“CBD reduces the reward-seeking effect that morphine has on individuals with opioid-use disorder,” says an American Journal of Psychiatry editorial by Dr. Yasmin Hurd in August 2018.
CBD also reduces cravings and anxiety in people addicted to heroin use, said the renowned professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
CBD kept the in heroin craving in check, even a week after the last dose.
“Intriguingly … cannabidiol resulted in a maintained reduction in heroin craving even a week after the last administration,” Professor Hurd wrote.
She went on to say: “This finding may be of particular benefit in treating opioid-use disorder, because the protective effects in reducing craving, and thus risk of relapse, could be maintained even if the individual has missed a daily dose.”
She said that opioid-related deaths, opioid prescriptions and opioid-related motor vehicle fatalities were reduced in states with medical marijuana laws.
“Molecular genetics and new medication strategies for opioid addiction” was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, August 2018.
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