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Addiction and CBD

Addiction and CBD: What You Need to Know 

Did you know that CBD – a substance derived from marijuana or hemp – can significantly improve your chances of recovering from an addiction? Best of all, it doesn’t simply substitute one substance for another. CBD is known to help eliminate the urge altogether. So, here’s what else you need to know. 

CBD and THC: What’s the difference?

CBD and THC are different in many ways, although they’re both made from the marijuana plant. For example, CBD does not cause a psychoactive effect. That means it won’t get you high like THC. CBD is also non-habit-forming and provides numerous mental, emotional, and physical health benefits as well. 

Does CBD cause addiction? 

The link between addiction and CBD is extremely slight and still being studied. However, scientific discoveries regarding CBD’s side effects on the mind and body may surprise you. As it turns out, the substance may actually help prevent addiction from developing in the first place. 

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), cannabidiol can be used as a natural intervention for addictive tendencies. After a systematic review of the evidence, it has been found that CBD is not only good for a person’s health but also an excellent source of stress and pain relief. 

Since overwhelming stress and pain are two leading causes of drug and/or alcohol addiction in the United States, non-psychoactive substances that reduce anxiety and depression can help eliminate certain compulsions and behaviors, most notably those that lead to an addiction. 

How addiction and CBD are changing the face of medicine

As it stands, cannabidiol (CBD) is federally legal. Thus, it can be bought and sold anywhere. The recent discoveries of this substance’s positive effects on the human endocannabinoid system have made it a favored treatment for many illnesses, diseases, and disorders. 

NOTE: There are specific laws regarding how much THC can be in a dose of CBD, so check your local requirements. 

Many people suffering from addiction are no longer reaching for potentially harmful pharmaceuticals to ease their pain or shorten their withdrawals. Instead, they’re using high-quality CBD products to self-medicate and avoid expensive or invasive treatments. As a result, the faces of modern medicine and mental health are changing rapidly. 

The takeaway

CBD is much different than marijuana and/or THC. It won’t get you high, but it might help you avoid the urge to do that in the first place.

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