CBD is extremely well-known as an natural component that can enhance our general health and wellbeing. With every passing day, more and more people are adding it to their daily routines to support their general health and wellness goals. Its growing popularity has also raised a genuine concern amongst people; whether CBD is an addictive substance by nature or not?
In order to answer this question, one must understand what is meant by an addictive substance. An addictive substance is something that makes you crave, and you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you are unable to use it. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are headache, changes in appetite, fatigue, irritability and sleep disturbances etc.
Now, let’s analyse CBD on this parameter to understand whether CBD is addictive or not.
What is CBD
CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol, which is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. The plant has two main strains called hemp and marijuana. Both these strains are different from each other based on the difference of concentration of THC and CBD.
The cannabis plant has hundreds of cannabinoids (chemical compounds) which are derived from the cannabis plant. The two most commonly known derivatives of this plant are called CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).
CBD is the non-psychoactive substance, while THC is psychoactive in nature, which means THC is mainly responsible for producing a feeling of the “high.” No matter how precisely CBD is extracted, it may contain traces of THC. CBD stands for cannabidiol and it is non-psychoactive in nature. It does not get you high. It is also non-addictive in nature, which means it will not turn you into an addict. CBD is popular because of the large number of therapeutic benefits associated with its consumption.
On the other hand, THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a psychoactive cannabinoid compound producing a feeling of high when consumed. It may also be slightly addictive in nature and depending on your personality, and physiology, you may experience the withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use it.
CBD is a non-addictive cannabinoid. Even the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) suggests that CBD is non-addictive in nature without any withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, CBD products are generally well-tolerated with a good safety profile, though can interfere with some prescription drugs. Remember to always consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement regime.