Is CBD a Drug?
CBD, being the cannabis-derived substance that has caused a ripple around the world, has also caused speculation and worries.
Many are wondering if there is something to fear about this cannabinoid and if behind all the ‘glamour’, there is a more dark truth.
The Truth About CBD
Due to CBD’s origin, and that it is associated with the psychoactive plant cannabis, it does not have what we would call a “good reputation”.
Despite the fact that cannabis is now legal in many parts of the world, products that contain any form of cannabis are still considered to be dangerous to many.
However, there is one key thing that is important to understand about CBD. Even if it does come from the cannabis plant, it does not cause the same effects as other cannabinoids do.
THC for example, which is one of the 110+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, is the substance responsible for causing a high in users.
CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t cause psychoactive effects, meaning that it doesn’t make users feel high, or disconnected from reality.
The negative drug-like stigma that THC has should not be placed on CBD too, just because they are “related”.
Diving in Deeper | What Is a Drug?
So, CBD does not cause the same psychoactive effects that THC is known to cause, but does that mean it is not a drug?
Although a simple yes or no answer would be ideal for this question, the truth is that it is a little more complicated.
To make this question easier to understand, and easier to answer, it is important to understand just what exactly a drug is.
The term drug is used to refer to any type of substance that causes changes in the body, or that is able to cause physical or psychological effects.
Another thing that is important to understand is that there are different types or categories of drugs.
Take coffee for an example. Due to the energizing and uplifting effects of caffeine, coffee is categorized as a drug.
However, substances such as cocaine, heroin and other “scary” substances are also categorized as drugs.
It is easy to see that these two types of drugs are definitely not the same. Coffee and cocaine, although both drugs, are not what we would call ‘similar’.
Just like coffee, CBD is categorized as a drug because of the many ways it affects the body, and is able to offer its benefits.
Why CBD is Categorized as a ‘Drug’
You may still be wondering why CBD is categorized as a drug if it doesn’t even make users feel high. Well, there is more to CBD than what meets the eye.
CBD is now being considered a more natural alternative for people suffering from anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain.
This is all due to the fact that CBD is able to “work” through the body by triggering receptors in the endocannabinoid system.
Explained simply, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors that regulates functions like mood, appetite and sleep.
This is where the label ‘drug’ comes in. Due to the fact that CBD is able to trigger receptors in the body and affect the body and mind (in a positive way), it is then categorized as a drug.
So, unlike other well-known, harmful drugs such as cocaine or heroin, CBD causes effects but by doing so also offers a handful of benefits.
CBD being the natural, benefit-packed substance that it is should in time lose its negative stigma, and allow more people to receive everything that it has to offer without feeling afraid.