Does CBD Cause You to Feel High?

Today, we’ll explore one of the most common questions surrounding CBD: does it make you high? It’s a valid concern because many people still associate CBD with marijuana and its psychoactive effects

However, as you’ll discover, CBD is not a mind-altering substance like THC. Instead, it purports to offer a range of therapeutic benefits that have made it increasingly popular among health-conscious individuals seeking natural remedies for various ailments. 

But is it safe to take? 

What Is CBD?

CBD is a compound that comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It is one of over 100 different cannabinoids found in the plant, and unlike its cousin THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects. 

One of the aspects touted of CBD is that it can help alleviate symptoms associated with a variety of conditions without producing the unwanted side effects commonly associated with pharmaceutical drugs.

Over recent years, CBD has become increasingly popular as an alternative form of treatment for those seeking relief from pain, anxiety, depression and other ailments. It’s available in many forms including oils, capsules and even lotions which are becoming increasingly popular among athletes who use them to soothe sore muscles.

Research into the full potential benefits of CBD continues but so far studies suggest that it may be beneficial for reducing inflammation and promoting overall well-being— however, this needs further study and the jury is still out about the benefits vs. the risks. 


When it comes to cannabis, there are two main compounds known as THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis that causes a “high” feeling, while CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce any intoxicating effects.

THC binds directly to CB1 receptors in the brain, which results in euphoria or feelings of being high. On the other hand, CBD acts indirectly on these receptors by modulating their activity. This means that it can reduce some of the negative effects of THC such as anxiety and paranoia.

Due to its psychoactive effects, THC is typically used for recreational purposes while CBD is commonly used for medical purposes such as pain relief, reducing inflammation and as a sleep aid. Additionally, certain strains of cannabis contain higher levels of THC while others have higher levels of CBD.

It’s important to note that both THC and CBD have potential therapeutic benefits but they affect individuals differently depending on various factors such as age, genetics, body chemistry among others. It’s always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using any form of cannabis product for medicinal purposes.

The Effects Of CBD

The effects of CBD can vary from person to person. Some people report feeling more relaxed and calm after taking it, while others may not notice any significant changes in their mood or behavior.

One of the most well-known effects of CBD is its ability to reduce anxiety. Research has shown that CBD may help alleviate symptoms of anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, PTSD, and OCD.

CBD has also likely been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a promising treatment for conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, some studies suggest that CBD may be effective in reducing seizures in patients with epilepsy.

CBD And Drug Tests

One of the big concerns people have about using CBD is whether it will show up on a drug test. This is because some drug tests are designed to detect THC, which is the compound in cannabis that gets you high.

However, most CBD products contain very little THC, typically less than 0.3%. But if you use CBD oil or other CBD products as recommended, there is still a possibility you may fail a drug test.

Some forms of CBD have nearly zero percent THC however. That being said, it’s important to note that some types of drug tests may still be able to detect even trace amounts of THC in your system. For example, hair follicle tests can detect THC for several months after use.

If you’re concerned about passing a drug test, your best bet is to look for brands that offer third-party lab testing results. These will show exactly how much THC (if any) is present in their products. Or simply avoid CBD altogether and remove any doubt. 

Is CBD Safe To take?

The answer to “is CBD safe to take” is a complicated one. 

More research needs to be done on CBD to make sure it is safe, but in some cases it does show promising results. It has recently been OK’d by the US FDA for use in a drug that reduces seizures. 

However, there are some concerns: 

  • The possible interference with other drugs 
  • The potential for liver damage
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in mood, such as irritability
  • Side effects like tiredness or drowsiness 
  • Appetite changes and the potential for other GI changes like diarrhea or constipation

There have been no reported cases of overdosing on CBD.

You will need to weigh the risks against the benefits to know if CBD is right for you, and you should always consult a doctor before taking any new supplements. In addition, if you choose to use CBD, always purchase it from a reputable source to avoid contaminants. 

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CBD does not make you high, per se. Unlike THC, it does not possess powerful psychoactive properties that can alter your cognitive functions or create an intense euphoric effect. Instead, it offers various potential health benefits with less risk of adverse side effects.

Although many studies suggest there are positive effects of CBD on anxiety, pain relief, and other health conditions, we still need more research to determine its long-term safety and efficacy.

If you are considering using CBD for therapeutic purposes or just curious about its effects, always consult with a healthcare professional first to avoid any unwanted interactions with other medications you might be taking. And if you are concerned with drug or substance use— including marijuana— you can always call JourneyPure at (888) 985-2207 and we can discuss treatment options and other help. 

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