One of the more common questions people ask about CBD is whether or not it is addictive.
The good news is that not only does CBD, or Cannabidiol, not only appear to NOT be addictive but it has also shown promise in helping people break other types of addictions – including to cigarettes, morphine and heroin.
First, it is important to draw a distinction between CBD and its “cousin” THC. Both are Cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant (marijuana and hemp).
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis. The reaction that brings about the intoxicating effects associated with smoking marijuana is exclusively due to THC interacting with our bodies’ CB1 receptors.
THC is still most often consumed by smoking marijuana but it is also available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.
CBD, on the other hand, provides relief for a number of conditions without the euphoric effects of THC … making it of greater benefit to the medical marijuana market.
One big differentiator between CBD and THC is CBD has no hallucinogenic effects and can never cause a high, no matter how much of it is consumed.
According to a report from the World Health Organization:
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
And in the study “An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies” researchers determined that CBD appears to be safe in both humans and animals.
In other words, most experts agree that CBD is NOT addictive. In fact, its use may even help users break other types of addictions.
It appears numerous people, many of whom were not successful using other methods, have finally been able to give up cigarettes thanks to CBD … and many studies are now highlighting the effectiveness of CBD as a stop smoking tool.
A study entitled “Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence” found that CBD may help reduce morphine dependence and heroin-seeking behavior.
CBD is generally considered to be safe and well tolerated. A few people may experience adverse reactions such as:
All of these potential side effects are considered to be minor by medical professionals.
CBD offers strong pain relief and is safe, natural and not addictive. It also does not produce a high like marijuana.
This makes it a great alternative to both over-the-counter and prescription pain medication, like opioids.
For example, when it comes to over-the-counter medications, long term use of ibuprofen is known to lead to liver damage and cardiovascular conditions (https://www.baltimoresun.com/sns-tns-bc-cbd-painkiller-20191118-story.html).
Even following directions and using ibuprofen only occasionally and in small amounts can cause negative side effects, such as:
Prescription medication, such as opioids, can be highly addictive. The Centers for Disease Control says “More than 67,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2018, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 70% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.”
Even with CBD not being addictive and having only minor side effects, there is still one thing to be concerned about when it comes to purchasing this chemical compound – quality.
One unfortunate development arising from CBD’s growing popularity is that more and more entrepreneurs are trying to get involved in the market. Many of these new business owners don’t care as much about the quality of their products as they do their profit margins.
As a result many are cutting corners in the manufacturing process and in the quality of ingredients their products contain.
In late 2017 and early 2018, 52 people became ill in the United States after taking products they thought contained CBD. The people suffered hallucinations, vomiting and seizures. The products, many of which were labeled as “CBD Oil,” actually contained a synthetic cannabinoid and that ingredient had poisoned the users.
To protect your safety and ensure you are able to enjoy maximum benefits from a CBD product look for a well-established provider that has built a strong reputation for delivering high quality CBD-infused products.
One way to do this is to carefully study CBD provider websites and read their customer testimonials. One company that has consistently stood out among CBD providers is Sarah’s Blessing.
Sarah’s Blessing uses cutting-edge CO2 extraction technology to ensure the purity of its CBD, which is also cold-pressed and unrefined to further protect its strength.
This London-based CBD supplement manufacturer offers a full line of full spectrum CBD products that includes three flavors of tea, candy, a skin cream and CBD oil in three strengths – 3%, 6% and 9%.
Each product contains pure, pharmaceutical quality CBD, the same amazing substance used in all those clinical trials.
Sarah’s Blessing’s CBD is also grown in Switzerland, which has quickly become known for producing the highest quality CBD. The CBD in Sarah’s Blessing’s products is organic, alcohol-free, pesticide-free and non-GMO.
To learn much more about Sarah’s Blessing and its CBD products, please visit www.sarahsblessing.co.uk.
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