CBD & Addiction

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CBD + ADDICTION....... It is doubtful that any of us are untouched by addiction, either directly or indirectly. It is one of the most profound and painful human experiences, and it effects almost equally, the sufferer and those close to them. It has the ability to mercilessly destroy one's entire life-mentally, physically, relationally and spiritually.

It is no respecter of persons-rich, poor, young, old, male,female, religious, non-religious-it can strike anyone, at anytime, and when it does it robs the person and its loved ones, wholly. To this day, treatment options vary as much as the differences in the people it is treating.

We are now seeing promise with CBD as being possibly one of the most powerful options available to those desiring help in overcoming their addictions. "In a recent case study, researchers ran a series of tests to determine the “anti-relapse” potential of transdermal CBD. In the study, researchers administered transdermal CBD to animal subjects who had a history of self-administering cocaine or alcohol and exhibited characteristics of a relapsing addict such as dependency, anxiety, and impulsivity.

After administering CBD once every 24 hours for just seven days, the researchers made a profound discovery. Based on their test results, the researchers concluded that the brief 7-day period of CBD treatment not only prevented the development of previously displayed “addict-like” characteristics, it deterred the subject’s from relapsing for 5 months — even though the CBD cleared from the brain and body after 3 days.

So not only is CBD a possible intervention that could be effective in preventing relapses in drug and alcohol addicts, the benefits it provides are long-lasting, which is crucial when fighting substance addiction." Drug and alcohol use is initially driven by the desire to feel good and reach a euphoric high. But repeated use can cause lasting changes in brain chemistry that make it more difficult to get high and set a new baseline state in which drugs must be consumed just to feel, what was once, “normal.”

Anything can trigger a person to pick up their drink or drug of choice, including withdrawal symptoms or stress, and even environmental cues such as a song, a familiar smell, or a place associated with the substance. These and countless other variables can all be triggers for an addict. With this information we can see that there are three primary strategies in which therapeutic drugs, such as CBD, may help treat addiction.

First, it may be able to reduce the rewarding nature of the abused drug itself so that there’s less motivation for further consumption. Secondly, it may be able to weaken withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, which reduces drug seeking merely to alleviate symptoms. Lastly, CBD may reduce the ability of environmental cues to trigger relapse.

At the root, it is hypothesized that addiction is a form of self-medicating. It may also be a spiritual disease, a physical allergy to the substance and holds possible genetically driven tendencies in those that suffer, and should be treated with a multi-faceted approach.

What a gift to find that CBD-a substance that has profound therapeutic effects on so many parts of the human body and mind, may also be a piece of the puzzle in helping those looking to recover and find healing from the ravages of addiction.

Each life is precious, and everyone deserves the opportunities for healing. While devastation may come in the form of addiction for many, there is always hope. Each day is an opportunity to change. One little spark of desire to get well is all it takes to move oneself onto a path of healing + wellness. If you are someone that suffers from addiction-Reach out. Ask for help. You are worthy of healing and wholeness. "You can rise up from anything.

You can completely recreate yourself. Nothing is permanent. You’re not stuck. You have choices. You can think new thoughts. You can learn something new. You can create new habits. All that matters is that you decide today and never look back." - Idil Ahmed

Blessings & Wellness,

The Clean Remedies Family

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