Many addictions start as an attempt to self-medicate conditions like anxiety and depression. Others begin with a doctor’s prescription for opioid analgesics or anti-anxiety medications. According to a 2018 study, CBD, or cannabidiol, shows potential for preventing relapse in people struggling with addiction.
CBD to Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Users often turn to drugs like nicotine and alcohol to self-medicate for conditions like anxiety and depression. These legal drugs are readily available without a prescription and can provide quick relief from symptoms. Although a few drinks might help temporarily, alcohol worsens symptoms of anxiety and depression.
People trying to quit legal and pharmaceutical drugs often experience depression and anxiety along with other uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. CBD may help with these underlying conditions or those symptoms that are brought on by withdrawal.
CBD for Pain Relief
Many people who are struggling with addiction first picked up the habit after abusing prescribed opioid pain-relievers. Unfortunately, these medications have a high potential for physical addiction, and withdrawal can be excruciatingly painful. Recent studies have shown that CBD can reduce the inflammation that provokes physical pain. This could prevent afflicted persons from resorting to taking opioid analgesics to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Ways to Use CBD for Relief from Acute Symptoms
Methods of using CBD that have quick onset times work well for acute symptom relief. Most people feel the effects of smoking CBD flowers or vaping a CBD concentrate within a few minutes. Smoking and vaping can be especially effective for people who are suffering from nicotine addiction. Cigarette smokers are used to the routine of smoking and smoking’s physical effects. Smoking or vaping CBD can help with both.
People who prefer not to smoke or vape can place tinctures and gummy edibles under the tongue. This sublingual method allows the CBD to enter the bloodstream relatively fast. Consumers using the sublingual method usually feel the effects within 20 minutes. Other edibles need to be metabolized, and they take longer to produce the desired effect.
Ways to Use CBD for Prevention of Symptoms
Some methods of consuming CBD can help prevent the onset of acute symptoms. Patches release a constant amount of cannabidiol into the bloodstream which helps prevent symptoms from suddenly flaring up. Consumers can take CBD edibles and cannabidiol in capsule form at regular intervals to produce the same effect.
Many CBD products are readily available at your local dispensary. The staff there can help you find the most suitable CBD product for you.
If you are considering CBD for an addiction, check with your doctor as CBD can cause interactions and side effects with certain medicines.