A report from Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says one in seven Americans will face substance addiction in their lives. However, only 10% will receive treatment. The cost and logistics of addiction treatment make it difficult for most people to access quality care. However, preliminary research and testimonials suggest CBD could help those looking to overcome drug addiction.
Several recent studies show promising early signs regarding CBD use in the treatment of drug addiction. However, all of these studies note that further research is needed. No nationally recognized medical board or organization that has come out in support of using CBD for substance abuse.
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 notes that “a limited number of preclinical studies suggest that CBD may have therapeutic properties on opioid, cocaine, and psychostimulant addiction. The researchers add that “some preliminary data suggests 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
Talk with your doctor before you add CBD into your daily routine or treatment plan. They can provide guidance on supplementary treatments and advise on potential medication interactions.
*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.