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Can I Get Addicted To CBD?

Is CBD addictive?

As some of you may know already, THC, one of the cannabinoids found in marijuana, can give users what's known as a 'high,' meaning it can produce psychoactive effects. Unlike THC however, CBD is not addictive and can not get you high.

Why is THC addictive?

THC can lead to addiction by mimicking the bodies naturally produced endocannabinoids, meaning it can bind with the same receptors. From here, THC can disrupt what's known as the Endocannabinoid system and elicit multiple effects at once.

The Endocannabinoid system, however, is designed in a way that means it cannot be overstimulated, meaning that the more THC a person uses, the fewer receptors we will produce for it to bind to overtime.

This can lead to individuals taking more THC in an attempt to obtain the same desired level of effects that they are used to and potentially developing dependence.

How is CBD Different To THC?

CBD is different from THC firstly in that it cannot get you 'high,' producing no psychoactive effects at all.

Secondly, CBD does not trigger an excessive release of dopamine in the brain, and there is no euphoria experience when taking CBD.

Thirdly, it does not bind to the receptors of the ECS, as THC does so will therefore not trigger any direct response from the ECS and would not be able to cause us to down-regulate the volume of receptors available.

CBD  THC Cocaine
Does it get you 'high"? No  Yes Yes
Does it stimulate excessive dopamine release? No Yes Yes
Will you experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it? No Yes Yes


CBD works to help balance the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. If you have too much of one neurotransmitter, CBD will help the ECS to lower it, and conversely, if you have too little, it will help you make more.

As CBD is not addictive, you won't experience any withdrawal symptoms if you decide to stop taking it.

Using CBD to Treat Addiction

Some studies have shown that CBD may hold some use in providing therapeutic properties that can aid individuals struggling with addiction. For example, its protection against stress vulnerability and neurotoxicity. Many studies show that relapse is more common during periods of stress.

Other studies have suggested that CBD may help to relieve anxiety and low mood, which are symptoms commonly associated with withdrawal, so CBD may help make the process a little smoother for some people.

Another study showed that CBD helped in the treatment of Meth, Crack cocaine, and psychostimulant addictions also, helping to reduce inflammation and seizures in those with crack cocaine addictions.

More research is required before medical claims are appropriate.

Cautionary Note

Be careful when buying CBD. Some retailers may sell CBD Oil or CBD products that have not been lab-tested by a third party company and may contain over the legal limit of THC, which could, therefore, get you high.

The legal limit for the amount of THC CBD Oil products can contain 0.2%, which is far too low to be able to develop an addiction. Read our guide to choosing the right CBD Oil for help.








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