Cannabidiol (CBD), a substance derived from cannabis plants, has showed promise in treating a variety of conditions, such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, and chronic pain. But there’s another surprising condition that CBD might help remedy: addiction.
CBD has been tested in treating several types of addiction, namely heroin, alcohol, and tobacco addiction. So far, the results suggest new possibilities for rehab and recovery from addictive behaviors. In one study, CBD reduced craving and anxiety in recovering heroin addicts who were not using heroin during the experiment. In another study, intake of CBD also reduced craving and anxiety for alcohol, along with reducing alcohol-related brain and liver damage. In a third study, smokers who used a CBD inhaler had fewer cravings for tobacco and smoked less cigarettes after the treatment ended.
You might be wondering how this can be true when marijuana, the most well known form of cannabis, also has addictive properties. The answer is that marijuana is not the same as CBD. Marijuana contains much larger amounts of THC, the addictive substance that gives people a high. In contrast, CBD does not give users a high and is not addictive. The World Health Organization has determined that CBD does not cause any physical dependence effects such as withdrawal and tolerance and does not have potential for substance abuse.
It’s important to note that CBD cannot “cure” drug addiction. It might help in the recovery process and help prevent relapses, but addiction is a chronic condition that requires time, patience, and care to treat. If you need treatment for drug addiction, you can call 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) or go to www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov to research treatment options.