CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. This is why I am never surprised when people who are yet to try CBD products ask the one big question - does CBD get you high?
The reported benefits of CBD are vast and inviting to those who are trying to improve their personal health and wellness. However, for many people, the knowledge that CBD is a compound found in cannabis, makes them worry about the potential psychoactive effects of CBD products.
These concerns are completely legitimate as they stem from the larger stigma around cannabis, which is known to induce psychoactive effects. Many people associate cannabis with lethargy, enhanced-food cravings and even more negative effects like increased anxiety and paranoia – which are not desirable at all.
However, I'm pleased to say that CBD does not get you high. So don't worry, you won't be experiencing the munchies anytime soon!
Can infused CBD drinks make you high?
Just like CBD oil and other CBD products, CBD infused drinks will not create a high. Although you will experience the positive effects of CBD when taking it in a drink, you will not experience any effects synonymous with the feeling of getting high, so long as the product doesn't contain THC or is under the legal limit of 0.2% THC.
At Kolibri, all our drinks are third-party tested so you can be sure there is no THC present at all. As well as that, you can use our smart caps to control your CBD dosage, creating the perfect experience for you.
I’ve noticed some CBD alcoholic drinks popping up on the market recently, and be aware that if you choose to try these you will feel the effects of the alcohol, although this is a not a high it is certainly something to take into consideration.
When might a CBD product get you high?
The psychoactive component in cannabis isn't CBD, it is Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC. The effects of THC are what causes the high known to come from cannabis, and you'll feel that if you take a CBD product with high levels of THC.
We spoke to Kim from For the Ageless, who told us: “CBD drinks are not intoxicating or addictive unless they also contain a significant amount of THC. Some full-spectrum products that do not follow current UK legislation may be too high in THC, making it possible for these to make you high.”
This is because of the way THC works with your Endocannabinoid System. Unlike CBD, which compliments the functions of the CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors, THC can overstimulate your cannabinoid receptors and cause negative effects.
This is why, any product with more than 0.2% THC content is illegal in the UK, although as we know there are CBD bad players on the market who may allow products containing both CBD and THC onto shelves and into the hands of customers.
The only time when a product can legally contain higher levels of THC is in the case of medical marijuana, for which a user needs a licence granted by the Home Office.
CBD drinks and drug tests - Will they show up?
So, although they won't make you high, could CBD drinks cause you to fail a drug test? The answer is, no, they will not. As CBD is a legal product in the UK, drugs test are not designed to pick it up, and therefore you will not fail a drugs test if you have CBD in your system.
However, as THC is an illegal cannabinoid in the UK, drugs tests will look for this and if you are found to have high levels of it in your system you do risk failing a test. As we have said, although CBD products shouldn't have THC levels over 0.2%, there are products on our shelves that do and you should be extra vigilant when buying CBD if you know you will have to take a drug test in the near future.
To learn more about identifying a reliable product, read my article, How do I know if a CBD product is high quality?
For products with trace amounts of THC but fall under the legal limit, the THC within your body might still build up after multiple doses and become detectable on a drugs test. Although active THC might not be found in your system, it can stay in your body for up to 90 days as it metabolites, which is even more of a reason to try and avoid products containing it at any level whatsoever.
It’s wonderful that CBD users don’t need to worry about incurring undesirable effects when taking CBD products, and that they are able to continue using CBD confidently, even if they are expecting a drugs test in the near future.
About the author:
Kamila is a bestselling author of “Bespoke. How to radically grow your bar and restaurant business through personalisation”, and passionate trend-spotter for the UK Eating Out market with thousands of followers on her widely popular blog kamilasitwell.co.uk.
With a decade of hands-on experience collaborating with hospitality influencers and insight experts and a background in setting strategies for leading brands, Kamila has become the industry champion for truly bespoke and guest-centric experiences.