One of the most frequent questions we get asked is, “Is CBD addictive?” In this blog post, we analyze different scientific reports to find out the answer to “Is CBD addictive?”
The short answer is no. CBD is not addictive. But, before we get into the science behind why CBD is not addictive, we’ll briefly remind you what CBD is. There are 104 different chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant and CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of them. CBD can be used for a wide variety of purposes: to treat chronic pain, for anxiety, for depression, for symptoms of PMS, and even for your pet. While many people assume that anything from the marijuana plant will get you high, that’s not actually true. CBD will not get you high, you would need to ingest the chemical compound THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, in order to feel the high associated with marijuana. For a complete breakdown of CBD you can read our CBD 101 blog.
What is an addiction?
Before we can answer the question, “Is CBD addictive?”, it’s important to first understand what addiction is. According to the American Psychological Association addiction is “a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences.” People experiencing addiction can be aware of their problem but are unable to stop it without assistance.
World Health Organization
In 2017, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence released a report on CBD usage. In section six of the report, WHO talks about adverse reactions in humans. They found that CBD is generally well tolerated and has a good safety profile. They also found that it “failed to produce significant effects in a human study of abuse potential.” They continue to discuss these findings in section seven and eight of the report, ‘Dependence Potential’ and ‘Abuse Potential’ respectively.
In section seven, ‘Dependence Potential,’ they review animal studies where mice were given CBD or THC doses once a day for two weeks. They found that “tolerance to the effects of THC was observed, however no tolerance to CBD at any of the dosages was observed. No studies of the physical dependence potential of CBD in animals were identified.” This means that the animals given THC showed increased tolerance to THC and signs of dependence, whereas the animals given CBD showed no signs of increased tolerance to CBD and no signs of dependence.
And yes, we know you’re probably thinking human and animal studies are very different. Luckily, in section eight, ‘Abuse Potential’ WHO talks about human trials. They reviewed a number of controlled studies of adults using CBD or THC and found that “the evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.”
Long story short, is CBD addictive? According to the World Health Organization; no, CBD is not addictive.
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Although WHO is a credible organization, we know you might still be skeptical. There’s a lot of misinformation to unlearn when it comes to the marijuana plant. One of the most important things to understand is the difference between THC and CBD. While CBD is not addictive, THC can be. The Department of Neuroscience and Behavior in the Ribeirão Preto Medical School at the University of São Paulo conducted a study on using CBD for the treatment of cannabis withdrawal syndrome.
They found that people who regularly use marijuana by-products with THC and then stop experience withdrawal symptoms including an increase in anxiety, insomnia, a loss of appetite, migraines, irritability, and restlessness. They found that CBD can be used as an effective treatment for those experiencing cannabis withdrawal syndrome.
According to the University of São Paulo, is CBD addictive? No, but THC can be.
Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM) and the Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal
The University of São Paulo found that CBD can be effective for treating cannabis withdrawal syndrome. The CRCHUM and the Department of Psychiatry at the Université de Montréal also researched the role of CBD for treating addiction. They reviewed 14 different independent studies and found that CBD has the potential to be used to treat opioid, cocaine, cannabis, and tobacco addiction in humans.
Though the use of CBD has different effects on each of these types of addiction it helped all study participants in some way. If asked if CBD can help treat addiction it seems as though research is pointing to yes, although more studies need to be conducted for conclusive answers. But when asked is CBD addictive? The answer is no.
Current and Future Studies
While it is now widely accepted that CBD is not addictive, there are still current studies being conducted and future studies actively recruiting participants so they can learn more about how CBD can be used to treat various forms of addiction. There are currently 549 studies listed on the US Government’s Clinical Trial site involving CBD. As more studies are completed and reviewed, we’re excited to learn about the new and improved uses for CBD.
Try CBD Today
You can find all the best CBD products for you on our site. If you’re hesitant to try CBD, we recommend starting with a low dose of an easy to consume product. Some of our favorites are listed below.
These CBD gummies come in a low dosage and easy to digest flavor making them a great introduction to the world of CBD.
These CBD capsules come in a variety of low doses. The capsules are easy to swallow and come in an attractive and sleek bottle. These capsules will make you feel like you’re just taking another daily vitamin.
Similar to the CBD HUM Eraser Roller, the Hemp Bombs CBD Pain Freeze is applied topically. The cold therapy helps reduce pain and inflammation on the spot of application.
Endoca created an organic, sugar-free, peppermint chewing gum that contains a very low dose of CBD, perfect for incorporating CBD into your daily life.
No matter what product you choose to try, you can purchase any of the products on our site with the comfort of knowing that CBD is not addictive.