A recent federal report from Surgeon General Vivek Murthy highlighted that one in seven Americans will face substance addiction at some point in their lives, but only 10% will receive treatment. The cost of addiction treatment or the logistics spending a month at an inpatient facility make it difficult for most people to access quality care. However, a growing amount of preliminary research and testimonials suggest CBD could be useful for those looking to overcome drug addiction.
Although several recent studies have found promising early signs regarding CBD use in the treatment of drug addiction, all of these studies noted that further research is needed. There is yet to be a nationally recognized medical board or organization that has come out in support of using CBD as a sole treatment for any substance abuse disorder.
Research published last year in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology involved administering transdermal CBD to animals who self-administered cocaine and alcohol. The animals also displayed impulsive, anxious and dependent behavior commonly associated with addiction. After seven days of CBD treatment, the animals avoided relapsing for five months and their addiction-related behaviors almost diminished completely.
A separate study from the University of Montreal also noted that “a limited number of preclinical studies suggest that CBD may have therapeutic properties on opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant addiction…some preliminary data suggests that it may be beneficial in cannabis and tobacco addiction in humans.”
While many of the studies involving CBD and addiction involved testing on animals, several promising human studies on CBD and smoking cessation have been published. Preliminary research data from the Beckley Foundation found that participants treated with CBD reduced their total number of smoked cigarettes by 40%. Their findings “suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.” A 2013 study, published in the journal Addiction Behaviors, also reported a 40% reduction in the total number of smoked cigarettes among study participants.
A 2013 study, published in the journal Addiction, found that CBD blocked the reward-facilitating effects of morphine.
Talk With Your Doctor
Before attempting to incorporate CBD into your daily routine as an attempt to treat drug addiction or any medical issue, we always recommend consulting with your doctor first. They will be able to provide guidance on any supplementary treatments which may be helpful and advise on whether CBD will interact with any medications you’re currently taking.
*FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.