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CBD for Addiction: How It Can Help With Recovery

CBD (Cannabidiol) has gained a lot of attention in recent years for its potential therapeutic benefits. From managing pain and inflammation to helping alleviate the symptoms of conditions and disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and ADHD, it seems there is no end to the potential uses of the powerful hemp plant. Indeed, one emerging area where CBD has shown promise is in recovery from addiction.

Addiction is defined by the NHS as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Addiction is often associated with drugs, solvents, alcohol, smoking and gambling, though you can be addicted to just about anything. This is, in part, what makes it such a complex problem for millions of people worldwide.

Traditional treatments for addiction include therapy, support groups and medication, though these can sometimes be ineffective. However, research suggests that CBD might be able to offer a new approach that is both safe and effective.

Can CBD Help With Addiction?

Although further studies are essential to fully understand the potential of CBD as an intervention for addiction, current research suggests that CBD can help individuals to recover from addiction. 

This is because CBD is thought to target risk states of relapse by reducing anxiety and stress related to drug cues. In addition to that, CBD is thought to interact with the part of the brain that is responsible for drug craving and seeking behaviours. 

How? CBD is interacts with our endocannabinoid system, a cell-signalling system that helps regulate a wide range of functions, as well as our inflammatory and nociceptive (pain sensing) systems to produce better effects.

CBD comes in several different forms, including tea, edibles and topicals. Looking for more guidance on what product is right for you? Check out our full guides on The Different Types of CBD and How to Choose the Right CBD Product.

The better-known benefits of CBD could also help those that are struggling with symptoms related to addiction and withdrawal. 

Is CBD Addictive?

No, Cannabidiol (CBD) is not addictive. Unlike THC, it is a non-psychoactive compound which means it cannot produce euphoria, and therefore does not have an addictive effect.  

Indeed, CBD is generally considered safe and well-tolerated in humans, with few (and rare) side effects. 

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