CBD Helps Treat Addiction

 

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014. 80% of those battling with substance abuse struggled with alcohol. Over 7 million Americans struggled with drug addiction in 2014.

Addiction is a serious health issue that has been on the rise not only in the USA, but across the globe. Heroin is perhaps the most highly addictive substance. In 2016, 15,500 people overdosed and died from the synthetic opioid.

 

CBD Helps Treat Addiction

CBD is a non-psychotropic component of cannabis, which inhibits the cue-induced effects of opiates by interfering with brain reward mechanisms. CBD does this by partially activating serotonin, and mediating the neruotransmitter, glutamate, which contributes to mood and behavioral responses such as: excitability, anxiety, and memory which may attribute to cravings and relapse.

Cravings such as anxiety, irritability, sweating and palpitations can occur years into abstinence. When a situation or person stimulates a drug related memory, these craving symptoms occur creating a greater risk of relapse.

While CBD doesn’t change the effect of the initial administration of the drug (unlike THC, which can make the effect of heroin stronger), scientists have observed a lessening of what are known as ‘cue-induced cravings’, a type of craving brought on by a stimulus, such as when smokers associate finishing a meal with lighting up a cigarette.

 

scientists have observed a lessening of what are known as ‘cue-induced cravings’, a type of craving brought on by a stimulus,

 

In a double blind, placebo study heroin addicts were administered a single dose of CBD over 3 consecutive days. Their propensity for craving was then tested by exposing them to opioid related and neutral video stimuli at 1 hour, 24 hours and 7 days after the CBD was given. Compared to the placebo, the subjects taking CBD found their cravings were lessened, an effect that lasted for 7 days after treatment.

 

CBD Reduces Cravings

CBD reduces anxiety levels by targeting the Endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and nervous system. Specifically, CBD’s partial activation of the 5HT1-A serotonin receptor helps produce anti-anxiety effects. This produces a calming slightly euphoric affect which naturally helps reduce negative states in opioid-dependent individuals, which may, in turn, reduce the likelihood of relapse.

 

Read More: What is the Endocannabinoid System?

 

Similar findings were observed in a study carried out by University College London, in which cigarette smokers were given an inhaler containing CBD. 24 smokers were recruited and split into two groups: the CBD and the placebo. Both groups were encouraged to use their inhaler whenever they felt the urge to smoke a cigarette. The group using the CBD inhaler found that they smoked 40% less cigarettes, compared to the placebo group where there was no change.

 

CBD Repairs Damaged Caused to the Brain by Addiction

Serious addiction ravages the body, but also causes long term neurodegeneration, associated with the over-activation of glutamate receptors resulting in a progressive loss of neurons.

CBD has been patented by the US Federal government as a neuroprotectant due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its ability to inhibit glutamate transmission also makes it of particular interest in combating the damage caused by alcohol or drug related neurotoxicity.

 

CBD Helps Treat Addiction

CBD is a powerful ingredient in Cannabis that produces all of the popularized health benefits. As the laws regarding Marijuana are becoming less strict, more studies are being conducted on the compound. Addiction is becoming a more serious health concern as the numbers continue to rise. Studies performed by the Federal government itself even shows that CBD is a miracle drug when it comes to helping curb addiction, addiction-related symptoms, recovery, and abstinence. Alcohol, opioid and benzo addictions can all lead to serious health-related issues and even cause death. Other types of addiction such as, marijuana and cigarette, are also greatly treated with the consumption of CBD.