CBD and the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis unfolding in America has already taken the lives of millions. Find out why doctors and patient advocates are fighting for access to a CBD exit drug in the fight against the opioid epidemic with myCBD.org.
“High Sobriety” – How CBD can Help the Opioid Crisis
From addiction to prescription medications to heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids, chronic misuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids become such an issue that in 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services declared it a public health crisis in the United States. Since this declaration, numerous organizations and programs have tried to solve the country’s opioid crisis to no avail. With more than 140 Americans dying daily from opioid-related caused, several studies have pointed toward Cannabidiol (CBD) as be the answer America needs.
Is CBD an exit drug?
The ability of medical cannabis to ease pain is well-documented; many chemotherapy patients receive physician recommendations for marijuana to ease the pain and reduce nausea experiences as a result of their treatment. Because it is non-psychoactive, CBD oil is a safe compound that does not induce euphoria upon use. It is for this reason as well as other factors, that CBD has been found to have no abuse potential by the World Health Organization.
When it comes to helping fight the opioid epidemic, CBD’s therapeutic applications are two-fold. First, CBD can help by getting people off addictive opioids; secondly, the cannabinoid can also be used to treat pain that this normally remedied using opioids and other addictive painkillers.
Due to restrictions on both the cannabis and CBD industries, scientific research on CBD as an exit drug or as a treatment for post acute withdrawal is still developing. However initial surveys of cannabis users has given researchers a solid sense of CBD’s potential applications and efficacy. For example, a survey published by HelloMD and Brightfield Group found that more than 30% of CBD users consumer CBD to help with chronic pain.
Further, in 2017, Planta Medica journal released a study from the University of Mississippi which found that CBD helps to block the reward mechanism of opioids, which is a key component of why so many patients develop dependency issues. Theoretically, this discovery shows the potential of CBD to help treat the addiction aspect of opioid use.
An 18-month CBD, THC and opioid study is currently being conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System; once completed, their research should give us crucial insight as to whether CBD really does help in the fight against opioids or whether the benefits experienced by patients are a placebo effect.
Anecdotal Evidence Should Not Be Ignored
While we wait for research to be completed, a compelling array of testimonials have been gathered in support of CBD as an exit drug. For example, since the mainstream has discovered CBD, dozens of patient stories have emerged as consumers successfully swap their opioids for CBD. Some of these stories belong to high-profile celebrities and athletes, making them even more compelling.
CBD Can Change the World if We Let It
While the opioid epidemic is indeed a nuanced and complex issue, the need for a solution is more urgent than ever. Fortunately, thanks in large part of the work of patient advocates and the advancements of the medical community, CBD can and will be a part of the solution.