According to a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, one week of treatment with non-psychoactive cannabis could be effective in helping those trying to kick drug or alcohol addiction avoid relapse for months at a time.
Researchers gave cannabidiol (CBD oil) to rats that consumed either alcohol or cocaine every day. The animals received a daily treatment of the CBD in gel form for a single week ...
The goal was to see whether the treatment could reduce the rats’ intake of their substance of choice, the study said, and specifically whether it would help them fight off the urge to get their fix while under stressful conditions.
CBD helped the rats avoid consuming large amounts of cocaine or alcohol, and for those with the gel applied to their skin, the CBD appeared to facilitate lower levels of anxiety and impulsiveness.
Perhaps most astonishing, even though the CBD had cleared their systems within a few days, the benefits lasted for up to five months post treatment.
Friedbert Weiss, leader of an investigative team at the Scripps Research Institute, said in a press release that his study gives “proof of principle supporting potential of CBD in relapse prevention,” as the substance helped the rats resist certain would-be triggers and provided positive results for months.
“Drug addicts enter relapse vulnerability states for multiple reasons,” he 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.”