CBD oil may reduce anxiety and cravings caused by heroin addiction, as claimed by scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York.
Their new study has revealed promising results for heroin addicts — participants experienced fewer cravings and less anxiety. Non-intoxicating CBD can become a unique, natural addiction-breaking treatment.
The scientists examined 42 male and female heroin addicts aged from 21 to 65. They have given up heroin recently. 50% of the participants were given 400-800 mg of CBD every day; the rest took a placebo.
During the testing, the users were shown pictures of people using drugs to stimulate cravings. The group that used CBD had notably weaker cravings and anxiety. The effect lasted for all the seven days of the research, longer than it was expected to stay in the body.
They found that those who received CBD had significantly reduced drug cravings. They also found that the participants reported less anxiety when looking at pictures of people using drugs. Moreover, CBD seemed to have a lasting effect — the drug continued to reduce cravings and anxiety for seven days, well beyond the time the drug is expected to be present in the body.
CBD caused reducing heart rate, cortisol (hormone of stress) level, and other anxiety signals in the body. The researches measured only physiological markers, as psychologically, it’s hard to trust users’ feedback, because anxiety can be very subjective.
However, more research is needed to confirm these findings and exclude the impact of factors other than CBD.