Cannabidiol (CBD) for Treating Opioid Addiction


A new article published in Trends in Neurosciences reviewed the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) for treating opioid addiction in the US.


The author describes the scope of the opioid epidemic, the changing sociopolitical environment for medical marijuana, potential advantages of CBD for treating opioid addiction, and neurobiological research suggesting how CBD could be an effective element in treating opioid use disorders.


The legalization of marijuana has outpaced the science, not just for using marijuana to treat various disorders, but also understanding marijuana’s risk potential for abuse and harm, especially among youth, as well as risks to adults (e.g., highway accidents) and reduced productivity associated with cannabis intoxication.


I agree with the author that we need to expedite clinical trials to determine the appropriate formulations, interactive effects with other cannabinoids, routes of administration, and treatment regimens for using (or not using) CBD to treat individuals with opioid use disorders.


In doing so, the scientific and medical communities will re-take the lead necessary to guide the efficacious and safe development and potential use of CBD to treat opioid addiction and perhaps other medical conditions and symptoms.


Readers who like this article may also be interested in one of our earlier posts:


Eyes Wide Shut: Looking at Medical Marijuana’s Effects: http://preventionpluswellness.com/2017/01/medical-marijuana-effects/,


as well as our new page on Essential Marijuana Terms:



and accompanying Online Marijuana Awareness Workshop: http://preventionpluswellness.com/online-marijuana-workshops/.


Read the entire article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166223617300012



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