You may have heard about the “magical” therapeutic capabilities of cannabidiol (CBD). Among the conditions that CBD is used to treat include anxiety, epilepsy, and inflammation. CBD could actually help people control their addictions. Now, it is important to make mention of the fact that although CBD is derived from the hemp, it is not in any way addictive. It is not also psychoactive. Why? Well, for the simple fact that CBD contains very little to no amount of THC. THC is the chemical component in the hemp plant that rouses the “high” feeling in smokers of marijuana and cannabis.

In America, addiction to opiates is spreading like wildfire. It does not matter that the opiates were prescribed by a medical practitioner or illegally obtained; people of all ages and of all descriptions are getting hooked to the substance at alarming rates. The big problem, however, is that like most addictions, opiate addiction is difficult to treat and considering the psychological and physiological effects it has on a person, treatment of this addiction to quite a large extent is dependent on the addict’s desire to break free.

The American Society of Disease Medicine describes addiction as an individual’s “inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioural control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviours and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”

CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. In the body of every human being is a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Glutamate is found in the hippocampus area of the brain and is responsible for the actions such as learning and storing memories.

In an addict, glutamate is spiked to elevated levels where memories of the “rewards” of engaging in one form of addictive behavior or the other like drinking or taking drugs are reactivated by witnessing another engaging in the same addictive behavior. This sets the addict up perfectly for a relapse. A study where a dose of 10mg/kg of cannabidiol was given to participants showed that CBD and opiates operated similarly by interacting with the same reward receptors in the body. CBD was also shown to disrupt the pathways that trigger an addiction. This, it is deduced, will help minimize the flaming desire in addicts to go for harmful drug substance like tobacco, opiates etc.

Another thing about CBD oil is that has been found out is that it can help with that unbearable and often traumatic symptoms addicts feel anytime they want to withdraw from their object of addiction.

It is clear that CBD could indeed be helpful to the addict. Do not hesitate to begin learning as much as you can about CBD and how it can help with addiction. If you are suffering from an addiction or know someone who is, you might want to confer with your doctor before starting your journey with CBD.