With the recent growth of medicinal and recreational cannabis, and the introduction of CBD to the market, a lot of people might wonder, are both options addictive? Can someone actually prove that I won’t get addicted to using them?
Cannabis has been researched quite a lot and there’s enough proof showcasing how its level of addictiveness is very low in comparison to things like alcohol and cigarettes, but what about CBD, and its more common presentation, CBD oil?
Well, in this article, I’m going to pinpoint crucial information that you need to know about this compound, also referred to as cannabidiol, to decide whether it is worth the adventure or not.
Cannabidiol in Simple Words
For those who don’t understand why cannabidiol is being used by a lot of people, I have a simple explanation: cannabidiol has been found to be very useful when it comes to dealing with conditions related to inflammation, pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
What’s so great about it is that, in comparison to traditional medicine aimed to deal with these conditions, cannabidiol offers the benefits and treatment capabilities without the same side-effect, which in the long-term run, can harm your day to day performance, and even cause depression, lack of motivation, mood swings, and insomnia.
With that said, there’s much to know about cannabidiol, as mentioned in this article https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476, since research is still in its early stages.
Still, when it comes to using it as a medical form of treatment, side-effects are pretty much harmless and can be easily avoided if you know how to use it, and use a product that is meant for you.
CBD Oil, for example, is a really good alternative, and there’s a reason why it is the most present form of CBD-based product in the market: because it’s easy to manage.
Not in regarding how easy it is to deal with, but how you can take your time to get achieve the right dosage, which is very important, considering that most side-effects are caused because of consuming a higher dosage than you should.
You can also try edibles, which might a little easier to deal with, and managing the right dosage is about experiments, just as it is with oils.
Is CBD Addictive?
Now, the main topic of the article: is cannabidiol oil actually addictive? Well, it depends. According to my source, cannabidiol, and all the products based on this compound might actually be even less addictive than cannabis and marijuana, which are not that addictive in the first place.
This is because of the lack of THC found in cannabidiol-products. Just so you know, all products based on cannabidiol are made from a derivation of the cannabis plant known as the hemp plant, and this plant contains 0.3% levels of THC or less.
This is very important because THC is the one compound providing the cannabis plant with its psychoactive effects, and it is the reason why some people get addicted to it: because of its recreational purposes. It’s very weird that someone who uses cannabis for medical purposes gets addicted to it, it’s often something related to the will, attitude, and purpose of the person using it, more than the actual chemical structure of the plant.
CBD products need to follow regulations regarding THC levels, so you won’t find CBD products containing more than 0.3% of THC, making it pretty much harmless in this regard.
With that said, if you manage to understand the basics behind cannabidiol products and use them properly, your chances of suffering from side-effects (and very unlikely addiction) will be far lower.
You can check this article over here for more detailed information on the matter, but some quick tips I can share with you include:
- Making sure to experiment with the dosage based on the effects you get. Excessive drowsiness, dry mouth, stomach aches, diarrhea, and headaches are some of the side-effects hinting that you are consuming more than you should.
- Start with small dosages, regardless of whether you are using oils or edibles. For example, you might want to start with half a teaspoon of oil as a starter, or a single cookie, to see how you react.
- Get your priorities right. If you decide to get edibles, don’t over-consume them and stick to the dosage you know works best for you. The same for oils. Try to be disciplined to avoid any possible side-effect.