Over the past several years, CBD has completely taken the nation by storm. This derivative of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) is not psychoactive, but it is said to have various important medical uses. Some swear by CBD as an anticonvulsant. Others use the product to relieve pain and anxiety.
What is Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil?
CBD has popped up in many different forms – some use the substance topically in a cream or a salve, others ingest the substance in the form of “edibles” (in gummy bears or cookies), and others consume it a tincture that they add to their favorite beverage. I have seen restaurants and juice bars promote CBD ice cubes, smoothies, and even coffees.
More About CBD Oil?
In order to purchase CBD you have to be over 18 in some states, it is widely available and predominantly legal. It also happens to be extremely controversial – particularly among members of the recovery community. Some diehard Alcoholics Anonymous old-timers insist that because it has the potential to calm you down, it is a mood-altering substance and should therefore be avoided at all costs.
Other recovery community members argue that it is a huge help and that because it is not a psychoactive drug, it is not addictive and therefore completely safe to use. So what is the right answer? Can CBD oil serve as a legitimate treatment for addiction problems?
How Does CBD Oil Relate to Addiction?
CBD oil’s role in a program of addiction recovery is predominantly based on personal standards and personal opinion. Several studies point towards the fact that CBD can be beneficial as part of a more comprehensive treatment program for drug and alcohol abuse. Its effectiveness comes from its ability to target anxiety and stress and potentially alleviate the drug cravings that often lead to relapse.
However, there will always be people who disagree with using any substance that is not prescribed by a medical professional. If you choose to take CBD oil or incorporate CBD in your lifestyle in any way, be prepared to face some level of opposition from your sober peers.
What if You Take CBD Oil With an Addictive Personality?
It is also important to keep in mind that anyone with a severely addictive personality is liable to abuse any substance – whether a non-addictive allergy medication, an herbal supplement, or a substance like CBD oil. If you are on the fence about whether or not to use CBD in recovery, it is a good idea to bring it up in your home group or ask your sponsor directly.
Cab CBD Oil Help Reduce Heroin Addiction?
Some people can use this substance without incident, and some might even find that it is beneficial. A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry confirms that CBD oil has reduced heroin cravings and people suffering from moderate or severe heroin addiction.
I also had a friend who began using CBD oil in a tincture form, and because of his highly addictive personality, he had consumed far more than the recommended amount by the time week had come to an end. Because of his reaction, he decided to put it down all together and continue along just as he had been. It is truly an individual choice.
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At Recreate Life Counseling, we provide a comprehensive program of drug addiction recovery. While we do not utilize CBD as part of our program, we have not entirely ruled out the substance as ineffective. As more and more research studies come to light, we remain diligent about providing our clients with a range of evidence-based therapies.
To learn more about the therapeutic methods we currently employ and the holistic treatments we back, reach out to us today. One of our addiction specialists is available around the clock and all calls are free and confidential.