Marijuana compound shows some potential for treating opioid addiction

“Some research has suggested that opioid use decreased in some states after those states legalized medical marijuana, according to Hurd.”

In her review, Hurd looked at previous animal and human studies examining the potential of one particular marijuana compound — called cannabidiol, or CBD — for treating opioid addiction. For example, a study in rats published in 2009 in the Journal of Neuroscience found that CBD decreased heroin cravings in rats that had previously been trained to self-administer heroin. And a small study conducted in humans, published in August 2015 in the journal Neurotherapeutics, showed that taking CBD seemed to help reduce cravings in people addicted to heroin. This effect lasted for a week after the CBD was administered, Hurd noted in the new review.

Original Article (Live Science):
Marijuana Compound Shows Some Potential for Treating Opioid Addiction
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