Yes, you read that right. Cannabidiol (CBD) can be used to treat substance abuse and addiction. CBD has become a subject of intense interest in the medical field. Studies show that it can be used to treat addiction to almost every substance – from heroin, cocaine to even tobacco and alcohol.

But before we proceed to show how CBD can cure addiction, let us first look at what actually addiction is.

Many psychologists define addiction as a complex mental condition that involves dependence on particular substances. The patient is most often hooked on the substance and is helpless to fight the compulsion to use it. If left untreated, addiction can lead to serious mental and physical disability or even premature death.      

With millions of people in the world dealing with addiction, finding a reliable solution to this self-destructive behavior is very important.

What does research tell us about CBD and addiction?

The evidence is piling as more studies point to the efficacy of CBD for addiction. A recent study showed that CBD can even help addicts from relapsing. During the study, researchers medicated CBD to animals who were addicted to substances like alcohol and cocaine. CBD was administrated to animals once every day for at least seven days.

After the seven days, researchers concluded CBD not only helped the animals to overcome addictive behavior but also prevented them from relapsing for five months. This happened despite the fact that the strains of CBD had cleared from animal’s body and brain after the third day.

Another recent study conducted by the University of London focused on cannabidiol’s ability to help people to overcome cigarette addiction. Researchers split 24 chain smokers into two groups; with one group given inhalers with CBD and the other placebo. Both the groups were asked to use their inhalers whenever they felt a strong urge to smoke.

The researchers found that the group with CBD inhaler had smoked nearly 40% – 35% less cigarettes while the placebo group demonstrated no change in their addiction behavior.

CBD has also demonstrated a fair degree of success in studies related to cannabis addiction. In one of the studies conducted way back in 2012 on a 19-year-old Brazilian cannabis addicted patient, CBD not only helped the patient to overcome addiction but also controlled withdrawal symptoms.

There are many other studies which show CBD’s potential to help people overcome addiction. Nonetheless, medical experts insist that more research is required to improve our understanding of how CBD can help to fight addiction.

CBD is a non-addictive substance. It is also non-psychoactive. This essentially means that CBD will not make you high.