Pleasure triggering activity or a thing that can eventually turn into a powerful urge to do or use it again is an addiction. Once you are caught by the vicious circle of addiction, it’s difficult to get over it. But, it is observed that Cannabidiol or CBD can help prevent and treat addiction. CBD can do so by:
- Reducing cravings
- Aiding in managing withdrawal symptoms
- Increasing overall well-being
Here we have written about cigarette and alcohol addictions and how CBD can help overcome:
As per recent studies, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States which amounts to nearly one in five deaths. Not just this, but the risk of dying from cigarette smoking has increased by many folds during the past few years. Cigarette smoking is also one of the reasons for lung cancer, heart diseases, strokes, and other deadly conditions. Despite all these drastic effects, people find it difficult to quit smoking even if they want to because cigarette contains nicotine which is highly addictive in nature. This substance found in tobacco causes a feeling of relaxation, followed almost immediately by withdrawal symptoms.
CBD has helped people quit smoking; people who inhaled CBD when they felt the urge to smoke cigarettes, observed that their number of cigarettes decreased by 40 percent. So, while CBD can aid in getting rid of this vice, people with strong will-power can quit it completely.
There are many ill effects of drinking too much alcohol such as high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, stroke, heart attack, liver failure, etc.
CBD has neuroprotective properties and as per the preclinical trials, it may be useful in treating alcoholism because of its ability to protect the brain from alcohol-related damage. CBD is also effective against depression, psychosis, and anxiety disorders, which is why it can prevent addicts who consider alcohol as a solution from falling into the trap.
Prescription opioid painkillers were claimed to be safe and non-addictive in nature owing to which people started their overuse. And as per the latest report by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), opioid overdose takes the lives of 90 Americans every day. Opioids are addictive in nature and the common withdrawal symptoms include sweating, goosebumps, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
A study on CBD indicated that it can help reduce some of these symptoms that introduce people to using opioids, like chronic pain.
All in all, we can say that since CBD offers relief for many conditions, it can help fight addiction by addressing every point in the addiction cycle. So, rather than giving in to these addictions, one should try CBD and control the cravings.