Taking CBD at your workplace
There are many reasons to consider taking CBD at your workplace. It might be a Monday morning for you, and you need to deal with the upcoming stress. A few drops of CBD oil and you will be much calmer and less anxious. All the little things that go wrong at the start of your day won’t bother you as much as normal. This can help you become much more focused.
Another reason to use CBD at work is that it alleviates pain. CBD is not an opioid, so your mind is as bright as ever. Overall CBD can be a great way to boost your work efficiency. As far as it is safe and reliable, you shouldn’t worry about CBD. It’s not like taking coke and working at Wall Street. Not to forget that CBD has neuroprotective properties that makes it ideal for you if you have to deal with a lot of stress at work.
What to look out for?
Currently, CBD is in a peculiar stage. The Hemp plant got legalized on the federal level at the US with the Farm Bill in 2018. However, CBD isn’t out of the woods yet. The problem is that you can make CBD oil from Cannabis plants as well as from Hemp plants. CBD that is made from Hemp plants should be perfectly legal. The reason for that is the low THC content in Hemp. Industrial Hemp has only about 0.3% of THC.
THC is the compound that reacts with your brain and gets you high. This makes Hemp CBD oil perfectly safe for work, without any psychoactive side-effects. On the other hand, there’s Cannabis CBD oil, which is illegal. There the THC content can be much higher. This can potentially give you unwanted side effects.
A lot of bad things can happen to you if you end up high at work. You might be working with dangerous machinery and risk injuring yourself. Or you need to be very precise, and the THC will take away your focus and ability to concentrate. It’s not like you’ll be stoned, but you’ll be less sharp than normal.
Take CBD at work with a grain of salt
The biggest problem with THC is that it’s illegal. Most drug tests check for THC in your saliva, blood, and urine. CBD, on the other hand, does not show up on any of these tests. In theory, everything sounds well – just take CBD products without THC, and you’ll be fine. The problem here is that the CBD industry is a mess. There’s a lot of instances where companies mislabel their products and put more THC or less CBD or both.
This can be the difference between passing and failing a drug test at work. The FDA has posted a warning list to help protect you as a consumer. Be sure to do your own research beforehand. Research a company that you plan to order from. Make sure that it has a good reputation. Check out other reviews and make an informed choice. Otherwise, your job could be on the line. Make the right choice and stay safe.
There’s been a lot of hype around CBD lately. It seems to be a modern panacea for a great variety of health issues. The immediate effects of CBD have been studied extensively. There is great potential for CBD in medicine. Or so we believe right now. But is CBD really harmless? Is it true that if you use CBD for a long time, you will get addicted to it? Read further and find out!
How does drug addiction work?
To understand how drug addiction works, you need to understand what causes you to get addicted in the first place. The short answer is that the drugs you take react on a chemical level with your brain. They will affect your neurons’ ability to send and receive nerve signals. This is very dangerous because your brain uses nerve signals to communicate with your body.
One common way in which you could become addicted is through dopamine. Dopamine is known as the hormone of happiness. Your brain naturally produces dopamine. You have a reward circuit in your brain. When its reward time, you naturally feel happy.
- Every time you do something good, your brain releases some dopamine for you as a reward. This can happen when doing sports, finishing a book, playing a game, watching TV. Pretty much every source of entertainment makes you produce dopamine.
- Many drugs, including Heroin and Marijuana, give your dopamine. This can lead to abnormal dopamine signaling in vast quantities. Your brain responds by sending fewer neurons to your dopamine receptors that end up blocking a lot of the dopamine, the next time this occurs.
- This is also known as building up a tolerance to a drug. The dopamine hunger pushes you to increase the dosage of your drugs. Then you try to experience the same amount of dopamine as you did in your first time.
- A problem with this dopamine oversaturation is that your brain stops to produce its own dopamine. It does this because it already receives more than enough from external sources like drugs. This leads to you not experiencing any dopamine when you do something and expect a reward. You don’t feel happiness anymore. You have to go back to your drug to experience the effects of dopamine.
Can CBD be addictive?
The short answer is that CBD alone is not addictive. It doesn’t react with your dopamine receptors directly. So it doesn’t damage your ability to be happy without it. But CBD is closely associated with THC.
THC is the ingredient in Marijuana that gets you high. It’s a dopamine stimulant. This means that with time, your brain will start to rely on Marijuana for its dopamine shots. Note that these effects can be reversed if you stop consuming Marijuana.
As a drug, Marijuana or Cannabis is one of the easiest substances to stop using. Only in rare cases are there physical effects of withdrawal. Usually quitting weed is pretty easy. One might argue that this factor contributes hugely to the reason why people tend to abuse Cannabis.
But this isn’t any of CBD’s fault. CBD oil products, in general, are natural, organic, and safe to use. The chance for you to get addicted to CBD alone is close to 0. It doesn’t interfere with your brain as other drugs do.
CBD products are made from industrial hemp that has 0.3% THC. As a comparison, recreational Cannabis can have 100 times more THC. Cannabis itself is considered non-addictive in general. So CBD is about 100 times less addictive than something found not addictive.
In the end – CBD – addictive or not?
In the end, a big part of addiction comes down to your genes, DNA, emotional state, having experienced abuse and trauma.
There are a lot of factors at play. But even with all of them taken into account, you are not likely to get addicted to CBD. Not by a long shot. That’s assuming that the products you use don’t have other addictive substances. CBD alone is not the culprit.