Is CBD Addictive?

Is CBD Addictive?

January 22, 2019

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in ten Americans has a drug abuse problem. With all the hype surrounding CBD, people want to know: is CBD addictive? Find out what CBD side effects you can expect from hemp and cannabis products containing cannabidiol.

Is CBD Addictive?

Doctors, scientists, and researchers have been looking at the potential for CBD provide relief for many of the underlying factors that are often part and parcel of addiction, including chronic pain, mood disorders, stress, anxiety and more.

What is addiction?

Addiction can take many forms and can affect anyone. For example, many Americans coping with opioid addiction are written prescriptions for pain management after an injury or surgical procedure. Mental health issues are also a factor influencing addiction. According to TIME, 50-66% of those coping with PTSD also struggle with substance or alcohol abuse.

In an addict, consumption of a substance triggers a release of dopamine to the brain’s pleasure receptors. The more a person consumes, the more the brain and body are trained to become dependent on the substance, so users experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop using.

Is CBD Addiction Possible?

One of the reasons that make CBD different than other, addictive, substances, is it’s lack of psychoactive effect. Unlike other drugs, the use of CBD doesn’t trigger an excessive release of dopamine, meaning that the euphoria associated with nicotine, opioids, and even alcohol don’t occur when you use CBD.

Stopping use of CBD is also not associated with any withdrawal. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

CBD Addiction Debunked by the WHO

With the US in the middle of a declared opiate addiction crisis, many consumers are concerned about CBD products derived from cannabis or hemp.

CBD, or cannabidiol is just one of the hundreds of chemical compounds and fragrance oils occurring naturally in both cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike THC, the cannabinoid which gets marijuana users ‘high,’ CBD has no psychoactive side effects. But is CBD addictive?

According to the World Health Organization, CBD dependence is highly unlikely. In February 2018, the specialized agency of the UN concerned with international public health released a 27-page report on the use of CBD.  As one of the first reports to come from an internationally accredited body, the report piece explains what CBD is, the science of CBD, CBD potential uses, CBD pharmacology, CBD toxicology, as well as dependence and CBD’s abuse potential.

According to the ECDD report issued by WHO: “Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), for instance)…The ECDD, therefore, concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol.”

Setting the Stage for International CBD and Hemp Legalization

With the WHO’s unprecedented report in support of CBD and hemp legalization as well as the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill have set the stage for a new global CBD industry to thrive. What CBD products are you ready to see on the market?

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