Is CBD Addictive?
- by Lourdes Staff
The question of whether or not CBD is addictive is one that has received a lot of attention. While the cannabinoid doesn't produce the same high as THC, it can still have effects on people who use it.
Does CBD interact with our endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system is a system of receptors throughout the body that interact with cannabinoids. These natural chemicals are found in marijuana, but they can also be produced by our bodies. The most common form of CBD is extracted from hemp, which contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. This means that CBD does not produce a “high” or any other side effects when taken by itself. However, it does interact with the body's endocannabinoid system to help regulate mood and pain responses among other things.
Is there any evidence that CBD is addictive or habit-forming?
Research does not indicate that CBD is addictive or habit-forming. Newly published research in the journal Addictive Behaviors found no evidence of CBD’s potential for abuse or dependence, noting that “[t]he limited evidence available suggests that CBD has low abuse potential.”
A 2018 review of available research on the subject concluded: “Although we are still learning about this substance and how it affects us, at this point there is no evidence to suggest that it should be considered a drug of abuse.”
What does research suggests about CBD?
CBD is not addictive. This means that you won’t experience any withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking CBD. CBD is also not habit forming, which means that it won’t make you want to take more and more of it in order to get the same effects as before.
CBD has no addictive potential because it doesn’t affect the same brain pathways as other drugs such as cocaine or heroin. It doesn't produce pleasure or euphoria, so there's nothing for the body to crave. People who use marijuana for medical purposes may still have some difficulty with quitting even after their symptoms improve due to withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and irritability—but this isn't true with CBD products!
In fact, studies suggest that using cannabis reduces your risk of addiction to other substances (like opioids). CBD may actually be beneficial for people recovering from opioid abuse because it helps block cravings without causing a high like traditional marijuana does (most likely because there isn't enough THC present).
Is more research needed?
With the growing popularity of CBD, more research is needed to define the long term effects of CBD on the body. There are still many unknowns about how it affects our bodies, but keep in mind. CBD has been used as ancient medicine for more than 4,000 years.
The studies on CBD and addiction are few and far between, but the research that does exist suggests that CBD is unlikely to be addictive or habit-forming. In fact, there's even some evidence that it could help people break their addictions by easing withdrawal symptoms.