Will CBD Get Me High?

One of the most commonly-asked questions about CBD is “will CBD get me high?” Because it’s non-psychoactive, the answer is no, it will not get you high.

CBD is commonly confused with another cannabinoid, THC. Though they both come from cannabis plants, CBD and THC are very different. While THC is best-known for its psychoactive properties, CBD contains no psychoactive agents whatsoever and will not result in any sort of “high.”

The reason CBD won’t get you high is because it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) differently than THC. CBD—generally derived from hemp plants—inhibits receptors in the body that manage things like pain perception, body temperature and inflammation. THC stimulates these receptors, triggering the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, which produces the “high” associated with marijuana.

  • Hemp generally contains low concentrations of THC measuring less than 0.3%
  • Marijuana’sTHC concentrations typically measure between 15-40%

CBD is widely recognized as non-psychoactive and is required by law to have less than 0.3% THC to be considered a hemp product. Regardless of how much CBD you take, you will not get high.