Though human tendencies lean towards being addictive or habitual by nature, whether it be through exercise, music, food or even social media, CBD is not physically addicting, nor does it possess any physical withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it.
“Fly fishing….if it was possible to be physically addicted to it, I’d be the poster child. If I don’t get on a river at least once a month I go through withdrawals.”
To better understand why CBD is non-addictive, let’s first take a look at what causes addiction. Addictive substances, such as certain drugs and alcohol, trigger a release of dopamine into the brain, and the body eventually develops a dependency for the substance. When this happens, a person will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it.
CBD is so far on the other side of the spectrum, it’s actually being tested to minimize withdrawals from addictive drugs such as opioids. Further, a 2018 Neuropsychopharmacology study found that CBD is effective in preventing relapses with people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Case in point, CBD continues to unveil its laundry list of benefits without the risk of unhealthy side effects.
To further back its cause, A study by the World Health Organization on CBD concluded that “single dose administration of cannabidiol (CBD) has been evaluated in healthy volunteers using a variety of tests of abuse potential as well as physiological effects in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” reads the report. “An orally administered dose of 600mg of CBD did not differ from placebo on the scales of the Addiction Research Centre Inventory,”
In simple terms, CBD passes with flying colors. There is no concern of addiction, dependence or abuse for those taking CBD. The fact that it can aid multiple disorders and ailments without any harmful side effects, including addiction, is an enormous benefit for those looking for a healthy solution to prescribed medicines.