Existing research also demonstrates that CBD oil could help thwart addiction to other dangerous substances, such as tobacco or opioids. A 2013 study published in Addictive Behaviors looked at the effectiveness of CBD as a way to reduce tobacco cigarette consumption. Observing a total of 24 tobacco smokers, researchers gave half of the subjects an inhaler of CBD and the other half a placebo, instructing them to use the inhaler when they felt the need to smoke. Over a week long period, those treated with CBD reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by 40%, while those with the placebo showed no notable difference.
While CBD doesn’t produce the kind of intoxicating effects THC is known for, it’s important to consider any possible CBD oil side effects.
Evidence suggests that CBD could also be used to help combat the adverse effects of THC, such as cannabis withdrawal symptoms. In a 2013 report, researchers administered CBD to a 19-year-old woman with cannabis withdrawal syndrome over a ten day period, which effectively resulted in reduced withdrawal symptoms. Another study, conducted in 2010 and published in Neuropsychopharmacology, examined a total of 94 cannabis users to see what role CBD-to-THC ratios played in reinforcing the effects of drugs and implicit attentional bias to drug stimuli. Compared with smokers of low-CBD strains, the study found that smokers of high-CBD strains showed reduced attentional bias to drug and food stimuli, as well as lower self-rated liking of cannabis stimuli. The research team concluded that “CBD has potential as a treatment for cannabis dependence” and could offer a potential treatment for other addictive disorders.
Since THC can be addictive and numerous CBD products contain varying levels of THC, the question of whether CBD oil is addictive can depend on where the CBD comes from.
CBD oil can be sourced from both hemp and marijuana. CBD derived from hemp has little to no trace of THC. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
CBD has potential as a treatment for cannabis dependence. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
While all signs suggest that CBD is not addictive, someone who takes large amounts of CBD on a daily basis could experience side effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
However, while the CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated by the use of cannabis with THC contents, CBD is different. CBD activates receptors such as the serotonin and adenosine receptors. Because of the receptors activated by CBD, using CBD hemp oil can change things like pain perception and inflammation. CBD also activates the adenosine receptors, which helps with anxiety because these receptors release dopamine. In some cases when people take higher concentrations of CBD it may activate the 5-HTIA receptor, which is a serotonin receptor, and this is why people feel CBD has an anti-depressant effect. Also important to understand when looking at how CBD works is the fact that when someone takes it, it blocks the psychoactive effects of THC, so people can take advantage of what some say are the benefits of CBD without the mind-altering effects of THC.
There are different varieties of the cannabis plant, and hemp is the nonpsychoactive type of cannabis. Hemp and marijuana are derived from the same the species of cannabis, but their uses, chemical components and how they’re cultivated are different from one another. Hemp is favored in use for a variety of industrial applications because it’s renewable and versatile. It’s relatively easy to grow, requiring minimal water and no pesticides, so it’s environmentally friendly as compared to many of its counterparts. Also, since hemp doesn’t contain THC, it can’t produce the high associated with marijuana.
When someone takes CBD, it impacts the endocannabinoid system which includes receptors that are located throughout the body and brain. THC specifically activates two receptors, which are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t stimulate these receptors, at least not directly. The cannabinoid receptors that are found inside the human body regulate a lot of different processes that we experience daily including mood, appetite, memory and pain sensation, and when they’re activated, it can be by naturally-occurring endocannabinoids, as well as the plant cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis.
How Does CBD Work?
Despite the advantages of hemp and the fact that it can’t be used to get high, the Controlled Substances Act describes it as a Schedule I drug, so it’s illegal to grow it in the U.S. and it’s imported from other countries, as long as minimal amounts of THC are present. Regarding CBD and hemp, CBD oil is found in both marijuana and industrial hemp, and it’s the CBD derived from industrial hemp that’s most often used since it contains less than 1% THC. There have been moves in many states to legalize medical marijuana, at least in a limited way, in order to provide greater access to CBD for the treatment of certain medical conditions.
CBD, which is often used in therapeutic and medical contexts, comes from the hemp part of the cannabis sativa plant, as does marijuana, but though they are both processed from the same component of the plant, CBD and marijuana are thought to be very different. For example, in the past marijuana farmers have tended to breed their hemp plants to have high amounts of THC because of the effects that component has to the user, but when people are farming hemp to get CBD oil, they don’t try to make it higher in THC. It’s actually better to reduce the amount of TCH as much as possible. People frequently wonder is CBD hemp oil marijuana? Or Is CBD marijuana? The answer is no. These substances are derived from the same type of plant, but they’re not exactly the same nor do they have the same uses.
This brings about the importance of understanding the distinctions between industrial hemp-derived CBD and CBD derived from cannabis. It’s much easier to access CBD derived from industrial hemp, and it has the same properties as cannabis-derived CBD, which is why it’s become a viable alternative for people who live in states that don’t allow them to access medical marijuana but they can legally get access to CBD derived from hemp. So, is CBD hemp oil marijuana? No, not technically in most cases. There is CBD from marijuana, but it’s not what’s used for medical reasons in most cases.
As touched on above, cannabidiol or CBD is derived from cannabis. The CBD is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, but it’s different from something called THC that’s also derived from CBD because it’s not psychoactive. People in favor of the use of CBD often say that it’s a way to get relaxation and therapeutic benefits without feeling high, but undoubtedly the compound does have effects on the person using it. Although it is one of the most numerous compounds found in the cannabis plant, CBD isn’t the only one, and there are different concentrations of CBD oil as well.
Is CBD Oil Safe To Use For Someone In Recovery?
One of the more popular discussions surrounding the use of CBD oil is the direct effect it can have on symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction. However, there is no hiding fact that CBD is a derivative of the same plant as marijuana, which is considered a schedule 1 drug by the United States Government. While CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects and side-effects as marijuana and THC-related products, many of the side-effects of CBD oil are unknown. Addiction in the form of dependency and withdrawals related to CBD use remains a possibility, but no firm studies have been done to validate this. While proof does exist of the effectiveness of CBD in reducing symptoms of epilepsy, few studies have proven its effectiveness when it comes to assisting with recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Positive signs do exist as studies have found signs of effectiveness in breaking a smoking habit and decreasing one’s cravings for nicotine. Despite small signs of benefits on curbing craving tendencies, much is still unknown when it comes to dosages or the potential side-effects from CBD use. Doctors have shied away from prescribing CBD due to the lack of recommended dosages or general guidelines for administration.
Despite lacking the psychoactive effects, the close relation CBD has to marijuana, a controversial substance that is only legalized in 11 states and Washington D.C., causes further confusion with CBD and its growing popularity. Unlike it’s psychoactive sibling THC, CBD that is derived from the hemp strain of cannabis plants is legal under the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. CBD that is derived from the marijuana plant is illegal. However, while it is legalized at the federal level there are still tight regulations around CBD. Hemp-derived CBD remains legal only if it contains no more than 0.3% THC content. While it is legalized at the federal level, states still make the final decision on its legality. Many states have made laws on its legality, with some outright banning the substance or limiting its legality to only allowing CBD products without any trace of THC. In Texas, CBD products containing any trace of THC are listed as an illegal substance; non-THC CBD products remain legal in the state. Tight regulations remain on CBD products and those who manufacture such products, yet through this, the popularity of CBD is still growing at a rapid rate due to its rumored benefits.
Much is still being learned about CBD, its benefits and its detractors, with more studies being conducted to learn how exactly CBD can have a positive or even negative effect on the human body, including on recovery from addiction. The concrete evidence is still being explored as to whether CBD is safe for someone in recovery to use. It is advised you consult with a medical professional about whether CBD products would be beneficial to you before use.
While CBD does not have a psychoactive effect on the human body, many claim CBD to have various healing and medical benefits.
· Alleviating symptoms of cancers or cancer treatments
Simply put, CBD is cannabidiol, a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant that has non-psychoactive elements. CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in the plant (one of 113 to be exact). A cannabinoid is a group of closely related compounds that make up the active portion of the cannabis plant. These compounds have a direct effect on the human body by affecting cells that alter the brain. Despite rapidly becoming a household name, CBD is still the little brother to a more well-known compound, THC, or the compound that causes marijuana to be psychoactive. While the ties of CBD to THC, and more broadly marijuana, can be confusing, studies of the properties of CBD have shown that it does not have an intoxicating or psychoactive effect on the human brain like marijuana and THC do.