Study Finds Using CBD for Addiction Helps Prevent Relapses

Aaron Cadena
CBD Origin
Published in
3 min readApr 3, 2018

One of the most overlooked benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabis compound, is its ability to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

How could you even use CBD for addiction?” you’re probably asking.

And you’re completely right. At a glance, it seems pretty bizarre. And to be frank, some would even interpret it as a load of BS from companies just trying to sell more product.

I mean, how could CBD be used to treat so many diverse conditions, of all things addiction?

As bizarre as it may seem, there’s actually a ton of medical research backing the effectiveness of using CBD for addiction, and when you think about how CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), it all makes sense.

The Study: 1 Week of CBD Prevents Relapses for Months

In a recent case study, researchers ran a series of tests to determine the “anti-relapse” potential of transdermal CBD. In the study, researchers administered transdermal CBD to animal subjects who had a history of self-administering cocaine or alcohol and exhibited characteristics of a relapsing addict such as dependency, anxiety, and impulsivity.

After administering CBD once every 24 hours for just seven days, the researchers made a profound discovery.

Based on their test results, the researchers concluded that the brief 7-day period of CBD treatment not only prevented the development of previously displayed “addict-like” characteristics, it deterred the subject’s from relapsing for 5 months — even though the CBD cleared from the brain and body after 3 days.

So not only is CBD effective in preventing relapses in drug and alcohol addicts, the benefits it provides are long-lasting which is crucial when fighting substance addiction.

The Evidence is Piling Up…

Now, sure, the results from a single study is not adequate evidence to validate the effectiveness of CBD in preventing relapses; however, this is not…

Aaron Cadena
CBD Origin

CBD enthusiast, passionate writer, and Editor in Chief at―the CBD community’s leading digital publication and online knowledge base.