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  • by Nicola Boulton December 13, 2023 5 min read

    Can CBD Gummies Get You High?

    CBD gummies are chewy candy-like products infused with Cannabidiol; the products have myriad therapeutic benefits with minimal risk of psychoactive effects. This blog explores the benefits of CBD gummies and their possible side effects.

    Several medical conditions can be alleviated using inorganic medicines. However, these medicines may cause various undesirable side effects. Over the years, progressive research studies have revealed that CBD has health and therapeutic benefits with little psychoactive effects. Cannabidiol is obtained from hemp, a cannabis strain. It contains properties that relieve inflammation, pain, and anxiety. Products containing the cannabis derivative can improve cognitive functions by improving sleep quality and reducing stress. CBD is associated with marijuana-like effects, thanks to its relationship with cannabis plants. However, does not have psychoactive effects due to its limited THC composition. When used in the right dosage, the cannabis derivative may not cause psychedelic effects. CBD is widely available in various local and online stores; users should buy high-quality CBD products to avoid negative effects.

    Analysing CBD: Is It a Game Changer?

    CBD is an organic chemical compound from the cannabis plant, predominately from hemp. The cannabis derivative is among hundreds of other chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. Besides hemp, marijuana is also a plant strain of the cannabis plant, although it varies from hemp based on its chemical properties. 

    Hemp has higher CBD levels, while marijuana has elevated levels of CBD. Hemp has other cannabinoids, including CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), flavonoids, and terpenes. 

    Can CBD Gummies Get You High?

    The confusion seems to stem from CBD's close association with marijuana. Therefore, it seems more 'pragmatic' to conclude that CBD gummies can make you feel 'high.'

    However, CBD gummies work differently from marijuana compounds, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that causes euphoric sensations in marijuana. Instead, Cannabidiol interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of neurotransmitters, receptors, and enzymes. The ECS maintains a state of balance in the body by ensuring that physiological processes such as breathing and digestion occur efficiently. The body comprises endocannabinoid receptors located in several body parts. For example, CB1 receptors are majorly found in the spine, and the brain, while CB2 receptors are domiciled in the skin, mouth, and the peripheral nervous system. The interaction between the ECS receptors does not lead to psychoactive effects.

    How CBD Works

    CBD binds indirectly with CB2 receptors, transmitting impulses that reduce pain and inflammation. Therefore, CBD does not make you feel high since it does not directly activate the endocannabinoid receptors like THC. Instead, Cannabidiol blocks the psychoactive effects of cannabis.

    Also, CBD prevents the reuptake of endocannabinoid, thus providing more endocannabinoid to interact with Cannabidiol. For example, it delays the uptake of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that regulates the sleep cycle; it also regulates melatonin activities responsible for circadian rhythm, alerting the brain to fall asleep. Cannabidiol enhances deep sleep, improves cognitive function, and removes toxic substances from the body.

    What Type of Gummies Contains THC?

    Full-spectrum CBD gummies contain cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, terpenes, and flavonoids. The levels of gummies are regulated at 0.2% in the UK and 0.3% in the US; more is needed to make the user feel high.

    On the other hand, broad-spectrum CBD gummies contain various cannabinoids, except THC. However, it is effective in relieving several medical conditions like anxiety, stress, and opioid addictions.

    CBD isolate is often considered the purest CBD type; it has Cannabidiol as its primary cannabis derivative. 

    Full-spectrum CBD gummies may or may not cause euphoric effects, depending on their THC levels. It is advisable to check that the THC levels in the full-spectrum CBD gummies are about 0.2%.

    The full-spectrum CBD gummies may result in a positive drug test result. However, broad-spectrum CBD gummies and CBD isolate gummies are less likely to give a positive drug test. 

    Effects of CBD Gummies

    CBD gummies do not make you feel high. However, they make you feel relaxed by triggering the production of serotonin. Moncrieff et al. (2022) stated that serotonin is a neurotransmitter that improves mood and reduces stress and anxiety. According to van de Donk et al. (2019), CBD gummies reduce muscle aches and joint pains due to their analgesic properties. On their part, O'Brien et al. (2021) observed that CBD gummies improve gastrointestinal health by maintaining the right bacterial flora in the ileum and colon. Shannon et al. (2019) observed that CBD improves sleep by reducing anxiety, stress, and inflammation.

    Possible Side Effects of CBD Gummies

    CBD gummies are popular for their efficacy and safety. However, they may cause diarrhea, changes in appetite and weight, and migraines. 

    Users have unique biochemistry and, thus, a unique endocannabinoid system. Although the cannabinoids in CBD have a similar structure to the body's endocannabinoids, the similarity does not guarantee the efficacy of CBD. Therefore, consult your doctor concerning the right dosage of the gummies. 

    What to consider when purchasing CBD gummies

    • Confirm the hemp source; ensure the Cannabidiol in the gummies was grown organically. 
    • Ensure the product has undergone thorough independent third-party testing; ask for a Certificate of Analysis to analyze the gummies' ingredients, potency, and purity. 
    • Confirm the extraction method; CO2 extraction is the safest option.
    • Read the customer reviews; positive customer reviews indicate good quality and vice-versa.
    • Confirm the product ingredients; products with inorganic ingredients such as vitamin E acetate, molds, pesticides, and heavy metals have the right quality. 

    Frequently Asked Questions About CBD Gummies.

    How Does CBD Help with Weight Loss?

    CBD gummies enhance ketosis and make physical exercises more efficient. They also improve sleep quality and reduce high stress and anxiety levels; low-quality sleep and stress cause massive weight gain, which is detrimental to the body.

    What Is the Difference Between CBD Oil and Hemp Oil?

    Many presume that CBD oil is similar to hemp oil since it is extracted from hemp. However, CBD oil has various cannabinoids and chemical compounds, including THC, CBG, and terpenes. On the other hand, hemp oil does not contain such chemical compounds. CBD oil is derived from the leaves and roots of the hemp plant, while hemp oil is domiciled in the seeds.


    CBD gummies have a popular alternative to pharmacological drugs. Although it is associated with marijuana, it has low THC levels that are insufficient to cause psychoactive effects; therefore, the gummies infused with CBD do not make you feel high. Furthermore, it blocks the effects of CB1 receptors, which are often activated by the psychoactive THC. CBD gummies are popular for their various therapeutic benefits. While purchasing CBD gummies, look for high-quality products to avoid the undesired effects of THC or other contaminants.


    Moncrieff, J., Cooper, R. E., Stockmann, T., Amendola, S., Hengartner, M. P., & Horowitz, M. A. (2022). The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence. Molecular psychiatry, 1-14.

    O'Brien, K., & Blair, P. (2021). Medicinal Cannabis and CBD in Mental Healthcare. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

    Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: a large case series. The Permanente Journal23.

    van de Donk, T., Niesters, M., Kowal, M. A., Olofsen, E., Dahan, A., & van Velzen, M. (2019). An experimental randomized study on the analgesic effects of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis in chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia. Pain160(4), 860.

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