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Is CBD Oil Addictive?

November 04, 2023 3 min read

Is CBD Oil Addictive? - Leaf Remedys


Did you know that hemp and marijuana belong to the same genus of flowering plants? This means they’re both considered Cannabis Sativa [¹].

Pretty cool, right?

But this also raises the concern: If CBD is part of the Cannabis genus, and marijuana has been shown in studies to be habit forming, can CBD also be habit forming if you take it on a regular basis?


Is CBD addictive?

According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, 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 [²].”

Instead, it appears that researchers are more curious to see if CBD can address addictive behaviors.


CBD for addiction

There are several studies involving CBD and addiction.

For example, there’s a systematic review showcasing the evidence surrounding CBD on opioid, cocaine, psychostimulant, tobacco, and cannabis addiction in humans [³].

And while the results found in this review are thought-provoking, many people fear that because CBD is associated with cannabis, it will cause unwanted effects and dependence in the long run.

Which leads us to our next question...


How does CBD oil make you feel?

Study after study shows that CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high []. In fact, multiple studies found that higher ratios of CBD actually prevent the high from THC [].

So while THC is often associated with paranoia, panic, and the munchies; CBD is considered a therapeutic cannabinoid that helps calm the mind and relax the body.

This is because CBD has a completely different effect in the body than THC.


How CBD oil works

Deep within the human body, there is a complex biological signaling system known as our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). 

This system is made up of receptor cells and neurotransmitters that are responsible for maintaining our overall mental, physical, and organ health.

Studies show that THC directly interacts with the cells found in our ECS, but it seems that CBD acts a bit differently [].

Amazingly, researchers found that CBD is more of an “influencer”: It helps stimulate our ECS to create our own endocannabinoids, and in some cases it even slows their breakdown so our endocannabinoids can stick around a little longer.

For these reasons, researchers have discovered a list of therapeutic properties found in CBD, and they’ve noticed that dependency is not one of them.

Still, each person is different. And too much of anything, even if it’s good for you, can potentially produce negative effects.

This is why it’s imperative you purchase high-quality CBD products from reputable companies, and follow the dosing recommendations listed on the label.


CBD Addiction: Final thoughts

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 marijuana users will become addicted to THC []. However, there is no evidence that suggests hemp users will, or can, become addicted to CBD.

While we’re unable to make medical claims regarding our premium CBD products, we highly encourage you to do further research on the benefits CBD may have on addiction.

As always, feel free to reach out to us here at Leaf Remedys if you have any questions, concerns, or comments. We’d love to hear from you!



  1. Defining Hemp: A Fact Sheet
  2. Cannabidiol (CBD): A Pre-Review Report 
  3. Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors
  4. Cannabidiol and Other Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoids or Prevention and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Disorders
  5. Does Cannabidiol Protect Against Adverse Psychological Effects of THC?
  6. How does marijuana produce its effects?
  7. Is it possible for someone to become addicted to marijuana?