News-Medical writer Mihaela Dimitrova published an article about the findings of the effectiveness of CBD as a drug-addiction suppressor. She writes:
“Recently, CBD has received a lot of attention due to its potential to treat drug and alcohol abuse. Literature focuses on the pharmacotherapeutic potential of CBD in terms of its relevance in prevention of relapse in drug use. It is thought CBD is effective in targeting risk states of drug use relapse by reducing anxiety and stress related to drug cues and mediating anti-depressant activity. In addition to that, CBD has an impact on the brain circuitry that is responsible for drug craving and seeking behaviours triggered by drug-related context and stress.”
Dimitrova references a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry which demonstrated the ability of CBD to reduce cravings in people with drug addiction. The experiment used addicted participants who were attempting to abstain from drugs and showed them two types of videos: neutral videos and videos aiming to trigger drug cravings. In this double-blinded experiment, the participants were divided into three groups; a placebo group, a group of participants who took 400mg of CBD, and a group who took 800mg of CBD.
Unsurprisingly, the participants experienced higher cravings after seeing the addiction-triggering videos as compared to the neutral videos.
However, those who took CBD reported less drug cravings than people in the placebo group after viewing addiction-triggering videos. The results also demonstrated reduced anxiety in participants who took CBD. According to News Medical's report,"the effects on the intervention were visible as soon as one hour after administration of CBD and were still visible up to one week after the intervention.”
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