A recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry discovered that Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound inhabited in cannabis that could be helpful in treatment to fight heroin addiction.
The research particularly concentrates on cannabidiol or CBD’s effects over cravings and anxiety in heroin consumers. The study found that a dose of CBD was immediately activated to decrease cravings among users and its effect lasted over seven days after intaking the drug, added to the study.
Extreme craving mainly leads to consumption of a drug such as heroin, and if any medication could possibly hamper that craving, it would intensely help to slash worsening drug consumption and overdose risk, the lead researcher, Yasmin Hurd, said.
The study included an experiment in which Hurd and her team worked with 420 adults who had used heroin for nearly 13 years for the test and did not use it for less than a month.
The team divided participants into groups and gave them daily doses of either CBD or a placebo for three straight days. For the next two weeks, the team showed photos and videos of natural scenes and drug use to participants, then asked them to report rank anxiety and cravings they experienced.
According to the study, participants who had received CBD reported a significant drop in cravings they had experienced in the past, as well as showing lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, researchers said.