CBD Oil for Drug Addiction
With the legalization of marijuana in many states, the therapeutic properties are finally starting to be studied and better understood. We already know CBD oil can help those struggling with smoking addiction. And now, a growing number of scientists have been interested in the effects CBD oil, CBD hemp oil, or Cannabidiol oil as it’s also known, can have on those that suffer from drug addiction.
A 2012 study, by the University of Crete in Greece, studied the effect of CBD oil on rats after introducing them to opioids. The study found that CBD oil interferes with the brain reward mechanisms that are responsible for our craving of opioids. Therefore, they recommended that CBD oil may be clinically useful for the treatment of opioid addiction.
CBD Oil For Relapse Prevention
Addicts that manage to break free from their addiction have a constant battle with relapse. Often a stressful event, acute or chronic anxiety can trigger the addict to use again, even after months or years clean.
A more recent 2018 study by the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego found that CBD oil was directly related to a reduction in drug seeking behavior. The study administered CBD oil to rats via a gel applied to the skin. The rats had previously been given alcohol and cocaine daily, on a voluntary basis. Meaning that the rats sought out the drugs voluntarily, once they had been introduced. The researchers tested the rats to see how they reacted to stress inducing situations. Before the use of CBD oil, the rats would seek their drug of choice after a stress event. After a week of CBD oil administration, there was a dramatic reduction in the rate of drug use after a stressful event. The results continued, even five months after the CBD oil had been used. This suggests CBD oil can be useful in preventing relapse caused by stress.
These are not the only studies proving CBD is beneficial for addiction and relapse prevention. If you’d like to see more studies, you can read this, this or this.