Can CBD Help with Opioid Addiction and Withdrawals?

CBD Help with Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is a serious problem in the United States, with overdosing killing hundreds of thousands of Americans in the last few decades. The Opioid crisis has destroyed countless families, careers, relationships and is a massive drain on the economy, costing billions annually in law enforcement costs, lost productivity, and medical and emergency costs.  Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive, non-addictive compound found in the cannabis plant, including industrial hemp. CBD doesn’t get you high like another cannabis compound — the more well known THC. So how can CBD help with the opioid crisis? Before we tackle that topic, it’s important to understand what opioids do in the first place.  

How Opioids Affect Our Bodies 

Opioids are used to reduce pain, but they also produce a heightened sense of euphoria and pleasure, which in turn activates the brain’s reward pathways. Over time, continued use will cause a person’s sensitivity to the drug to decrease, resulting in a higher dosage needed to achieve the desired effect. This is where opioid use really gets dangerous. When opioid users try to quit, or when their prescriptions run out, they may experience symptoms of withdrawal, ranging from mild irritability to anxiety to heightened sensitivity to pain. This may cause the need for inpatient medical detox.  Another danger zone: in order to avoid the pain and discomfort of withdrawals, the user may end up taking more even when they want to quit, eventually cornering themselves in an endless cycle of opioid addiction that can become all but impossible to overcome. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that opioid overdoses take the lives of 130 Americans every day, and cannabis may be one of the keys to battling the opioid epidemic. States that permit medical cannabis have 24 percent fewer deaths by opioid overdose than states that do not. Cannabis may also support people who are trying to quit using opioids by helping with withdrawal symptoms.

Can CBD Help Treat Opioid Addiction?

In particular, CBD has been shown to aid in the reduction of drug-seeking behavior. Because CBD may provide relief for a cross-section of symptoms — like chronic pain, mood or anxiety disorders or other issues — that could lead people to using opioids, CBD may help people to manage their pain or other conditions without getting them high or addicted. Because of CBD’s inflammation reduction, anti-anxiety properties and influence on neurotransmitters and neuroreceptors in the brain, CBD may be able to help fight addiction by addressing every stage in the opioid addiction cycle.  Traditional treatment for opioid addiction often includes Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT), which involves more opioids like suboxone. Suboxone may help wean the user off of stronger opioids, but it can be addictive in its own right and adds to the staggering statistics of opioid addiction in the United States. If we start with some of the reasons why a user might become a user, we find that CBD may help to prevent addiction before it starts. CBD may provide relief for many of the conditions that make people vulnerable to addiction in the first place: pain, insomnia and mood disorders Experts have suggested that Americans can become addicted to opioids in usage periods as short as five days after events like an accident, surgery or even a dental operation. 

CBD Solutions to Opioid Addiction 

CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and control cravings for opioids. CBD does this without increasing the probability of addiction, inducing any side effects or getting a person high. As opposed to replacing one addiction for another (as many opioid replacement therapies, like methadone, suboxone,, do), CBD may act as a natural non-psychoactive, non-addictive solution for overcoming opioid withdrawal and reducing the chance of relapse. CBD may also help those who are already suffering from opioid addiction.

Studies have shown CBD may help reduce cravings and reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. In addition, for those who have quit using opioids, CBD may support their healing regimen by reducing the likelihood of opioid relapse. A 2017 paper published in Trends in Neuroscience indicates that CBD reduces heroin cravings and may restore the neurobiological damage of opioid abuse. In this and many other studies, CBD has been demonstrated to have a direct interaction with serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain. Both of these receptors become damaged with excessive opioid abuse and limit the ability of the brain to properly process physical, psychological and emotional actions. Preclinical animal studies performed on lab rats demonstrate that CBD reduces the reward properties of opioid drugs. In addition, CBD reduces the severity of opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Here’s a visual for you on how the study was conducted, as the scientist version is way too much high school chemistry!   The rat gets set up in an experiment where it pushes a lever to get a reward — either morphine, another opioid, or an electrical zap into one of the reward centers in the rat’s brain, stimulating that pleasure reward action.  In the study, when CBD was added to the rat’s system, the rat didn’t push the heroin button as much. The CBD produced the result of reducing the rat’s craving for heroin.

At Cannafyl we formulated a full-spectrum CBD infused with natural terpenes and essential oils giving you all the health benefits that a CBD product can provide.   With Opioid addiction we have come to understand that we needed to formulate a powerful CBD product that targeted pain and anxiety.  This is why we decided to create the Cannafyl Relief blend for those who are going through withdrawal symptoms.  This blend has specific terpenes that help with pain, inflammation, insomnia, anxiety and stress.   The first few weeks are critical when trying to withdraw from an opiate product, this is why we suggest starting with the Cannafyl Relief 1000mg which gives you 33mg per dropper for added support during this time.

CBD Products 

Since cannabis is largely unregulated, it is important to know which CBD products have been formulated responsibly. The CBD you use should be free from contaminants and contain the ingredients that are on the ingredient list. A 2017 JAMA study that evaluated CBD products available online found that 26 percent of them contained less CBD than what was listed on the product description.  Every person is different, which means that dosage calculation and experimentation are necessary and important. Knowing what’s in the CBD helps maintain consistency in dosing or addiction recovery protocols. If you are looking for CBD, seek out companies that conduct third-party testing of their CBD and can provide you with a Certificate of Analysis, or COA. The COA will show how much CBD, THC and other compounds the CBD product contains. In addition, the COA will show how the product performed in tests that check for contaminants. Beware if you can’t find a COA on the company’s website, and certainly if the company refuses to share it with you. If they’re a responsible, professional CBD manufacturer they will have no problem producing a COA for you.

14 thoughts on “Can CBD Help with Opioid Addiction and Withdrawals?

  1. Minta Mikolajczyk says:

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  2. Mario Sanchez says:

    I’ve bee on methadone about 4 or so years, it’s hard for me to remember yesterday, opioids screwed up my life bad.
    I been clean off heroin 2 years and 6 months, worst thing ever was getting on methadone to get off heroin.
    Just go cold turkey, way better than suffering a month after your last dose.
    I have been weening for a few years I’m now at 10 mgs from 135 mgs. The most a person can go down here is 5 mgs ever 2 weeks but each time I feel worse and worse, without THC/CBD products I’d be in significant pain, every morning before I have to take my dose , I vape full spectrum concentrates to take away cold sweats, chills , hot flashes, running nose , stop discomfort, body aches, anxiety.
    So yeah THC/CBD helps me , but it starts with you to get clean.

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Mario, we are glad to hear that you are using a full spectrum vape. We have a customer who uses our full spectrum vape cartridge (sold only in the store) to overcome his withdrawal symptoms with great results. Keep up the great work in living a healthy life.

    2. Monica A says:

      Hi Mario im in the same boat however I’m not on any subs or methadone I’m just taking pain meds I want off, I have no idea where to start with taking the Cbd oil with or without THC and taking the THC pen. I don’t know how much to take or what I’m so so fearful of the horrible withdrawals.

  3. Brittany says:

    I’m currently fighting opioid addiction. Nothing is going to help the cravings and withdrawal symptoms except methadone or suboxone. Those two drugs are just as addictive and I was cut off from my suboxone bc I smoked some green ONE time!!! So I had to stop cold turkey. I did go get some CBD oil and it does help a little bit. Best thing is to never ever ever start taking pain medication.

    1. Scott says:

      I used a mix of cbd and some thc in it for a week to get over the worst of the acute stage. It worked very well.

  4. Cristal says:

    I’m about to go cold turkey and I fear the withdrawals so much, it’s causing bad anxiety. Will CBD honestly help? I feel the pain I can de as l with but the vomiting just scares me. HELP!!!

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Cristal, Thank you for this great question. CBD will definitely help you through the withdrawal process by alleviating the anxiety that you will experience for the next few weeks. It can also help with any physical pain that may occur by reducing the amount of inflammation your body will be producing while it is trying to get back to Homeostasis. Which means your body is working really hard to get back to a healthy environment and CBD is helping your body to get there quicker. Depending on the level of your addiction, we would suggest that you start with the 1000mg Cannafyl Balance Oil. Place a half a dropper under your tongue twice daily and let the CBD relieve your anxiety. Most important is to be kind to yourself for the next few weeks as you move through the steps, it won’t be easy but CBD is here to help!

  5. Amanda D. says:

    Is it safe to take CBD oil if you are using Suboxone

    1. Cbd consumer says:


  6. Miss Hollis Reed says:

    I just received my CBD oil to quit smoking. But it didnt come with directions, therefore I dont know how many drops to take. I’m eager to quit these cancer sticks & pronto. Please let me know. Its Premium Grade 300mg in Cool Mint.

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hello, We are so glad to hear that you have started the process to becoming healthier by kicking the nicotine habit! We are not sure about the CBD product that you have purchased, but in a 300mg bottle of CBD you will be getting approximately 10mg of CBD in a full dropper. With that in mind, you should take a full dropper twice daily to help with your withdrawal symptoms. Best of luck!

  7. Robert scharton says:

    Do I use cbd with thc or no?

    1. cannafyl.admin says:

      Hi Robert,
      All Cannafyl products are full spectrum so there is a very small amount of THC which comes from the Hemp plant. Using a full spectrum CBD means that you are getting all of the cannabinoids available in the hemp plant which has shown to be most beneficial to those trying to overcome the withdrawal symptoms of Opioid addiction.

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