Can CBD Help Decrease Dependence on Marijuana and Opioids?

Updated on June 3, 2018
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Not many products garner as much widespread attention and ambivalence as medical marijuana and its non-psychoactive counterpart in cannabidiol (CBD). The medicinal properties of marijuana have been well documented, even demonstrating an ability to alleviate brain tumors.

According to Oxford Academic, CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) combined to reduce brain tumors by around 50 to 95 percent, with some cases resulting in complete removal of these growing tumors.

CBD provides an option to THC for consumers who don’t want to experience the “high” and other unwanted sensations. It has also been shown to be capable of reducing the effects of THC when congested. Though medicinal marijuana is well known for its healing properties, there is still an abundance of critics who stand against it.

Not only can CBD provide a non-psychoactive alternative to marijuana, but recent studies have also shown that it can actually help people suffering from an addiction to marijuana or those suffering from opioids. In addition, CBD can help control the effects of medicinal marijuana as well.

According to a paper in The British Journal of Psychiatry, CBD has antagonistic effects on THC, slowing its breakdown in the liver which allows its therapeutic attributes to come into play longer.

A journal article from the National Center for Biotechnology Information agrees with this statement. It notes, "Whereas the dose-limiting factor with THC resides in the highly variable propensity among individuals to experience and tolerate negative affective, cognitive, and psychotomimetic effects, the ability of cannabidiol to behave as a CB1 receptor inverse agonist may contribute to its documented mitigating action on THC psychotomimetic effects.”

The key to solving marijuana addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is estimated that about 30 percent of marijuana users exhibit some form of drug disorder stemming from their dependence on the said plant. It is also important to note that minors are more susceptible to the disorder, with four to seven times more chances of developing symptoms.

Some other statistics include:

  • In 2015, four million Americans exhibited a marijuana use disorder

  • Only 130,000 out of those 4 million took an active role in finding treatment for their problems

  • In the 1990s, THC content typically hovered around 3.8%. Today, it tends to contain around 50%, oftentimes exceeding 80%

Regardless of the problem or disorder in question, it isn’t always easy for people to seek out treatment. Usually, appropriate treatment isn’t available or out of the price range of many. Still, others are in denial of their problems or hindered by the stigma of seeking help.

In another case study on CBD's ability to reduce marijuana use, a 27-year-old patient with bipolar disorder and marijuana addiction received gradually decreasing doses of CBD oil starting from 24 mg and ending with 18 mg.

CBD quality crucial in effectiveness

Throughout the study, the patient stated that he hadn’t partaken in any marijuana activity since the administration of CBD oil. The product also reduced his anxiety and helped him stabilized his mood and get better sleep. He even managed to become a self-employed driver.

Corporations like PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS:POTN) are dedicated to extensive research and the careful manufacturing of only high-quality CBD through CO2 extraction technology. Its brand of CBD strives to provide health benefits and serves to promote wellbeing in people suffering from such issues as anxiety and marijuana addiction.

Their meticulous procedure ensures that Diamond CBD products don’t contain any synthetics, as proven by a transparent study by Drug Detection Laboratories, a third party testing laboratory. The study showed that Diamond CBD products indeed were 100% THC-free, making them ideal for marijuana users to slowly wean off their excessive habits. Incorporating a premium substance without any of the psychosis-inducing elements will assist in the road to recovery.

Diamond CBD lists all documented lab reports for some of their most popular CBD oils and vapes. They have also announced that their products will be sent in to an additional research lab to corroborate their claims that their products are completely pure. This is part of their mission to provide and corroborate an authentic, high quality CBD product that can play a critical role in mitigating the effects of marijuana or opioid addiction.

Potential to mitigate the opioid crisis

The continuing epidemic of the opioid crisis continues with no end in sight. CBD has emerged as a glimmer of hope and exhibits promising potential to help people suffering from opioid and narcotic addiction, including athletes.

According to CBDTesters, more than 13 million Americans ingest opioids improperly, resulting in roughly 52,000 overdose cases every year. The National Institute on Drug Abuse also detailed that eight to 12 percent develop an opioid disorder, and over 115 Americans die from abusing opioids every day. In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died from opioid-related causes.

Well-known opioids include Vicodin, Percocet, and Fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Percocet was cited as being very popular with NBA players and other athletes. In a 2016 Fox Business article, former NBA player Jay Williams mentioned that many players had used the powerful narcotic to suit up and recover from injuries as well as pain.

Cannabis vs narcotics

According to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests.”

Physician Jonathan Spero stated, “Most of the patients want to get off of their narcotics, which is refreshing for me, because I was an emergency room physician for 15 years. They want to use cannabis instead of narcotics, which is very unusual to hear.”

The fact that CBD is solidifying itself as a viable alternative to marijuana or opioids is hard to deny at this time. Despite how ardent the naysayers remain, as evidence continues to back CBD’s arsenal of healing properties, it is proving to be a much more preferable and effective means of dealing with pain and suffering. The fact that CBD is impossible to overdose or become addicted to surely boosts its value as well.

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