Although there are many sites claiming CBD is “non-psychoactive,” that’s not technically true. CBD, or cannabidiol, is actually “non-psychotropic,” meaning it’s non-intoxicating. THC, on the other hand, is intoxicating and causes the cannabis “high” that weed is famous for.
While CBD shouldn’t get you very “high” like smoking or vaping high-THC products does, many people who vape CBD oil report it does have a calming effect. After exhaling a hit of CBD, they feel relaxed and grounded.
“Not quite high,” Danielle Corcione, freelance cannabis journalist tells Herb. “But I can feel myself unwind and feel a lot more relaxed.”
In general, CBD, whether vaped, smoked, or eaten, has been shown to slow down the speed of neurotransmission in the brain, which is why it helps those with anxiety, insomnia, and ADHD. But those same characteristics can help anyone relax, unwind, and sleep at the right dose.
I’ve also been vaping hemp-derived CBD lately, and so I can attest to its relaxing effects. It’s not an immediate perspective change or euphoric experience like THC, but it can help me take a deep breath and shrug off things that were causing anxiety, allowing me to move forward.
As far as if I’m “high” or not, I feel like vaping CBD oil can slow down my thoughts slightly, which for relaxing at the end of the day, is great. Working from home, it can be hard for me to adjust from work mode to relax mode in the evenings because I’m still thinking about work a mile a minute. But vaping CBD helps take the edge off.
However, I also find that that slowed-down, almost “fuzzy” feeling from vaping CBD can interfere with my work during the day in certain situations. As a journalist, if I vape CBD oil before a phone interview with a source, I feel like I’m not as quick-thinking and so I can struggle to make connections and come up with on-the-spot follow-up questions. That’s a problem because my best interviews are the ones where I’m quick on my toes and have thought provoking conversations with sources.
For those who consume a lot of high THC products regularly, they may not feel a great deal from vaping CBD, but they can still benefit. In the same vein, many people who don’t enjoy the “high” feeling that THC gives them are finding CBD helps them to relax, unwind and de-stress.
To answer the question: does vaping CBD oil get you high? It’s definitely going to affect you, but high probably isn’t the word to use.