Can CBD Help You Finally Lose Those Addictive Habits?
We all have our bad habits, knowing well enough these are things that are not good for us physically or mentally. Things like smoking cigarettes or consuming drugs are prevalent issues that plague many because of the difficulty of shaking them as well as the addiction to the effect it has on your body. So many struggle with quitting these habits because most solutions are not adequate in reducing withdrawals or cravings, but with CBD, finding a solution may have gotten easier. Studies have shown CBD could be an effective alternative that can help you drop these bad habits and rid you of substance dependence for two main reasons.
Let’s back up for a minute and go over the basics. As we know, CBD affects a large variety of physical and mental illnesses that are present all over the body, including, but not limited to: anxiety, diabetes, depression, multiple sclerosis, cancer, stroke, metabolic syndrome, neuropathic pain, Huntington’s disease, hypertension, seizure disorders, and more. Seems unrealistic that one cannabinoid can affect so many contrasting illnesses, right? However, the reason CBD can be a remedy for a variety of ailments spanning throughout the entire body is because CBD affects the body through the endocannabinoid system, which is indeed found everywhere. Across our brain, organs, glands, connective tissue, immune cells, as well as playing a part in the regulatory roles in processes like appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. In the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids like CBD help to regulate every physiological system, like the nervous system, digestive system, reproductive system, immune system, endocrine system, and muscular system. To make things simple: CBD touches a lot of things.
Back to bad habits and addictions: how does taking CBD actually help with combating addiction? Clinical trials have been conducted on CBD, with the results finding that:
- Those treated with CBD were able to significantly reduce the number of cigarettes smoked by around 40% during this treatment.
- CBD was used to treat alcohol-induced neurodegeneration, which is considered a main cause of chronic and relapsing alcoholism.
- CBD can help curve cravings and relapses in heroin addicts, as it lowers stimulus cue-induced heroin seeking behavior.
- Because CBD counteracts the high effects that come from THC and marijuana, it can curb side effects that come with it.
The reasoning behind this has to do with CBD’s behavior in the neurosystem.
CBD helps protect your brain against damage caused by alcohol.
Excessive amounts of liquor consumption damages two main areas: the liver and the brain. The reliance and dependence on alcohol is brought about precisely because of the effect it has on your brain, called neurodegeneration, which essentially means that the neurons in your brain are slowly killed off via alcohol consumption. This then leads to cognitive and behavioral changes, which then increase the likelihood of continuous and repeated relapse. CBD helps to protect your brain against neurodegeneration, and in turn will repel these effects.
CBD helps reduce smoking withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms are prompted by areas that CBD has already been known to affect. Most people relapse into smoking again because of withdrawal feelings related to anxiety, insomnia, or irritability. These feelings are derived from the effect of nicotine and THC, which enhance brain reward mechanisms and desensitize neuron receptors. When you stop smoking and are deprived of these, your brain asks for reinforcements through the signals of withdrawals, like the aforementioned and anxiety and irritability. However, CBD has the ability to curb the negative symptoms that drive you to relapse. By interfering with the brain mechanisms responsible for these reinforcements, CBD can reduce typical withdrawal symptoms. CBD also stimulates the receptors of your nervous system that had previously been desensitized by the use of these drugs. This stimulation prevents them from falling into desensitization and the resulting damage, while repairing the damaged receptors at the same time.
- Shannon Kaszuba