CBD vs Opioid Addiction

Cannabis for Opioid Overdose Prevention

Farm to Farma is proud to support the efforts of UCO-OP Utah Cannabis Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention.

We take Opioids very seriously, and we are honored to play a small role in stemming the Opioid Crisis any way we can.  Our unique approach to educating providers on the benefits of Non-Pharmaceutical solutions is in line with UCO-OP’s vision.  Because of Farm to Pharma’s reach into the medical community we are uniquely suited to educate providers, face to face, one one one.  Our education focuses on the tremendous benefits of natural treatments of pain with CBD.

"Adding cannabis to opioids makes the opioids safer. Cannabis can prevent opioid tolerance building and the need for dose escalation."

Dr. Dustin Sulak

Pharmaceutical Drugs have their place, but when we rely on a single molecule approach, we only get a partial benefit from the plant, and side effects are common.  Synthesized drugs can have dangerous interactions with one another, but whole plant hemp oil as medicine has absolutely NO dangerous ‘contraindications’ or interactions with other medicines.  So using whole hemp as a medicine is incredibly safe.

Natural Medicine

Did you know that most medicine comes from plants? ITS TRUE!  Pharmaceutical companies identify a healing property in a plant, and then isolate that single molecule and synthesize it in a lab for mass production. Modern medicine has provided many wonderful benefits, but there are drawbacks as well. The single molecule approach to medicine may address one specific symptom, but it also has a tendency to create unwanted side-effects. Natural Medicine is a return to WHOLE PLANT medicine.  Our Hemp Derived Full Spectrum Farm to Pharma CBD uses healing properties from ALL of the plant, creating a synergistic effect that addresses the underline problem not just one symptom.

Substance Abuse Recovery with CBD

CBD is the cannabis compound that is causing major disruption in the medical industry. It is well known for reducing inflammation, easing chronic pain, and gut related problems. But researchers are looking into a potential use for CBD that might really surprise you, as a pharmacological treatment for addressing substance abuse and addiction.

Yes, believe it or not, a compound found in cannabis, the plant classified as a Schedule 1 drug because of its purported ‘potential for abuse,’ is currently the subject of several clinical trials testing its efficacy for treating addiction to everything from heroin, cocaine, meth-amphetamine, tobacco, and alcohol.

The addiction recovery field is beginning to take note of CBD, which is non-habit forming, non-addictive, non-psychoactive, and safe for adults and children. CBD appears to reduce drug cravings and anxiety experienced by addicts. CBD shows great promise as a non-toxic way to aid the addiction recovery process. Addicts report long term craving cessation. Researchers believe this is due to the ability of CBD to regulate a holistic form of homeostasis in the body.

What is addiction?

But to understand why there is so much interest in CBD as a method for treating substance abuse, we must first look at the nature of addiction.

The American Society of Disease Medicine characterizes addiction by a persons “inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”

In the treatment of drug addiction, targeting cravings and relapse after an initial withdrawal period is a major component of a patients program. Cravings lead to relapse, relapse leads to daily use, potential overdose follows. According to “an addicted person experiencing drug cravings will feel like life itself is dependent on getting and injesting whatever substance is causing those cravings. They will feel justified in saying or doing whatever it takes to feel that satisfaction and relief.”

Scientists have found that the symptoms of craving are mediated by increased transmission of the neurotransmitter, glutamate found in areas of the brain such as the hippocampus. The hippocampus is the region of the brain responsible for learning and memory. This may explain why drug cravings induced by anxiety, irritability, sweating and palpitations can occur years into a patient’s sobriety. With the strong memory function of the hippocampus, a ‘trigger’ situation or person can stimulate a drug related memory, creating great risk of relapse.

Farm to Farma- A Champion in it’s efforts to help combat
the Utah Opiate Crisis

Most of the research into CBD and addiction has been directed towards heroin addiction. Here in Utah, we are #4 in the nation for heroin use. The limited studies that have been conducted on heroin addiction and mitigation using CBD have been very promising. CBD does not halt an overdose from heroin, nor does it lessen the effects if the drug is ingested, but scientists have observed a lessening of what are known as ‘cue-induced cravings’, a type of craving brought on by a stimulus. This is amazing research, because nothing else has seemed to help these mysterious craving cycles. CBD will one day be used in addiction treatment facilities across the United States. Here at Farm to Pharma Pure CBD, we are proud to be spearheading the education and awareness of this amazing plant product for addicts everywhere.

In a double blind, placebo studyheroin addicts were administered a single dose of CBD over 3 consecutive days. The addict’s propensity for cravings were then tested by exposing them to opioid related and neutral video stimuli after 1 hour. They introduced the stimuli again at 24 hours and then 7 days after the CBD was given. Compared to the placebo, the subjects taking CBD found their cravings were significantly lessened, and this effect lasted for seven days after the treatment.

CBD reduces Anxiety (in addicts, and everyone else)

The study also revealed very important data regarding anxiety. There was a reduction in anxiety levels were also noted, with the study’s author highlighting the “potential therapeutic efficacy of CBD to reduce negative states in opioid-dependent individuals, which may, in turn, predict reduced craving and hence reduce the likelihood of relapse behavior.”  This could be due to CBD’s activation of the 5HT1-A serotonin receptor. Scientists believe that this explains its general anti-anxiety and mood balancing effect.

However, it’s still not clear why CBD reduces cue-induced cravings. Previous preclinical trials on rats found that alterations in glutamate transmission and endo-cannabinoid signaling were normalized after administering CBD. And the fact that these changes remain present for 7 days after the subjects had been given CBD suggests a “long-term impact on synaptic plasticity” may occur. This suggests that the addict’s brain undergoes a form of rewiring that reduces craving and relapse on a long term basis. For those of us in recovery and who work in the field, this is incredibly exciting news! We are so fortunate to be learning of this re-discovered, natural, healthy way to treat addiction.