CBD Helping Fight Drug & Alcohol Addiction


One study has found promising signs that week-long treatments with marijuana could help those addicted to drugs and alcohol stay sober. 

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego studied the “anti-relapse potential” of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

To produce the results of “Unique treatment potential of cannabidiol for the prevention of relapse to drug use: preclinical proof of principle,” cocaine and alcohol-addicted rats (self-administration) got a daily dose of CBD, using a transdermal method, for seven days. 




Following that, the subjects were tested for: 

  • Context and stress-induced reinstatement

  • Anxiety, while doing a complex maze, and

  • Impulsive behaviour


The CBD treatment seems to have decreased the subjects’ drug-seeking behaviours, without increasing adverse side effects, like increased CBD tolerance, sedation, or lack of motivation. As a potential drug and alcohol recovery medicine, CBD has quite a unique profile. 

And the effects were lasting, too. Subjects were less likely to seek drugs for the five months following the CBD treatment ended; that’s despite the fact that CBD wasn’t detectable in the brain and plasma after three days. If replicated in humans, these results could indicate CBD’s usefulness in the prevention of relapses.

It’s trendy to believe that CBD can cure everything from anxiety to acute inflammation, but the reality is likely somewhat less than that. Some of those surprising health benefits may be wishful thinking, but when it comes to aggressive neurologic and psychiatric disorders—addiction included—the solution deserves observation through all possible lenses. 

May 28, 2018

by Parker Wallace

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Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!


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