Well, that depends on what you mean by “high”.
If, by “high”, you mean the euphoric high that is usually associated with using marijuana or cannabis – then no, CBD and CBD oil do not make you high.
The only form of “high” that might be experienced with any CBD product is a relief type of “high”, such as relief of anxiety, or relief from pain (as studies have shown). So, how does that work?
We should mention that CBD stands for cannabidiol and is much different that THC which stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, While both are considered cannabinoids, they have affects on the brain and body that differ greatly.
The psychoactive component in some cannabis and always associated with marijuana (type of cannabis) is THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, reacts with receptors in the brain and body to cause a feeling of “high”.
Let’s start from the beginning.
It has been demonstrated that every mammal, including and especially humans, have cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. And cannabinoids are a class of compounds found in very few plants – but are abundant in the cannabis species of plant.
There are quite a few types or strains of cannabis. Marijuana is a name or nickname used for a few strains of the cannabis species that contain psychoactive THC and produce the feeling of high.
Hemp is another strain of cannabis that contains none or very little THC. Marijuana and hemp are both cannabis plants. Both contain cannbinoids. And yes, hemp and marijuana both contain cannabidiol CBD compounds.
As a side note – there are several other cannabinoids besides THC and CBD.
Another side note – it is amazing that our bodies contain receptors for compounds that we do not produce internally and can only be readily found in the cannabis species of plant. (Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?)
Ok, we know there are cannabinoids, abundant compounds found in the cannabis plant. And we know that humans have cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. CBD seems to have a special effect in the human body (and in other mammals as well).
The unusual aspect of cannabidiol CBD is that it has a balancing affect in our bodies. This is referred to as homeostasis.
Homeostasis is not easily explained. Essentially, it means that where there is an unbalance in bodily systems, it causes the body to make adjustments to bring those systems back into balance.
Naturally, this is considered a very good thing.
For someone suffering from anxiety, the unbalanced system causing this seems to be brought back into balance when CBD is introduced into the body. This is realized by an anti-anxiety feeling. You can refer to studies on this here… CBD and Anxiety – Multiple Studies Are Summarized
And where someone is suffering pain from a chronic and unbalanced system, cannabidiol CBD can cause some balance to be restored and reduce pain – as studies have shown… CBD for Pain and Neuropathy Studies – Summarized Extensive List
Of course, there are many other systems where CBD seems to have very beneficial effects. Perhaps this is why CBD has been studied so extensively. Hundreds of studies have been conducted since the 60’s and continue today.
To wrap up this short overview…
Cannabis is a plant species. Hemp is a variety of cannabis. Marijuana is a variety of cannabis.
Cannabinoids are found in all cannabis plants (and very few other plants). Hemp contains cannabinoids. Marijuana contains cannabinoids.
THC is found in greater quantities in marijuana. THC tetrahydrocannabinol is a psychoactive compound that affects the mind and produces a euphoric “high”. THC is not readily found in some cannabis plants like hemp.
CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid in any cannabis plant. CBD cannabidiol is NOT psychoactive, does NOT directly affect the mind, and does NOT produce a euphoric “high”.
CBD has the positive affect of restoring homeostasis, the balancing of bodily systems, and therefore can have very beneficial effects on the human body.