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Separating Fact From Fiction: CBD Oil Gets You High And Is Addictive

By Evelyn Valdez | Mar 05, 2019 in CBD Blog | 6 min read

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The confusion between THC and CBD is the cause of all the CBD myths. Two of the biggest myths about CBD oil are that it gets you high and it is addictive. We will also explain the difference between CBD and THC.

These myths have sprung up because THC and CBD share similarities due to them being derived from the same plant family, Cannabis Sativa.

Cannabis is a family of plants and has two primary classifications: Indica and Sativa. THC can be derived from both of these plants. CBD is derived from hemp which is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family.

THC and CBD are derived from the same plant family, Cannabis Sativa, but THC is extracted from the marijuana plant, not hemp.

So does CBD oil have THC? Technically yes but CBD extracted from the hemp plant legally must have under 0.3% THC. This is why the two cannabinoids have distinct and crucial differences.

In this article we will be debunking the myths about CBD oil having intoxicating properties and being addictive.

Myth: CBD oil will get you high

One of the biggest misconceptions about CBD is that it will get you high. This misconception stems from common questions people ask such as 'does CBD get you high' and 'does CBD give you a body high'. As we mentioned earlier, CBD and THC are both derived from the Cannabis sativa plant.

They share similar properties but react differently when consumed. THC comes from the marijuana plant which contains psychoactive effects that get you high.

CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is derived from the hemp plant. However, it does not produce mind-altering effects.

CBD can make you feel relaxed due to its anti-anxiolytic properties. But will CBD get you high? No! While THC and CBD are derived from the same plant, they have very different effects on the human body.

What the studies say

CBD derived from hemp is technically psychoactive, but it is non-intoxicating. Unlike THC, CBD does not bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors in your Endocannabinoid system. The CB1 receptor is an active neuron in the brain that triggers psychoactive effects. THC on the other hand does bind to the CB1 receptor which is you feel high.

Community-based studies show that CBD actually interferes with the activity of the CB1 receptor when THC is present. The study shows that when THC and CBD are both administered they work together to affect CB1 receptor activity. When this happens, users feel a mellow high and have a lower chance of experiencing paranoia compared to the effects felt when CBD is absent.[1]

CBD does not bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors. It works by regulating non-cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. It can bind to 5-Ht1 serotonin receptors which can have anti-anxiety effects. It can also bind to TRPV1/vanilloid receptors which aids in regulating inflammation and pain.

CBD does not get you high because it does not bind to the receptors that trigger psychoactive effects. CBD binds to several other receptors which indirectly stimulates the CB1 and CB2.

Myth: CBD oil is addictive

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that marijuana is addictive. Since CBD is derived from the same plant family, does that make it an addictive substance too? Is CBD oil addictive? The short answer is no. We will dive a little deeper into what addiction means and why CBD is a non-addictive substance.

What the studies say

An article from Harvard Health Publishing states, “Addiction exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.”[2]

The brain has a reward/pleasure center and addictive substances trigger a release of dopamine in that center. This leads to the body becoming dependent on the substance so a person will experience withdrawal symptoms when that substances is taken away.

As we discussed earlier, THC directly binds with CB1 receptors which are the receptors for triggering intoxicating effects. When they bind, dopamine is released into the brain which makes marijuana addictive. Cannabidiol (CBD) does not bind to CB1 receptors meaning it does not release an excessive amount of dopamine. This should answer the 'is CBD addictive' question we hear so often.

CBD is not an addictive substance because it does not lead to a release of dopamine. There are also no withdrawal symptoms when CBD is no longer consumed.

The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report in 2017 that declared CBD not dangerous and not addictive. They state “An orally administered dose of 600mg of CBD did not differ from placebo on the scales of the Addiction Research Centre Inventory. CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”[3]

Why do people take CBD

Hopefully debunking the myths help you have a better understanding of CBD. CBD oil, and all the other high CBD low THC products, have non-intoxicating effects and amazing potential health benefits.

People take CBD for different purposes. A few reasons why people ingest CBD oil are: reducing anxiety and depression, aiding pain and inflammation, helping with insomnia, and so much more.

Pure CBD tinctures are a great option for someone wanting to try CBD for the first time because of its potency and ease of use. Simply administer a few drops orally or drip a few drops into your drink.

Use our CBD calculator to find the optimal CBD oil dosage for you. It’s important to choose the best CBD oil but it can be hard to choose one with so many options. Make sure to buy from a reliable company and choose a suitable concentration of full-spectrum CBD (250mg-1,000mg) that is derived from 100% organic hemp. If you are taking any other medications, check out our CBD drug interactions guide before trying CBD.

Urbul pure CBD tinctures

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At Urbul, we work hard to ensure that our products quality is top notch. Our Urbul CBD Tinctures contain 1,000mg of full-spectrum CBD and has less than 0.3% THC. Our CBD is supercritical Co2 extracted from 100% organic hemp grown in Colorado, and each tincture is organic and non-GMO.

Urbul’s CBD tinctures are sent to third party tested for cannabinoid potency. We provide a copy of the individual lab results for every product we ship. Additionally, all of our products include a QR code that links straight to the batch lab report of that product.

We offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, no questions asked. We truly believe that our products will make a difference that you can actually feel.

If any of our products do not meet your expectations then we want you to send it back within the first 30 days of delivery and we will give you the opportunity to exchange for a different product or receive a full refund.

Final Thoughts

Do not confuse CBD with THC. They may come from the same plant family but they affect the body in different ways. CBD oil and all other CBD products contain powerful and amazing benefits. It can help you with the little things like stress from work, improved sleep, muscle pain from working out, and so much more.

Don’t let these common myths stop you from experiencing the many benefits of cannabidiol. We encourage you to do your own research and find out how CBD can make a difference in your life.


  2. “Addiction exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences.”
  3. “An orally administered dose of 600mg of CBD did not differ from placebo on the scales of the Addiction Research Centre Inventory. CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

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