The big question: is CBD addictive?

CBD, Fibromyalgia, Pain Management, Stress

The short, simple answer to this question is no. But understanding why CBD isn’t addictive and why it could be useful in alleviating chronic pain symptoms is incredibly important for your peace of mind. So, here’s the complex bit…

CBD is often mistaken for its relative, THC. THC is the psychoactive substance common in recreational drug use. It impacts the pleasure centres of your brain and processes involved in behaviour and memory, and while it does have some medical benefits, it can result in dependence if overused.

CBD, or cannabidiol, however, is free from THC and thus eliminates this risk. Instead, it is a natural calming substance extracted from cannabis plants (hence the confusion!)

CBD isn’t psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t infiltrate the bloodstream and impact the brain like THC does.

Instead, it’s thought that CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis – your body’s way of keeping things balanced. This is why it’s becoming a popular supplement for conditions like arthritis, anxiety, and diabetes, to name but a few.

To reassure you further that CBD is not addictive, the World Health Organisation says ‘CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public-health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.’

So, if CBD doesn’t lead to addiction, what does it do?

The Benefits of CBD 

While the official benefits of CBD are still in the early stages of research, studies have found CBD to be effective in the following:

  • Reducing Inflammation CBD is thought to reduce inflammation with its antioxidative qualities. As inflammation is often an additional symptom of chronic pain, this could explain its positive impact for those living with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia.
  • Regulating the Immune System As I mentioned above, CBD promotes homeostasis within the body which, in turn, stimulates the immune system. As some chronic pain conditions like arthritis are associated with immune system dysfunction, this may be why CBD is becoming a popular choice for arthritis sufferers.
  • Reducing Anxiety CBD has soothing qualities thought to aid in the reduction of symptoms of anxiety. Many chronic pain sufferers also experience anxiety and stress due to their condition, meaning CBD again is a helpful supplement for this group.

CBD Advice with Rolling in the Glen 

If you’re considering using CBD to help alleviate some of your chronic pain symptoms and would value the advice of someone already reaping the benefits of CBD supplements, please do not hesitate to get in touch – I’d love to help.

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