Does CBD Get You High?

So you’re considering trying an alternative to your current treatment and wondering, “Does CBD get you high?”

You’re not alone with your curiosity, and this question should come naturally to anyone familiar with the effects of other cannabinoids.

You might have experience with high-THC products in the past. Or perhaps your doctor prescribed medication with questionable side effects at some point and you’re looking for treatment without so many adverse effects.

Skepticism is healthy, and we’re promoting it by offering some insight regarding cannabinoids.

Since CBD has recently become so popular, it’s understandable why you’re contemplating giving it a try.

While using this cannabinoid might not cure an ailment, throughout the country, people are reporting experiencing benefits while taking it.

In this article, we’ll touch upon if CBD will get you high and what it could offer to people interested in adding this natural dietary supplement to their current treatment regiment.

Can CBD get you high when you take large doses?

Since CBD contains THC in low doses, taking larger doses could produce an altered state of mind.

People report feeling euphoria, a heightened sensory perception, and pleasure resulting from THC. So if someone is taking high doses of high CBD low THC extract, there is a chance they’ll feel these effects.

However, it’s rather unlikely you’ll experience a high while taking CBD.

Also, it’s important to note that other cannabinoids come with the CBD extraction process, as well.

CBN can also be present in CBD oil. This is a compound THC oxidation forms during plant aging.

Since CBN is a degradation product of THC, it expresses some sedative effects. While it’s not as psychoactive as THC, its presence could impact the way you feel while taking your CBD oil. [1]

Other cannabinoid compounds also come with the extraction process. The types and concentrations of these cannabinoids can also impact how a person feels while using full-spectrum CBD products.

While CBD can cause a user to feel different while taking it, at this point, there is no substantive evidence showing CBD is likely to result in psychoactive effects.

Even though there’s no conclusive research highlighting its potential regarding its psychoactive effects, the following research should still give you an idea of what you can expect with full-spectrum CBD consumption.

Is there any research showing the potential for a CBD high?

While CBD itself won’t get you high, the conversion of CBD to delta-9-THC in the presence of acid could potentially happen in the human gut. Some researchers believe this conversion might be significant in people using CBD orally.

So far, there have been two in vitro studies to demonstrate the potential for this conversion.

With the first study, the researchers found CBD exposed to simulated gastric fluid without enzymes at 37ºC formed delta-9-THC and delta-8-THC.

Thus, the researchers claim orally CBD-treated patients could become exposed to levels of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids, exceeding the threshold for a psychological response.

During the second in vitro study, the researchers reported the formation of delta-9-THC and other cannabinoid products in artificial gastric juice without pepsin. However, the conversion rate of CBD to THC was just 2.9%. [2]

Is there any research showing CBD won’t get you high?

Even with some studies showing it’s possible, the spontaneous conversion of CBD to delta-9-THC has not been observed in people adding CBD to their treatment regiment.

An example of this is how, during a six-week clinical study observing Huntington’s disease patients receiving 700 mg/day of CBD, no delta-9-THC was detected in any of the patients. [3] 

However, even with this being the case, clinical studies generally report that, when given high doses of oral CBD, patients don’t experience the effects of THC and cannabis rich in THC. [4]

In fact, studies also show CBD could have the opposite effect on the mind, promoting the need for further analyses and studies.

In laboratory rodent and human studies, CBD has actually been shown to prevent the symptoms of THC. These studies observed animal models and healthy volunteers, showing CBD might have a pharmacological profile comparable to atypical antipsychotic drugs. [5]

These studies suggest CBD’s potential for those experiencing psychotomimetic effects and psychosis.

While we still don’t have a complete understanding of the mechanisms of CBD’s antipsychotic properties, the studies propose there is enough heuristic value that more studies are necessary to come to a definitive conclusion.

Final thoughts on how CBD impacts the mind

So can CBD oil make you feel high? It’s possible, but not likely.

While some people might report feeling high while taking CBD, this could be the result of the other cannabinoids coming from the extraction process.

Studies show CBD could have antipsychotic properties, meaning it could counteract the psychoactive properties of other cannabinoids. Although the research doesn’t give us a definitive answer, we can be hopeful that more research will eventually provide us with more insight.

At this point, the current research shows that this dietary supplement will not get you high. However, there is still a chance you’ll feel different while taking CBD.

So if you’d like to try CBD, it’s best to consult with your doctor before you start.


  2. Watanabe, K., et al., Conversion of cannabidiol to Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol and related cannabinoids in artificial gastric juice, and their pharmacological effects in mice. Forensic Toxicology, 2007. 25(1): p. 16-21
  3. Consroe, P., et al., Controlled clinical trial of cannabidiol in Huntington’s disease. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 1991. 40(3): p. 701-708.
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