Today, I’d like to dedicate this post to a very interesting debate regarding the use of CBD in overcoming opioid addiction
. Opioid addiction is an extremely serious
Public Health matter. So much so that the US Government declared
it a National Emergency
in 2017. Lots of press was brought about in 2016, when data about opioid-related deaths came to light. The number of deaths was staggering. This occurrence was predominantly significant in North America, and it still is, in addition to having spread globally.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics
at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), almost 50,000 people died
in 2017 due to opioids misuse in the United States. Canada
stands second as far as the opioid addiction is concerned, reporting 2,400 opioid-related deaths (or 8.8 per 100,000 population) in 2016. The problem is slowly but surely spreading to the rest of the world
. Despite their best efforts to control opioid dependence and related deaths, the US has essentially failed to halt the steady increase in the death rate associated with the opioid misuse over the past fifteen years.
As to the disease itself (because yes, addictions are considered diseases), it’s worth mentioning that it is not only a problem for the people suffering from it – In addition, their loved ones may get also devastated. Social stigma is the major issue to be faced by the sufferer as well as their family members, especially if the outcome ultimately is death.
In such a gloomy situation, reading articles like “Treating Opioid Addiction with CBD?”
from The Analytical Scientist
bring a ray of hope. Likewise, several reports are providing firm empirical information suggesting that cannabinoids are “the only” hope to help those suffering from opioid-overuse issues.
Men’s Health reports
a compelling case of a young man who becomes an opiate addict after taking prescribed Oxycontin
(an opioid sold as a prescription medicine) for pain relief. He was under opioid treatment for almost seven years, and eventually tried to get rid of his dependence. Due to withdrawal syndrome
, he was unable to get relief. In the meantime, a friend suggested he try CBD. The outcome was remarkable: He kicked his habit successfully. There are hundreds of similar stories suggesting that CBD is an excellent choice
to overcome the opioid addiction epidemic.