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"CBD Oil May Help Limit Cravings and Anxiety in Heroin Users, Study Finds" - Shamard Charles, M.D and Ali Galante

  • NBC News
  • New York, NY
  • (May 20, 2019)

Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, findings suggest that when CBD is given to heroin addicts, it reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety. Lead study author Yasmin Hurd, PhD, director of the Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai said, “To address the critical need for new treatment options for the millions of people and families who are being devastated by this epidemic, we initiated a study to assess the potential of a non-intoxicating cannabinoid on craving and anxiety in heroin-addicted individuals.” Dr. Hurd added, “The specific effects of CBD on cue-induced drug craving and anxiety are particularly important in the development of addiction therapeutics because environmental cues are one of the strongest triggers for relapse and continued drug use.”

— Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Systems Therapeutics, Ward-Coleman Chair, Translational Neuroscience, Director, The Addiction Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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