Can Using CBD Oil Make Me High?

When we talk about getting high, the first thing that comes to mind is marijuana. But, did you know that CBD is closely related to marijuana?

Some people are concerned whether CBD could get them high as marijuana does. The short answer is: NO. But the long answer is: IT DEPENDS.

Getting high is characterized by euphoric feelings, which is why stoners suddenly feel courageous and start activities or say things that they never could in a sober mood [1].

Of course, there are many places where getting high is not encouraged, and it’s great that you understand how CBD interacts with your brain.


When you get together with your buddies to smoke a joint, it’s thanks to the psychoactive compound named Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that you get high.

THC is carried to the brain by blood within minutes of inhaling it. Marijuana edibles can have THC take as long as several hours to reach the brain because it must pass via the digestive process.

THC manipulates both the physical and chemical wiring of the brain and triggers euphoric feelings; which is the start of getting high.

THC affects the reward center of the brain and causes the secretion of dopamine, which is part of the reason dropping the habit becomes increasingly hard.

CBD Oil and THC

When the USA government okayed the extraction and sale of CBD, it came with a provision; that the CBD product must not contain more than 0.3% THC.

Legal CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. There is always a chance that THC content in CBD might exceed the legal limits.

Thus, your best bet of consuming CBD products with acceptable THC content is to only buy products approved by the FDA [2].

Manufacturing quality CBD products is quite expensive, and some merchants might develop funny ideas to reduce production costs. Ensure that you buy CBD products from well-reputed companies.

The CBD market is somewhat unregulated, and there is no shortage of bad players that toss in the market CBD products with excessive THC, thus risking the health and even freedom of unsuspecting customers.

Can You Get High After Using CBD Oil?

Nope, it’s because CBD-infused products contain a minuscule amount of THC or none at all. Thus, you get to enjoy all the benefits of Cannabidiol without your brain chemicals getting altered.

Some people are under the impression that taking excessive CBD changes that. But no, even if you take too much CBD, you still wouldn’t get high, and any effect wouldn’t be any more pronounced.

That said, ensure that you only take the recommended amount of CBD, because it minimizes the physiological load.

If you buy a CBD product and there are no dosage recommendations, make sure to start with small amounts, and make adjustments as you watch how your body responds.

Factors that Affect CBD Impact

Not all CBD products are built equal. Some products will have you experience the effects as soon as a few minutes while others will have you wait for hours.

For instance, full-spectrum CBD, unlike isolate CBD, is far more effective, because it contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils.

In the same vein, CBD vapes are more powerful as compared to CBD gummies. When vaping, the CBD is carried to the lungs, heart, and brain, in a matter of minutes [3].

But the CBD edibles have to be chewed and digested, a slow and laborious process.

What if I Get High From CBD?

If you happen to get high after using CBD products, you need to understand one thing: you bought CBD products with more THC content than is allowed.


1. Ameri, A. (1999). The effects of cannabinoids on the brain. Progress in neurobiology58(4), 315-348.

2. Hilderbrand, R. L. (2018). Hemp & cannabidiol: What is a medicine?. Missouri medicine115(4), 306.

3. Peace, M. R., Butler, K. E., Wolf, C. E., Poklis, J. L., & Poklis, A. (2016). Evaluation of two commercially available cannabidiol formulations for use in electronic cigarettes. Frontiers in Pharmacology7, 279.