Can you get addicted to CBD ?
What are the real effects of CBD?
In one word: no! CBD is not addictive. Not only is it non-addictive, it also helps in the treatment of nicotine, alcohol and hard drug addiction. We will give you the reasons for this and detail its action on our metabolism.
The CBD is not addictive
Health professionals* and the media** now agree that CBD or cannabidiol is safe, non-toxic and does not induce dependency or harm to the user or society. Contrary to THC, also extracted from hemp, CBD is not psychotropic. It has therefore no hallucinogenic or tripping action, pleasure factors present in any addiction.
Addictive substances release dopamine into the brain and over time the body becomes dependent on it. Since the effects of CBD do not induce excess dopamine, it does not induce a high and there is no euphoria commonly associated with opioids or even nicotine.
Although CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, it works with the endocannabinoid system composed of major receptors in the nervous system. These receptors deliver signals throughout the body that are interpreted by the brain to regulate movement, memory, mood, pain, etc.
The CBD therefore helps to support their proper functioning and the health of the body and mind. It preserves and boosts body functions without toxicity. This is why it is used in withdrawal and detoxification protocols.
The CBD helps to treat addictions
By activating certain receptors in the brain, CBD helps to manage depression, anxiety or chronic pain, all of which are present in addiction.
Brain imaging has shown that CBD does not mark any areas of judgment, decision making, behaviour and impulse control in the brain.
CBD is used by health care professionals as a complement to traditional treatments such as medication and cognitive behavioural therapy.
In 2016 a study*** has revealed that CBD may have antipsychotic effects in people with schizophrenia. In addition, it does not have the significant debilitating side effects associated with some antipsychotic medications.
In short, CBD is not addictive because :
- it has no psychoactive components that make you "high".
- it does not alter perception, consciousness or judgment.
- It does not mark any area of the brain
The effects of CBD support medical treatments by boosting the nervous system and immunity without harming the body. This is why CBD is legal in Europe and has gained the confidence of consumers.
*Health magazine https://www.santemagazine.fr/sante/addictions/cannabis/peut-on-devenir-accro-au-cannabis-medical-175974
**World Health Organization report on the CBD: https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf
*** Study on the possibility of using cannabidiol as an alternative to antipsychotics https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27267317/
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