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Can CBD Get You High?

August 19, 2019 6 min read

CBD is expected to be a $22 billion dollar industry by 2022 - and it's no wonder, with more and more people joining in and adding cannabidiol to their daily routine everyday.  A fast-growing industry that sprung up in abundance more after the passage of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, CBD products entered the limelight of legality as long as it's derived from hemp and possesses a THC content that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis.

When it comes to further understanding the importance of CBD, one of the most asked questions is this:  "Can CBD get you high?"  If we had a nickel for every time we received that question, we'd be rich people!  Jokes aside, this is a totally legitimate question and we're happy to break it all down for you.

are cbd products safe?

Are CBD products safe?  Well, they should be.  As we mentioned above, legal CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC and must be derived from industrial hemp.  Under the same 2018 Farm Bill, further regulation states that the industrial hemp must be produced in the United States and adhere to several other quality assurance tests such as cannabinoid accuracy tests conducted by a third-party lab for potency and purity.

So yes, CBD products are safe - if you're going through a trusted CBD brand, such as Envy CBD, lab report results are made per batch and kept on-hand for public viewing.

can a Full spectrum cbd product get you high?

The short answer?  No, a full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD product will not get you high.  You know us, thought - we're going to do into detail for you.

First, let's look at the terms in front of us.  What does Full Spectrum mean?  How is that different from Broad Spectrum or Isolates?  While we did go into great detail about the differences between the three

The short answer?  No, a Full Spectrum, hemp-derived CBD product will not get you high.  You know though - we're going to go into detail for you.

First, let's look at the terms in front of us.  What does Full Spectrum mean?  How is that different from standard Broad Spectrum or Isolates?  While we did go into great detail about the differences between the three in a previous article, here are the footnotes:

  • Full Spectrum - The plant is not broken down upon extraction, allowing all cannabinoids, including THC to be retained.
  • Broad Spectrum - The plant is broken down upon extraction to remove the THC, then put back together; thus altering the physical composition of the plant.
  • Isolates - The plant is broken down upon extraction and only the CBD is retained.

Next, consider that cultivation and strain selection may play a part in why a Full Spectrum CBD product would not constitute such a large dose of CBD.  Generally, when it comes to industrial hemp, the content of THC is already a lot lower compared to its marijuana cousin.  By design, since the THC content is already at a lower level, it makes it easier for CBD brands and manufacturers to extract the biomass and convert it into a clean and pure CBD oil extract.

Now, you're not totally safe from a Full Spectrum CBD product.  Should the CBD product not be derived from hemp, but instead from actual cannabis flower, you might land yourself in a pot of hot water.  Despite cannabis not being Federally legal, certain states have a medical marijuana program in place at the very least, making your CBD product contain a degree of psychoactivity.  Our best recommendation is to properly educate yourself on what to look for in a CBD product.  For extra guidance, check out our article here.

if there's thc, CAN YOU A FAIL A DRUG TEST?

The short answer isn't so easy.  Technically, yes, a Full Spectrum CBD extract could make you fail a drug test if you take more than the recommended daily serving size within a finite amount of time.  Normal doses of CBD oil should not make you fail a professional drug test, but we cannot recommend you try it if you are prone to being tested.

In addition to that, some drug tests. particularly the at-home ones may not be able to discern the difference in cannabinoids, simply the presence of any cannabinoid might trigger a positive test.  Since CBD and THC look almost identical on a molecular level, this tomfoolery might just pop off in a way that you wouldn't enjoy.

If you are taking a CBD product, do not rely on an at-home drug test whether you have THC in your system or not.  Speak with whomever would be conducting these drug tests with before taking CBD products if you are concerned about failing a drug test  through the daily use of the CBD products, as we recommend routine use for the most optimal results.

what THC:CBD ratio is required to get you high?

There are certainly states where a little more THC than the federally legal limit is okay.  Recreational and some medical marijuana programmed-States offer dispensaries abundant in hybrids and strains packed with different THC:CBD ratios.

When looking at the THC:CBD ratio, the intent is to gauge how much THC is contained in the product relative to how much CBD is in it as well.  Between balanced ratios to more extreme ones, here's how it all breaks down:

1:1 & 2:1 ratios

The 1:1 and 2:1 ratios appear to be the most balanced.  Expect a very mild, if any, psychoactivity.  Generally strains that are more balanced versus others tends to offer more of a therapeutic aspect instead of a relaxation or even creative type of feeling.

4:1 & 8:1 ratios

The 4:1 and 8:1 ratios are considered mid-range that work great for both therapeutic purposes and general every-day consumption.  While you will feel more of a psychoactive feeling, it wouldn't completely impair you from continuing on about your day.  Generally these types of ratios offer a very functional high, allowing pain and discomfort to subside without completely gluing you to the couch.

higher ratios

Lastly, higher ratios ranging between 8:1 to 18:1 lean more on the functional side as well, but with an obvious amount of psychoactive capability.  These highly-concentrated amounts of THC still offer some degree of anti-inflammation and analgesic properties contained in the CBD portion of the strain, but instead focus more on the heightened senses gathered from the THC.

So to consider which THC:CBD ratio gets you high, well, technically all of them do, since THC itself is the psychoactive element in a product, any detectable presence has the ability to do just that.

what can a full spectrum hemp extract do?

Legally, a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract taken with appropriate serving sixes no more than the recommended amount of times per day is not supposed to get you high - so, what can it do?  Full Spectrum CBD products that contain an ample amount of phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can work in synergy with each other to provide what is known as the Entourage Effect.

The Entourage Effect is when more than just cannabidiol is taking effect on your endocannabinoid system.  Instead, many believe certain terpenes can interact with receptors in the body, as well as other types of cannabinoids, like CBN, CBG, and CBC.  These other compounds found in the hemp plant work in sync with the CBD to compound the total benefit of its properties instead of relying just on that one particular cannabinoid to achieve it all.

the bottom line

In conclusion, a Full Spectrum Hemp Extract is not supposed to get you high.  If you feel the psychoactive effects from THC in a CBD product, chances are, it was not derived by industrial hemp.  You can double check with the company that sells that product through their third-party lab reports taken for each batch.

When it comes to taking CBD products while you may be consistently drug tested, we cannot recommend doing that.  While our products are THC-free, sometimes the presence of other cannabinoids might show an unfavorable result.  Practice common sense and discretion.  You'll be fine.  Good luck everyone!


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