Can CBD Oil Get You High?

You’ve heard it asked by your friends or even wondered it yourself. Can CBD oil get you high? Let’s cut to the chase and get right to the point: Noooope. CBD oil does not get you high. CBD oil is not psychoactive and does not affect or influence your mind, your thoughts, or your behavior negatively. No, nope, nah, napes, nix, nay, no way-no how, uh-uh! No way, Jose. No siree, Bob and negative, Ghost Rider. CBD oil does not get its user high.

CBD Oil Effects

Okay, CBD oil cannot get you high. We get excited about what CBD actually is. Which might beg the question: how does CBD oil make you feel?

CBD oil does not get you “high” in the traditional sense of smoking, vaping, or ingesting marijuana that contains high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is what causes the “hazy”, “stoned,” euphoric, sometimes mind-altering thoughts and feelings that are typically associated with marijuana use. These do not apply to CBD oil usage.

There are many people who ingest or take CBD oil as a nutritional supplement or medicinal alternative who claim to feel a heightened sense of relaxation after taking their daily CBD oil serving. “A soothing calmness,” notes one anonymous online reviewer. Others refer to it as a “light” feeling. 

Is it linked to a state of mind? Awareness? The fact that they are doing something good for themselves? Something along the lines of the placebo effect? Well, turns out, it’s just a little science.

The biological and scientific reasons that THC gets you “high” and CBD does not, can be found by learning about the endocannabinoid system.

Can You Taste the Terpenes?

Terpenes are natural compounds found in every-day food, seasonings, plants, and, of course, cannabis. The aroma that plants, food, and fruits have these aromas are because of their terpene content. Those same aromatic compounds are found in cannabis. Products like our Blue Label RSHO contain terpenes inside of the oil. There are many reported benefits of individual terpenes that a quick search brings.

Cannabinoid Receptors

The endocannabinoid system is a ‘lock and key’ system. These lock and keys, when paired, are the building blocks for the scientific community’s curiosity inside this plant’s potential. Just like the receptors that interact with your hormones and endorphins, cannabinoids interact with their unique receptors. These compounds work together with terpenes to help balance your body.

There are two major cannabinoid receptors found in the human body. CB1 receptors are most prevalent in the central nervous system and are linked to modulating stress, anxiety, appetite, nausea, and immune system balance. Since THC is known for its cerebral effects, when CB1 receptors bind to THC, the effects from this molecule are what get the user “high.”

CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system and are believed to assist in reducing inflammation and healing damaged tissues. CB2 is the receptor for CBD that triggers healing and promotes internal body balance (homeostasis). For a more detailed look into cannabinoid receptors and how CBD feels, check out this link.

CBD oil does contain anti-inflammatories, antioxidant properties, and the ability to increase serotonin levels. In conjunction, these could biologically lead to a reduction in pain and/or anxiety.*(Kohn 2016) That could be interpreted as a feeling of relaxation or relief.

Every body is different

Your endocannabinoid system is not the same as mine. Their endocannabinoid system is not the same as ours. Every body is different. This is important when deciding to use CBD oil.


Throughout the day, your individual ECS balance shifts and adjusts in tune with the rest of your body. A receptor-based system means there is first, a signal, then a molecular series of events as your body processes the change. Depending on your individual body chemistry and existing endocannabinoid levels, CBD oil may affect you differently. This is why it’s important to keep a journal of your schedule and intake. You know your body best. When taking CBD oil, listen to it, and find the best fit for your daily life.


Cannabidiol (CBD) oil or hemp CBD oil is a natural botanical concentrate that is extracted from the stalks of hemp plants. A specialized extraction process is used to yield highly concentrated CBD oil that also contains highly nutritious material such as omega-3 fatty acids, terpenes, vitamins, chlorophyll, amino acids and more.

CBD oil is becoming wildly popular as a nutritional supplement and as an alternative medicine. Over the years, great advances in hemp CBD oil product development have led to what are now dozens of different types of hemp CBD oil products, including capsules, drops, and even chewing gum. Concentrated hemp CBD oil can also be infused into skin and body care products and used topically. A wide range of safe hemp CBD oil products can be found here.


We don’t make any specific medical claims, however many doctors and researchers around the world are convinced that CBD oil can be used for medicinal purposes to treat a wide range of symptoms and suffering. The two compounds work with one another inside the body to elicit various responses. If you’d like to learn more, click this link where we explore it further: Differences Between THC and CBD. We highly recommend this article by David Kohn of The Washington Post as well.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana

It’s important to understand that hemp and marijuana are both members of the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa L. However, the two plants are unique in their chemical makeup, resulting in their being used for very different purposes. 

Find Out More About the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a cannabis plant that is harvested commercially for its seeds and stalks, which are used to produce a number of products: including food, nutritional supplements, medicine, body care products, paper, textiles, building materials, plastic composites, and even biofuels.

hemp plant

For cannabis to be considered hemp, it must contain no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per dry weight. THC is the active compound in marijuana that causes its euphoric effect. The level of THC in hemp is over 30 times less than the least potent marijuana strains, so it’s impossible for hemp to get you high.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a cannabis plant that is most frequently harvested for its euphoric, psychoactive properties, which are responsible for making users feel high or stoned. The fibers and stalks of marijuana are not used commercially. Instead, the marijuana plant is cultivated specifically for its flowers, which contain the highest levels of THC in the plant.

marijuana plant

Through selective breeding, varieties or strains of marijuana can contain THC concentrations that range from 10 percent to up to 30 percent. Marijuana is naturally lower in CBD than THC. Since it contains high levels of THC, use and possession of marijuana, whether for recreational or medical reasons, remains federally illegal in the U.S., although states have passed laws that have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana.

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THC-Free Products

If you want to avoid any THC in your products, HempMeds® offers products that are completely THC-free as well. Using CBD isolate, we are able to provide all the benefits of CBD without THC.


The first CBD hemp oil product of its kind, RSHO-X™ is a completely THC-free version of our customer favorite Real Scientific Hemp Oil™. Since RSHO-X™ contains absolutely no THC, the compound in cannabis that gets users high, it has become the CBD supplement of choice for parents of small children, first responders, competitive athletes, or anyone subject to a drug test. In fact, RSHO-X™ is the first cannabinoid supplement available that meets the rigid drug testing restrictions set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

RSHO-X™ provides safe, non-psychoactive delivery of cannabidiol (CBD) to the body by combining CBD isolate with sustainably sourced MCT oil. With virtually no taste at all, RSHO-X™ can be taken as is or added to foods or beverages.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is not a synthetic or lab-made cannabinoid. Instead, it is an all-natural product, extracted from the hemp plant and refined down to an incredible purity.

Like RSHO™ hemp oil, Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ CBD isolate is extracted from non-GMO hemp using supercritical CO2, a process generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. The extraction produces a botanical concentrate that includes the cannabinoids, fatty acids, and other plant material found naturally in hemp plants. The CBD hemp oil is then purified using a proprietary process to filter plant material and winterized to remove excess waxes, producing a pure isolate powder with 99% CBD. The CBD isolate powder has no taste or smell to it and can be integrated into a number of products.

Visit the HempMeds® online shop to get started with CBD oil products today or discover more about CBD, hemp, and the HempMeds® family on our education page.


Hemp CBD oil products derived from hemp are 100% legal to import, purchase, and use as a dietary supplement throughout all 50 of the U.S. states and in over 40 countries worldwide.

There are a variety of hemp oil products currently on the market naturally abundant in CBD, including organic hemp oil concentrates, tinctures, capsules, gums, lotions, salves, shampoos, and conditioners. Please visit our online shop to find the right hemp CBD oil product for you!

You can also sign up for a wholesale account with HempMeds, or buy our bulk hemp CBD oil to formulate your own products.

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