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We live in a world that makes quite a bit of profit from human weaknesses.

One of our many weaknesses as humans is our lack of willpower; reaching for the bag of chips, ordering another cocktail at happy hour, or buying another pack of cigarettes.

The worry that CBD could fall into habitual, tolerance-building cycles of dependency and reliance is a valid one, and nipping this fear in the bud is what we will try to do in this post. 

CBD doesn’t have it in itself to be like caffeine, sleep aids, or potent pain meds. It does not even have it in itself to be like its equally well-known sibling, THC!

CBD carries zero risks of dependence. It’s that simple – it just won’t happen. CBD is not a habit-forming substance. 

The Food and Drug Administration has approved CBD in the form of Epidiolex.

This potent CBD oil can be used by individuals suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

However, besides the strict dosing schedule and approved framework by the FDA (as one would expect), CBD is a bit of an enigma in its long-term use. But only a bit of a mystery. 

Read below to feel a little more educated about what kind of compound CBD is. 

You Will Not Become Dependent on CBD 

First and foremost, without any intoxicating or psychoactive effects, CBD does not have much leverage on the human body.

With no rush of dopamine or hormones that would make users clamor for higher doses or quantities to achieve the initial effects, the toxic mix that usually causes addiction is absent.  

Need more reassurance? The World Health Organization, a prestigious wing of the United Nations, agrees that CBD is at low risk for habit-forming issues. 

CBD can calm the nerves, assist with achy joints, and serve as a digestive aid. This tonic effect, far from leading to dependency, can even aid with substance abuse issues and nicotine addiction.

Of course, your method of taking CBD will depend on your body type, age, need, and condition, but all in all, you can feel relatively safe taking part in enjoying CBD as part of your daily wellness regimen. 

There is still much to learn about CBD, so expect that studies will continue to flesh out CBD’s attributes more and more as it reigns as a high-demand wellness product.

But we know enough about it thus far to comfortably say that this is not a product that will cause you addiction or dependence problems. 

But Will You Build up a Tolerance? 

The answer to this is also no. Other substances, even semi-related compounds like THC, will cause the body to respond with a tolerance build-up based on the relationship these compounds have with the body.

THC, for example, binds to our cannabinoid receptors, particularly the CB1 receptor, in a way that causes the body to retain a bit of “memory” that will cause tolerance build-up.

CBD does not bind to our body’s cannabinoid receptors this way. Some researchers explore whether CBD has an opposite effect, meaning the body requires less CBD over time.

It is an ideal additive to anyone’s lifestyle, as it does not seem possible to become desensitized to CBD. 

How to Dose CBD

Though you do not have to worry about the ill effects of dependency or tolerance, it is still best practice to develop a framework for dosing.

You will maximize results and value from whichever CBD product you are using. Be sure to consult with your physician if you are unsure about proceeding. 

For stomach, digestion, or bowel issues, use sublingual drops, anywhere from 5-10 mg, twice a day.

This method allows for quick absorption in a concentrated form. This is especially helpful for acute incidents of nausea. 

For feelings of anxiety or tension, capsules are recommended. Start at 300 mg and work your way up to a ceiling of around 600 mg, upping the dosage incrementally as you see fit. 

For generalized aches and pains, start as low as 50 mg in a capsule, and then work your way up to a maximum dose of 600 mg. 

Remember that alcohol and prescription medications can also interact with CBD and may cause unwanted side effects. 

How Tolerance and Daily Use Differs Between CBD and THC

CBD is non-habit-forming, resistant to desensitization, and carries minimal risk of toxicity or side effects.

It differs starkly from THC in this way. While THC is a relatively benign psychoactive compound, it has more chance of habit-forming use, adaptability, desensitization, and tolerance, as well as side effects and withdrawal.

Sounds scary, right? How could this be, assuming THC is a safe-enough substance that state governments all around the United States have given the go-ahead to legalize cannabis and all of its offshoots? 

Well, it is not as nefarious as it sounds. THC binds quite efficiently to the body’s CB1 receptors, most of which are located in the brain.

Heavy use of THC will cause the body to counteract and acclimate itself to THC’s effects, dulling the potency of the compound within the body, little by little.

While some side effects are rarely debilitating, withdrawal is usually quick and involves little other than irritability or fatigue. 

Why am I telling you about THC and its safety if it is CBD we wish to speak about? Well, the more information, the better.

Conveying the relative safety of a misunderstood, if the understandably “taboo” compound will help you as a consumer feel more comfortable with CBD as a lifestyle option.

CBD and THC come from the same plant, but their differences are stark.

By realizing how much the chemistry and psychoactive products of THC contribute to the risks of habit-forming and tolerance, you can better understand why CBD is not like this at all. 

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