Although research into the field is still new and ongoing, CBD has shown significant promise as a potential treatment for opioid addiction.
Opioid addiction remains one of the biggest problems common to both developed and developing nations. Although developed nations have supporting structures to help addicts quit, a huge percentage are still at risk of relapsing due to drug cues, anxiety, impaired impulse controls, and stress. The currently available treatments for opioid addiction and substance abuse work on the same opioid receptors in the brain, causing the treatment options themselves to have addictive properties due to their mechanism of action.
Several pre-clinical studies have investigated CBD as a potential treatment for cocaine addiction, with a study showing a reduction in cocaine use in rats. Another study led by Yasmin Hurd and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed how CBD reduced cravings in people with heroin addiction. CBD is thought to help addiction by reducing cortisol – which is also called the stress hormone – and other triggers like anxiety. CBD is currently unrivaled in the treatment of addiction because it doesn’t carry an addiction risk. CBD is also known to reduce withdrawal symptoms like tremors, mood swings, fatigue and others, and their severity. Additionally, current medications for substance abuse like buprenorphine and methadone are tightly regulated, leaving CBD as the only readily-available option.
It is still important to check-in with your physician or a professional to find out if CBD is the best choice for you.