Is CBD Addictive? Everything You Need To Know

Cannabidiol -- otherwise known as CBD -- is having a huge moment right now. From gummies to tinctures, to water to chocolate, CBD is showing up in almost everything you can imagine. And it’s not just for consumption: CBD can also be found in creams, balms, lotions, and more. 

But what exactly is CBD, what kind of effects does it have, and most importantly -- is it addictive?

You have questions, and we have answers. Read on to discover more. 

Let’s Cut To the Chase: Is CBD Addictive? 

While current scientific data suggests that heavy cannabis use may increase the risk of dependence in some individuals, CBD by itself doesn’t appear to be addictive

However, research into the long-term effects of this popular cannabinoid usage is still in its early stages.

We’ll explain more below, but first -- what exactly is CBD? 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound derived from species of cannabis plants. There are two major species of this plant, namely hemp and marijuana, which are widely used all over the globe. After tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a. THC), CBD is the most predominant chemical compound of the active ingredients in hemp and cannabis. 

Though these two beloved cannabinoids are both found in the cannabis plant, using CBD is a far cry from smoking weed. Like THC, CBD is a cannabinoid -- a molecule that helps the functioning of our endocannabinoid system, which in research has shown to play a role in many processes, including those that influence our:

  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Immune response
  • Metabolism
  • Digestion
  • Memory
  • Hormones
  • And more!

But unlike THC, CBD isn’t intoxicating and won’t alter your mental state. 

In other words, CBD won't get you high. 

More on the Endocannabinoid System 

The endocannabinoid system is full of cannabinoid receptors. These essential receptors are responsible for assimilating the CBD that you consume. 

Most cannabinoids, including THC found in cannabis, affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors, ultimately producing a high. Although CBD is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis, as we mentioned a little earlier, it doesn’t deliver a high and isn’t addictive. 

Why? Because it doesn’t bind to the CB1 or CB2 receptors -- it just influences them. You see, our body naturally produces an endogenous type of CBD in the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis, and in short, we can’t become addicted to our body’s naturally produced compound.

While the endocannabinoid system can usually function perfectly on its own, life can throw it a curveball from time to time, ultimately causing it to become unbalanced. CBD can help restore this balance, getting our bodies back on track. 

Consuming high-quality CBD products -- like the ones from Healist -- just might be the answer to help soothe some of the imbalance you’re feeling.* 

Is CBD Legal? 

Generally, yes, but this is a little tricky. You see, legality is a complex topic because it depends on where your CBD products come from. 

CBD is legal at the federal level only if it’s derived from U.S. grown help that has a license and permit under the 2018 Farm Bill -- if your CBD is flown in from overseas or if it comes from the marijuana plant, it’s technically not federally legal. 

(Note: a cannabis plant is either hemp or marijuana. Hemp has 0.3% THC or less by weight when harvested, while marijuana has more than 0.3% THC by weight and is still federally illegal even though some states have legalized recreational marijuana use.)

Not to make matters even more complicated, but some states have restricted CBD sales, so even if your CBD product was derived from federally legal hemp -- its legality where you live does vary by state. 

Here at Healist, we use the highest quality broad-spectrum hemp extract, which contains high levels of CBD, but includes other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBDA, CBG, CBN, and CBC, as well as therapeutic compounds like amino acids, terpenes, minerals, and vitamins that work in synergy with each other to power your body just as nature intended (this is known as the desired “entourage effect”).* 

And unlike full-spectrum hemp extract -- which contains around 0.3% THC -- our broad-spectrum hemp extracts are non-psychoactive with undetectable levels of THC.

Wait, Full-Spectrum and Broad-Spectrum? Please Explain. 

There are three types of CBD oil. 

One of them is full-spectrum. If you encounter a CBD product that says it’s full-spectrum, that means that all the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant can be found in the oilincluding a trace amount of THC at 0.3% or less (i.e., still non-psychoactive). 

Broad-spectrum, on the other hand, contains all the cannabinoids as well, but without THC. Broad-spectrum CBD is often said to be one of the best types of extracts since it provides the entourage effect but without the worry of consuming THC. 

The last choice is pure CBD isolate which differs from other types because it only contains CBD and no other additives. 

How To Use CBD 

CBD is loved for its many potential benefits and may be used as a holistic approach to wellness 

Some of the best potential benefits associated with this remarkable cannabinoid include:

  • May alleviate discomfort
  • May support emotional wellness
  • May support a good night’s sleep
  • May soothe tension and feelings of stress
  • May provide a calming and relaxing effect

Thinking about trying CBD oil? Here are a few ways to take it:

Edibles, Chews, and Capsules 

Our on-the-go, vegan CBD gummies blend U.S. grown organic broad-spectrum CBD with clinically backed active natural ingredients including L-Theanine, ashwagandha, and a custom calming terpene blend to help you cope with the signs of unease and stress.* 

Plus, on each Healist product, we have easy-to-read usage recommendations to help quiet your mind and maintain focus throughout the day.* 

Tinctures and Sublingual 

Sublingual CBD is absorbed directly into the blood vessels in your mouth and under the tongue. Effects usually start after 15 to 30 minutes and peak around an hour and a half after administration. 

Here at Healist, our CBD oil tinctures blend high-quality CBD with clinically backed active natural ingredients to help you find calm, sleep, and relief.* All you have to do is use the little dropper (which is provided) to place the oil underneath your tongue, allow it to absorbs for 30 seconds, and then swallow. We suggest waiting about 20-30 minutes to see how you feel before taking more. 

Topicals and Patches 

Topical CBD blends are one of the more common kinds of cannabis products. They can be used effectively for muscle and joint soreness and nourishing the skin, and are found in lotions, creams, and balms.* 

We recommend placing the patch on a lean, non-fatty area of skin, such as your shoulder, inner write, forearm, lower back, or bicep. This will help to enhance absorption and how quickly it can begin working its magic. 

CBD patches are also applied to the skin, and they can work for up to 24 hours. This transdermal patch affects the body’s endocannabinoid system by inhibiting receptors in your skin for targeted, slow-release discomfort relief. If you need all-day support to help quiet your mind and stay focused, we suggest giving our Calm Infused Patch a try.* We recommend placing the adhesive on a non-fatty, slim area of skin such as your shoulder, lower back, or elbow. This aids absorption, so the patch can begin facilitating body and muscle stress relief more effectively. 

Bottom Line 

So, is CBD addictive? The answer is: no. 

When looking for CBD oil, be sure to purchase from an honest and reputable company that makes its products using U.S. grown organic broad-spectrum CBD -- like Healist

Here at Healist, our formulas don’t just stop at CBD. Across each of our products, we’ve paired CBD with clinically backed active natural ingredients designed to power your body’s innate capacity to find relief, sleep, calm, and overall well-being.* 

Our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. Whether you’re looking for tasty CBD gummies or an easy-to-swallow CBD capsule, we have everything you need to help you feel your best. 

 

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