Almost every person is in praise of the benefits of CBD products these days. There are so many researches and studies going on as well to back these purported upsides. According to most studies, CBD is helpful to treat a wide range of health conditions such as inflammation, epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, asthma, cardiac disorders, seizures, cancer, etc. Unsurprisingly, the usage of CBD is legal in most American states as well. In fact, non-American countries are also making the usage of CBD legal these days. Some countries have loosened their rules on medical marijuana as well.
Is CBD addictive?
CBD is available in different forms such as CBD oil, creams, pills, CBD gummies, CBD edibles, salad dressing, honey, etc. It can also be purchased from physical shops including pharmacies, healthy food stores, restaurants, etc., as well as from online sites. With the availability of CBD in abundance, one of the main questions arise will be whether the users will be addicted to it like in the case of most other drugs?
Note that this is one of the main reasons that some American and non-American states are still hesitant to give this cannabis compound a chance. They fear that CBD might also result in the same euphoria or ecstasy that THC tends to offer. It is worth noting that THC is the psychoactive counterpart to CBD and is one of the most important components of the cannabis plant. It tends to change the state of mind of the user once consumed.
Both these compounds tend to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. While the former tend to control the brain functions, the latter is associated with the immune system of the body. When consumed, THC tends to interact with the CB1 receptors changing the state of mind of the user. On the other hand, CBD is unlikely to activate this receptor and functions in the opposite way as that of THC. As a result, it results in therapeutic advantages rather than making the user high.
Now, coming to the main question, CBD is not addictive because of the above-mentioned reason or the way it functions at the molecular level. However, chronic usage of CBD can sometimes result in withdrawal symptoms, especially if it contains a slight amount of THC. The withdrawal symptoms include sleep disturbance, anxiety, irritability, agitation, etc. Note that the presence of THC in different CBD products tends to differ and so will be the presence and intensity of the withdrawal symptoms. In short, the crisp answer for whether or not CBD is addictive will depend on the type of plant the product is sourced from or the ingredients in it.