick Answer:
Question: Can CBD oil get you high?
No, CBD is naturally non-psychoactive. You may, however, feel more relaxed, which some people also associate with being “high.”
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CBD vs. THC
A common worry for those considering using CBD oil products to benefit from their positive influences on health is the possibility of getting high. So, let’s talk about the difference between CBD and THC.
CBD is one of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD may positively impact stress and mood as well as muscle soreness, provide sleep support, enhance skin health and even calm down your pet. Research into CBD’s effects in these areas has snowballed in recent years. While the links between CBD and this plethora of benefits are not yet conclusive, cannabidiol research is positive and is continually uncovering more and more supportive evidence. We cover the latest developments together with case studies in our blog.
However, although there is a lot of positive research surrounding CBD oil effects, it is sometimes overshadowed by the information we hear about THC, another compound found in the cannabis plant. THC has psychotropic properties and is associated with feelings of sedation, anxiety, elation, relaxation, and sometimes hallucinations and delusions, among other effects (1).
The fact that THC and CBD are closely linked leads people to question, “Can CBD oil get you high?” Additionally, as THC products are illegal in most places, confusing CBD with THC can cause worry.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
To fully understand why you won’t get high from CBD, you need to know that CBD oil can be made from both hemp and marijuana.
CBD is, in fact, totally legal when extracted from industrial hemp, which is the source of CBD for all our CBD supplements. When you choose CBD oil made from hemp, you will only get negligible levels of THC (<0.3%), because hemp is grown and used for its sturdy stalks and low levels of THC. So, no, you will not get high when consuming products made from industrial hemp.
However, CBD can also be found in marijuana. This may or may not be legal, depending on where you live. If you decided to get products made from marijuana, you may get varying levels of THC and CBD. This is totally up to the dispensary. So, if you are concerned about getting high, you may want to avoid products made from marijuana unless you can confirm the quantities of CBD and THC. This can be done by third-party lab testing, and any self-respecting company should be checking their products for heavy metals, mold, pesticides and cannabinoid levels.
So, while THC is found in high quantities in marijuana and low quantities in hemp, the reverse is true for CBD. The CBD in CBD oil is most often extracted from hemp as opposed to marijuana since it is naturally higher in CBD and low in THC.
The short answer to the question, “Can CBD get you high?” is no, it can’t. The reason for this is that the process of extracting CBD oil is unlikely to produce oil with high levels THC, and CBD on its own doesn’t get you high.
Next, we’ll take a closer look at the production of CBD oil to make this clearer. We’ll review what the research says about CBD, and we’ll answer a few more frequently asked questions, such as, “can CBD relax you?” Spoiler alert: Yes, it can.
How CBD Oil Is Made
Hemp plants that are used to extract CBD for CBD oil are specifically bred to contain the highest concentrations of CBD and the lowest concentrations of THC. Growers take advantage of the fact that hemp is naturally high in CBD and breed the plants to enhance this factor.
While marijuana contains around 5-10% THC, hemp only contains around a tenth of that, .05-1% (2). Levels this low can be considered negligible. THC is found concentrated in the buds of the cannabis plant, but hemp is bred to grow without these THC-containing buds. Its height also proves useful as hemp stalks are used when creating the oil.
A CBD oil extract is created through one of three methods: by pushing CO2 through the plant at high pressures or by using ethanol or a carrier oil. All three methods of making CBD oil rely on extracting CBD from the hemp plant in a close-to-pure form with a zero to negligible trace of THC. We prefer to use the CO2 method because it’s clean and doesn’t leave behind any nasty byproducts, which you can sometimes get when using ethanol or oils.
Now we know how CBD oil is made and why it’s produced with little to no THC. Next, let’s review the research around CBD.
Promising Scientific Research for CBD
The use of CBD to provide a plethora of benefits has hugely grown in popularity over recent years, and so has the research. Recently, a paper was published reviewing the therapeutic uses of cannabinoids, giving special attention to CBD. The paper claims CBD to be non-psychotropic and to have implications for inflammation (3).
Research has even gone as far as to say that CBD has antipsychotic properties. This means that CBD might have the opposite effect of other cannabinoids, such as THC. Research published back in 2006 suggests that CBD is a safe antipsychotic compound that could have anxiolytic — anti-anxiety — effects (4).
CBD has been shown to be completely different from THC even in how it interacts with receptors in the brain. While more research is needed, there is good evidence to support the assertion that the two compounds have completely different effects.
Do you still have questions? We’ve got answers.
What are the effects of CBD?
At low levels (1-20 mg), CBD makes you feel relaxed; it takes the edge off the day without making you feel sedated. At higher levels (20 mg+), you will feel very relaxed and possibly sleepy. Each person responds differently, so it’s best to start low and work up in serving size.
What is CBD oil used for?
CBD oil is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis used to calm and relax the body and mind.
What is CBD hemp oil used for?
CBD hemp oil is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis used to calm and relax the body and mind.
How is hemp oil used?
Hemp oil is available in a number of different product types. It can be consumed as an edible or tincture, taken as a capsule, and even used as a topical cream or ointment. However, one of the most popular ways of using hemp is by vaping it. Hemp oil vaping is widely accepted as the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD.
Can CBD relax you?
Yes. If you’re having a hard time letting go of your stress, or if you have a restless, mile-a-minute mind, CBD can relax you in an effective and enjoyable way. There are a number of CBD products available, ranging from capsules and concentrates, to supplements, tinctures, and vape oils.
What is CBD oil vapor?
CBD vapor oil is a type of vaporizer oil that contains cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). It’s typically used to calm and relax the body and mind.
What does CBD e-juice do?
CBD e-juice is a type of vaporizer oil that contains cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). It’s typically used to calm and relax the body and mind.
What is CBD oil extract?
CBD oil extract is simply another term for concentrated CBD oil extracted from hemp. Industrial hemp plants are specially cultivated to produce an oil extract that’s high in CBD, with only trace amounts of THC.
What are CBD edibles?
CBD edibles are food products that have been infused with cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis (both hemp and marijuana). CBD edibles are used to calm and relax the body and mind.
Are CBD oil and hemp oil the same?
No, they are different. “CBD oil” is made by extracting a specific compound (called CBD) from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant. This is turned into products that are used to calm and relax the body and mind. On the other hand, “hemp oil” typically refers to hemp seed oil, which is made by a completely different process. Hemp seed oil is cold-pressed oil from the hemp seeds only. This contains no cannabinoids and can be used as a cooking oil. It also contains high levels of healthy Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids.
Can you get high from hemp seed oil?
No, hemp seeds contain no THC, so there is no chance of getting high from eating hemp seed oil or hemp seeds themselves.
Can you get high from hemp hearts?
No, hemp hearts contain no THC, so there is no chance of getting high from eating hemp hearts.
Can you get high on hemp?
No, the hemp plant was bred specially for its hearty stalks and low levels of THC. You can not get high by smoking hemp or from hemp oil vaping.
Research is bringing to light more and more support for the numerous benefits of the non-psychotropic compound CBD. While its benefits have been overshadowed by fears that it will get you high due to its link with THC, the more we discover about CBD and how it differs from THC, the more the public will give it a chance.
“In experiments on mice, scientists rewired the circuits of the brain and changed the animals’ bad memories into good ones…The researchers said they were able to do the opposite as well—change a pleasurable memory in mice into one associated with fear.”(Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, 8/27/14)
Brain researchers believe they have the future of the world in their hands. For example, they assume that one day, they will be able to turn on or turn off circuits that induce pleasure and pain in humans. Easily, reliably, precisely.
If humans seek to find pleasure and avoid pain, or if they pursue goals that deliver pleasure as a side effect…why wait? Why go through the process of striving at all? Why not cut to the bottom line immediately and experience pleasure?
In an age where instant reward, entitlement, flickering attention, and entertainment are paramount, why not stimulate the brain and give people what they want?
Work is the middle-man. Eliminate it. The interval between desire and fulfillment is long. Erase it.
In the process, simplify human aspirations. Reduce them to a lowest common denominator. Assume that what a Tesla, a Rembrandt, a Beethoven achieved was unnecessarily complicated—the “same result” could have been handed to them on a silver platter.
Individual triumph? An outmoded concept. And why should one person accomplish more than another? It’s victimization. A cardinal sin.
If a thousand robots working in a factory can turn out more cars per day than their human counterparts, thus alleviating the stress of labor, then by analogy, delivering pleasure to a population through drugs or electromagnetic stimulation, bypassing the need for work, is a worthy objective.
These are the arguments, and a significant and growing percentage of the human race would find them persuasive and attractive.
“I’m bored (tired, frustrated, unhappy, confused). Give me pleasure. Now.”
Kent Berridge, PhD, at the University of Michigan Affective & Biopsychology Lab, writes(“Hedonic hotspots of ‘Liking’ — The brain’s pleasure gloss”):
“Pleasure arises within the brain. Sweetness or other natural pleasures are mere sensations as they enter the brain, and brain systems must actively paint the pleasure onto sensation to generate a ‘liking’ reaction — as a sort of pleasure gloss or varnish. Our lab has discovered brain generators of sensory pleasure, in the form of anatomical ‘hedonic hotspots’ in the brain, which use neurochemcal signals [to] paint intense pleasure on sensation, embedded within larger hedonic circuits. It is important to identify such pleasure-causing brain hedonic hotspots, neurochemicals and circuits, in order to identify true mechanisms of pleasure. The need to find true pleasure generators is especially pressing because hedonic circuit dysfunctions may underlie mood disorders and related clinical disorders, and because several other brain candidates once thought to mediate pleasure are now increasingly recognized to not cause pleasure after all (e.g., dopamine, electrical brain stimulation). Therefore we aim to find true causes and mechanisms in the brain for pleasure.”
Thousands of brain researchers all over the world believe they are on the road to curing “mood disorders.” But the big picture is quite different. It involves the shaping of society.
The individual, stripped of goals, vision, imagination, and creative force drops into a slow-motion vortex of despair; and painting a pleasure-gloss on his interior sensations is no cure.
Brain research has come a long way since Pavlov, but the basic formula is still the same: stimulate a reaction.
About the Author
Jon Rappoport is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29thDistrict of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.
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This article (Pleasure vs. Pain in the Programmed Society) was originally created and published by Jon Rappaport’s Blog and is re-posted here with permission.
Are you depressed? Anxious? Hyperactive? Attention Deficit? Psychotic? Delusional? Schizophrenic? Bipolar? Social anxiety disorder? Panic attacks? Do you have a disease? Has it been diagnosed? Is there a cure?
The DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is the official medical bureaucracy book of mental disorders. You might be surprised to learn that there are no cures for any mental disorder listed in the DMS-5. Not one. The DSM-5 does not recommend treatments, much less cures. The only reference to the word cure that I can find is “eventual cures for these conditions“. Cured is not defined for any mental disorder. At this time, by omission, according to the DSM-5, there are no cures. Maybe, someday, eventually, but today? Not.
How can this be true? Can this be true? Have all of the cures of modern medicine disappeared? Actually, it’s true due to a strange logic (or illogic) trick. I’ll use depression as an example, but you can pick your disease – similar rules apply.
Let’s suppose someone is depressed. Diagnosed with depression, using the DSM-5. Then suppose they are cured of their depression. How might this happen? Well, there are lots of causes of depression. If the cause is addressed, the illness is cured. That’s how cures work.
Nutritional deficiencies can cause depression. If depression is caused by a nutritional deficiency, then it can be cured by addressing deficiency. There are lots of different foods to address any nutritional deficiency. Lots of cures for depression caused by nutrient deficiencies. There’s only one small problem.
Or maybe the depression was caused by poisons, by drugs, or toxic chemicals. If so, then it might be cured by removing the toxic chemicals, by removing the drugs. Depending on the source of the poison, there might be many ways to address the cause, many ways to cure the depression. There’s only one small problem.
But wait, there’s more. Depression might be caused by physical or mental abuse. If it was caused by mental abuse, gaslighting, or by physical abuse, then it might be cured by addressing the abuse. There’s only one small problem.
Chronic depression takes it a step further. Chronic depression has a chronic cause. If the cause is nutritional, or poison, or abuse, it might cause a short-term depression – cured naturally when the cause disappears. But if the cause persists, the result is chronic depression. A chronic illness is not cured by addressing the cause – it can only be cured by addressing the chronic nature of the cause.
For example, if someone’s diet is chronically deficient in nutrients, or chronically toxic, or if their social relationships are chronically toxic, resulting in physical or mental abuse – they might acquire a chronic case of depression. Feeding them a healthy meal or two, free of poisonous chemicals, with a group of supportive friends, might give some relief – but it will not cure. The chronic cause must be addressed. If someone is chronically depressed because they are chronically malnourished, and they are chronically malnourished because they are chronically poor – a few healthy meals will not cure the depression. It’s necessary to address the chronic cause, chronic poverty, which is causing chronic malnutrition, which is causing chronic depression.
But, same same. If the depression is cured by lifting the patient out of poverty, then either… “it wasn’t really cured – maybe it’s just remission“, or “it wasn’t really depression – it wasn’t really a mental disorder, it was poverty“. Real depression is incurable.
Are you getting the idea? The same concepts apply to many mental disorders. Anxious? Hyperactive? Attention Deficit? Psychotic? Delusional? Schizophrenic? Bipolar? Social anxiety disorder? Panic attacks?
If it can be cured, it is cured by addressing the cause. But if it is cured by addressing a cause – then it was caused by the cause. And if it was caused by the cause, then it’s not a mental disorder.
And that’s not all. If you cure your depression, anxiety attacks, ADHD, or any mental disorder – you can’t prove it’s cured. Because cured is not defined, there is no test for depression cured. No test for anxiety attacks cured, ADHD cured. There is no test for cured for any mental disorder. You might cure your depression. But you can’t prove it is cured. You might cure someone else’s depression. But you can’t prove it is cured. Proof of cured is not possible until cured is medically defined.
So look around. If you are depressed, or you know someone who is depressed (or has any other mental disorder), you’ll see lots of “medical news”. You’ll see recommendations for “treating” depression, for depression “prevention”, for “resolving” depression.
But you won’t see any claims of “curing” depression. You won’t find anyone who claims to cure depression – because depression cured is not defined, depression cured cannot be tested, depression cured cannot be proven. It’s official. All mental disorders are incurable. If a mental disorder is cured, either it’s not really cured – or it’s just been proven to be… “not a mental disorder”.
That’s the current state of cure, with regards to all mental disorders. Cured is not defined. Therefore, no cures are possible. If someone has a mental disorder, they can be “treated” with drugs that aim to reduce the signs and symptoms. But they can’t be cured.
If anyone claims to have cured their depression, panic attacks, psychosis, etc., the medical system’s response is “just ignore them. They must be crazy. Maybe give them some drugs to prevent a relapse“.
How to Cure Depression
If depression cannot be cured “officially” can it be cured? Of course, it can. Depression is only incurable according to the bureaucracies of conventional medicine.
If you want to cure depression, it is necessary to go outside of conventional medicine.
Maybe you noticed, in each of the above example cases – the depression was not cured by a medicine. It was cured by health. Depression caused by malnutrition is cured by a healthy diet. Depression caused by toxic chemicals is cured by removing the toxic chemicals. Depression caused by toxic relationships is cured by addressing the cause, not by any medicine.
The Elements of Cure
Every illness can be cured. An illness is cured when the cause has been addressed when, healing has completed, and when no more medicines are required.
Of course, sometimes, it’s more complicated. Sometimes, a case of depression is simple, elementary. But sometimes, a single case of depression has several causes. When a case of depression has many causes, it consists of many elements of illness. Each element must be cured by addressing the elementary cause.
Curing depression, sometimes, can be trivial. So trivial – that it is cured before it is diagnosed as depression. Sometimes, depression is cured – even after it has been diagnosed, but the medical bureaucracies are forced to judge it to be “in remission” or maybe it wasn’t really a depression “disease”.
Depression caused by malnutrition can lead to toxic relationships, to consuming toxic chemicals or drugs. Depression, simple depression, can become a downward spiral of illness. When a case of depression has a long and complex history – the cure can also be long and complex. But depression can be cured.
The fact that cured is missing, lost from the medical texts – is a deficiency of understanding, not a deficiency of cures.
About the Author
Tracy Kolenchuk is the founder of Healthicine.org. Author of two books about healthicine; Healthicine: The Arts and Sciences of Health and Healthiness Healthicine: Introduction to Healthicine.
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