Is CBD Oil Addictive?

Potential cannabis oil users ask this common question a lot these days. Many people tend to assume that CBD (cannabidiol) oil IS addictive. They have heard that the cannabis plant is known for its recreational and – sometimes – addictive use. Few people bother to research cannabis and its products before jumping to conclusions. Cannabis Therapy applauds you for clicking on our website to find the truth. Is CBD oil addictive? The answer is NO.

It is true that cannabis is infamous as an addictive and illegal drug worldwide. Cannabis has a fascinating history and has been used medicinally for centuries. CBD oil, however, is not addictive. Confusion often surrounds CBD, a compound in cannabis that does not contain the psychoactive component which characterizes the substance.

What is an Addictive Drug?

A psychoactive drug, psychopharmaceutical or psychotropic is a chemical substance that can change brain function. It causes alterations in perception, mood, consciousness or behaviour. These constituents can be used: medically, for recreational purposes, as entheogens for ritual or spiritual or shamanic purposes – or for research.

Is CBD oil addictive? No, CBD has therapeutic effects but does not cause any psychotropic effects. In fact, CBD counteracts the psychoactive influence of THC. It has also proven to have anti-psychotic effects in schizophrenia patients.

CBD, THC and Hemp

Europe and Canada grow different strains of the cannabis plant for various applications. Medical and recreational types of cannabis, usually known as marijuana, contain lower amounts of CBD and higher amounts of THC (generally 6% – 20% THC). Other strains of cannabis have more CBD and decidedly less than 0.3 percent THC. This is hemp which has many industrial uses: its fibers are used widely in manufacturing and its CBD is extracted for medicinal uses.

It is believed that the level of THC in marijuana is high enough to cause addiction. For this reason, the use, sale  and possession of marijuana is outlawed in many countries. On the other hand, hemp contains so little THC that it cannot result in a psychoactive effect.

Both marijuana and hemp can be used to extract CBD oil. However the accompanying amount of THC varies depending on the source. CBD oil derived from marijuana usually contains more than 0.3% THC and may create a slight high. CBD oil derived from hemp, however, contains less than 0.3% THC and is actually legal in many parts of the world.

We hope that this information has cleared up any confusion surrounding CBD oil and whether it is addictive or not. Do your research and empower yourself to know which cannabis oil is the right therapy for you.


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