Can CBD oil get you high? It’s the million-dollar question. Or possibly the $40-a-gram question, judging from the prices I see at my local dispensaries. And it seems, despite CBD oil’s rising popularity, that plenty of people still don’t understand what this powerful medicine does — and doesn’t — do.
By itself, CBD (aka cannabidiol) is not psychoactive. This means that no, CBD oil cannot get you high. But — and it’s a big “but” — many high-CBD strains still maintain trace, or higher, levels of THC.
It’s not easy to breed a strain with no THC whatsoever, although a lab in Israel has purportedly done it. Plus, THC in itself comes with quite a few benefits — especially when it occurs in the right ratio to CBD and CBN, which are other phytocannabinoids.
So what’s the fuss about CBD? In recent years, there’s been a lot of buzz around what some describe as a miracle compound. Not long ago, a nine-year-old boy with autism spoke his first words — he’d been nonverbal up until then — after his parents decided to give him CBD oil as medication. And there’s been a mass exodus of parents of kids with seizure disorders from all over the States to places like Denver, Seattle, and Portland. Many have uprooted their lives, and those of their families, just to give their kids access to CBD and a much improved quality of life.
And one main reason why such parents aren’t getting more flak is that no, they’re not getting their kids high. They’re simply treating their conditions with a medication that works for them, and normally, that medication doesn’t have the side effect of couchlock, the munchies, or paranoia.
Still, that $40 high-CBD oil I can find in my local club? There’s a little bit of THC in each one, but the truth is, it’s not about to get you any more buzzed than half a beer. And that’s what I call good medicine.