The American Society of Disease Medicine characterizes addiction as “an inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, and craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”
The use of Hemp Extract has shown that it helped reduce the physical cravings as well as accompanying feelings of anxiety and depression.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study*, heroin addicts were administered a single dose of Hemp Extract over three consecutive days. Their propensity for craving was then tested compared to the placebo. The subjects taking Hemp Extract found their cravings were lessened, an effect that lasted for seven days after treatment.
This essentially means that the effect of Hemp Extract on the addict’s brain initiated a kind of rewiring that may reduce craving and relapse on a more long-term basis.
Similar findings were observed in cigarette smokers. They were given an inhaler containing Hemp Extract. The results showed that they smoked 40% fewer cigarettes, compared to a placebo group where there was no change.
The authors noted, “We found that Hemp Extract seems to reduce the salience of cues. It also can reduce anxiety and may affect a memory process called ‘reconsolidation,’ which is when a memory of the reward of smoking is re-activated by seeing someone smoking, and it is rendered vulnerable to destruction.”
Whatever the addiction may be, the use of Hemp Extract is proving to be a valuable tool in helping to free people from their addictive cravings. This includes heroin, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.
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*Molecular Psychiatry (2003) 8, 373–382. doi:10.1038/sj.mp.4001269 Glutamatergic mechanisms in addiction
*Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Oct; 12(4): 807–815.
Published online 2015 Aug 13. doi: 10.1007/s13311-015-0373-7 PMCID: PMC4604178
Early Phase in the Development of Cannabidiol as a Treatment for Addiction: Opioid Relapse Takes Initial Center Stage
*Addict Behav. 2013 Sep;38(9):2433-6. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh. 2013.03.011. Epub 2013 Apr 1.