Addiction & Alcoholism
Scientists have only recently begun to investigate and understand the critical role that the endocannabinoid system plays in alcohol addiction and various mood disorders. Alcohol dependence is linked to down-regulation of endocannabinoids and CB1 brain receptors.
Scientific research highlights the crucial role of the endocannabinoid system in protecting against PTSD, a debilitating chronic condition involving horrific memories that cannot be erased. Medical scientists are studying potential PTSD treatments that target the endocannabinoid system.
The role of the endocannabinoid system in nicotine addiction is being increasingly acknowledged. Researchers conducted a pilot, randomised double blind placebo controlled study set out to assess the impact of the ad-hoc use of cannabidiol (CBD) in smokers who wished to stop smoking.
CBD reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers.
The misnamed Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) recently produced a “fact sheet” entitled, Everything You Need to Know About CBD, that seeks to justify the continued prohibition of cannabis by misinforming the public about cannabidiol and THC.