How does CBD Work for Addiction?
Everywhere you go, CBD has been receiving attention for treating conditions ranging from depression to arthritis. It seems that everybody has some health issues that could be helped with a sustainable CBD treatment. With studies linking CBD use to improved skin condition, pain response, mood, sleep, and appetite, it’s no surprise that it’s become one of the most popular health supplements in the past five years.
Now, researchers are reporting that CBD use may help with opioid addictions, helping to curb the cravings addicts have for prescription drugs. One study included 42 former heroin addicts who were shown drug-related imagery; compared with a placebo, it was found that CBD significantly reduced image related craving and anxiety in the participants.
The director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai, Yasmin Hurd, stated: “Our findings indicate that CBD holds significant promise for treating individuals with heroin use disorder.”
Over 300,000 opioid addicts have died in the United States since the beginning of the prescription pill crisis in the early 2000s. Experts and health officials are hopeful that CBD could present an inexpensive, effective way to treat conditions like drug addiction.
How Does CBD Fight Addiction?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, works by interacting with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for everything from appetite, to mood, stress response, pain, digestion, and fatigue.
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive; in fact, CBD can even inhibit the psychotropic response of the brain when a user is exposed to THC. CBD binds to two different types of receptors housed in the brain, immune system, gut, and nervous system.
In this way, CBD can influence cognition, mood, anxiety, and the autoimmune inflammatory response. Excess inflammation is linked to everything from depression to chronic pain disorders. By targeting the underlying factors that coerce addicts to perform drug-seeking behavior, CBD may work to inhibit the addictive response in the body and brain.
Additionally, CBD helps to promote balance in the body. When addicts feel emotionally stable and physically well, they aren’t as motivated to seek out addictive substances as when they are mentally exhausted. Ultimately, CBD could be useful for addicts because it is not addictive, doesn’t get the user high, but can reduce craving and anxiety.
According to the leader of the CBD Addiction study, CBD “can really help save lives”. Health officials are pushing for greater regulatory frameworks that can support a healthy, safe CBD market for both general consumers and addicts.