Holistic Studies Regarding CBD and Addiction
Study finds that cannabidiol (CBD) reduces drug craving and anxiety in patients recovering from heroin use disorder
The widespread use of heroin and prescription opioids in the United States during the past decade has resulted in an unprecedented epidemic of opioid addiction, and few treatments for heroin use disorders are currently available. In this study, authors conducted a clinical trial to test whether cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant, could reduce drug craving and anxiety in recently-abstinent individuals with heroin use disorder. The study found that, compared to those who received a placebo, individuals who received a dose of CBD medication showed a reduction in craving for heroin as well as reduced anxiety, which lasted for about a week after taking the CBD medication.
Some studies have focused on the “big picture” of addiction rather than specific mechanisms.
- For seven days after CBD adminstration, heroin addicts had less cravings
- Cigarette use reduced by 40% in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving long-term tobacco addicts after CBD treatment
- CBD directly lowers the rewarding sensation of morphine
- A marijuana addict since age thirteen found solace through cannabidiol
For more studies, see this page on addiction/alcoholism treated by cannabinoids.