The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that in 2009 there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related visits to ED nationwide. That's an 81% increase from 2004. CDC reports that 15.5 percent of U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. In 2017 there were 70,000 deaths in the U.S. We can see that addiction is a major problem that affects many people. The research is compiling every day on CBD and how it affects addiction. In past research, CBD has shown to decrease substance dependence with alcohol addiction, smoking, and substance abuse. Some clinical trials have shown that smokers reduced the capacity of cigars they smoked after using CBD by 40%. CBD was also shown to improve alcohol-induced neurodegeneration. This neuro-degeneration is responsible for the addictive nature of alcohol craving.
What more, CBD had also shown to decrease the stimulus cue craving associated with addiction to opioids craving. In addition to Marijuana, CBD has shown to decrease the feeling “high” effect mainly caused by THC by counterbalancing it. How CBD Helps with Addiction CBD helps with addiction by reducing withdrawal symptoms that cause insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. What’s more, because CBD is associated with the neuro-system in the brain. That is why it is able to reduce the damage associated with alcohol-induced neuro-degeneration and prevent cases where the brain and the liver may be damaged. The alcohol has a cumulative over time effect on neurons of the brain and may lead to neurodegeneration. At some point, the person experiencing neuro-degeneration may feel impaired and may have the urge to use alcohol more excessively to a point of chronic abuse. These substances also are accountable for somatic cell receptors diminishment. Luckily, CBD also regulates the nervous system receptors which repairs or stops desensitized neurons.
The CBD acts as a neuroprotectant that repairs and protects the brain from damage associated with alcohol. Furthermore, CBD decreases the withdrawal symptoms of addiction that are associated with insomnia, irritability, and anxiety. In smokers, the addiction is felt because the brain sends reward mechanisms when a person smokes cannabis or tobacco. When a person stops smoking, the brain tries to reinforce smoking by signaling the withdraw symptoms for THC and nicotine within the brain. What CBD does? It interferes with brain reward mechanism that is responsible to reinforce the addictive behavior. Thus, reducing the symptoms related to withdraws. This means that addiction withdrawal symptoms like irritability, insomnia, and anxiety can be reduced with CBD. Not to say the least, In general, many studies have shown that CBD is very effective among adults and children who struggle with addiction.