What Are The Side Effects of CBD Oil? Can it get you high?
Posted on October 25, 2018
Does CBD oil have unwanted side effects? As you probably know, CBD oil is made from hemp. And as with any natural product, CBD oil will have different effects on different people. But CBD is non-toxic. And part of being non-toxic is being non-intoxicating. You could eat a brick of pure CBD and not get high or have any long-term consequences. However, depending on your needs, some of the effects of CBD oil might be unwanted. So, what, exactly, are the side effects of CBD oil?
What are the side effects of CBD oil?
CBD can have a wide range of effects on the human body, and, as we stated, it can affect everyone differently. If one of these effects is an effect that you don’t want, then it has unwanted side effects. This seems completely obvious, but it seems to be overlooked when people discuss the side effects of CBD oil.
As an example, if you’re taking CBD oil during the day to help you relax, but it actually makes you sleepy, that might be an unwanted side effect. On the other hand, if you’re taking CBD to help you sleep, but it keeps you awake, then that is an unwanted side effect.
As far as anyone knows CBD has no harmful side effects and no effects that are completely and utterly unwanted. A number of clinical studies have listed some side effects. These effects, which are rare, include drowsiness and loose stool. Theoretically, if you’re badly in need of sleep, then drowsiness is not an unwanted side effect. And if you’re backed up, so to speak, loose stool is not an unwanted side effect. But if you need to stay focused or you are not backed up, then these certainly might be unwanted effects.
The bottom line is that it’s very important that you become highly aware of changes in your body and also any changes in mood. Start small and work your way up. If you determine that CBD oil is causing you any kind of discomfort, you can reduce the dosage and see if that helps, or stop using it altogether.
Keep in mind that the most unwelcome side effects of CBD oil such as loose stool are very rare.
There is one important caveat that we must make here. In some users, CBD oil can temporarily increase ocular pressure or the internal pressure of the fluid in your eyes. This elevated pressure is associated with glaucoma, a condition which causes progressive loss of vision. The irony is that in some other patients, the exact opposite happens making CBD oil a valuable tool in treating their condition. The point is if you’re using CBD to treat some kind of medical condition you need to not only do your homework but talk to a knowledgeable medical professional.
CBD is non toxic with very few potential and rare side effects.
Can CBD oil get you high?
CBD oil made from hemp, such as the CBD oil made by Meds Biotech, is essentially devoid of a compound called THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes a feeling of intoxication. Still, given that the products contain no THC, a small number of users have claimed that it made them high. But this might be a matter of semantics.
There are two states which could be considered as being high. The first is intoxication, but the second is a phenomenon known as runner’s high. Runner’s high is a feeling of euphoria which is associated with vigorous exertion such as running a marathon or competing in sports. What happens is your brain produces chemicals called hormones or neurotransmitters that signal particular parts of your brain to become more active. These chemicals include serotonin and dopamine. They affect areas of your brain such as those which are involved in anxiety, stress, focus, pain, coordination, circulation, and respiration, among others. They also play a huge role in the brain’s reward circuits. When you’re in the zone, your brain is pumping out these chemicals.
There is an important difference between these two types of highs. In the first type of high, intoxication, your perception of reality is markedly altered. For example, things that might not otherwise be funny can bring on laughing fits, or it might reduce coordination. In the second type of high, runner’s high, although accompanied by a feeling of euphoria and improved coordination, there is no change in perception. This is the kind of high that CBD oil might produce in a small percentage of users. And this is the high that is being experienced by those who claim that CBD makes them high. But is this an unwanted side effect? A feeling of euphoria (essentially putting you in a really good mood) without the unwanted effects of intoxication I think would be a welcome effect by many.
Some users have gone as far as to claim that some CBD oil products contain THC. Is this the case? It’s a near certainty that it is not the case. The reason for this is that all companies that produce CBD oil are extremely aware of the regulations surrounding the product. Those regulations come with steep penalties. In fact, any individual at the helm of one of these companies could be charged with drug trafficking if their products were found to contain THC. And it could spell doom for the company. For this reason, all respectable CBD oil manufacturers use 3rd party testing to assure that their products contain either just trace amounts of THC or none at all. The trace amounts must be less than 0.3% THC. That’s three one-tenths of one percent. In a 10 milligram dose of raw CBD extract (not the high quality filtered and distilled products that Meds Biotech CBD sells), that’s less than three one-thousandths of one milligram of THC.
So, as you can see, although it might put you in a really good mood, it’s extremely unlikely that CBD oil can cause you to feel intoxicated.