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CBD pills could help people cut down on marijuana use or quit altogether, according to a study of people with cannabis use disorder

Many people who frequently use cannabis take “tolerance breaks” when they feel they are smoking too much.

But for those with cannabis use disorder, who are negatively impacted and distressed by their cannabis use, cutting down on or quitting marijuana altogether is easier said than done.

A study published July 28 found that using CBD pills could help reduce the need for the drug among people with the disorder.

Researchers gave CBD — a compound in marijuana that does not produce a high and may help with anxiety and addiction — or a placebo to 82 volunteers who wanted to stop using cannabis but were unable to. All of those surveyed fit the description of those with cannabis use disorder and had tried to quit using cannabis at least once before the trial.

They found that 400 mg and 800 mg doses of CBD were equally effective in reducing cannabis usage over time, with participants given those doses reporting more days in between cannabis use at the end of the trial than those who were given the placebo.

CBD does not produce a high but may relax people

It may seem counterintuitive to treat cannabis use disorder with a component of the substance, but according to Lead author Dr. Tom Freeman, Director of the Addiction and Mental Health Group within the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, CBD can be therapeutic, which can aid in treating addiction.

Because CBD does not produce a high like THC, it can give users the body relaxation benefits of marijuana without affecting the mind in a way that might be distressing to people with cannabis use disorder.

A recent study found that using high-potency cannabis — or cannabis with a high percentage of THC — could actually lead to heightened anxiety.

“Unlike THC, CBD does not produce intoxicating or rewarding effects and it shows potential for a treating several other medical disorders,” Freeman said.

Cannabis component could treat nicotine addiction

A non-intoxicating component of cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), may be useful as a drug to help people quit smoking cigarettes, according to a new study led by Chandni Hindocha (UCL Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit).

The study found that after a single dose of CBD treatment, heavy daily smokers find smoking-related cues less visually attention-grabbing. As visual cues – such as seeing friends smoking – often trigger relapses in those who have quit, CBD could help people stop smoking.

For the study, 30 dependent cigarette smokers came into the lab after smoking normally or abstaining for 12 hours from smoking, and were given pills of either CBD or a placebo, on separate occasions.

The participants who received CBD showed less attentional bias to tobacco-related stimuli than in the placebo condition (to the point that their attentional bias was no greater than when satiated with nicotine when they smoked normally), and also rated smoking-related images as less pleasant.

Prior research has found that attentional bias is common in many addictive disorders, is heightened during abstinence, can predict short-term relapse, and may play a causal role in maintaining addiction.

Researchers believe that attentional bias occurs because of changes in the reward pathway of the brain caused by years of smoking, the participants’ attention was drawn to drug-related images.

While craving and withdrawal symptoms were unaffected, the researchers say they will follow up with clinical trials using longer-term treatment with multiple doses, to see if craving and withdrawal symptoms will then be affected, and if CBD can help maintain abstinence.

CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not intoxicating, and has been shown to have broad therapeutic benefits without harmful side effects.

Existing drugs for smoking cessation are not effective for the majority of people who take them, and some have substantial side effects. The researchers say their early results suggest that CBD is a promising candidate for a new treatment option.

Chandni Hindocha, warns people against buying CBD as a wellness product/nutraceutical: “I would also like to add that the CBD you can buy in stores is not of the same quality and strength​ as what we provided in this study, so we are not encouraging people to try treating themselves.”