CBD is getting a lot of attention lately for its medical potential. Most recently, a study was released that shows a correlation between CBD and decreased impulsive drug use in addicts.
The study team looked at rats who were dependent on cocaine and alcohol, and tested their impulses and relapse potential with and without CBD. According to Technology Networks, the study, which was originally published in Nature, focused on the usage of CBD to counteract drug use triggered by anxiety or drug-related environmental factors.
CBD’s effectiveness on addiction in rats suggests its potential on human addiction. “The efficacy of the cannabinoid [CBD] to reduce reinstatement in rats with both alcohol and cocaine—and, as previously reported, heroin—histories predicts therapeutic potential for addiction treatment across several classes of abused drugs,” explained Friedbert Weiss, one of the researchers behind the study, according to Springer. “The results provide proof of principle supporting the potential of CBD in relapse prevention along two dimensions: beneficial actions across several vulnerability states and long-lasting effects with only brief treatment. Drug addicts enter relapse vulnerability states for multiple reasons. Therefore, effects such as these observed with CBD that concurrently ameliorate several of these are likely to be more effective in preventing relapse than treatments targeting only a single state.”
More and more states are legalizing CBD as its medical properties become evident in light of both anecdotal evidence and research studies. And since CBD is non-psychoactive, it is the perfect way to battle issues like the opiate crisis and now, addiction in general. Each new CBD study reveals more healing potential and new ways that the cannabinoid can be used.