Does CBD Get You High? Do CBD Products Contain THC?

Last Updated on December 31, 2023 by Richard

Confused why some (Cannabidiol) CBD products get you “high” and others don’t?  Welcome to America where getting “the truth and nothing but the truth” can be difficult.  There are two answers to the question; Does CBD get you high?

Now that the “reefer madness” cloud has been lifted from the hemp plant vs the marijuana plant; everybody wants to know…

Does CBD Get You High?

Answer #1


Only THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) will get you “high”.  CBD (cannabidiol) is completely non-psychoactive.  In fact, when taken together (at the same time) with THC, the CBD lowers the effect of the THC.

However, if you take CBD first and then take THC, the CBD will increase the effects of the THC.  That is one of those mysteries of the Endocannabinoid System.

CBD doesn’t show up on a drug test, because they don’t even test for it.  Although some CBD products could cause you to fail a drug test, even if it doesn’t get you high.  Keep reading to find out how.

Answer #2

Most CBD Oil, CBD edibles, and CBD vape juice products do contain some THC. Some CBD products have been poorly manufactured and contain more THC than the legal limit. More about that later.

CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC WILL get you “high”.  That’s why those products are not available in all states.

  • Medical Marijuana contains more than 0.03% THC.  That’s why you have to buy it from a state authorized dispensary, after you’re approved by a doctor to use it.
  • Hemp CBD oil contains less than 0.3% THC.  That’s why you can buy it online or at the local store without a prescription.

Will Medical CBD Get You High?

A state approved dispensary can sell CBD products that don’t contain any THC, or they can sell CBD products that do contain THC.  Only the products that contain THC can cause a “high”.

Medical CBD Is The Same As Hemp CBD

Medical CBD comes from marijuana plants that have been bred to have high amounts of THC.  Whereas hemp CBD comes from plants that were bred to have very little, if any, THC.

Quizzical medical doctor wondering: Does CBD get you high?

CBD is CBD, no matter where it comes from.  Other than the quantity of THC in a CBD product, it’s the quality of the CBD you should be concerned about.

You Can Get “high” From Poorly Manufactured CBD

There are different methods of producing CBD from the cannabis plant – whether it’s medical CBD or hemp CBD.

CO2 extraction is the “gold standard”, because the THC can be separated from the CBD.  CO2 extraction is also able to remove any heavy metals, pesticides and other chemical pollutants you don’t want to consume.

Unfortunately, the other methods either can’t separate those things out, or they don’t do it nearly as well as CO2 extraction.

CO2 extraction is quite expensive and takes very sophisticated equipment and experienced operators to use.

So, if your supplier doesn’t us CO2 extraction, there is a chance that you could get high.  How?  You ask?

The smaller the manufacturing facility is, the less sophisticated their equipment and quality controls are going to be.  That means that one batch of products may be quite different in quality and CBD/THC content than the next batch.

2 Out Of 40 CBD Products Contained More THC Than The Legal Limit [1]

In one study, 40 commercially made hemp containing products were purchased in Canada.  With highly sophisticated lab equipment they tested the CBD and THC contents of those products.

Two of those forty products contained more than the legal THC limit (In Canada) of 10 μg/g. 

One of those products was barely over the limit.  It was a CBD hemp oil that contained 10.01 μg/g.  That’s pretty minimal, but check out this next whopper.

The other over the limit product was a tincture that contained 337 μg/g THC.  That’s more than 33 times over the legal limit.

4 Out Of 6 Hemp Creams Contained NO CBD or THC [1]

Out of six hemp creams four of them (apparently) had no CBD or THC content at all, since they were listed as being below the lowest reportable amount of 0.195 µg/g.  In other words, if the result was under that amount it wasn’t included in the testing results, because it is so very insignificant.

1 Out Of 2 Cosmetics Had No CBD or THC Content [1]

How Do You Know What You Are Getting In A CBD Product?

Independent 3RD party testing is the only way of knowing that you are not getting cheated out of hour money.  Or worse yet, getting arrested.

That is why I am buying CBD products from CBD BioCare.  All of their products are tested and the Certificates of Analysis (COA) are posted on their website.

[1] A reliable and validated LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantification of 4 cannabinoids in 40 consumer products

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