CBD for Substance Abuse

Addiction to drugs is a chronically relapsing disorder characterized by the continuous desire to use drugs or alcohol with limited self-control over the substance, despite any negative side e­ffects or consequences.

If you, or a family member are su­ffering with the devastating e­ffects of drug or alcohol addiction, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural alternative from the Cannabis plant that may assist and support your or your families addition recovery.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural active compound from the cannabis plant. It is the non-intoxicating component of marijuana or hemp plants. CBD can be sourced from hemp (scientific name: cannabis sativa) or marijuana (scientific name: cannabis sativa indica). When you use CBD, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps your body maintain a state of balance and stability, or homeostasis. CBD assists the endocannabinoid system (ECS) without the psychoactive e­ffects of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), giving you a “high or drug induced feeling ”

It has a number of positive e­ffects on the body which include:

  1. Reduction of Anxiety
  2. Assistance with Depression
  3. Regulates sleep patterns
  4. Reduction in pain or chronic pain
  5. Assists with cross addiction habits

Often, when an individual commits themselves to an addiction recovery process, they find themselves cross addicting, quickly finding another substance or habit to replace the existing. Cannabidiol (CBD) has had attention and research around assisting with cross addiction by stimulation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to balance itself and not to look for immediate addiction alternatives.

Although CBD is already being widely used in addiction management protocol by substance abuse counsellors, ongoing research is imperative to understanding how CBD regulates emotions and the addictive behaviours. We welcome continued research as mainstream medical practitioners and GP’s begin to promote the benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) in the fight against substance addiction.

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