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Opioid and Addictive Substances Studies

Addictive substances are usually banded together with things that are not good for our health and become an obsession. It can involve anything from being addicted to drugs, alcohol and smoking. Opioids are extremely addictive and are most popularly found within the drug known as Heroin. They are also featured within other strong pharmaceutical drugs that people take to tackle extreme pain. All things that are addictive are very difficult to stop and unfortunately, opioids are among the most gruelling to tackle.

An addiction usually happens accidentally without the person realising until it is too late. The brain has become used to its high influx of dopamine releases and struggles to created it on its own. Addiction is a serious dependency and many people feel as though they cannot continue a single day without their chosen drug. In 2014 it was noted that 21.5 million American citizens aged 12 and over, struggled with some kind of addiction.

Currently, researchers are looking into the possibility of using CBD (cannabidiol) products for tackling an addiction. Although there are already great therapies put in place for addicts through rehab, medical cannabis may also be introduced. Medical cannabis has therapeutic values that can help those struggling from possible withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on what substance has been abused, but usually can be excruciatingly painful and include; panic attacks, tremors, short term memory loss, nausea, headaches, difficulty in sleeping, anxiety and irritability.

Because cannabis is still considered a Schedule I drug by the DEA, there are many speculations around how it could ever be a treatment for addiction. Many debate that it could be replacing one addiction for another. However, research is ongoing into this topic and argue that due to its therapeutics, it could very much so help with because of its calming abilities.