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Can CBD be used to treat marijuana use disorder?

Can CBD Be Used To Treat Marijuana Use Disorder?

Can CBD oil be used to treat marijuana use disorder? Isn't CBD addictive? Because CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, and marijuana is a cultivar of cannabis which is high in THC and considered to be a drug, it is fair to be concerned. If CBD were derived from some other plant not associated with a drug this probably would not be a concern among people today.

What Is Marijuana Use Disorder?

Substance Abuse Disorders occur when drugs target the brain’s reward system. Repeated use of substances such as nicotine and opioids can trigger strong cravings when use is suddenly stopped. These cravings can cause people to seek out and use the substance even when they know that it may harm or kill them.

Although THC itself is technically not addictive, the ongoing use of marijuana can lead to substance abuse disorders. In this case, it is called Marijuana Use Disorder, and it is the result of constant consumption of marijuana.

Taking away the THC also takes away the feelings of euphoria and serenity that come with the buzz. People who use marijuana daily may feel like life is not enjoyable when they are not high. Daily use can cause anxiety and depression, leading to an increased urge to get high again.

Can CBD Be Used To Treat Marijuana Use Disorder?

Surprisingly, CBD has been shown to be effective in helping to prevent or lessen the effects of marijuana use disorder. Lab studies in animals show that CBD oil blocks THC from binding to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain.

The belief is that CBD somehow shorts the brain’s reward circuits and also reduces the symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety and depression.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the topic:

In 2015 a case study on CBD and addictive use of marijuana was published. A bipolar man who had a daily marijuana habit was given CBD along with his regimen of medication and reported less anxiety and no marijuana use. A 2015 systematic review of studies on CBD and addiction (five on humans, nine on animals) found that CBD acts on neurotransmitters involved in addiction; animal studies showed some relation in opioid and psychostimulant addiction and human studies showed beneficial effects for tobacco and cannabis dependence. However, the anti-addictive properties displayed might be due to CBD’s protective effect on stress and neurotoxicity, the review also mentions the need for more research.

Many substance abuse treatment facilities are now using CBD oil as a supplement to assist in reducing cravings and helping to maintain a healthy state of mind.