The marijuana compound CBD, or cannabidiol, may help reduce drug cravings in people with heroin addiction, a study suggests. How ironic given the fact that it’s been falsely labelled as the “gateway” drug in recent history.
The study was published on May 21st in the American Journal of Psychiatry, and used 42 people with heroin-use disorder who were attempting to abstain from the drug to conduct their study. The participants were shown “cues” that were used to trigger their drug cravings, this was done in the lab. Video tapes of people using the drug, or objects involved in its rug use were used, among other things. The kicker is, before their lab session the participants received either a dose of CBD or a placebo.
The CBD group reported feeling lower drug cravings when shown the cues, along with a lower level of anxiety compared to those who received the placebo. The effect of the CBD seemed to last up to a week after the drug addicts took the CBD for the study.
CBD could be effective with not just heroin, but other harmful substances as well, like smoking.
These findings suggest that “CBD holds significant promise for treating individuals with heroin use disorder,” study lead author Yasmin Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said in a statement.
The study was funded in part by GW Pharmaceuticals, which makes the FDA-approved form of CBD. This brings up another important point, the pharmaceutical industry is taking over the medical cannabis game, and as a result many people are finding it hard to trust this type of cannabis.
We don’t know what’s in it, how it’s grown, what contaminants may be found, etc. The real solution when it comes to medical marijuana is to grow your own.
Cannabis legalization once threatened big pharma. It could replace so many prescription drugs for various ailments, but this is exactly why they themselves are getting involved, because they want to profit off of it.
Again, this is why you should grow your own.
Health Canada allows you to grow approximately 5 times the amount of grams you were prescribed per day in plants i.e. if you were prescribed 5 gram per day, you can grow 25 plants indoors. Many Doctors are not comfortable signing these prescriptions and if they do, they are extremely conservative and don’t understand that many people prefer to eat or juice rather than smoke and this require much more product. There are clinics that can guide you through the process and get you a plant allowance that is large enough for you to be self-sufficient and not risk going over your limits.
Once you mail out the prescription along with the ACMPR document you are not legally allowed to begin growing. While it is very common for people to start growing because they believe that the Doctor is basically the gatekeeper to the program while Health Canada is more administrative, you are not yet legal and could get in trouble with the law. You have to wait until Health Canada mails you your official licence and then and only then are you legally allowed to begin growing.
We strongly recommend starting out the right way and this will ensure you are 100% legal and can focus on the fun of growing for yourself.
If you’d like assistance to make sure you go through the process legally and the right way, please contact us about acquiring a licence and we’ll help you through the process every step of the way.