Opioid addiction has become a serious issue in huge swathes of the ‘Rust Belt’ of the US (an area that consists of the Midwest and Great Lakes states). Communities are being devastated by the scourge of addiction and the host of social problems that come with it. Addiction is now a pressing issue as it reaches epidemic levels.
Now, more than ever, a solution to addiction and its symptoms is needed.
CBD As Addiction Treatment
In a study conducted by Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, it was found that CBD is able to reduce stress and anxiety. This property, in particular, may be key in combating opioid addiction.
Addiction can often turn into a coping mechanism for dealing with severe anxiety. CBD has been shown to have properties that can help curb the symptoms and cravings of alcoholism, cocaine addiction, and even opioid dependence.
Experiments conducted on rats showed that those suffering from addiction were less likely to relapse five months later if they were treated with CBD.
One of the other positive effects of CBD is its ability to regulate and minimise aggression and increase impulse control in users. This can help curb some of the most anti-social aspects of addiction.
Non-Addictive Treatment For Chronic Pain
CBD can be used to treat opioid addiction at its root by offering natural relief from chronic pain. The origins of the opiate addiction pandemic can be found in the massive amount of chronic pain cases in the Rust Belt. Many of these diagnoses have a direct relation to the harsh working conditions the people of the Rust Belt had to endure to survive.
A dearth of medical funding in the Rust Belt has led to a shortage of qualified doctors in the region. This means that medical professionals have been overwhelmed by demand. This eventually to the crisis, where they are forced to prescribe addictive to the vast majority of patients; leading to the opiate crisis.
CBD As An Alternative To Opiates
The core of the opiate crisis is found in the problem of dealing with chronic pain. An alternative to addictive opiates may be CBD. CBD has been shown to have a variety of painkilling, anti-inflammatory, and soothing effects that can rival, and in some cases surpass, that of opiates. Not only this, but CBD is also totally non-addictive
CBD may be a solution for many of the cases of addiction in the Rust Belt. This is a strong argument on the behalf of legalisation for medicinal cannabis and related medicines on a federal level in the United States.