Understanding whether CBD is addictive is a common concern amongst our community, as many people associate cannabis, hemp and vaping with getting high. 

However, the short answer is that CBD is not an addictive substance. 

In fact, the World Health Organization has even indicated that CBD could potentially be used to treat addiction pending further research, bolstering its reputation as a safe and beneficial supplement.


What is addiction?

First, let’s clear up what addiction actually is. 

Addiction is a complex psychological response that happens when someone compulsively engages in a behaviour or uses a substance, despite its negative side effects. 

People suffering from addiction often feel like they’re losing control and are powerless to stop without help and support. Addictive substances have an effect on the brain, creating an experience of withdrawal, cravings and irritability as well as negative physical symptoms. 

It is these addictive compounds – things like tetrahydrocannabinol or THC – that profoundly affect the brain and cause a raft of negative psychological and social effects. 

How CBD affects the brain

Research studies have not found any links between CBD and altered perceptions, judgement or brain function and cognition, indicating it is not addictive. This is because CBD does not contain THC, the compound that produces the ‘high’ and subsequently lights up your brain’s reward centers. 

Without this substance/reward feedback loop, your brain simply doesn’t link CBD with a pleasurable response, and therefore you cannot develop an addictive behaviour around taking oral CBD or vaping

Are there addictive compounds in CBD? 

CBD exists alongside the addictive compound THC within the Cannabis sativa plant. 

However, here’s where the relationship ends. 

It’s important to note that the two compounds can be accurately identified and separated, ensuring no THC is present in the hemp extracts used to manufacture CBD products. 

Whilst tiny amounts of THC can be present in hemp, there are strict regulations around the trace amounts that are allowed in commercial hemp extracts. Regulations currently state that to be classified as hemp, the extract must have less than 0.3% THC content. 

BioCBD+ products are strictly made from hemp-derived CBD and our range of CBD supplements sit well below the 0.3% THC threshold. 

Because our CBD oil is derived from high-quality hemp, it contains only benign non-addictive substances that have a positive effect on mood, anxiety and sleep. Plus, we publish our certificate of analysis findings online so you can always be sure our CBD is manufactured from reputable sources. 

For our customers, this offers peace of mind that BioCBD+ contains only the safe CBD extract, without THC. 

CBD and addiction: the WHO’s stance

The World Health Organization has undertaken extensive research on CBD and its safety and appropriateness for the general population. The WHO’s compressive report on cannabidiol reports that CBD “appears to have little effect on conditioned place preference or intracranial self-stimulation.” 

This basically means that it does not light up the brain’s reward centers, and therefore is not able to trigger any compulsions or addictive behaviour. 

The report goes on to note that 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.”

This is excellent news for people who want to take advantage of the positive health effects of using CBD.

The bottom line: CBD is not addictive!

In summary, addiction is a complex brain disease that manifests as uncontrollable cravings around a specific substance or behaviour, despite negative feedback. 

Studies and trials, including those undertaken by the World Health Organization, have found no evidence that CBD presents an addiction risk. Instead, the WHO report suggests that CBD could potentially help manage addiction pending further investigation (you can read further into this report here). 

This is a strong endorsement for CBD as a safe and non-addicting product for everyday use. 

As with any therapeutic supplement, it’s important to follow the dosage guidelines and understand the legalities in your specific area.


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