Is CBD Oil Addictive? 

Is CBD oil addictive? On the molecular level, CBD products do not have the ability to cause you to feel high or become addicted.

Oral Cannabidiol Doesn’t Cause Addiction

One study that was published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health showed that CBD didn’t show signs of abuse liability. They used oral cannabidiol with 5.3%-5.8% THC levels in the study and found that even at these higher doses, patients didn’t show signs of addiction. Considering cannabidiol products have less than .03% THC, there’s no way for it to cause someone to become addicted.

Can You Experience Withdrawal From CBD Oil?

While these products can’t get your high or cause you to become addicted, in some cases, it can cause you to go through withdrawal. THC has a compounding effect when taken. This means that when you take it in large quantities for a prolonged period, you can suffer from withdrawal symptoms when you stop. This is called cannabis use disorder (CUD).

These symptoms can include:

  • Aggressive, angry, or irritable
  • Loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  • Depressed
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches

According to the study published on NCBI, symptoms in those affected started about 24 hours after the last dose. Symptoms peaked at day 3 and lasted for about 2 weeks.

How to Reduce Withdrawal Symptoms

In order to reduce the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, wean yourself off of any products you are taking. Whatever dosage you’ve been taking, cut it in half for about two weeks. Then, reduce that amount in half for another two weeks. At that point, you can stop taking it altogether and see how your body reacts.

Take The Right Dosage of CBD

It’s important that you take the right dose of CBD for your body. Start off slow and then see how your body responds to it. Some people will experience side effects like diarrhea, extreme drowsiness, and fatigue.

The best way to take the right dose is to use gummies or capsules. Once you know how you will respond, move into tinctures and oils. These products can be combined with food or put in your drinks. However, it is hard to control the amount of THC you are consuming when you are using oils and tinctures.

CBD Could Actually Help Fight Addictions

Actually, there is some evidence that shows that using CBD to fight withdrawals from cannabis use is helpful. One study showed that CBD can be effective in treating cannabis withdrawal syndrome. In this study, a 19-year-old woman successfully used CBD oil for 10 days to reduce symptoms from cannabis withdrawal.

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