Can you run into problems if you were to just stop taking CBD? Regular medication prescriptions often state that quitting suddenly is not advised. Is that also the case with CBD? The general advice not to stop abruptly comes from the fact that certain medicines cause you to become dependent. This blog explains whether this is also true for CBD, as well as whether you can stop taking CBD without consequences.
The influence of CBD on your body
In recent years, a lot of research has focused on the effectiveness of CBD. CBD is a cannabinoid, which is extracted from the hemp plant. Although it’s a cannabinoid of vegetable origins, it can influence the body. We humans have an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which functions as a regulator on many physical processes.
Usually, these processes run their course without problems. But disturbances can occur. This could reveal itself as, among others, anxiety, sleeping problems, stress or high blood pressure. Being a cannabinoid, CBD has the ability to influence the way the ECS functions and restore the balance.
Mental or physical addiction
You can get addicted to a substance, when you become mentally or physically dependent of it. You get used to the effect it has on you. The moment you quit, you’ll notice you can’t do without the substance. Also, as tolerance builds up, you’ll need more and more of the addictive drug or remedy, to get the desired effect. People can develop addictions to medications, drugs and alcohol, but also to habits, like gambling or sports.
To answer the question whether or not you can suddenly stop taking CBD, it’s important to know if a substance is addictive or not. Stopping all of a sudden can be fine, as long as you haven’t grown addicted to the compound. Research shows that CBD is not addictive; mentally nor physically. Because you can’t get dependent of it, you won’t get any withdrawal symptoms.
Many people think that CBD has the same effect as THC, because they both come from the hemp plant. This is not the case. The effect CBD has is completely different and it won’t get you high. THC can get mentally addictive over time. This doesn’t happen with CBD.
Are there any consequences to quitting CBD?
It’s safe to just stop taking CBD. Still, there can be consequences. You were using CBD oil, CBD tablets or CBD edibles for a reason: you had some health concerns. Because you (temporarily) stopped taking CBD, these symptoms could indeed return.
Some people have experienced that this can happen relatively fast. If you took CBD because you couldn’t get a good night’s sleep, within a couple of days you might find that you’re suffering from insomnia again. Or maybe your headaches return, or PMS or stress complaints resurface.
So there is a difference from withdrawal symptoms. This is not about your body yearning for this substance, making you feel the physical and mental cons
equences to drag you back into the habit. When you stop taking CBD, the only consequence it might have, is the return of the symptoms you had before.
Relieve withdrawal symptoms with CBD
Not only will you not get addicted to CBD; you can in fact use it to battle other addictions. If you want to quit smoking, gambling or even drugs, you could take CBD to combat withdrawal symptoms. Studies are being conducted to deliver conclusive scientific evidence, but many people claim that CBD has helped them kick their habits. Whatever the specific mechanism is, though, CBD influences the reward system in the brain and can help diminish cravings for substances or unwanted behavior.