Is CBD Dangerous?

What is CBD and is it dangerous?

CBD has become increasingly popular, with a number of different products coming to our shelves. They promise benefits such as relaxation, a remedy for some mental health symptoms and an answer to joint pain. But it is often linked to marijuana so many people ask themselves, is CBD dangerous?

To decide whether CBD is dangerous, it is helpful to know what it is, where it comes from and the legality of it.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a naturally occurring substance that is derived from the hemp plant - this plant is usually grown for nutritional purposes. It is one of over 100 known cannabinoids, along with tetrahydrocannabinol which is usually known as THC.

CBD is a chemical compound which can affect different parts of the brain, but studies have shown that it does not have addictive properties and so is not easily abused. Because of this, CBD in its own cannot be classed as dangerous if used sensibly and within a safe space.

What is the difference between CBD and THC?

THC is another substance present in marijuana and is responsible for imparting the ‘high’ feeling that many users report. Although both come from the cannabis plant, they interact with the body in different ways and places and thus results in differing outcomes.

THC tends to influence the receptors in your body that make you feel ‘high’ whereas CBD usually affects parts that deal with inflammation.

Is CBD legal in the UK?

Unlike THC, CBD is legal in the UK as it does not come under the category of controlled substances. It is unlike cannabis which is illegal in the UK and THC which has strict regulations surrounding it.

It is important to know that any CBD product you buy should clearly display the levels of THC - they should not have over 0.2% content. You may see some items online that have a higher percentage of THC, but these are not legal in the UK and so could land you in some serious trouble.

Can you get addicted to CBD gum?

The short answer to this is no, you cannot get addicted to CBD gum, or it is incredibly unlikely. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive which means that it won’t leave you feeling ‘high’ or completely change your state of mind.

In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that CBD does not show any potential of any abuse or dependence, suggesting that it can be used without any worry of danger.