The legalization of marijuana across the country has led to a lot of confusion and a lot of questions. These questions and queries are a good place to start to understand how CBD fits into the world of marijuana and how it doesn’t fit.
What is CBD?
CBD, Cannabidiol, is a portion of the marijuana plant left behind after THC is abstracted. Cannabidiol is a natural chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD has not received the testing as THC, but early preliminary studies indicate numerous medical applications in pain, movement disorders, epilepsy, and anxiety.
Is CBD Addictive?
CBD addiction is a thing of myth. Removing the THC from the cannabis plant, the leftover CBD is non-psychoactive. It has less than 0.3% of THC remaining. THC affects the neurotransmitters in the brain giving the user a “high” feeling. CBD does not cause the brain to release extra dopamine, so there is no “high” effect.
CBD is not addictive. There is early evidence that the neurotransmitters in the body have their own “sensors” called the Endocannabinoid system. The system is receptive to CBD, but not in the way addictive drugs disrupt the brain’s neurotransmitters. The Endocannabinoid system is receptive to CBD and works to help balance the brain’s neurotransmitters.
Can CBD fight Addiction?
There are no studies yet to prove whether CBD helps fight any addiction, but some people are holding out hope because of the possibilities associated with CBD since CBD balances brain chemistry rather than disrupting it as addictive drugs do.
If you are fighting addiction, CBD may be able to help balance your brain. CBD helps lower the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain if they are too high or help raise them if they are too low. CBD also helps fight anxiety, which is good for when the body starts to go through withdrawal.
Drug addiction starts with the desire to feel better and develops into a search for remaining in the euphoria created by the drug. As the addiction takes root, the person seeking drugs is looking to relieve the feelings of withdrawal and return to the feel-good feelings. The problem with this is that it takes more and more of the drugs to regain those levels.
Many people are turning to CBD to help them with Opioid addiction. CBD may be able to reduce the rewarding feeling of the drug by maintaining normal levels of brain chemistry. As CBD doesn’t have the same effects as addictive drugs, the theory is that it will reduce the desire for the addictive drugs it is blocking.
Tests are running to find out if CBD can not only fight drug addiction but balance out other chemical unbalances in the brain. Many people are already using it to relieve anxiety or to treat other disorders from skin to rheumatoid arthritis. CBD is and is not legal which makes testing difficult.
The Farm act of 2018 opened hemp for manufacturing and distribution as it defined hemp as a product with less than 0.3% THC. Pure CBD is less than 0.3%, which puts it in the same category as hemp.
Not all CBD is 0.3% or less in THC, which also makes it difficult. The desperation of many has brought CBD into the forefront of many studies to help fight back against addiction.