According a new study, the non-psychoactive component in marijuana and hemp, Cannabidiol, might treat opioid addiction. Cannabidiol were given to patients with heroin addiction, also known as CBD, resulted in reduction of their cravings for the illegal drug and their anxiety levels as well. Yamini Hurd said that, the usage of drug is driven by the intense craving, who is the main researchers of the research. She also added that, if the cravings can be demeaned by the medications, then the chance of the overdose risk and relapse can be greatly reduced.
For opioid medications, the available medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine, act in a similar way, limiting craving. These kind of medications in private treatment centers were only received by just one-third patients of the United States having opioid addiction, conferring to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Referring to the 2016 report of surgeon general on addiction, only one out of five people was getting any kind of therapy, who required handling for opioid use disorder. As per public health experts, they are having trouble in receiving the drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States, and extensively dispersed.
Hurd said that, as buprenorphine and methadone are still opioids, who can recommend and how much can be recommended are extremely controlled. Additionally, frequent visits with practitioners can be required while having a treatment with these medications, which can be really burdensome. Despite their accomplishment in plummeting mortality nearly up to 59 percent per year afterward treatment, concerns regarding addiction and diversion to these drugs stays the same. Reportedly, since the year 2000, roughly 400,000 people of America have died from causes related to opioid, which is somewhat lesser as compare to the figure of people died in World War 2.