Study regains attention for proving that CBD may help to prevent cannabis abuse

A past study has regained attention for suggesting that the non-psychotropic  compound cannabidiol (CBD) could help cannabis abusers to stop using the plant in excess.

Cannabis abuse disorder arises when a consumer engages in problematic use of the natural substance to the point where he or she continues consuming it despite psychological, physical or social impairment.

Titled, “Cannabidiol Oil for Decreasing Addictive Use of Marijuana: A Case Report,” the case study demonstrated the successful use of CBD-enriched oil to reduce addictive cannabis consumption behaviors. 

Additionally, the researchers claimed that cannabis’ anxiolytic effects improved sleep quality. The study could breathe new life into a number of research efforts that might prompt medical professionals to begin describing CBD for cannabis abuse in the future.

CBD for cannabis abuse: About CUD

Most people who abuse cannabis tend to do it with THC-rich weed. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is an abundant cannabis compound with psychoactive properties. It is one of the most well-known cannabinoids and one of the most researched out of more than 114.

The Addiction Center notes on its website that the THC content of cannabis has surged by 300 percent since the 1960s. Since cannabis is highly favored around the world for its mind-altering effects, THC is a major culprit in cases of abuse and tolerance.

Over four million Americans are believed to be dependent on cannabis, which is the most commonly abused illegal substance in the U.S. Although the overdose risk is next to nothing, cannabis intoxication is a leading reason for emergency room visits.

CBD for cannabis abuse: About the study’s findings 

A patient whose cannabis habit evolved into an addiction was assessed for this years-old study. In May 2015, the patient was advised to start consuming CBD as a technique for weaning off daily cannabis consumption and improving his unpredictable mood swings.

Following close clinical observation of the patient’s inconsistent feelings of disorientation and compulsive behaviors, combined with his self-reports of daily cannabis consumption, the investigators confirmed his addiction problem and bipolar disorder.

The researchers adopted the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)17 and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)18 to assess his condition before he started using the CBD oil.

Initially, he was administered with 24 mg of CBD oil. As time progressed, the dosage was decreased to 18 mg. Following a number of monthly appointments, the cannabis abuse patient managed to abstain from using the plant. 

Not only did he succeed in quitting cannabis use but also, the patient experienced a better sleeping pattern and lower levels of anxiety. Consequently, his job security improved, as did his social experiences with family and friends.