acquiesce - November 8th, 2021

CBD Explained | Can You Become Addicted to CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming more and more popular, with around 1.3 million Brits now using CBD regularly. But what exactly is CBD and is it safe to use? In this article, we will be explaining what CBD is and the addictive potential of it.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an ingredient found in the cannabis plant, however, unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effect- meaning it won’t get you high. It is instead used to help manage conditions such as chronic pain, PTSD and epilepsy and is currently being trialled to find out whether it can help treat anxiety and arthritis.

Who Can Use CBD?

Despite there being evidence of medicinal benefits, very few people in England are likely to get a prescription for CBD as it is only prescribed for children and adults with rare, severe forms of epilepsy.

However, whilst you might not be able to get it on prescription, CBD oil is legal in the UK (so long as it is made from legal strains containing less than 0.2% THC) which means just about anyone can buy and use it. CBD can often be found in a range of products on the high street such as vape liquids, confectionery, beauty products and even sexual lubricants. 

Is CBD Addictive?

Research has found that CBD does not have addictive potential. According to a 2017 Pre-Review Report, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that “evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.”

A small study in 2016 also revealed that while active THC produced substantial physical and psychological effects, including a rapid heart rate and feelings of euphoria, CBD did not affect heart rate, blood pressure or cognitive function. 

CBD also performed in a similar way to a placebo on self-reported feelings of intoxication. The THC participants reported feeling euphoric and sedated.

Can CBD Be Used to Treat Addiction?

Several studies have proposed that cannabidiol (CBD) could be a promising treatment for substance use disorders. They suggest that CBD may lower the likelihood of developing cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis and nicotine use disorders and could also help prevent relapse after a period of detoxification and sobriety.

In a randomised clinical trial, 42 participants received one of two different CBD medication doses or a placebo once daily for 3 days and were then exposed to drug-related or neutral cues to see whether CBD could reduce opioid cravings and anxiety. 

The individuals receiving the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD medication reported less craving after being exposed to drug cues compared with individuals receiving placebo. This effect continued for at least a week after the CBD or placebo administration, when individuals receiving the high-dose of CBD still reported less craving compared with those receiving the placebo. 

Additionally, CBD reduced measures of stress response after the drug cue, such as heart rate and salivary cortisol increases. Individuals receiving CBD reported less anxiety after being exposed to drug cues compared with individuals receiving placebo.

The Most Effective Addiction Treatment

Whilst the use of CBD for treating addiction is still undergoing research, it cannot be said for sure whether or not it is a suitable, or long lasting, treatment option. 

On the other hand, drug rehab experts have affirmed, repeatedly, that residential treatment at a private clinic works better than any other treatment option available. 

At Acquiesce, our drug rehabilitation programme helps you learn how to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life free from drug addiction. Many individuals believe that becoming substance free once means they will never turn to drugs again. Unfortunately, for many, this is not the case. 

Our drug addiction treatment programme is designed to reduce the likelihood of a relapse, teaching individuals how to overcome emotional triggers or social circles and environments where substance abuse occurs.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation or find out more about our programmes, please call 01204 771940 or submit an entry form. Any questions you have will be answered by a member of our specialist recovery staff who will be happy to discuss the range of services we offer, in relation to your unique circumstances. Your enquiry and any personal information will remain confidential.

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