It seems a new ground has been reached in the world of medicine today, specifically with clinical psychology. A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found CBD, or cannabidiol, an effective treatment in aiding the opiate crisis.
Addiction, in its many forms, has taken thousands of lives through heroin and other strong acting opiates. This study administered non-psychoactive component CBD to dozens of chronic heroin users. They had been off of the drug from a range of less than a month to three months. The study found that cue-induced cravings had fallen below the baseline. This was achieved through studies using the double-blind method, and administered placebos as well. The results could entail a new world of addiction treatment.
The study’s first author, Yasmin Hurd, stated that CBD needs to be explored even further, as she believes it to be a reliable approach to defeating addiction. “The specific effects of CBD on cue-induced drug craving and anxiety are particularly important in the development of addiction therapeutics because environmental cues are one of the strongest triggers for relapse and continued drug use.”
Heroin addiction is extremely problematic for the intense craving. By reducing this craving, usage and overdosing rates could decrease. The study showed how anxiety and stress were ultimately lower in that of those who didn’t receive CBD. They were presented cues and recorded their anxiety levels appropriately. Among the users, those who used CBD responded with less stress and less anxiety when shown the cues.
The component is derived from either hemp or marijuana, but has many different properting when comparing to its closely related cannabinoid, THC. THC is responsible for the “high,” and its psychoactive properties. CBD is known for leaving out that part and instead of helping with common ailments such as inflammation and insomnia, but also has shown promise with kidney disease and hypertension.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states. The numbers seem to grow yearly, and nearly 400 thousand people have died from opiate related causes since 2000.
Perhaps this new exciting research could pave the way for a new treatment for addiction. It may help someone struggling with opiate addictions.
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