Is CBD Psychoactive? Yes and No


If CBD is always called non-psychoactive, why does a top expert in the cannabinoid field say this a misconception?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is referred to as a “non-psychoactive” cannabinoid just about everywhere it is mentioned. However, Dr. Ethan Russo, a long-time cannabinoid researcher, has recently said that this isn’t actually the case.

In a publication reviewing myths associated with CBD, he stated the following:

“CBD is frequently mischaracterized in lay, electronic, and scientific sources as ‘non-psychoactive’ or ‘non-psychotropic’ in comparison to THC…”

Let’s take a quick look at the definitions of these words, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Psychoactive: Affecting the mind or behavior
Psychotropic: Acting on the mind

So anything that can affect your mind can accurately be called psychoactive. It does not specifically mean that it gets you high. Let’s see what Dr. Russo says next:

“…these terms are inaccurate given its prominent pharmacological benefits on anxiety, schizophrenia, addiction, and possibly even depression.”


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