Can CBD Cause Hallucinations?

Rumour and hearsay are prevalent accompaniments to many a popularised movement. From the internet to online dating; it’s one’s prerogative to pitch in with an opinion from time to time. However, what happens when a view that is construed as a fact, is, in fact, fiction? As the myth machine circles its latest target, it’s our job here at VSAVI to inform and educate you about the wonderful world of CBD. You may have heard that cannabis can make some users hallucinate – but what does that mean for CBD? Can using CBD Oil make you hallucinate? Let’s find out more. 


Let’s nip this one in the bud quickly – using CBD products you will not make you hallucinate. Far from it, indeed the most commonly reported effects of using CBD have been likened to waves of calm washing over you. Sound nice doesn’t it? This means that CBD makes an excellent addition to your rest and relaxation time, as well as having the potential to calm any unwanted nerves.

You may or may not know that CBD is just one of over a hundred discovered cannabinoids found to exist in the cannabis plant that interacts with our very own endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a network of receptors (CB1 and CB2) found within our nervous system and peripheral organs, which are thought to play a role in maintaining various physiological processes such as sleep, mood, memory and appetite. 

Early research shows us that while some cannabinoids may induce appetite by stimulating hormones, while other cannabinoids may help with a long list of other ailments and conditions. From Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s to arthritis and migraines, cannabinoids could yet prove to be a golden goose when it comes to good health. 

While countless studies are currently being undertaken to understand cannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system and their relationship with our physiological processes, at this current the UK and EU do not recognize CBD to have any beneficial medical or remedial properties. 

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The myth that CBD can make you hallucinate may derive from a few sources. The 1970s US-led ‘war on drugs’ used various propaganda materials to warn on the dangers of using cannabis. ‘Reefer Madness’ was one such campaign that cited one to lose their mind should they come into contact with marijuana. While the image conjured may have been an exaggerated one, the psychological impact of chronic cannabis consumption has quite rightly been the subject of fairly intense scrutiny and one not to be underestimated. 


THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the infamous reputation that cannabis has inherited. Where CBD products in the UK must not exceed a THC level of 0.2%, potent cannabis strains today may see percentages in the high 20s, which will potentially cause some adverse effects to the brain. A common side effect of using cannabis is paranoia, which depending on the situation and your surroundings, might lead you to see things that aren’t there. Beware. 

While THC affects the brain in ways that are yet to be wholly understood, studies suggest that adolescents whose brains are yet to have fully developed are particularly susceptible to psychological changes should they consume too much cannabis for a sustained period.

The conclusion – only buy CBD from reputable companies, which have little to no THC.

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