Opioid addiction is currently a worldwide epidemic. In America alone approximately 702,000 people have died from opioid overdose since 2000. Studies have shown that 21%-29% of people who are prescribed opioids end up mis using them and 8%-12% develop an opioid use disorder. Approximately 80% of heroine addicts began with prescription opioids. These numbers are staggering and there is an urgent need for a solution.
While much research is still needed, recent studies have shown that CBD has great probability to help with opioid addiction. One of the most problematic symptoms of opioid use is reoccurring cravings, sometimes persisting years into recovery, which is why the relapse rate is so high. In 2019 a double blind placebo study (meaning neither doctor nor patient knows weather the active drug or placebo is being administered) using CBD on opioid addiction patients showed that even a single dose of CBD can reduce cue-induced cravings and anxiety associated with the craving. This reaction is conclusive with the fact that physically CB1 receptors are co-localized with opioid receptors.
Many studies are currently being done on CBD and opioid use disorders and while CBD will not cure addiction, the evidence so far is very promising that CBD could be very effective in keeping recovering users from relapsing, and therefor could be a key factor in ending the worldwide opioid epidemic we currently face.