In this article, we will be focusing on its possible ability to provide relief to people in the process of withdrawal from addictive substances.
First thing first, CBD is not addictive. Since CBD is a non-intoxicating substance, we cannot developpe an addiction. Our bodies are not able to build a tolerance to it. Even if some CBD oils and derived products contain traces of THC you still cannot developpe an addiction. The quantity of THC is way too low to have any impact of the sorts. Further, the "addiction" THC can induce to a regular cannabis smoker, is comparable to the addiction caused by caffeine.
What is an addiction and what causes it?
The definition of addiction according to the Meriam Webster dictionary is a compulsive, chronic, physiological, or psychological need for a habit or substance, which has harmful physical, psychological, or social effects on an individual.
When the individual stop practicing or using the damaging habit, he/she can have symptoms like anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea.
The addiction behavior can be traced back to a specific region in the brain called the reward center.
People with addictions to food, drugs, or other things are constantly searching for a fast reward response in the brain to soothe their anxiety, irritability, etc…
This reward center found in our brain is responsible for the development of our instinct and can be very useful although when it becomes flawed it can cause a lot of suffering.
When our brain becomes addicted to a substance or behavior its levels of dopamine are disrupted. We can observe a deficiency in dopamine which brings about many undesirable side effects like:
Addictive behaviors and substances send waves of dopamine to the brain when used or practiced. Which teaches the brain to ask for more of these destructive patterns. In the long run, these toxics routine cause the brain to produce less and less of its own dopamine. Sadly the "victims" are then desperately addicted to that said substance or action.
There are different kinds of addictions
They can affect other neurotransmitters than dopamine and act a little bit differently in the bodies. Although they are all usually affecting our system very similarly. It basically makes our brain/nervous system lazy. Our system will rely on these behaviors to provide them relief. It can be an emotional relief (dopamine), pain relief (opioids), or anxiety relief (GABA). The way the addition interreacts with us depends on the poison we choose…
How CBD could help?
As mentioned above there are different types of addictions. CBD could impact the recovery of their withdrawal differently.
CBD has potential for helping in getting rid of addiction by interfering with the transmitter's stimulant. CBD's main characteristic is its stabilizing/balancing effects. Meaning, in certain individual, it will encourage their system to release only the normal amount of natural, dopamine, GABA, opioid they need. Thus, it could stop the wave coming from the drug and helping the sufferers to slowly readjust to normal levels of the neurotransmitters enumerated before.
The best time to start taking CBD would be before having stopped the drug use. That way, CBD could reduce the effect of the toxicant and help suppress the cravings for the substance. Keep in mind that CBD hasgreat potential, but won't be enough on its own. Ask for professional help and make sure you discuss the CBD usage with healthcare professionals first.
To conclude, in case of addiction, CBD could be of good support for the withdrawal process and might procure relief to the symptoms associated with withdrawal. Its impact on our homeostasis are likely to enhance communications within our nervous system. Again, as described above, the optimal way to introduce CBD to the withdrawal process from an addictive substance is by implementing it before the complete stop of usage. Also, make sure the "patient" is well supported and have access to other means. Lastly, the best form of CBD to use in this situation is the full- spectrum types. Meaning it contains every molecule, terpenes, flavonoids, and particles found in the cannabis/hemp plant and offers the best natural cocktail.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.