Is CBD Oil Addictive?

By now, you’ve most likely heard about CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. You may have even heard about people reporting improved sleep, mood, and a greater sense of wellness after using CBD. And you might be considering giving it a try.

But you have some questions. You’re wondering if CBD is addictive, and how it is different from marijuana. You might also have some concerns about how safe it is to take CBD. 

The short answer is that CBD is safe for most people, and it is not addictive. In fact, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won’t even get you high. 

In this article, we’ll delve deeper into why that is the case. We’ll discuss what CBD is, how it is different from marijuana, and why it is not addictive. We’ll also address the issue of safety when it comes to consuming Cannabidiol products. 

What is CBD (Cannabidiol)?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the hemp plant. 

In 2018, the U.S. Govt. lifted several restrictions on the sale and cultivation of hemp products. Ever since then, CBD has experienced a surge in prominence. It is often used in oils and edibles, and people take CBD as a dietary supplement. 

Although CBD isn’t meant to cure any ailments, people all around the country have reported various positive effects after taking CBD.

How is CBD different from marijuana?

Hemp and marijuana are both a part of the cannabis plant family.

However, unlike marijuana, hemp is the strain of cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the chemical that is responsible for the high feeling people get from smoking marijuana.

Under federal law, it is only legal to purchase CBD derived from hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent THC. Because of its negligible THC content, hemp-derived CBD will not get you high.

Can you get addicted to CBD?

Since CBD does not create the feeling of euphoria or “high” like marijuana, there have been no reported cases of people getting addicted to CBD. Unlike THC, which binds directly with receptors in the brain, CBD may influence the body indirectly. 

There is some evidence to suggest that CBD works through the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) [1]. The ECS maintains equilibrium in various functions within the body, like sleep, mood, appetite, and more. 

So, CBD may help the human body better manage its own resources to maintain a balance within itself. In this way, people may feel more calm and relaxed after taking CBD without getting addicted to it. 

People use CBD to fight addiction

Not only is CBD not addictive, but some people use it to manage their addictions to other substances. CBD is not meant to be a cure for addiction. But people have reported a reduction in addiction-related cravings after using CBD.

There is some scientific evidence that backs these reports.

A Univesity College London study found that a single dose of CBD had a positive effect on heavy daily smokers. 

One group of participants were given a CBD treatment. The other group got a placebo. The CBD group responded better to tobacco-related stimuli compared with the placebo group [2]. 

Another study looked at the effects of CBD on rats with a history of alcohol and drug addiction. Researches found that, after CBD, the rats were less likely to relapse [3].

We should note that the research on CBD and addiction is still in the preliminary phases. While the evidence isn’t conclusive, the trends are encouraging. 

Is CBD safe?

According to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO), they found that CBD is safe for consumption for most people. The WHO also found no indications that CBD usage could lead to abuse or addiction [4]. Also, it is virtually impossible to overdose from CBD. 

Still, if you’re considering CBD, you should consult a medical professional. Especially if you’re currently on any medications. 

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