CBD Oil. You’ve probably heard the term or seen it being advertised on social media by fitness experts and health advocates alike. So what it is all about? What are the benefits? Is it the same as using marijuana? Is it actually as good for you as they say? With emerging medicine comes emerging questions: this blog will serve to outline the current findings on CBD Oil and how it might impact the recovery process for addicts healing from drug addiction.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidoil, is the oil derived from Marijuana. CBD isn’t psychoactive, and does not result in any sort of high which differs greatly from the experience of normal marijuana use. This is where its appeal lies, as some users want to enjoy the medical relief that marijuana can provide, without the mind-altering effects. Users can smoke the oil from a pen, or use a pipette to drop a few dots of the substance on their tongue.
According to HealthDay Reporter, CBD is “…non-intoxicating marijuana extract that is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems… from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness.” Inflammation relief and sleep aid benefits are two major reasons as to why CBD has made such an impact among the fitness society. Many athletes use CBD for muscle recovery and sleep, which greatly improves performance.
Now, although these benefits may be true, many articles attempting to prove the advantages of CBD oil contain the terms “could” help and “might” alleviate and “may” reduce pain. Which leads many researchers to believe that more testing must be done in order to solidify these findings.
Evidence and Other Findings
Potentially, CBD oil could very well be producing these positive results. But the lack of evidence officially supporting these benefits is not enough. We cannot guarantee to our patients that CBD is a viable method of treatment until we have sufficient proof that it will aid recovery and not derail progress.
Professors and researchers across the country have also noted that most CBD oil is being produced without very much legal regulation. The only strong evidential support that has deemed CBD a significant form of treatment in humans is in regard to Epilepsy.
Now, there is research out there that states that CBD can act as an aid for preventing relapse in addicts. This might seem bizarre: to treat substance abuse with a derivative that comes directly from another drug. Although CBD’s potential benefits cannot be completely out-ruled, these benefits cannot be deemed effective either. That is, until ample research proves them true.
As stated above, a recent study was performed to determine CBD’s anti-relapse potential. Researchers injected animal subjects who had been exposed to alcohol and cocaine with CBD, and found that after 7 days these animals displayed less dependence, anxiety, and impulsivity (i.e. addict-like characteristics).
A similar study has also been performed on humans, with potential benefits found in the results. CBD has been proven to act on several neurotransmission systems involved in addiction, and it has been found to have a protective effect on stress vulnerability and neurotoxicity. It should be noted that CBD is proven to be a safe compound in both animals and humans, with no significant side effects on either party.
But each article on CBD has the same ending in regard to limitations. This includes the conclusion to the study on humans listed above, performed by the Canadian Institute on Health Research:
“Overall, emerging data remains very limited and is far from being conclusive; well-designed, randomized, controlled trials are necessary at this point to determine whether these properties translate into significant improvements on clinical outcomes in human populations.”
We are excited to see the development of CBD in addiction treatment and will be keeping an eye on emerging studies as its use becomes increasingly popular. In the meantime, if you have any additional questions regarding CBD or any other drug please do not hesitate to reach out. Scottsdale Recovery Center aims to provide the best assistance in every way possible. Your journey begins with us, start today.
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