Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, conducted tests on addicted rats to see if Cannabidiol (CBD) could help them with handling their addiction. The study found irrefutable proof in favor of cannabis oil.
There have been many suggestions thrown around supporting the power of CBD and other cannabis oil, yet very little conclusive research has been conducted so far.
However, one study confirmed that controlled doses of Cannabinol can help curb addiction issues as well as relapse among addicts.
CBD may have long-lasting benefits
The findings were published last Thursday in the health journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
“The results provide proof of principle supporting the potential of CBD in relapse prevention along two dimensions CBD: beneficial actions across several vulnerability states, and long-lasting effects with only brief treatment,” said Friedbert Weiss, leader of an investigative team at the Scripps Research Institute.
The researchers confirmed their suspicions through the application of CBD-gel onto rats with addiction-like symptoms.
The rats had an addiction-like behavior pattern because of voluntary daily alcohol or cocaine use.
Results of the CBD-gel had both acute impact on the rats, as well as a long-lasting effect as five months later, experimental animals treated with CBD still showed a reduced number of relapses.
Researchers mentioned that they did not forsee long-lasting effects of this treatment and that it has far longer reaching potentials than other available treatments at the moment.
“Drug addicts enter relapse vulnerability states for multiple reasons,” Weiss said. “Therefore, effects such as these observed with CBD that concurrently ameliorate several of these are likely to be more effective in preventing relapse than treatments targeting only a single state.”
Seeing how just recently researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria found patients prefer cannabis over opioids for chronic pain and other health issues we can expect more of this type of treatment to pop up across the globe.