Back in 1998 when GW Pharmaceuticals wa given the official responsibility to look after the medicinal prospects of CBD in Britain, nobody would have imagined that things would go so slow towards the beginning & finally gain rapid acceleration towards 2018 when two major nations where CBD was illegal legalized it. This led researchers to add to the list of the positive facts related to CBD which already had the back-up of GW Pharmaceuticals’ finding. Since they have started with the research, there has been a flood of new CBD products in the market which promise the many handsome benefits. As a result, the graph of CBD users keeps rising & the popularity too. In fact, as an industry, CBD products are seeming to be one of the most promising industries with good growth over a short period of time. In this list of products, CBD oil lies on top since it is the player that has been there for quite some time & seen the struggle of CBD products as well as their growth. Since CBD comes from the cannabis family & is a sister compound of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, there is a sense of fear which users carry when they think about consuming CBD oil & related products – Can CBD oil be addictive?
CBD oil is non-addictive & safe for use. But this isn’t an answer you came here for. So, we elaborated things below to change your opinion on CBD oil.
HEMP & MARIJUANA – COUSINS FOR BAD
Since it is CBD addiction that we are talking about, we should first know the difference between the two main sources of CBD. It is important to know it since both hemp & marijuana are often used interchangeably by some given their link to the same family. As we know, both hemp & marijuana belong to the cannabis family. While hemp or industrial hemp comes from the cannabis indica family, marijuana can be from both cannabis indica & cannabis sativa family. But the difference doesn’t stop here. Not only do marijuana & hemp differ in anatomy but they also differ tremendously based on their compositions. The major difference comes with the content of the two main cannabinoids – THC & CBD.
While hemp plant grows tall & highly concentrated towards the top, marijuana plants are bushy with broader leaves. But, both hemp & marijuana have CBD content. You would now think why grow the other when both have CBD. The answer is simple – hemp has CBD in extremely high proportion & THC in extremely low proportion, marijuana, on the other hand, has highest content of THC followed by CBD. This is the foundation for certain characteristic differences between CBD from both sources & they have been elaborated in the next section.
Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD
Carrying forward from where we left in the previous section, we will enlighten you about the difference in CBD form both plants. The major difference comes in the content of the cannabinoids in both plants. While Hemp is intentionally grown for industrial & medicinal purposes, the content of CBD remains high in it. THC content is minimal based on the legal practices of the country & may go as low as 0.2%. For America, it shouldn’t be more than 0.3% of THC in hemp. When we talk about marijuana, it is cultivated mainly for recreational purpose but has medical properties too. THC content matters here as more the THC, more the intoxication & hence CBD from marijuana will have high traces of THC. The problem hence becomes simple to identify. THC is a psychoactive phytocannabinoid. Thus, it makes the user feel teleported to another dimension & gets him/her high. This high is the reason why people enjoy marijuana so much & it is the same reason that has made marijuana an object of immense misuse due to which it has been declared illegal despite having medical benefits.
CBD from marijuana will hence induce the high in the user & also make him get used to it due to the presence of THC. However, this being said, we can’t undermine the fact that THC also has a variety of medical benefits under its umbrella but again, the high or trance that it creates alongside the dependance makes users wary of it.
From here, we get to understand that CBD from hemp has extremely low levels of THC which also go undetected in tests if CBD is ingested in moderate dosage. This gives us a fair idea that the amount of THC carried by hemp is so minimal that it is only present for name.
CBD OIL & THE ECS
We are well aware that CBD oil is taken orally. What many of us don’t know is that it enters our system through the process of digestion, reaches the liver & gets metabolised where CBD is released to make an entry into the bloodstream. Since we are discussing about the addictive properties of CBD, it is important to understand the mechanism of CBD’s breakdown & processing in the first place. This in turn is an essential part of this article since here we will understand why CBD oil is non-addictive.
There are three different types of cannabinoids namely phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids & synthetic cannabinoids. While the first one includes those found in the cannabis & hemp plants, the second one is the point of discussion in this section of the article. The third category is of artificial cannabinoid which are synthesised in laboratory.
Each mammal’s body has its system of generating cannabinoids on its own called the endocannabinoid system or ECS. The cannabinoids generated here are termed as endocannabinoids or eCBs. The endocannabinoids include anandamide, 2-arachidonoylglycerol, etc. The ECS runs on binding of these cannabinoids with the CB1 & CB2 receptors. This entire system regulates homeostasis in our body & is responsible for appetite, pain, memory, immune system response, etc. These receptors are found throughout the body & the binding of the receptors & eCBs causes the management of ECS to execute its responsibilities. But our body doesn’t produces enough cannabinoids & we require them externally. Here is where THC & CBD are called up for help. They don’t react with the receptors but influence their binding with eCBs. Thus, the various functions find balance. The CB1 receptors are influenced by THC while the CB2 receptors are influenced by CB2 receptors.
THC is psychoactive & triggers the release of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure centers. The brain hence remains at a risk of getting addicted to it since regular release of dopamine induced externally in pleasure centers is bound to lead to addiction. This happens with the involvement of CB1 receptors. Since, the CB1 receptors have no link with CBD, hence there’s no chance for the release of dopamine & this is the reason why users feel neither high nor dependent on CBD. This is also the reason why there are no withdrawal symptoms associated which make CBD oil a non-addictive choice. This leaves us with the realisation that CBD is “not a villain but a silent guardian.”
CONCLUSION WITH SOME PROOF
Now that we have a clear winner with the answer, we must also state some stats to seal things up. As per the World Health Organization (WHO) report of 2017, CBD is completely safe & free from danger apart from being non-addictive. The purpose of the report was indeed to explore the various angles of CBD as a medicinal drug & conclude on it wof which the point of ‘addiction’ is also a part. The report studied the addiction factors as well the dosage of CBD where it was found that even extremely high doses of CBD had no life-threatening effects. A few studies have also been mentioned in the report to make things more genuine & erase all doubts.
But the blame for addiction must also be given to rumors from certain anti-brain sources. The most common one is about CBD getting converted into THC in the digestive system which brings CBD users vicinous to the risk of addiction. This rumor is entirely incorrect & false & this has been verified in the WHO report itself. There’s no chance of CBD getting converted inside the digestive system.
With all of this said it is important to add that the concentration of THC in CBD product also matters. In spite of legal boundations, certain CBD oils & related products might contain more than safe levels of THC. As consumers, we must be very careful regarding the type of CBD oil we are using as we never know about its purity. Asking for certificates of approval from the companies, getting the product sample tested & buying from good brands & stores, the trouble can be avoided. Some brands don’t cultivate their own hemp but take it from suppliers without knowing the THC content the plant has & process it further to make the various CBD products. The above mentioned steps can keep us away from the clutches of addiction from impure CBD products.
All in all, CBD oil plus products are awesome herbal products that can not make people get addicted to it. They are completely safe & non-addictive. So proceed with your order of CBD oil without any adieu.