Although the use of cannabis and cannabinoids is growing in the U.S. and around the world, there are many who may be interested in the benefits of cannabinoids but are hesitant because of marijuana’s psychoactive effects, causing them to ask themselves, “Can CBD oil get me high?”
When the CBD oil is derived from hemp, the easy answer is no.
CBD oil alone cannot get you high. CBD hemp oil contains only trace levels of THC – far too little to be psychoactive at suggested serving sizes, even in our most concentrated products.
Some users report feeling increased relaxation. While this may be misperceived as being “high”, it is simply an effect of the CBD and shouldn’t be confused with the impairing psychoactive effects of THC. Kannaway products are safe for use by your entire family. However, if you are looking to avoid even trace levels of THC in your CBD supplement, we also offer several completely THC-free options, like our Pure CBD line of products.
Read more below about the differences between CBD and THC, hemp and marijuana, and how these differences affect CBD’s psychoactivity below.
CBD vs. THC
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, the active compounds that provide the effects from ingesting cannabis. Adding cannabinoids like CBD to your diet is acknowledged as beneficial to supporting homeostasis in the body. However, there are many opinions on the ideal way to supplement your diet with cannabinoids.
As we mentioned above, both CBD and THC are cannabinoids – or more specifically, phytocannabinoids since they are plant based. While THC is most plentiful in marijuana, CBD is present in higher quantities in hemp.
One of the key differences between CBD and THC when it comes to hemp oil supplements is that CBD is non-psychoactive. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical compound in cannabis that is responsible for producing euphoric effects. However, in CBD hemp oil products like those from Kannaway, THC is present in only trace levels, far below the psychoactive threshold. Because CBD produces no negative side effects, it is regarded as safe for use by anyone in your family.
Both CBD and THC interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system through specialized cannabinoid receptors to provide their effects, mimicking our own naturally occurring cannabinoids.
It is through this interaction with various systems within the body that these cannabinoids promote balance in our lives. Although they interact with the body through different channels, both THC and CBD are tied to maintaining homeostasis.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
It’s important to first 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. We explore the important distinctions between these two members of the cannabis family next.
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.
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 a user “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.
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.
If you want to avoid any THC in your products, Kannaway® offers products that are completely THC-free as well. Using CBD isolate, we are able to provide all the benefits of CBD without THC.
Our first CBD hemp oil product line of its kind, Pure CBD products are a completely THC-free version of some of our most popular products. Since Pure CBD contains absolutely no THC, the compound in cannabis that gets users high, these products have become the CBD supplement of choice for parents of small children, first responders, competitive athletes, or anyone subject to a drug test.
Pure CBD 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, Pure CBD Liquid can be taken as is or added to foods or beverages, while Pure CBD Capsules are washed down with a glass of water once or twice daily.
Crafted using natural terpenes, MCT oil, and CBD isolate, our new 100 mg HempVAP® vaporizer is totally THC-free. The HempVAP® vaporizer cartridge is flavored with organic terpenes, including alpha-pinene, myrcene, limonene, and linalool, for an all-natural botanical flavor. Terpenes are among the many chemical compounds found in the hemp plant, are often responsible for a plant’s aroma and flavor, and can have unique benefits since they can interact with many types of cell receptors and enzymes.