Wed. May 5th, 2021

Can you get addicted to CBD?

Aby Harry Hall

Most cannabis enthusiasts know that the “high” you can get from many plant species of the cannabis plant comes from a chemical compound called THC. This compound, which is also called Tetrahydrocannabinol in scientific terms, is found in many “high” inducing cannabis-derived plants, for example, marijuana.  Before you ask, “can you get addicted to CBD (also called Cannabidiol)?”, You need to find out how addiction, and along with it, how THC works. In many of the first ensuing sentences, it is precisely what happens, and afterward, we tell if one can be addicted to CBD or not.

Let’s find out if we can or cannot get addicted to CBD:

Just like CBD, THC is a chemical compound that is extracted from many different species of the cannabis plant. There is a system of cannabinoids in our bodies, called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), through which certain cannabinoids can interact with our body. THC can do two things through ECS to our body, which can make us addicted to it. This brings us closer to the explanation of the question: can you get addicted to CBD?

You know the apparent reason behind THC’s addiction (or any kind of “high” that something can produce) is dopamine. Dopamine is itself endogenous chemical compound that is secreted when a brain wants to reward behavior. It also helps in regulating mood as dopamine levels spike up when someone intends to do something that may be pleasurable for them.

This is what makes sex, sleep and other fun things feel good. Hence, when you feel pleasure from a “high,” it means dopamine is doing its job. When you get addicted to something, it probably means that you are spiking your dopamine levels, unnaturally, and that substance you are using is spiking your dopamine levels higher than what usually is. You get Desynthesised to lower levels of dopamine, and this new level of dopamine can only be reached by the substance you are using. This necessarily leads to addiction, without you know ever knowing it, as now you crave for another high of that newly reached benchmark of your dopamine level. This can make someone psychologically addicted to the substance that one is using. Too high Dopamine or too low can both be bad (when compared to your normal levels). Low dopamine can lead addiction of adrenaline-infused stunts (as adrenaline also induces dopamine). This brings us closer to the explanation of the question: can you get addicted to CBD?

While THC does not directly influence dopamine levels, it indirectly can. THC, which like CBD belongs to the cannabinoids family of chemical, does not have any receptors on the dopamine-inducing neurons. But it has receptors, called CB1 and CB2, on something called GABA neuron. GABA neurons usually release gamma-Aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter that is used for inhibitory purposes, for which it is known for.

It is what primarily inhibits dopamine production if it is excessive. But as it also has CB1 and CB2 receptors whose effect on GABA is inherently antagonistic, THC binds with them to inhibit GABA Neurons from doing their work. This can increase dopamine production by a mile or so, therefore through which THC can make you addicted to a substance which has it in high concentration. Again, This brings us closer to the explanation of the question: can you get addicted to CBD?

CBD, on the other hand, does not bind to cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, even though it is a cannabinoid. The reason behind is that CBD docks at neurons that have serotonin receptors and can even dock at GABA neurons. Serotonin as a neurotransmitter is known for producing psychedelic, and therapeutic effects in the body. CBD also interacts with GABA neurons. No wonder, CBD is not psychotropic (meaning it does not makes you high). Rather than making us high, all CBD does is that it gives beneficial therapeutic effects or psychedelic taste of alternative medicine. It also makes sure to inhibit the effects that are produced by THC.

This another way of saying that there is no such thing like CBD addiction, as it cannot get you addicted. This very easily, gives out an explanation to the question: can you get addicted to CBD?

Continue reading:

%d bloggers like this: