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  • by Nicola Boulton September 29, 2022 5 min read

    Will CBD Oils Get You High?

    CBD oil is popular because it is versatile and does not have psychoactive properties. This article explains how CBD causes psychoactive behavior and how to buy CBD oil that will not make you feel high.

    CBD oil does not have psychoactive effects if the cannabis derivative comes from hemp. The legalization of hemp, from which CBD is derived, caused a spike in the CBD market as industries produced multiple products. CBD products are available as skin care products, gummies, vapes, and tinctures, among others. Cannabis oil is the most popular product due to its versatility. You can use it for your DIY products and make your edibles and CBD drinks from home. In addition, the oil is easy to use; it only involves ingestion. However, users may risk psychoactive effects from certain CBD spectrums. Herein, we explore whether recreational or medicinal products may make the user feel 'high.' 

    Will CBD Oils Get You High?

    What Is CBD Oil?     

    CBD oil is any oil laced with cannabidiol. Cannabidiol oil is a chemical element found in marijuana and hemp. Alongside CBD are hundreds of other chemical elements, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The chemical elements are collectively known as cannabinoids. THC is a cannabinoid used to differentiate marijuana and hemp. Most legislation refers to cannabis with 0.3% or less THC as hemp. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a high amount of THC of up to 90%. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis drugs. 

    Factors That Will Cause CBD Oil to Make You High

    CBD oil from hemp will not make you high because the amount of THC in the oil is negligible (0.3%). However, the following factors may make you high from using CBD oils.

    High Levels of THC

    According to federal laws, CBD should contain less than 0.3% of THC; this amount is too low to cause a psychedelic effect on the user. However, if the THC level is higher, it may indicate that the CBD oil was derived from marijuana. The amount of THC is usually indicated on the package; an amount of THC above 0.3% can get you high. 


    CBD oil packages may indicate accurate levels of THC. The oil may get contaminated with excess THC during processing. If you use such oil, you may have a psychoactive reaction. Lachenheimer et al. (2019) concluded that THC could contaminate CBD during extraction processes.


    The CBD market is unregulated; differentiating genuine from subpar products may challenge new users. Manufacturers compete against backstreet dealers who offer CBD oils at lower prices that appeal to many users. Unfortunately, such products may have chemical additives and THC that may cause psychoactive effects. Learn more about how do you avoid fake cbd oil?


    Mislabeling CBD oils is rare, especially when the company is of good repute. Evans (2020) stated that mislabeling may be deliberate. The user may purchase CBD oil, indicating a lack of THC. If the product has THC in excess, the user will feel high from using the oil.

    Low-quality CBD Oil

    Low-quality CBD oil can expose the user to high levels of THC from the processing to the packaging. The emergence of the backstreet CBD market is caused by consumers' need to purchase cheap CBD oil. The industry produces cheap oil from inferior, low-quality extraction methods and cannabis plants. The manufacturer may use marijuana to make the CBD oil; unsuspecting buyers may get oil with higher levels of THC, leading to euphoric effects.

    Sensitivity To the THC in the Full Spectrum CBD Oil

    CBD oils are grouped into spectrums; the full spectrum, which has multiple cannabinoids and some THC – at 0.3%; the broad spectrum, which has as many cannabinoids as the full spectrum but no THC; and the CBD isolate spectrum, which only has one cannabinoid. The user is not meant to feel the effect of THC in the full spectrum CBD oil, but some users are sensitive to THC and will experience a psychoactive reaction, the amount of THC notwithstanding. McCartney et al. (2021) opined that sensitivity to THC is a common side effect of full-spectrum CBD.

    How To Buy CBD Oil That Will Not Make You Feel High

    Not every CBD product will make you feel high, as some are appropriately labeled, uncontaminated, and with the right amount of THC. The following are some tips for buying genuine CBD that will not make you feel high; Learn more about is cbd oil safe for kids?


    Before buying CBD, you must find out more about CBD oil, the places to buy the oil, and the reputation of the manufacturer. If the manufacturer has a good reputation, the products may also be of good quality. Below are some characteristics of a company with a good reputation;

    • The company has the Certificate of Analysis (COA), which details the composition of the CBD oil. The COA is usually available on the company's website or delivered to the user upon request.
    • The CBD oil has been tested by a third party to confirm that the contents in the CBD oil are as indicated in the COA.
    • If the customer reviews are positive, that may mean that the company produces good quality products.

    Seek the Doctor's Opinion

    Wieckiewicz et al. (2022) stated that self-medication with CBD is not a good idea. You do not need a doctor's prescription to buy CBD, but a trip to the doctor's office is essential for the new CBD user because of the following reasons;

    • The CBD market is unregulated; fake CBD products have infiltrated the market.
    • The doctor can help the user check the contents of the CBD product, including THC, to be sure that it does not contain anything that may cause an undesired effect on the user.
    • If you are on medication, the doctor will verify whether CBD does inhibit its action on your body.


    CBD oils can get you high depending on where they are extracted. If the oil comes from hemp, it cannot make you high due to hemp's negligible amount of THC. In contrast, CBD derived from marijuana may make you high. The oil could have high THC levels if mislabeled or contaminated; poor-quality products may also have THC. Some people are sensitive to THC and may react no matter how negligible the amount is. The user can avoid psychoactive CBD products by researching before purchasing. A trip to a doctor is also essential.


    Evans, D. G. (2020). Medical fraud, mislabeling, contamination: all common in CBD products. Missouri Medicine, 117(5), 394.

    Lachenmeier, D. W., Habel, S., Fischer, B., Herbi, F., Zerbe, Y., Bock, V., ...&Sproll, C. (2019). Are adverse effects of cannabidiol (CBD) products caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contamination?.F1000Research, 8.

    McCartney, D., Arkell, T. R., Irwin, C., Kevin, R. C., & McGregor, I. S. (2021). Are blood and oral fluid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and metabolite concentrations related to impairment? A meta-regression analysis.Neuroscience &Biobehavioral Reviews.

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