Science Confirms: You Can’t Get High on CBD

Can CBD get you high?

It’s not entirely accurate to say that CBD — or cannabidiol, which is the best-known and most abundant cannabinoid (“active ingredient”) in the cannabis plant after THC — isn’t “psychoactive.” Of course, CBD has some effect on the mind; If that weren’t the case, why would CBD, which proponents say helps alleviate brain-driven issues like insomnia and anxiety, be so popular?

It is correct to say that CBD, unlike THC, is “non-intoxicating”. In fact, CBD is so non-intoxicating that according to a recent study, you can consume large amounts of it and still be confident in driving a motor vehicle.

So can CBD get you high? no However, this is not to say that CBD is not without some risks, both biological and legal. Depending on what CBD formulation a patient is using and what condition they are in, they may actually be able to drive a motor vehicle without issue while ingesting an epic amount of CBD—while still doing that Risk of “cannabis” takes charge of DUI”. And depending on what other drugs and other medications a patient may be taking; CBD carries some risks.

Safe at any speed

In this latest study, researchers in Australia — where doctors have issued more than 55,000 prescriptions for medicinal CBD since medical cannabis was legalized in 2016 — gave 17 study participants doses of either a placebo or synthetically-derived CBD ranging from 15 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams . Each participant was then asked to perform basic tasks in a driving simulator between 45 and 75 minutes after taking their dose and then again between 3.5 and 4 hours later.

And according to results published last month in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, even a massive prescription dose of CBD “has no effect on people’s driving or cognitive ability,” as the University of Sydney, which employs the lead researchers, reported in a press release.

The Question Can CBD Get You High? Answered: The study participants not only reported no feeling of intoxication, but also showed no signs of intoxication.

These results are consistent with previous research and “suggest that, unlike some other drugs, CBD can be used without the risk of becoming incapacitated,” said Danielle McCartney, the lead researcher and professor at the University of Sydney School of Psychology. “This could certainly make CBD more attractive to some patients than other therapies (e.g. those who have to work with heavy machinery).

Previous research found that low doses of vaporized CBD also had no effect on driving. But the CBD used in the study is not the CBD that most people use.

What’s in your CBD?

In Australia, it is already legal for consumers to drive with CBD. The same is true in the US, where neither the state nor the federal government place limits on how much CBD can be in the human body while driving a vehicle.

But that’s not the case with THC. In theory, it’s possible to consume enough CBD oil to trigger a positive result for THC in a drug test, as well as to exceed the “per se” limit for cannabis intoxication in states that still have a per se limit.

That’s because “hemp” in the US is classified as cannabis with 0.3 percent or less THC. Although formulations and ratios will vary – and while product quality and consistency are issues that continue to plague the CBD industry – this means that a CBD product will likely contain some THC, and the larger a dose of CBD, the larger it is the potential dose of THC.

Although that probably still won’t be enough THC to produce any sort of intoxicating effect, or at least an effect that the user would recognize as THC-driven intoxication – partly because CBD is a THC agonist and tends to do so To enhance or even eliminate the psychoactive properties of THC, patients in a situation where a drug test could result in loss of job or home should be aware of the risk of a positive drug test, said Dr. Sherry Yafai, Physician from Santa Monica, CA, and Board Member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

“It’s really important to emphasize that,” Yafai told Cannabis Now. “I mention this because I have patients who test positive for THC after using a CBD product and are then flown out of their doctor’s office for pain management.”

Yafai, who was not involved in the Australian study, was also surprised that study participants reported “no lethargy or drowsiness” even at high doses. “That’s a little strange,” she said. “Actually, a dose of 1500 milligrams will make most people sleepy for a few days.”

However, this latest study is the latest demonstration of what should now be accepted as gospel: CBD is non-intoxicating.

“It’s been shown over and over again,” she said. “CBD should not be viewed as an intoxicant.”