Addictions are something that 1 in 3 people may experience in their lives. Whether you already suffer from an addiction or know someone who does, addiction can have a highly negative impact on our lives. There is plenty of research and studies taking place on how to help stop and overcome addiction. CBD may be a potential aid in helping.
What is addiction?
The definition of addiction is not having control over doing, taking or using something that may be very harmful to you. The word addiction is commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Yet it is possible to addicted to other things such as work, solvents, the internet or shopping. Despite there being different types of addiction, they all have one thing in common. They can severely impact a persons mental and physical health and close and social relationships.
Causes of addiction
There can be many causes for addiction – stress, a loss of a loved one, problems with work or school. The main cause for addiction to become pathological is more to do with our human biology. when you carry out an addictive process or act, you get a “reward” – a feeling of a positive feeling. The reward pathways in the brain and body that give us a buzz are then involved to cause an addiction, by repetition. The various brain circuits involved provide a rush of positive feelings and feel-good chemicals to ‘reward’ the addictive use. The sections of the brain which are responsible for stress and self-control also experience long-term changes during the substance use. This adds towards the on-going difficulties of trying to give up the addictive substance or process.
It is important to note that we aren’t suggesting that CBD is a cure-all to give to people with an addiction. we view more as an aid to help people control the triggers for addiction once they have got the right help required.
How may CBD help?
Over the past few years CBD has shown to help with many disorders. CBD has shown lots of medical research evidence that it can be effective during the relapse phase of an addiction. A study done by the Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (link to research page) discovered that ‘cue-induced heroin seeking was normalised by CBD treatment’. Concluding that ‘the findings highlight the unique contributions of cannabis to addictions therapy’. And suggest that CBD may be a potential treatment for heroin craving and relapse’.
From this evidence it is clear that CBD can help control the urges and drug-seeking behaviours people with addiction can experience. As CBD also helps people cope with stress and other various conditions that may lead to addictions. It could prevent a person who has previously had an addiction going back to the addictive lifestyle.