A new study released on Tuesday reveals that cannabidiol (CBD) could help people fighting with addiction. Although it is a non-psychoactive component of hemp and marijuana, it could treat opioid addiction. According to a new study, if CBD given to patients with heroin addiction could reduce their cravings for the illegal drug and their levels of stress. Dr Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai, is leading scientist of the study. The study has discovered CBD does not make people feel high, while it has the potential to minimize drug cravings. Although the health benefits of CBD still remain a debatable issue, now it is readily available in the market.
Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a CBD drug, Epidiolex. Health experts often use it to treat particular types of seizures. Still, there are many other health benefits which have helped in the growth of the market around CBD. As per Dr Yasmin due to strong craving people move towards the drug use. She added we can have the medicines which can reduce craving, that can also reduce the chance of relapse and overdose risk. Dr Yasmin’s study included 42 people previously addicted to heroin. During the study, the candidates divided into three groups were offered with various amounts of CBD. After that, they were pushed to watch videos of people taking drugs. To know the intensity of cravings they were often shown syringes and heroin-like packets of powder.
In the end, Dr Yasmin asked them to rank their cravings and distress levels. Scientists also recorded blood pressure and heart rate of candidates. The study revealed that people in the CBD group have fewer cravings. The medication also regulated heartbeat rates and blood pressure among former addicts. It even decreased levels of stress hormones in the patients. Currently, there are many medicines, like buprenorphine and methadone, available across the industry to control cravings. But doctors do not recommend them at a large scale. One cannot directly have these drugs as they are opioids. Thus it requires a doctor’s prescription and frequent visits to health experts to have those drugs. On the other hand, CBD does not form a habit and its cost-effective widely available medication.