In the past several years, using CBD became mainstream. You can find all sorts of people using it, from athletes, gym enthusiasts to stay at home moms and people who take CBD products to work. There are many reasons why people find CBD so appealing. It works great as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving agent and in addition, it helps to reduce anxiety and help people with insomnia fall asleep.
Let’s talk About CBD and Addiction
Like everything else in life, there will always be myths and misconceptions. Even now, long after the 2018 farm bill was approved, making hemp legal on a federal scale, there are people who think that CBD is addictive or dangerous. We’ve decided to answer these claims once and for all.
Can I get High On CBD?
No. CBD is not psychoactive, Although CBD is extracted from cannabis plants, CBD on its own has no psychoactive qualities whatsoever. In addition, most of the CBD products that you will find on the market today are made out of Hemp and not marijuana (2 different plants from the cannabis family). The hemp plant has only a 0.3% of THC, so it is basically THC-free.
Can I Get Addicted To CBD?
The quick answer is no. The world health organization (WHO) have clearly stated that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential” (page 5, CANNABIDIOL – Critical Review Report – Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, Fortieth Meeting, Geneva, 4-7 June 2018).
Habit-Forming and CBD
As we said, CBD is not addictive but we still want to underline that there are examples of people using non-addictive substances and get addicted to them. It is called “habit-forming” and it should be taken very seriously.
CBD Might Actually Help Addicts to With their Problem
Although it is still being researched, the World Health Organization wrote that there were preclinical studies which suggest that CBD might be able to help people who are addicted to opioids, cocaine and psychostimulant drugs. (page 19, CANNABIDIOL – Critical Review Report – Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, Fortieth Meeting, Geneva, 4-7 June 2018).
So Why Suddenly CBD Became So Popular?
Well, ever since the Farm bill of 2018 was passed, hemp is no longer considered a “dangerous drug”. It was taken off the DEA list and now it is free on a federal level. People were using cannabis thought history, but ever since we’ve found a way to isolate CBD from Hemp, we can enjoy CBD without getting high on THC. Now when hemp became 100% legal we see a natural growth in its popularity.
CBD for Sleep Disorders & Anxiety
CBD can help people relax and it is being used to reduce anxiety. The Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts, USA) found that endocannabinoid signaling can regulate the sleep stability of people. It is estimated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) that anxiety could be a result of sleep disorders and irregularities. This is one of the major reason why people are using natural non-addictive substances to reduce anxiety and get a good night sleep.
Yes, CBD Can Relieve Pain and Inflammation
Yes, the CBD reduces pain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. By using this system the CBD manages to signal the CB1 & CB2 (CB1 is more relevant) receptors that affect the cyclic-AMP.3. In simple words, The CBD interacts with these receptors which are connected to the nervous system and tells your body to stop with the pain. This is why it is no wonder why the major growing interest in CBD is in its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.