cbd oil for drug withdrawal

How Can CBD Oil Help Those Suffering from Drug Withdrawal Issues

It’s no secret that the UK has a high level of drug addiction. Hundreds of thousands of people partake in illegal drug use, as well as all the side effects that come with it. It’s also a fact that some addicts suffer from serious side effects, such as psychosis.

However, the latest research indicates that CBD oil could serve as the latest weapon in the fight against drug addiction and withdrawal.

Why is CBD Oil Such a Powerful Weapon?

CBD oil is an all-natural compound that comes from both the marijuana plant and hemp. Technically, CBD is a type of drug, but the difference is it doesn’t get you high.

This compound is the part of marijuana that makes users feel relaxed. In other words, it doesn’t make the user feel high. The absence of THC prevents this.

To find out more about the makeup of CBD, as well as what kinds of oils are available to consumers, there’s a great resource here to further your research.

The reason why CBD is useful in the fight against drug withdrawal is it attacks many of the symptoms that make it difficult to resist the pull of drugs in the first place. There’s strong evidence to show CBD could help people to deal with anxiety, mood swings, and pain.

An Alternative Treatment to Drug Addiction

Take opioid addiction treatment as an example. The most common drug addiction treatment uses suboxone to wean users off of stronger, more damaging drugs. It’s not uncommon for recovering addicts to find themselves addicted to suboxone, though.

CBD, on the other hand, is not addictive. Nothing in its composition is capable of causing addiction. Even though one can argue that the habit of using CBD oil on a regular basis could lead to further addiction, CBD is not harmful to health. In fact, studies into the benefits of CBD demonstrate that regular use is healthy.

How CBD Oil Deals with the More Harmful Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

The majority of articles talk about the most common drug withdrawal side effects. These tend to be relatively minor side effects, though.

How does CBD oil enable recovering addicts to handle psychosis caused by marijuana withdrawal, on the other hand?

It’s thought that CBD’s role in helping people to cope with anxiety and stress is the reason why these products are so effective for drug addicts.

By reducing stress and anxiety caused by drug withdrawal, the likelihood of a psychotic episode is lessened.

Last Word – More Research is Needed

In spite of the strong evidence pointing towards the benefits of CBD oil for drug addicts, research is still in the early stages. Issues with legality have constrained worldwide research into CBD over the last decade. Only now are scientists able to study the effects of CBD at all.

The scientific community possesses a number of landmark studies into the advantages of using CBD oil, but they lack long-term studies covering years and decades.

Expect a renewed push for a better understanding of CBD’s impacts on drug withdrawal symptoms in the coming years.

CBD May Help During Cocaine Withdrawal

Research shows that CBD may correct the genetic changes due to cocaine abuse.

Long-term abuse of cocaine induces compensatory changes in numerous genes associated with brain function. These compensatory changes lead to the appearance of the classic series of withdrawal symptoms when cocaine use is discontinued. The withdrawal behavioral symptoms are the exact opposite of what was experienced while taking cocaine, including fatigue, a near complete anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure, and depression and anxiety that often lead to thoughts of suicide.

The withdrawal symptoms demonstrate a basic principle of brain function: If you repeatedly expose the brain to any chemical, whether drug or nutrient (such as cocaine or sugar) the brain will adjust. This adjustment is called neuroplasticity and it is a critical feature of the brain that allows all animals to survive. When you take away the drug or nutrient, the brain demands its return because the biochemical adjustments it made have the led the brain to act as though the presence of the cocaine or heroin or whatever is now normal.

Cocaine is pleasurable. If it wasn’t, no would bother abusing it. No one is guilty of snorting broccoli. Scientists have specified many of the changes in gene expression that underlie the withdrawal symptoms following long-term cocaine abuse. The changes in gene expression occur in the brain’s two most important reward and pleasure-related neurotransmitter systems, dopamine and endocannabinoids.

A recent study investigated the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on the gene expression changes that underlie the symptoms cocaine withdrawal. CBD is a cannabinoid. The typical (i.e., original) cannabis plant contains about two molecules of THC for every molecule of CBD. CBD does not produce the typical cannabis high because it lacks the ability to bind to the brain’s endogenous cannabinoid receptors. CBD may interact with a specific serotonin receptor; this action may be responsible for its claimed anti-anxiety effects.

In this study, the effects of CBD treatment were evaluated on cocaine withdrawal-induced alterations in motor activity, somatic signs, and anxiety-like behavior as well as for changes in gene expression changes for two indicators of dopamine function, the Dopamine Transporter and the enzyme Tyrosine Hydroxylase, in the ventral tegmental area, and the two cannabinoid receptors, type 1 and type 2, in the nucleus accumbens. The ventral tegmental area and nucleus accumbens are well known pleasure centers in the brain.

The administration of CBD normalized motor and somatic signs disturbances and induced an anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effect. Moreover, the administration of CBD corrected the changes in gene expression for the Dopamine Transporter and Tyrosine Hydroxylase due to cocaine abuse. The CBD treatment also increased the expression of the two cannabinoid receptors that had been decreased by the cocaine abuse. Overall, this study in mice demonstrated that CBD treatment may be useful in the management of cocaine withdrawal.

© Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D. is the author of Your Brain on Food, (3rd Edition, 2019; Oxford University Press) and is a member of the Governor’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee for the State of Ohio.

Gasparyan A et al (2020) Cannabidiol modulates behavioural and gene expression alterations induced by spontaneous cocaine withdrawal, NEUROTHERAPEUTICS.