No – CBD oil does not get you “high.”  While there are dozens of compounds, called cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant, only one, THC, has been definitively proven to result in an intoxicating high.  Since CBD does not result in psychoactive side-effects, it is an attractive compound to be studied for various health and wellness benefits. While FDA approved research findings are limited, CBD is actively being studied for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for its potential to deliver natural support for anxiety, pain, insomnia and many other conditions.  

Despite the lack of FDA analysis, consumers should do their own research around the mountain of anecdotal evidence pertaining to CBD and wellness.  In fact, cannabinoids were patented by the United States Department of Health in 2003 as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants” (patent 6630507). CBD is now a global wellness phenomenon that is changing the perception of cannabis after it first became famous after being featured on CNN for the near miraculous impact it had on a little girl’s life. 

While some people report drowsiness with CBD usage, this is generally associated with other factors or with dosing that exceeds the recommended daily allowance rather than with being high.  That said, not all CBD is created equally and depending on the brand chosen could have unreliable levels of THC – the compound that makes one high.

Consumers should open their phone camera and scan the QR code shown on the CBD package to review the 3rd party test results.  These results should show that there is at least less than 0.3% THC present in the product.  If there are no test results available, then there is a good chance the product could have THC levels that are above the legal limit and which could be resulting in an intoxicating high.  H. Hemp products contain only trace levels of THC, meaning that there is no chance of them resulting in an intoxicating high.

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