Will CBD Get Me High?
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Will CBD Get Me High?

CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent of the active components of cannabis. As you likely know, the cannabis plant is what is dried and used to create the drug we commonly call marijuana. So, the obvious question arises – will CBD get me high? The answer to that question is an unequivocal “no.”

Even though CBD is a component of what ultimately becomes marijuana, CBD is not the component of the cannabis plant that causes euphoria, intoxication, and the feeling of being “high.” Rather, the component that causes that feeling of being “high,” is the other major component of the cannabis plant – THC, which stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

Thus, if you see CBD products at your health food store, your gym, or your coffee shop, you should not be worried that you will get high by consuming them. In fact, the beauty of CBD is that you can possibly enjoy anxiety and pain relief from the ingredient without having to experience any “high.”

That said, there are a few additional things to think about when it comes to CBD. In this piece, we will discuss whether CBD is legal, and whether it has other impacts on you in addition to pain management.

Is CBD Legal?

Given that it is associated with marijuana, which is still a controlled substance in the eyes of the federal government, some might question whether CBD is legal. Generally speaking, the fact that CBD is widely sold, that hemp (which contains CBD) is not considered a controlled substance, and that there has been no enforcement against those possessing or consuming CBD, demonstrates that you can be safe in the knowledge that you will not be prosecuted for buying a CBD product at your local store or beauty salon.

At the end of 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act was signed into law, and that law officially removed hemp from the list of controlled substances. Thus, hemp is not an illegal substance under federal law. CBD is a major component of hemp (which is one species of the cannabis plant), and thus the production and marketing of CBD is similarly not illegal in the U.S.

With regard to state law, most of the 50 states have laws that expressly legalize CBD with varying degrees of restriction. Yet, there are a handful of states, including Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota that appear to associate CBD with marijuana, finding both illegal. Check out the site for Americans for Safe Access to find out the CBD rules in your state.

Are There Other Side Effects from CBD?

Even though CBD might not get you “high,” it is possible to have certain negative consequences from CBD. The most recent information from the FDA suggests that CBD could cause issues with your liver, or may have an impact on other medications you are taking. Also, in studies of animals, CBD was shown to have a negative impact on fertility in males. Finally, there are still a number of unknowns with regard to CBD such as the effect of taking CBD daily over a long period of time, or the effect CBD has on the developing brain of a child.

In sum, CBD does not get you high, it appears to have a lot of positive benefits, and it is generally not illegal. Yet, more information is needed to understand whether there could be some negative impacts from CBD. So, be sure to consult with your physician before trying CBD for yourself.