As CBD grows increasingly popular for stress relief and overall wellness, we continue to see new information and findings being uncovered about this wonderful substance every day. From its myriad of therapeutic benefits to its complex cannabinoid and terpene profiles, CBD (cannabidiol) keeps on surprising us with its wide range of amazing properties.


As a naturally derived product of the cannabis plant, one of the most common questions about CBD is whether it produces a high. Some people who want to take advantage of all the wonderful benefits that CBD has to offer are concerned that it would temporarily alter their consciousness or impair their cognitive function. What has been lacking from general knowledge until recently – when CBD usage and interest began to surge – is that there are many different chemical compounds (such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and amino acids) to the Cannabis sativa plant. The active component that produces the familiar, euphoric high that has been popularized by the media and advocates of cannabis is actually tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – a cousin of CBD. While both derive from the cannabis plant, THC is the one responsible for producing a high, while CBD on its own does not possess this trait.

With this new insight, many are delightfully turning to CBD to enjoy its vast array of therapeutic benefits without concern of experiencing the high. Due to the frequency of this question being asked, many articles online are addressing this specific issue to reassure consumers that they won’t have to worry about mind-altering effects – however temporary – from CBD use. The problem? An overwhelming number of articles are claiming that CBD is not psychoactive, rather than just stating that CBD doesn’t get you high like THC.


Now, to address the million-dollar question of the day: Does CBD have psychoactive properties? The short answer is yes. There is a large misconception surrounding this important question. While an increasing percentage of the public is growing aware that CBD does not produce a high, many are still under the misguided impression that CBD is not psychoactive. This fallacy is further exacerbated by the plethora of articles online that make this claim. The most common uses for CBD are stress and anxiety relief, as well as pain management. This means that cannabidiol possesses mood-altering properties and therefore cannot be deemed as inactive. The World Health Organization defines psychoactive substances as “substances that, when taken in or administered into one’s system, affect mental processes, e.g. cognition or affect.” In that sense, CBD does have psychoactive properties (i.e., it affects the mind and one’s mood) – just not in the same way as THC.


Despite its psychoactive properties, CBD will not likely cause you to fail your drug test. Full-spectrum CBD – one of the most common types of CBD in products on the market – contains a comprehensive range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other goodies (like amino acids) that are naturally derived from the cannabis plant. Its inclusive nature means that trace amounts of THC are also present in the final product. In quality CBD products from reputable brands, the THC amount is less than 0.3% – not enough to get you high, and generally not enough to show up on a drug test. Ultimately, whether or not CBD will show up on a drug test will depend on your usage (i.e., how much CBD you’re taking), the specific product you’re using (i.e., the amount of CBD content in the product), the purpose of the CBD usage (i.e., whether you’re ingesting a tincture for stress relief or applying a topical oil for pain management), and the drug test itself. When used responsibly and in moderation, CBD should not be a problem for drug tests.