New Weed Research Shows Cannabis Curbs Alcohol And Cocaine Addictions
Cannabis advocates have been saying it for years but it seems people are finally catching on. Recent weed research has shown that cannabis can help curb alcohol and cocaine addictions.
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The study, conducted by Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, tested addicted rats with CBD to see if the compound curbed their addictions at all.
A number of conclusions were found, most notably that the rats that consumed CBD were less likely to relapse five months later. Researchers also pointed out that CBD's ability to minimize impulsiveness also played a part in the rats' recovery.
However, it's CBD's ability to ease anxiety and stress that is believed to be the main reason why rats given the compound were less likely to relapse.
It is hoped that this new weed research into CBD's positive effect on addiction may help in the development of new treatments for human beings stuck in the throes of addiction.
CBD has been known to alleviate the effects of a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, depression, and migraines. All parts of the cannabis plant remain illegal in the United States on a federal level, however, 29 states and the District of Columbia now have medical marijuana programs in place.
The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis and many cannabis advocates are championing marijuana as a possible solution to the epidemic. New weed research, such as the findings presented by the Scripps Research Institute, are instrumental in finding a solution to America's worsening crisis.
The Trump administration remains opposed to cannabis being used to combat the opioid crisis and instead plan to implement the death penalty for drug traffickers. It remains to be seen whether this will stem the tide of the drugs into the U.S. but does not focus on the treatment and rehabilitation of people already addicted to dangerous substances.