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CBD: The Savior of Heroin Addiction?

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A recent study of Cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the compounds found in cannabis that is non-psychoactive has found that it could be used to fight heroin addiction. The study was published in The American Journal of Psychiatry and focused on whether CBD could curb craving and anxiety among heroin users. Not only did the study find that CBD immediately helped reduce cravings among heroin users, it also noted the effects seemed to last seven days after the subjects were administered a dose of CBD.

In an interview on CNN, Yasmin Hurd, the lead researcher on the study said , “The intense craving is what drives the drug use. If we can have the medications that can dampen that [craving], that can greatly reduce the chance of relapse and overdose risk.”

Participants of the study were divided into three groups and given either 800 milligrams of CBD, 400 milligrams of CBD, or a placebo, receiving one daily dose for three straight days (the team used Epidiolex, which is the first FDA-approved cannabis-based medication). Over the next two weeks, the participants were shown photos or videos of either calm, natural scenes, or scenes that depicted drug use and paraphernalia, then asked to rank their anxiety and cravings.

According to the study, those that had received CBD saw their cravings drop two to three times more than those that received a placebo (there were no major differences between the participants that received 800 milligrams and those that got 400 milligrams). Researchers also found that those who had received CBD showed lower levels of the so-called stress hormone, cortisol, which could be a major finding related to treatment of other conditions associated with high levels of Cortisol such as anxiety or PTSD.

The heroin study could mark another major breakthrough when it comes to the benefits of CBD, especially at a time when heroin and opioid overdose deaths are on the rise. Hurd said she wants to conduct a longer study on CBD and addiction that would follow subjects over the course of about six months.

I for one, find this very appealing. The state of mental health in the United States should be taken as a crisis. The state of a country can only be as strong as it’s citizens. If we are tearing each other and ourselves apart, what good does that do? It’s time for a new, out of the box approach and I think the legalization of cannabis will be the ushering in of a new era for mental health in the US.

As always tribe, I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you think CBD is an alternative that should be studied and offered to patients? Sound of below and share with a friend!

Until next time,

XOXO

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