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A non-psychoactive component of cannabis, called cannabidiol (CBD), is able to help treat opiate addiction, according to a new study.
In an investigation of the Mount Sinai Institute of Addiction confirms that CBD given to patients with heroin addiction helped reduce the attacks and the levels of anxiety.
Currently, drugs available for the treatment of addiction such as buprenorphine and methadone, work effectively similar to CBD, however, its coverage is not as extensive in the US population where the study was conducted.
“Doctors are urging new alternatives,” said Yashim Hurd, who led the research. “If we can have medications that can reduce that anxiety, this could greatly reduce relapse and the risk of overdose.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse Studies (NIDA), only one third of Americans with opioid dependence receive this treatment through private clinics.
In addition, the Surgeon General Report on Drug Abuse, a statistical document on this topic of 2016, reports that only 1 in 5 people who are dependent on opioids receive any type of therapy.
Public health experts say that the obstacles to access this type of drugs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one of the possible causes of high addictions in the United States where there is a health alert for the problem of overdoses for this type of drug.
Both methadone and buprenorphine are highly regulated opioids for prescription and require the visit of medical practitioners.
In the United States of about 400,000 people have died from causes related to opioids since 2000. The last time there was something similar to this event was during World War II.
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