The receptors in the ECS are distributed throughout core systems of the body, such as the skeletal system and respiratory system; however, a majority of the receptors can be found in the areas of the brain responsible for mental, cognitive and physiological processes.
Because of this, CBD is able to provide relief for mental conditions such as anxiety, stress, and depression.
Naturally, this led researchers to wonder if CBD could also alleviate the mental and neurological disorders associated with drug addiction.
Based on the findings from several groundbreaking studies, it appears that it just might.
“Cannabidiol, a Nonpsychotropic Component of Cannabis, Inhibits Cue-Induced Heroin Seeking and Normalizes Discrete Mesolimbic Neuronal Disturbances” (2009)
To conduct their research, they examined the effects of CBD on self-administration and drug-seeking behavior in an animal subject.
After administering a single 20mg dosage of CBD, the researchers found that it had inhibited “cue-induced heroin seeking” and “had a protracted effect with significance evident after 24 [hours] and even 2 weeks after administration.”
“Cannabidiol inhibits the reward-facilitating effect of morphine: involvement of 5-HT1A receptors in the dorsal raphe nucleus” (2013)
While the previous study revealed how CBD can deter cue-induced heroine seeking, the researchers in this study sought to determine the effects of CBD on the reward-facilitating effect of drug abuse.
During their investigation, the researchers found that larger dosages of CBD significantly inhibits the reward-facilitating effects of morphine.
Based on their findings, the researchers concluded that CBD “may be clinically useful in attenuating the rewarding effects of opioids.”
“Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence” (2015)
In this 2015 study, researchers performed a systematic review with an objective of summarizing the available preclinical and clinical data on the impact of CBD on addictive behaviors.
Based on their findings gathered from 14 different studies, the researchers found that CBD showed beneficial impacts for opioid and psycho-stimulant addiction, as well as tobacco and cannabis dependence.
The researchers concluded their study by discussing that the dreadful burden of substance abuse creates the necessity for further studies to evaluate the potential of CBD as an intervention for addictive behaviors.
“Unique treatment potential of cannabidiol for the prevention of relapse to drug use: preclinical proof of principle” (2018)
In this recent study, researchers ran a series of tests to determine the “anti-relapse” potential of transdermal CBD.
The researchers administered transdermal CBD to animal subjects who had a history of self-administering cocaine or alcohol and exhibited characteristics of a relapsing addict such as dependency, anxiety, and impulsivity.
After administering CBD once every 24 hours for just seven days, the researchers made a profound discovery.
When we finally legalize CBD, it will undoubtedly enable millions to overcome opioid addiction, but it can’t put an end to this epidemic alone.
It’s time for a change.
To drive this change, it won’t be easy. We all need to do our part to build awareness by educating and inspiring those around us.
With a change in how we value health and wellness, as a culture, combined with the preventative capabilities of CBD, we can defeat this opioid epidemic.
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