CBD and Addiction

CBD and Addiction

By J Gordon Curtis

Addiction has become an element of everyday life for many. Nearly one in every three people knows somebody that is addicted to opioids. Keep in mind, this is just opioids. Between alcohol dependence, nicotine addiction, and every other illicit substance use disorder, I’d wager everyone reading this knows somebody battling addiction.

The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that over 20 million people are estimated to have some form of Substance Use Disorder (SUD.) With all problems this pervasive, many have been left grasping for solutions.

With relapse rates reported as being between 40-60%, it’s fair to say that there aren’t many reliable solutions out there. Opiate addiction has taken over persistently and invasively. Roughly 8-12% of people using opiates for pain develop a use-disorder, or addiction. Yet our methods for addressing this have been absolutely useless in the face of this health disaster.

Rehab and recovery options in this country are, at best, ineffective. At worst, they can be nefarious, money-grabbing, relapse-factories capitalizing on returning “customers.” The system doesn’t currently work well by any metric outside of profit. This is why the Tennessee Treatment and Recovery Coalition funds primarily republican candidates with an interest in the continued enforcement of policing and criminalization.

With so few options for the treatment of addiction, many have turned to CBD and are reporting some potential. 

How does CBD assist with addiction-related cravings?

In a recent study released by the American Journal of Psychiatry, the relationship between CBD and addiction is visited with regard to relapse tendencies within humans. The study was a first-of-its-kind trial involving 42 individuals that were addicted to and abstaining from opiates. 

This appears to be the first such study to be conducted using a double-blind structure--meaning that even the researchers did not know who had taken the CBD and who had taken the placebo. After dosing, participants were exposed to images of their drug of choice and asked to chart their craving levels. 

Those who used CBD for addiction outperformed the placebo, showing that it had a real effect on curbing addiction cravings. But why?

One of the most obvious ways in which CBD is able to provide assistance is through it’s powerful anxiolytic qualities. Anxiety is one of the biggest symptoms associated with drug withdrawal so it only makes sense that CBD would be able to assist by helping to bring peace to a racing mind. 

Additionally, CBD is able to provide relief from nausea and depression, two other major symptoms many experience while going through withdrawal.

Preliminary evidence to the potential of cannabis on its ability to help stave off cravings and anxiety is certainly heartening. While we aren’t at the place of proof yet, we are reaching one of hope and potential. We are proud to offer a 10% discount in-store on all products for anyone who is in recovery. 

Stop in today and see if CBD can assist in your wellness journey!