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Can Full-Spectrum CBD Get You High?

Written by Nick Congleton

One of the most common concerns among first-time cannabidiol (CBD) users is getting high. For someone seeking out CBD for the first time, the idea probably feels like using hemp’s more intoxicating sibling.

Terms like full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate don’t help matters, especially when you hear that full-spectrum CBD contains THC. It’s easy for misinformation and myths to take root.


What is Full-Spectrum CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD is CBD that contains the entire range of cannabinoids from the original hemp plant in addition to other cannabis constituents like terpenes and flavonoids. When you choose full-spectrum CBD, you’re getting as close to the plant as possible.

This has a number of benefits. First, it’s the most natural and least processed form of CBD. In fact, dried CBD flower would fall under the full-spectrum category. Full-spectrum CBD benefits from the combination of all cannabis constituents called “entourage effect”.

That all said, full-spectrum CBD does contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). On a federal level, CBD cannot legally contain more than 0.3% THC. That amount of THC isn’t enough to produce intoxicating effects, but the presence of this psychotropic substance may deter some people.


Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum CBD

They both contain a range of the original cannabinoids from the hemp plant, including minor cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. The major difference though is that broad-spectrum CBD has no THC. Broad-spectrum CBD has undergone one more step of refinement called THC remediation, and its purpose is to either pull out any THC in the extract or convert it into other cannabinoids. Broad-spectrum CBD can be a great option for people looking to avoid THC altogether.


Can You Get High From Full-Spectrum CBD?

Even though it is federally illegal to sell CBD with more than 0.3% THC, there are unscrupulous CBD brands that may contain more than that amount. In that case, it would be possible to get high from full-spectrum CBD. You can avoid this pitfall by buying trusted brands with third party lab results for their products.

In states where recreational cannabis is legal, it’s also possible to find CBD products with higher concentrations of THC. That’s because these CBD products come from high THC content cannabis plants, instead of hemp.



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Nick Congleton