Every day, new research is being published about the benefits and potential side effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is a phytocannabinoid, which is one of over 100 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants. Because CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, many people have concerns about the effects of CBD on their bodies. You may have questions about its legality as well as how it interacts with your system. You may even be wondering, “Is CBD addictive?” The short answer is no, but CBD may help with opioid addiction as well as other addictive behaviors.

This article will cover the legality of CBD, its relationship to marijuana and THC, and the effects it could have on your body’s Endocannabinoid system, as well as the benefits of using CBD to help cope with symptoms of addiction and recovery.

How does CBD help with addiction?

While CBD is not addictive, a recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows a positive relationship with CBD and people affected with heroin use disorder. Users who received CBD instead of a placebo were significantly less likely to report cravings for their drug of choice. Another study this year suggests that CBD is also helpful in treating alcohol dependence as well.

The anxiolytic properties found in CBD can help with calming cravings, while the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can help with any pain associated from withdrawal and cravings. CBD has also been shown to help calm seizures which may be a symptom of recovery for some addictions.

A number of other studies, like this study in Neuropsychopharmacology, and this study by the University of Montreal suggest that CBD can ease symptoms of several addictive behaviors. Whether you are struggling with over-eating, shopping, or substance abuse, CBD can help in a number of ways for many types of addictions. 

Is CBD safe?

The human body produces its own cannabinoids! These endogenous cannabinoids are neurotransmitters that are produced within the body and bind to cannabinoid receptors in our brain, immune system, and other places in the body. Other neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which each play a part in our mental health and happiness.

Because cannabinoids are naturally produced in the body, introducing CBD into your system will not disrupt your body’s natural function. CBD is a non-psychoactive substance, meaning that it does not produce a high feeling like THC in marijuana, that acts as an anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic, among other things. This means that you can reap the benefits of the hemp plant without the psychoactive reactions produced by THC.

A study about CBD in 2017 shows CBD does not produce any addictive side effects. This means that you can safely use CBD regularly without the concern of becoming physically dependent on it.

Is CBD legal?

Many countries have struggled with legalizing and decriminalizing the hemp/marijuana plant for many decades. Because CBD is related to the marijuana plant, it is natural to wonder whether or not CBD is legal. The good news is that CBD is federally legal to sell as long as the THC content is less than 0.3 percent.

The less great news is that there is not much regulation for CBD. Because of the way that the cannabis plant grows naturally, many products that contain CBD will also contain the same substance that makes marijuana illegal. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the ingredient in marijuana that gives you a high feeling, and it is not legal to sell in the United States. 

CBD is relatively new and still gaining popularity. This can mean that it is not well regulated and you want to pay attention to the ingredients in your CBD. CBD can come in full-spectrum or isolate. With full-spectrum CBD, the product contains a full range of cannabinoids. When the cannabinoids are extracted from hemp, the entire extract is made into a consumable product, meaning that you are getting a healthy dose of all the cannabinoids that were in the plant. An isolate, on the other hand, separates the CBD from other cannabinoids.

While some people prefer full-spectrum CBD oil, if you are looking for pure CBD without any other cannabinoids, look for CBD isolate or oils which advertise 0% THC.


CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that is non-psychoactive and not habit-forming. It can be helpful for several afflictions from anxiety to pain and can also help ease the symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol, heroin, and even addictive behaviors not related to drug use.

CBD is safe and legal to use. It acts with the Endocannabinoid system in your body to help with a variety of ailments. With the seemingly endless list of benefits from this wonderful supplement, it is worth keeping some in your home. You can use CBD as an oil, smoke it as an isolate, eat it as an edible, or even use CBD cream to help with muscle and joint pain.

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About the Author

Rose is a health and wellness writer from Atlanta, GA. Rose has years of experience with natural foods and remedies and enjoys writing well-researched articles about the benefits of CBD.