Cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in cannabis, could be used to fight heroin addiction, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. The new study specifically focused on whether CBD could curb craving and anxiety among heroin users. Not only did the study find that CBD immediately helped reduce cravings among heroin users, it also noted the effects seemed to last seven days after the subjects were administered a dose of CBD.
Speaking with CNN, Yasmin Hurd, the lead researcher on the study said, “The intense craving is what drives the drug use. If we can have the medications that can dampen that [craving], that can greatly reduce the chance of relapse and overdose risk.”