06/19/2019 | CBD

CBD Can Help Curb Heroin Cravings

As more and more states legalize the use of medical cannabis, uses of cannabidiol, or CBD, continue to be found and studied. One such use is assistance with overcoming drug addiction. While some may think this is counterintuitive, there has been quite a bit of research done that proves the use of CBD in helping those with opioid addiction (read more about this here). The State of Illinois even introduced an Opioid Alternative Pilot Program, where those who are prescribed opioids can elect to access medical cannabis instead.

What Does This Mean for Heroin Addiction?

With the potential success of CBD for opioid addiction, researchers have begun to look at other drugs that contribute to the record-breaking climb in overdose deaths in the United States. Heroin is a significant contributor to this number, with 15,482 heroin-related overdoses in 2017 alone.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that “CBD holds significant promise for treating individuals with heroin use disorder,” according to Yasmin Hurd, Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai. The study looked at individuals with problem heroin use disorder and required that they abstain from heroin during the entire program. Those that were given CBD experienced significantly reduced heroin cravings, both immediately and in the long run.

Additional Results

In this study, the participants had to watch videos that had either “neutral cues,” of which had nothing to do with drug use, or “drug-related cues,” such as syringes, powder packets, etc. While they watched the videos, researchers actually measured the heroin cravings, including anxiety, heart rate, blood pressure, and more. Not only did they find that cravings were significantly less for those with CBD, but they also found that there were no effects on cognition or serious adverse events to those that used CBD.

Obviously, many more studies will need to be done before one can say that heroin cravings will be helped with CBD, but this study shows significant promise. When studies like these are released, it provides more reason to continue on with relevant research.

Remember, if you or a loved one does suffer from an opioid addiction, the Illinois Opioid Alternative Pilot Program may be the right fit for you! Our experts at Greenhouse can help you  apply for this program as well.

Courtesy of: Leafly