Can You Become Addicted To CBD?


CBD is already extremely popular in the places where it is legal, but can a person’s use become compulsive beyond control? It’s a reasonable question to ask.

The World Health Organization examined many aspects of the molecule cannabidiol (CBD) and concluded that no, it does not hold the potential for abuse. “Single dose administration of cannabidiol has been evaluated in healthy volunteers using a variety of tests of abuse potential as well as physiological effects in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled trial” the 2017 report reads.




It passed the tests for addictiveness or of the potential for abuse and presented no negative attributes to the point: 

“An orally administered dose of 600mg of CBD did not differ from placebo on the scales of the Addiction Research Centre Inventory,” and, “a 16 item Visual Analogue Mood Scale, subjective level of intoxication or psychotic symptoms.”

Interestingly another debate is bubbling to the surface right now on how we talk about the “psychoactivity” of CBD.  

CBD does indeed affect the mind, and there are many different neurotransmitter systems with which CBD has the potential to interact. According to the proper definition of psychoactive, we can’t deny that CBD fits. It just won’t get you stoned.

CBD should probably get a new style of language when we talk about its effect. Non-intoxicating is one that Dr. Ethan Russo, a long-time cannabinoid researcher seems to like. Dr. Russo might be one of the most quoted researchers on the subject of CBD’s qualifications. His interest in CBD goes back to the ’60s when its chemical structure was first distinguished.

How do you describe CBD’s effects or lack thereof? 

August 12, 2018

by Alana Armstrong

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Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.


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