does cbd isolate get you high

Does cbd isolate get you high

News stories are emerging across the country involving famous people who have gotten positive drug screening results for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the component of marijuana that can cause people to feel high. This is happening even though CBD oil is said to be THC-free.

Does CBD Oil Contain THC?

However, the distinction between full-spectrum oils and isolates makes all the difference if you are being tested for drug use.

Mislabeling of Products

The active chemical in marijuana that gets detected in a positive drug test screening is THC. Most people are under the impression that CBD oil is THC-free, which is generally true. But not always.

Does cbd isolate get you high

CBD isolate, meanwhile, cannot take advantage of the entourage effect because there are no other compounds to synthesize with. CBD isolate is like using a product that’s been stripped of a lot of its nutritional value.

You can learn more about “What is CBD?” here.

Is Full Spectrum Better?

We might be a bit biased but we’ll go ahead and say it: full spectrum CBD is the best. And here’s why.

The “best” way to take CBD oil is entirely up to the user. Once you build a tolerance, you may find that a stronger full spectrum CBD oil twice daily is best for you, while others may just take a small dose when they need it. It all depends!

What Is Full Spectrum CBD?

One 2015 study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School, found that full spectrum CBD was more effective at treating inflammation than CBD isolate. Their findings showed that the other compounds in full spectrum CBD synergized to produce greater results.

Does cbd isolate get you high

But for children under age 21 it’s a different story. It’s also not clear if any amount of CBD is appropriate for children.

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Currently, there is only one CBD product that has FDA approval: a prescription medication called Epidiolex, used to treat some rare severe seizure disorders in children. The bottom line is that in order to understand whether CBD is legal where you live, you’ll need to consult your state health department website or professionals in your community.

While CBD can come from marijuana, it can also be derived from hemp. Hemp is a related plant with 0.3% or less of THC. This plant is often used to make fabrics and ropes. As of 2018, Congress made hemp legal in all 50 states, and consequently CBD derived from hemp is also legal. The rules around marijuana-derived CBD, however, are far less clear.

The endocannabinoid system: Essential and mysterious

Testing also shows that many products don’t contain what’s claimed on the label. For example, they may have less CBD than advertised. So, buyer beware.

People report that oral CBD helps relieve anxiety and pain and also leads to better sleep. However, the same may not be true for a host of other CBD products on the market today, in particular those that are rubbed on the skin. It’s hard to know whether these have any clinical benefit, because they haven’t been tested sufficiently.

By now, you’ve probably run into a product containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD. It’s in everything from drinks and pet products to lotions and chewable gummies. Even major drugstore chains have announced they will start carrying CBD products in certain states.

CBD and other medications: Proceed with caution

If you are interested in trying a CBD product, it’s best to seek one through a dispensary, which is an establishment legally licensed to sell marijuana, if they are available in your state. Dispensary products must be labeled so you can see exactly how much CBD is in the product and whether it also contains THC. A small amount of THC in a CBD product isn’t typically problematic. But larger amounts could cause a “high” and may present a risk if you are going to drive.

For adults, CBD appears to be a very safe product. CBD does produce side effects for some people, including nausea, fatigue, and irritability. It may also interact with certain medications, so always check with your doctor before use.