‘Cannabidiol (CBD) is not psychoactive.’ Many of you may have heard this statement that’s making its way around the Cannabis industry. However, that statement is wrong. CBD is psychoactive… it is just not intoxicating. Any individual in the cannabis industry, whether buying or selling, deserves accurate information. Allow us to set the record straight and keep it there.
CBD and THC Are Both Psychoactive
When individuals see the word ‘psychoactive’, they automatically associate it with the effects of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Due to this stigma, companies end up putting CBD under the ‘non-psychoactive’ label. Another benefit in doing so would be that the CBD products come off as the safer-option and it creates some distance from cannabis, particularly those with THC.
Although THC is gaining traction, it remains illegal in much of the world and many still struggle to let go of the negative conations attached to THC. If medical cannabis and healing products containing CBD are to come widely allowed and available, it would need to separate from the negativity and caution attached to THC.
Psychoactive Vs. Intoxicating
Psychoactive: “(chiefly of a drug) affecting the mind”.
Intoxicating: “(of alcohol or a drug) liable to cause someone to lose control of their faculties or behavior”.
If you look at the above dictionary definitions of what it means to be psychoactive, you would see why CBD is psychoactive. CBD will not make you lose your control or even alter your behavior, although many have this experience with THC… which is intoxicating and psychoactive.
Cannabidiol affects the mind. Tetrahydrocannabinol affects the mind. CBD’s effects just happened to be medicinal and very beneficial. Many people also believe that the word psychoactive automatically means bad but something that affects your mind is not always a bad thing. We consume many foods and compounds that have psychoactive properties without any adverse effects…I bet you didn’t expect that. One of my personal favorite foods with psychoactive properties is chocolate (particularly dark chocolate). For example, both chocolate and CBD influences serotonin levels.
CBD affects the mind in positive manners. Through the transmitters, it can alleviate stress and anxiety, boost your mood, contributes to bettering depression and addiction as well as helping you get some sleep. These are just a few of its benefits. It is more widely used for pain and inflammation.
“CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications”.World Health Organization
Although this is all good news, the way in which the cannabinoid compounds interact with our brain is yet to be made into concrete evidence. Many studies are still underway while experiments of potential treatments are being tested on mice. Rest assured, we may not have concrete evidence on a lot of aspects regarding CBD, its’ safety has been confirmed and remains unchallenged.