This is a question we get asked a lot, is CBD addictive? In short, no, CBD is not addictive. To quote a recent World Health Organisation article below:
Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), for instance).
World Health Organisation: CBD not addictive
In November 2017 the World Health Organisation released their preliminary findings on cannabidiol (in a 52 page document), due to increased use and interest in potential uses. In recent years the WHO has gathered more scientific evidence on potential therapeutic uses and side effects of cannabis itself and the compounds found in cannabis. The WHO concluded that CBD, or cannabidiol, does not create a dependence and thus is not addictive.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound in industrial hemp and marijuana, more commonly and collectively known as cannabis. CBD is just 1 of at least 85 different cannabinoids found in cannabis and is becoming popular for a variety of uses, both in humans and in animals. CBD is the second most abundant in cannabis, after the perhaps more commonly known Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC).
CBD is mistakenly lumped into the same bracket as THC, which is also part of the same cannabinoid family. This is unfortunate because it creates an unnecessary stigma around beneficial cannabinoid compounds, such as CBD, and could be unnecessarily off-putting for anyone who could otherwise benefit from the therapeutic effects of CBD products.
Whilst CBD is not addictive and is not psychoactive, THC by contrast is psychoactive and contrary to popular belief potentially addictive – it is believed a person may be physically dependent on THC, but not psychologically addicted – CBD on it’s own has actually shown signs of reducing THC dependancy/addiction, although there is minimal clinical data at this time.
Part of the reason that many marijuana ‘Skunk’ strains today are thought of as being problematic for the users, is because of their incredibly high levels of THC when compared to the CBD content.
THC is the aspect in marijuana that gets a user ‘high’, it is not possible to get ‘high’ from CBD – CBD will actually counteract the psychoactive THC effects. CBD is completely non-toxic to humans, even in high quantities. There has never been a case reported of a CBD overdose.
YES CBD products such as Pure Addition CBD vape additive and Pure Crystal use a CBD isolate, which is guaranteed to be 0% THC – CBD isolate is not a synthetic cannabinoid, it is an all natural product extracted from the hemp plant and refined down to 97-99% purity. This allows us to guarantee that our CBD additive products Pure Addition and Pure Crystal contain 0% THC. We have the lab reports to prove it.
Many other CBD oils on the market will contain an element of THC, in order for such products to be legal the THC content should be strictly controlled. However, there have been reported cases where manufacturers are pushing the boundaries and their products may well be, or border on being, illegal.
With YES CBD Pure Addition and Pure Crystal products there are no such worries:
- 0% THC guaranteed
- Not addictive
- Not psychoactive
- Will not make users fail Cannabis/THC drug tests.
CBD isolate based products are ideal for those people wishing to introduce CBD into their lifestyle, without the worry of accidentally consuming THC.
How does CBD impact the human body?
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The human body is known to have two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain and control neurotransmitter release in a manner that is thought to:
- Prevent excessive neuronal activity, thus calming and decreasing anxiety
- Reduce pain
- Decrease inflammation
- Regulate movement and posture control
- Control sensory perception, memory, and cognitive function.
Anandamide, a protein that is produced and occurs naturally within the human body, attaches itself to the CB1 receptors through the G-protein coupling system.
CBD has an indirect effect on the CB1 receptors by stopping the enzymes from breaking down the anandamide, this allows it to stay in the human body longer and to provide its reported benefits.
CBD has a mild effect on the CB2 receptors, which are located in the outter regions of lymphoid tissue (cells and organs that make up the lymphatic system, such as white blood cells (leukocytes), bone marrow, and the thymus, spleen, and lymph nodes.). CBD helps to mediate the release of cytokines from the immune cells in a manner that may help to reduce inflammation and pain.
CBD can also cause stimulation of vanilloid pain receptors, which are known to mediate pain perception, inflammation, and body temperature. CBD may also exert its anti-anxiety effects by activating adenosine receptors, which play a significant role in cardiovascular function, causing a broad anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body. At high concentrations, CBD directly activates a serotonin receptor, thereby conferring an antidepressant effect.