CBD for Addiction: Curbing Cravings and Relapsed

CBD is currently trending for its claims in treating a variety of medical issues including Epilepsy, Anxiety, Depression, insomnia, pain and also curbing cravings for addicts.

With the new findings and the health benefits, this is probably the best discovery for people struggling with addiction especially after a long term facility or long term of not using but with looming relapse.

How CBD Is Used By An Addict In Recovery

Based on previous article, we know that relapse is commonly part of the recovery process. But if you are in recovery or a family member watching someone close struggle with the effect of relapse, then you know that this is by all means a breakthrough in recovery process!

There is a saying that you never recover from addiction but always in recovery. This is due to the fact that relapse rates are so high that it’s the norm for those in recovery. This normally has a high toll on people in recovery and their family and support system. Also, relapse easily leads to easy overdose.

Nothing before the CBD could confidently boast of being able to curb cravings especially when triggers are so hidden and also so embedded in the recovering person’s life.

In spite of the much information out there, there is still confusion on what is CBD, Is it legal, is it safe to use and where can you get the right product.

My Goal with first experience on addiction relapse, is to answer this questions and hope many people will get to take advantage of this new breakthrough that would be of particular benefit to people struggling in relapse in addiction recovery

What is CBD?

CBD is the abbreviations for Cannabidiol. This is one of 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. Even though the plant has been used for health issues over the years, Clinical researches started in 2018, mainly on pain, anxiety, cognition issues and movement disorders.

The CBD chemical compound is mainly found in marijuana and hemp. It is made through extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with a different oil such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil.

Although CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana, the CBD extracted from hemp is most commonly used in CBD products because it contains less than 1 percent THC

Is CBD Legal

This is important to understand. The FDA prohibits the sale of CBD in any unapproved health products, whether in dietary supplements or food.

This means everything except for this epilepsy drug is approved by FDA.

The seizure drug Epidiolex is the only approved health use of CBD in spite of all the other benefits that are being researched.

However, If CBD comes from a hemp plant with less than 0.3 percent THC, you can buy it under federal law in most states but some states still have legal restrictions on the possession of CBD.

In 2018, the Farm Bill legalized the production and sale of hemp and its extracts. “Hemp, by federal law, cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

Anything with more THC is classified as marijuana, is considered a schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is federally illegal”.

Cannabis plants are typically either male or female. A hemp crop can accidentally start growing marijuana packed with THC because of pollination and sexual reproduction.

Also, there could be unexpected pollination that normally happens with outdoor fields, given that cannabis grow mainly in the wild, their pollen can travel for miles. If your CBD comes from a marijuana plant, it’s illegal.

If your CBD contains too much THC (more than 0.3 percent), its illegal.

This is the single most reason that getting your products from legit source is important.

CBD For Relapses Prevention Plan

Research specifically on the effect of CBD on relapse has shown the potential of helping in managing the relapse in those who are in recovery.

The research was administered on animal subjects that had a history of substance use and abuse and that showed the same characteristics as relapsing addict including dependency, anxiety, and impulsively.

After having the animals use CBD once every 24 hours for a week (7 Days) the researchers discovered that:

The CBD use in addition to curbing the relapse characteristics, it prevented relapse for up to a total of five months. The CBD was in the body for only 3 days but the effects continued for the 5 months!

This proves a long-lasting effect of CBD which is important for anyone in recovery with substance abuse.

Though the research on CBD only started in 2018, more than the above research has been used to validate these findings.

Substance abuse and relapse is a worldwide problem. We have seen it across all economic and demographics around us. Anyone who has been in a rehab knows just how expensive it can be to get in and out of rehab. In fact most people don’t bother to try getting help because of fear of relapse which is almost a guarantee, until now with the CBD break through.

Are There Side Effects With CBD?

There are some noticeable side effects in using CBD that you need to be aware of, however before discussing the side effects, let’s look at how the CBD works:

One of the biggest question on CBD is how it works and how it makes you feel. Because of the association with cannabis, most people assume it has the potential to give you a high. The answer is NO.

CBD is not psychoactive, this means, it does not give you a high when you use it, instead, most of the research show that users feel more energized and notice less anxiety and well rested

CBD works by directing the body to use the body’s own cannabinoids. It achieves this by interacting with specific receptors in the brain. This in layman words means that when you take CBD, it tells your body how to interpret pain and inflammation, how to deal with anxiety, and also how to have a better balance in general.

Some side effects include: Nausea, changes in appetite, diarrhea, dry mouth, Mood change, Vomiting Etc. This are possible side effects that may happen to some people or none to others.

CBD: Is it Safe to Use?

Based on research and real life users, it’s safe to say that knowing the effects and the risks for anyone who has struggled with substance abuse and relapse, the benefits by far outweighs the above side effects.

CBD has great potential for curbing cravings and helping through the relapse in recovery process. However, like anything else, it should be used in addition to other recovery strategies but not as a standalone product. This will help in avoiding an unhealthy relationship with CBD which may undermine other coping mechanisms to deal with life’s circumstances.

How To Get The Best CBD Oil For Addiction Relapse

When looking for the CBD Product for addiction relapse prevention, here are some few things to look for:

  1. Plan source: Look for products made from hemp. In you are in the United States, look for Hemp grown in the United States as that grown out in other places might not have the same regulations. If outside the US, find out the regulations in your jurisdiction.
  2. COA: This is the abbreviation for certificate of analysis. This is important as it shows independent lab testing for things like potency and chemicals. Not all states have the same requirements but some do, for example Indiana require that all CBD products include a code on the label which allows users to download the COA to their phone.
  3. Potency: IF THC is over .3 percent is not legal! The COA is expected to also confirm that the product contains the amount of CBD and THC listed on its label – both in total and by dose.
  4. Testing methods: Make sure that the testing lab meet the ISO standards. Look for validation from one of the following:
    1. the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists
    2. the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia
    3. or the U.S. Pharmacopeia

The information here is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

If you have an experience with CBD please share I would love to hear your opinion. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. How interesting, Sikora. This post opens up another world again, proving the value of this commodity that has a long history of use, centuries ago. I am thinking of my brother as I read this and myself. In the past, I’ve suffered from gambling and been an on and of ganja user. Luckily for me, exercise, healthy food, and lifestyle change have curbed my ills. 

    But, I worry about my brother as he suffers from alcohol addiction. Though my brother hates to admit it; nine times out of 10, he will be drinking and then binges getting sloshed. With CBD a long-lasting recovery with substance abuse, this could help. 

    What would be the best form to ingest CBD for an alcoholic?

    Many Blessings

    • Thank you! The current research is pointing to a long term solution which nothing can else has worked.

  2. i have gone through the article and I must say it has been helpful but my question is that,is there age restriction to this CBD.can someone In Age 50 use this product or not and apart from those side effect listed in the article do you think there are likely to be others that are not mentioned in the article?

    • The only age barrier is if you are under 21 to purchase. If you are a at 50, you are OK. there is no age barrier.

  3. This is a really good explanation of the whole issue of marijuana, CBD products, hemp and the works. When I was growing up, I only knew of people getting arrested for possessing, using and trading in  marijuana. In my part of the world, people made tea and smoked for their own medicinal treatment, but were careful not to be caught. People also got on a high and did crazy things. Years later, now, I am hearing`of a legal derivative that cures so many ailments that I have always wanted to understand the change and what can be considered legal or illegal, healing or harmful. I think that the fear many people might have is the harm that we knew about. I note that CBD doesn’t have the harmful effects  and curing pain, anxiety, and addiction is a huge advancement in available treatment. Thank you for the information.

  4. Hi Zikora, I actually came accross this site whilst researcing something else CBD related but once I started I found it quite interesting.  The use of CBD oils has exploded over the past few years, I think as more and more countries start to accept and legalise its use – there is that definite stigma of the marijuana side of things for sure but once that can be overcome, I believe the sky is the limit here.

    Using it for addiction is something that I had not seen before although, knowing its other benefits around stress and anxiety, I am not surprised at all.  And once research catches up, I hope to see this prescribed in more instances rather than the chemical laden drugs being given today.  Who’d have thought that we would be talking about using a hemp based product as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs hey..

    Great post


    • Thanks Paul! The stigma is still a barrier even for people who would definitely benefit from it. The potential is unbelievable. I cant wait to see what the future holds! 

  5. Hello, Zikora and what an interesting read.

    I am neither an addict or do I know personally anyone who is addicted to drugs and trying to recover.  I have read a lot of things about CBD oil and it’s benefits but this is new to me.

    If these studies are correct, this could be a major breakthrough for those who truly want to break free from that part of their lives and that would be very exciting.  The studies on animals are very encouraging.  Maybe it’s time to do some studies on humans, don’t you think?

    These people suffer so much and most want to break free but don’t know how to make it happen and for some, they don’t think it’s possible. It’s time to move forward with studies on humans.  The sooner the better.


  6. What an interesting post. CBD has big following in South Africa. Thank you for being so informative. I see on a daily basis what the effects drug abuse has on our youth. Drug use is a massive problem on the youth. It is means of escaping and is sad. People especially the youth has sch a negative outlook in life. A product like this can really help with the recovery for the addicted young people. 

    • Hi Hanille, my heart breaks for the youth making this decision to escape only to be addicted and can’t reverse the effects. This is a global issue! With the current research, there might be hope.

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