Is CBD Addictive?
Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Is CBD addictive? To cut to the chase: no, CBD is not addictive. But such a blunt answer does little to reassure many people's genuine reservations about CBD products, so we've laid out a simple explanation for why CBD is not addictive.
But Isn't Cannabis Addictive?
The form of cannabis we usually hear about – the kind used to make the drug marijuana – is addictive, but not all cannabis plants are. The addictive element in cannabis is a cannabinoid called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and it can make up as much as 20% of the plant in varieties bred for its production.
CBD (cannabidiol) is another cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, but unlike THC it is not addictive. CBD oil is not derived from these high THC cannabis plants but from hemp plants – a variety of cannabis plant traditionally used for textile production. Under EU law, hemp plants must contain less than 0.2% THC content.
So Why Is THC Addictive but CBD Is Not?
To answer this question you need to know a little bit about how addiction works and a little bit about how THC and CBD interact with your body.
Can You Get Withdrawal Symptoms When You Stop Taking CBD?
Withdrawal symptoms are deeply connected to physical addiction. Withdrawal symptoms emerge from your body failing to react to the absence of a drug to which you have become physically addicted.
In the case of THC this would express itself as the body not being able to regulate its endocannabinoid system properly, and can result in mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, headaches and other symptoms. Since CBD cannot cause physical addiction, halting use will not cause any withdrawal symptoms.
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