What is CBD ?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s the dominant compound in the hemp plant. This means that there is more CBD than any other compound in the plant material. CBD can make up between 15 and 30% of the plant’s chemical composition based on the strain.
Cannabidiol gets a good amount of attention mainly because it is the most abundant compound in hemp. Hemp actually contains hundreds of individual cannabinoids which each have their own properties.
The reason why CBD is so popular is because of its many unique properties that can affect how we feel. Which now brings us to the question: does CBD get you high?
Is CBD Psychoactive?
In short, no. CBD is not psychoactive, and it cannot get you high. When a person takes CBD, they do not feel as though they have taken a drug. They may simply notice that they are experiencing some form of relief or calmness.
CBD is legal because it is not psychoactive. This actually applies to the entirety of the hemp plant. In 2018, the Farm Bill was passed, making hemp federally legal in all of its forms. The reason why is because hemp has only 0.3% THC, while marijuana has THC as its dominant chemical compound. THC is the psychoactive compound in the cannabis genus, responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects. The amount present in hemp is so low that even high doses of the plant will not get you high in any way.
What in the Hemp Plant Can Get Me High?
In the natural plant material, these compounds exist in such low levels that they are not psychoactive. But, if they are extracted from the plant material and concentrated, they can give you psychoactive effects. It is illegal to produce and sell delta 9 THC from the hemp plant, but delta 8 THC is legal under federal law. Delta-8 is a mildly psychoactive cannabinoid that’s weaker than delta-9, but still gets you high.
Basically, to avoid getting high off anything derived from the hemp plant, simply avoid delta 8 products.
THC in CBD Products
While the 0.3% of THC in hemp will not get you high, some people still do not want to consume any of the compound at all. Luckily for them, Halal CBD products, such as our tinctures, gummies and even our topicals are completely THC-free.
#1: CBD Isolate
Products labeled as being made with CBD isolate contain a pure cannabidiol extract, meaning there is no THC, nor are there any other naturally occurring compounds in hemp.
#2: Broad Spectrum
Broad spectrum hemp is also THC-free, as the THC has been isolated and removed from the extract. But it contains other, non-psychoactive compound in hemp.
#3: Full Spectrum
Full spectrum contains every compound in hemp, including trace levels of THC. Again, this amount is legal, and will not get you high.
Finally, CBD flower is naturally full spectrum, as it is just the raw buds of the hemp plant. This means that using CBD flower does give you a trace amount of naturally occurring THC in the hemp plant. Once again, this amount is within legal limits, and won’t cause an intoxicating experience.
Bottom Line: CBD Itself isn’t Psychoactive and Will Not Get You High
The same is also true of the hemp plant as a whole. Therefore, if your main concern about using CBD-infused products is getting high, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. While hemp does contain THC, the amount is simply so low that it is impossible for it to create a psychoactive response in the bodily system.