As CBD becomes more popular, and more people start researching the effects of CBD, we continue to be asked more and more questions about our CBD at Organic Relief. Once question we are often asked is, is CBD oil addictive? The answer is that CBD does not have an addictive effect, as it is not psychoactive. In the UK, CBD is made exclusively with the hemp plant, which does not contain THC. THC is the main psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana.
The benefits of CBD
Although research into CBD is still in its early stages, the data that’s currently available tends to show that CBD may have a range of interesting and unique health benefits. CBD is linked to a range of pain relief effects, making it a potentially useful natural treatment for a variety of forms of chronic pain. It’s also believed to have positive effects for people who suffer from anxiety, depression and other psychological conditions.
The main benefits of CBD are:
- Help to tackle pain & inflammation
- Help against anxiety & depression
- Fights against skin ageing and skin conditions
- Improves sleep quality
- Helps with muscle recovery
The side effects of CBD
There are several potential side effects of taking CBD. These are:
- Dry mouth.
- Dizziness. This is maybe due to CBD relaxing the walls of blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.
- Changes in your appetite
There is still more research to be done into CBD to help fully understands its side effects.
Is CBD a drug?
Due to it’s link to marijuana, some people may be worried that if they are taking CBD, they are taking a drug. The first thing to know is that in the UK CBD is completely legal.
When thinking about a drug, we typically think of narcotic or pharmaceutical agents. CBD has, at times, been leveraged in pharmaceutical formulas but is not a narcotic or medically controlled drug.
CBD does activate some of the same targets as THC, such as the two primary CB1 and CB2 receptors. However, CBD activates these spots indirectly and helps reduce the psycho-activity that can result from these activation’s. This allows for CBD non-psychoactive, wellness-promoting, and mood-improving properties to take effect.
Due to the lack of addictive potential, inability to create intoxication or its over-the-counter accessibility, CBD is best described as a natural supplement.
Can you suffer from CBD withdrawals?
Other medications can cause withdrawal symptoms because while you are taking them, your brain chemistry is altered. Then when you stop, your body has an adverse reaction. CBD does not cause this effect.
You will be able to stop taking CBD at any time without any adverse effects. The only thing that will happen when you stop taking CBD is that your inflammation, pain, and anything else you were treating with CBD might come back.
Evidence actually suggests that CBD can help ease the symptoms of withdrawals from other drugs and medications.
CBD for Opiate Withdrawals
The endocannabinoid system works with the opioid receptor system in your body. This relationship helps the chain of events required for endocannabinoid compounds and opioid transmitters to produce painkilling and euphoric results.
Opiates, while touting a long list of relevant pharmaceutical uses, also carry a heavy amount of addictive and withdrawal potential. As a result, professionals are always looking for new and effective methods to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms experienced by their patients.
The activation of CB1 receptors comes into focus again here. This receptor activation has been shown to assist with opioid withdrawal symptoms. Luckily, CBD does this through various methods and excels at carrying this out in a manner that doesn’t produce tolerance.
While we do not recommend going through withdrawals without medical assistance, we mention this information just to indicate that CBD cannot cause habituation on its own. There are weeks to days where we all forget to take CBD, and no signs of tolerance or withdrawal occur. So enjoy CBD with peace of mind, knowing that you can ease off this natural product whenever you choose.
The research into CBD not only suggests that CBD is not addictive, but also suggests that taking CBD can help to produce the opposite of addictive potential. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System, which has the ability to help ease withdrawal symptoms and assist in the stopping of drug abuse.