Is CBD Going to Get Me High?


CBD gets a bad rap, many think it is marijuana, even states and the media are struggling to define what it really is. Let this article serve as a way to set the record straight on exactly what CBD is and how it is unrelated to the recreational effects of marijuana.


Marijuana users seek strains of cannabis that contain high percentages of the cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol most often referred to as “THC”. It is the THC in marijuana that give the user the psychotropic “high”. CBD in its purest form can never produce a high.


·      THC is a type of cannabinoid. CBD is also a type of cannabinoid, but CBD has does not offer any type of high.


·      Of the two sources of CBD, marijuana and hemp, it is only marijuana that has the levels of THC to appease a user looking for a high. 


·      Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states and many countries around the world, unlike THC-laden marijuana. 

The Differences Between CBD and THC 


There are very distinct differences and similarities between CBD vs THC. Like we discussed, both are cannabinoids that are obtained from the cannabis plant genus. However, the similarities end there. The cannabis plant contains over 100 cannabinoids, but CBD and THC leads the pack as the most abundant. CBD can be extracted from either hemp or marijuana (both members of the Cannabaceae family). However, hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC and marijuana plants contain much more.


The Law Concerning CBD and THC


In 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, (known as the 2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law by President Trump. It makes CBD hemp products legal nationwide if they contain less than .3 percent THC. However, CBD obtained from marijuana remains illegal on a federal level. Some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. In those states, you can purchase CBD dominate marijuana products even though they remain a Schedule 1 illegal drug at the federal level.  Always ask if the CBD product you are looking to use stems from hemp or marijuana.


The Effects of THC and CBD 


Although they have comparable chemical structures, CBD and THC differ in the effects they have on the body. THC binds with the CB1 receptors in the brain and causes a psychoactive response (often referred to as a ‘high’). CBD does not bind well with CB1 receptors but does with the CB2 receptors and it causes absolutely no psychoactive response


Types of CBD Products


Nationwide, CBD products are flying off the shelves and online retailers are struggling to meet the ever-growing demand of their customers. CBD is reputed to offer a bevy of health benefits and many people are using it as a daily supplement


When shopping for CBD items, you’ll encounter three types of CBD:


  • Full Spectrum:  The term ‘full-spectrum CBD’ means that the CBD product contains all the cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis plant, including THC. However, by law, a full spectrum CBD product cannot contain more than .3 percent THC in the USA and .2 percent THC in Europe. The low percentage of THC found in full spectrum products will not get you ‘high.’ You will suffer absolutely no psychoactive effects when using full-spectrum products. However, you might fail a drug test that is looking for levels of THC. THC builds up in your body’s cells so if you use a full spectrum product every day then you might have enough THC in your system to test positive on a drug test. 
  • Broad Spectrum: A broad-spectrum CBD product is ideal for someone who wants to reap the health benefits of all the cannabis plant’s cannabinoids with absolutely no THC. 
  • Isolate: An isolate is a product that is over 99 percent pure CBD. It is ideal if you want only the possible health benefits of a strong dose of CBD with no THC or other cannabinoids. All products manufactured by CBD Research Labs, including our Cryo Pain Relief, utilize only CBD Isolate.


Types of CBD Products


There is a wide variety of forms to deliver CBD. Listed below are the most common forms of CBD.


  • Oils or Tinctures: A CBD oil or tincture is a liquid form of CBD. You place a few drops of the product under your tongue for fast sublingual absorption. Some people also place drops in their coffee, smoothies, or other edibles. Using an oil or tincture for pain relief specifically is unproven and not as likely to be as beneficial as a topical.
  • Topicals: CBD topicals are applied directly to the skin’s surface to target areas of pain or inflammation. You’ll encounter a wide range of lotions, creams, balms, moisturizers, and soaps. Many contain CBD with other effective ingredients such as capsaicin, aloe vera, or menthol. The ingredients used make all the difference if it can truly be absorbed and beneficial in blocking pain.
  • Edibles: Edibles are available as gummies, energy drinks, and other types of foods that contain CBD. Many people also categorize CBD soft gels or capsules in the edible category. Like oils, edibles are less likely to manage pain and are best used for anti-anxiety.
  • Vapes: Vaping CBD is a another way to reap the benefits of CBD. The diverse blood system in your lungs rapidly absorbs the cannabinoid. However, vaping has come under heightened scrutiny these days.


Children and CBD


Many parents are turning to CBD for their children, especially if they suffer from ADHD or epilepsy. CBD is safe and perfectly legal for use in children. In 2018, the first CBD prescription drug ‘Epidiolex’ was approved by the FDA and released. The cannabidiol medication is used to treat childhood Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. However, some parents are also opting to purchase over-the-counter CBD products for their children. Some brands are even marketing hemp-derived CBD oils and tinctures specifically for children. Currently, there is no law against giving your child the natural supplement, but you should consult with your pediatrician beforehand. Children suffering from growing pains or fatigue from those school sports can benefit from a pain relief gel like Cryo Pain Relief. The fact that it is hemp-derived and 100% THC-free puts most parents to ease. 


Hemp-derived CBD is perfectly legal in the USA and it has no psychoactive components, unlike THC. Many people are turning to cannabidiol for reputed health benefits. When it comes to CBD vs. THC, the legal winner is CBD.

Chief Research Officer and CEO of CBD Research Laboratories, Andrew Bryden founded Newport Cosmeceuticals in 1996

For those that have specific questions, feel free to drop me a line directly.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chief Research Officer and CEO of CBD Research Laboratories, Andrew Bryden founded Newport Cosmeceuticals in 1996. His twenty-five plus years as a research scientist has always been focused on his moral approach to help those that are in need. Andrew continues to push the envelope of medical advancement and only develops products that deliver lasting results.

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