How CBD is being used to help combat opioid addiction

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses a new study that shows how CBD is being used to help those suffering from opioid addiction, and some of its other uses.
2:04 | 05/22/19

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A "Gma" health alert about CBD. It's becoming more and more popular as you know and now a new study is taking a look at how it could help opioid users. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here with the results. First some terminology. People hear CBD and think I'm going to get high. Absolutely not true. CBD does not have thc or a psycho active component in it. The terminology is confusing, the laws are confusing but generally CBD comes from hemp and this study very small study but done in New York at mt. Sinai and took patients who were heroin use dependent patient, gave them two strengths of CBD compared it with a sugar pill, placebo and the results were very interesting and found that the patients who got both strains of CBD, 400 and 800 milligrams had two to three times less cravings for heroin or opioid and dropped their cortisol to measure their anxiety. So while it was a small study and need more women, the results suggest it may be a possible therapeutic target for the millions of people who are dependent on opioids. Okay, so how much do we know about CBD and how it's used. Robin, this field is in its infancy. It is exploding? It is absolutely exploding. The bulk of the good scientific data comes from Canada and Israel. For the use of CBD in treating certain types of epilepsy, but it's also being studied for anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain. I want to be clear, though, when you hear something is good for everything, from a medical and scientific standpoint, you have to have your radar and antenna up. My partner amber started a company a few years ago, essential oils infused with CBD. Now you see it everywhere. What should we know? Products like this, topical products, CBD for pets, what I would say is since it is not regulated you don't exactly know what is in it. Proceed with caution and weigh your risks versus your benefit. As always, Jen, thanks so much.

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