CBD SUCCESSFULLY TREATS DRUG WITHDRAWAL

CBD SUCCESSFULLY TREATS DRUG WITHDRAWAL

 

The opioid crisis – the drug category responsible for the most addictions in the United States – is very real.

Opioids were responsible for over 42,000 deaths in 2016, rising over 5 times from just a decade earlier, and over 20 percent from 2015 alone. Today, over 800 individuals die from overdoses each week in the US. 

Many of these addictions are born with prescription pain killers (prescribed by medical professionals) used to treat varying levels of pain following accidents, medical and/or dental procedures, surgeries, chronic conditions and more.

After initial use, the brain’s chemistry changes to require the drug – often in higher doses – to achieve the same level of pain control. When the drug’s usage is stopped, the brain still “needs” it, causing (sometimes) debilitating symptoms including:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Body twitching and shaking
  • Digestive symptoms
  • Muscle pain and body aches
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • And more

In most cases, the discomfort caused by these withdrawals (along with the brain’s need for the substance) force users to continue, often requiring higher doses to achieve the same effect.

This cycle, along with the growing issues of synthetic drugs and Fentanyl lacing, leaves users forced to risk death from usage – OR – face life-threatening/life-altering withdrawal symptoms.

How could CBD make a difference?

Research is still in the early phases but has shown promising results. 

Because CBD helps reduce cravings for other addictive substances – like nicotine – it’s logical to believe it might be helpful for other addictions as well.

Those who have used CBD to reduce drug withdrawal symptoms have reported lower levels of anxiety and reduced side effects. But, why?

It’s believed that while CBD helps activate and regulate the body’s endocannabinoid system, it also helps regulate the neural pathways that are responsible for withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. In early rat trials, those treated with CBD were less likely to exhibit anxiety-related withdrawal symptoms and drug-seeking behaviors after being exposed to cocaine.

There’s more work to do… but multiple studies are underway to learn more.

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