Does CBD get you high?

Does CBD get you high?

November 15, 2018

No, cannabidiol (CBD) does not get you high.

Why doesn’t CBD get you high?

CBD is naturally non-psychoactive.

The reason that the consumption of CBD’s cousin cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), results in a high is that it’s so similar in structure to a neurotransmitter released during exercise and binds to the same receptors. CBD has a slightly different composition and does not bind to those receptors. So, it does not cause a high. It does, however, interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in other ways, which helps regulate many of our physiological and cognitive processes. Those interactions have shown potential to curb anxiety, fight pain and inflammation and treat a variety of other ailments and illnesses.

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For more about the science, please visit our Science of CBD page.

Can CBD be abused?

The World Health Organization stated in a 2017 report that “cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.” In addition, researchers have not identified any significant side effects associated with the consumption of CBD, even when used in high dosages.

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