Study Shows CBD is Effective in Treating Heroin Addiction

May 21, 2019 3 min read

The headline should say it all - CBD has found promising views in managing heroin addiction and mainstream media outlets are jumping on this!  Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York announced early this morning that results of a small study found a promising, and unexpected, new use of CBD: a reduction of cue-induced cravings and anxiety in individuals of heroin abuse, suggesting a potential role for in in helping to break the addiction.

From everyone at Envy CBD, we believe in providing our customers with the means to take care of themselves through the introduction of our product collections, spanning from Tinctures applied under the tongue, to Soft Chews which are ingested, and Topicals which are applied directly to the skin.  The fact that more research is being done to this magical compound we can call our own is very inviting, and this article will serve to summarize the findings of this study.  Our goal, in time, along with other companies, is to provide more means for people to take care of themselves.

the study

The researchers looked at 42 drug-abstinent men and women between the ages of 21 and 65 with heroin use disorder.  Half of the group, who had recently stopped using the substance, received between 400 - 800mg of CBD once daily, while the other half received a placebo over the span of three days.

The study concluded that those who received CBD had significantly reduced drug cravings and that the participants reported less anxiety when looking at pictures of people using drugs.  On top of that, CBD seemed to have a lasting effect, as the compound continued to reduce cravings and anxiety for an additional seven days, well beyond the time CBD stays in one's system.

Throughout the study, vital signs including skin temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation were obtained at different times during the sessions.  Some of CBD's side effects include reduced heart rate and salivary cortisol levels, which tend to increase as one's anxiety increases.

Lead researcher Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai states that "[c]ravings and anxiety are very subjective effects.  One of the things people can do is trick themselves.  That's why we measured their physiological responses.  These drug cues increase heron users' heart rates and the levels of cortisol so we know it's not subjective because with the CBD their heart rates and the levels of cortisol decreased - that's really important."

Due to the little research present however, it still remains unclear that the results of the study are contributed directly by the CBD, and not other factors.

the bottom line

Behind the study itself, what the researchers really concluded was that CBD, whether it be in the form of an isolate or Full Spectrum CBD, the way our products are extracted as, one of the primary uses of the compound is to help manage anxiety.  By default, CBD's chemical properties curb anxiety; and if the FDA's recent approval on the drug Epidiolex is worth anything, it's that the compound has finally found its place among the medical community, and therefore, a value to public health.

As we stated above, we are very excited about this news and we're even more thrilled that as more research continues, it's only a matter of time before the general public hops deeper into the industry and what CBD, and Envy, has to offer.

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