Come New Year, we all have our resolutions ready. (Sticking to them is another ball game altogether.)
Some people want to travel the world and discover new places, some might want to earn a million dollars, while others want to finally pop the question and walk down the altar.
More commonly though, people want to eat healthy, lose weight or quit smoking and alcohol.
Addiction is a growing menace all over the world, including America. It not only affects a person physically and mentally but can destroy one’s career and relationships as well.
Approximately 66.9 million people aged 12 or older were existing users of a tobacco product, and a whopping 55.2 million were cigarette smokers according to a study named Behavioural Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The same study also reveals that 1 in 10 Americans or over 27 million people aged 12 and above used illicit drugs and out of 139.7 million alcohol consumers , 60.9 million indulged in binge drinking.
Pretty alarming isn’t it?
While there are no miracle cures for making you rich or help you lose those stubborn pounds, we may have something that will help you deal with addiction that is completely safe and natural (You can thank us later!).
Now carefully repeat these words and say it loud and clear – CBD!
Wait...What is CBD you ask? Read on!
What is CBD?
Cannabis is gaining acceptance as an effective method of treating various physical and mental ailments. Cannabinoids (CBD), the receptors for which are found throughout the central nervous system, are one of the 100 types of compounds found in the cannabis plant. These are non-psychoactive unlike THC, and do not produce a high. These are much sought-out for their therapeutic value and research in various disciplines shows the effectiveness of CBD in the treatment and management of various illnesses namely insomnia , epilepsy , seizures , schizophrenia etc,.
How can CBD tackle addiction?
So are you wondering, “What? Substitute one drug with another to tackle addiction?”
The most important attribute of CBD that sets it apart from other cannabinoid compounds besides being non-psychoactive, is that it is non- addictive, is well tolerated even in very high doses and most importantly has minimal side effects.
Addiction is any behaviour that a person engages in repetitively to gain short-term satisfaction / pleasure in spite of being aware of its negative consequences. This may result in illnesses, losing one’s livelihood, failing relationships or in severe cases even death.
- Studies point out that besides dopamine and opioids, glutamate also plays an important role in developing an addiction. These have a profound impact on relapse as they regulate the areas related to memory and learning and may trigger cravings even after years of abstinence.
- A research conducted to look at the role of cannabidiol in reducing cigarette consumption, showed promising results. Smokers, who were given inhalers containing CBD and asked to smoke them when craving for a cigarette, reported a 40% reduction in smoking over the course of the week as compared to smokers who were given a placebo. The effect was also noticed on subsequent follow-up.
- Another study administered on rats shows that CBD has the potential to re-wire the brain to cut relapse or drug seeking behaviour on a long-term basis.
- It is also known to cut withdrawal symptoms from long-term usage of cannabis, according to a case study. Users reported a significant lack of withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, migraines, restlessness and irritability.
- Since it is known to have neuroprotective properties, it has potential as a possible transdermal treatment of alcohol-induced neurodegeneration according to this
How can I use CBD?
However the right dosage is extremely crucial to optimise the experience. It is advisable to consult a doctor for the ideal dosage.
Is it safe?
Studies confirm that CBD oils are safe for consumption; however these may have minor side effects such as tiredness, drowsiness, diarrhoea or change in appetite. One golden rule is to start with low doses and see how your body responds to it. You may increase or reduce the dosage as needed. In states where it’s legal, you can also consult your doctor to arrive at the ideal dosage.
Act before it’s too late!
In the U.S alone, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015 alone. Out of these, 20,101 were prescription pain relievers related deaths, while 12,990 were heroin related deaths, according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Isn’t it shocking?
No wonder that it is now being treated as an epidemic and is prompting action from the President himself.
President Donald J. Trump in his first public service campaign chose to tackle this menace. The opioid crisis is now considered a public health emergency as per the government’s declaration on October 26, 2017. In March 2018, the administration unveiled a solid plan to fight the crises. As part of the initiative, funds worth $4 billion are being allocated to tackle the opioid crises.
There is research underway on the comprehensive use of CBD to treat a plethora of ailments; hopefully this miracle drug can work its magic on addiction as well.
Have you used CBD oils or other derivatives before? How has it helped you? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.
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