Is CBD oil addictive?

At transcending Organics, we often get asked “is CBD oil addictive?”

It’s a common (and logical!) question, so in today’s blog we address the question “is CBD oil addictive?”.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is derived from the cannabis (Cannabis sativa) plant.  It is one of more than 400 natural compounds that have been isolated and identified from the plant. There is no evidence to date that shows CBD oil to be addictive.

Many people have come to associate cannabis use with a characteristic “high”, and therefore wonder is CBD oil addictive. However, this is where misunderstandings often occur. The “high” that many people are familiar with is not an effect of CBD, but rather it is caused by THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another compound that is present in the cannabis plant.

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By itself, CBD does not appear to have any addictive properties.

CBD and THC are both found in hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants, however the concentration varies. Hemp plants are typically selected for and cultivated to have higher levels of CBD and much less (or in many cases, even negligible) THC. Marijuana plants generally have a much higher concentration of THC by comparison.

CBD is considered a non-psychoactive compound; it does not impact cognitive function, heart rate, blood pressure, nor does it have any psychoactive effects. Even though some lawful CBD products may contain minute amounts (up to 0.3%) of THC, this concentration is not enough to cause a psychoactive or addictive response within the consumer’s body.

If you wish to learn more about the differences between CBD and THC, you can have a look at our blog here.

Is CBD oil addictive? The research is continuing…

Numerous research studies, along with lots of anecdotal, personal experience attest to CBD’s effectiveness in helping with a number of common health issues, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Fibromyalgia

Commonly, people suffering with these conditions are taking prescribed pharmaceutical medications to relieve their symptoms, but unfortunately these medications often come with side effects or addictive properties. For this reason, many people turn to CBD oil as a more natural, non-addictive alternative to assist them in relieving their symptoms.

Is CBD oil addictive or does it have addictive potential?

In a 2017 report, the World Health Organization describes that “evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential.” On the contrary, numerous studies have suggested that CBD may be useful in aiding in the treatment of substance abuse disorders for cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine and cannabis addiction.

Is CBD oil addictive? Transcending Organics CBD oil is not.

At Transcending Organics, we take the quality and purity of our CBD oils very seriously. All of our products undergo strict filtration procedures to ensure that there is no detectable THC in the final product that reaches our customers. Most importantly, this means that there are no psychoactive or addictive properties associated with using our CBD oils.

The hemp plants from which our CBD is extracted, are specially selected and organically grown. They are non-GMO, and of the highest quality. Each batch of CBD oil that we produce is independently tested and issued a HPLC certificate, giving our consumers confidence in purchasing a high-quality, pure product. If you would like to view a copy of the certificate, please contact us.


Babalonis, S., Haney, M., Malcolm, R. J., Lowfall, M. R., Votaw, V. R., Sparenborg, S., Walsh, S L., (2016), Oral cannabidiol does not produce a signal for abuse liability in frequent marijuana smokers,[], accessed 10/23/2021.

World Health Organization, (2017), Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Report, [], accessed 10/23/2021.



The content described in this blog, entitled “Is CBD oil addictive?” is intended for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as a  substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified, trusted healthcare professional.