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Case Report: CBD Oil For Decreasing Addictive Use Of Marijuana (The Good And The Not So Great)


Study Summary (In Layman's Terms)

This case report involves a single patient diagnosed with bipolar disorder who had been stable for a number of years prior to this case study; though, his marijuana habit progressed to an addiction. He was administered a gradually decreasing dose of CBD oil and was able to stop using marijuana. He also reported being less anxious and settled into a regular sleep pattern. Though clinical research on the use of CBD to aid in marijuana addiction specifically is sparse, this case report does fit with established literature that CBD oil may be effective in dealing with drug addictions involving opioids, cocaine, psychostimulant, and marijuana. Further research is needed to clarify the specifics of how CBD impacts marijuana addiction.

The Good and The Not So Great

The Good 🥳:

  1. Sleep disruptions and increased anxiety are common side effects of marijuana withdrawal and this case study provides evidence that CBD can help reduce the severity of those side effects. This increases the likelihood an individual will continue to not use marijuana. 
  2. The physicians involved did not change any other aspect of the patient’s routine so they are confident the positive effects the patient reported are from the CBD oil and not another factor.
  3. The patient was able to gradually decrease his dose and continue to not use marijuana. This means that over time individuals may be able to decrease their dose, which means costs aren’t as high.

The Not So Great 😒:

  1. This is a single case study of one individual and there is only one other case study on the subject of marijuana addiction and CBD. More research is needed into how CBD impacts marijuana addiction before any solid conclusions can be drawn.
  2. The case study was over a period of 4-5 months so it is a relatively short-term study. More research is needed on the long-term effects of using CBD to aid with addiction.
  3. The case study relies on self-reporting from the patient which can be unreliable. The author notes that though there is a possibility that a patient may not be reliable, this particular patient made gains in exhibiting responsible behaviors and reducing erratic ones that support his self-reporting


Further Research Is 100% Necessary

In terms of further research, several different avenues are apparent from this case study. There needs to be more research on the impact of CBD on marijuana addiction generally, but specifically the studies need involve longer terms and larger patient pools. Ideally, some studies should not rely on self-reporting as the main assessment method, though self-reporting does provide important subjective insights into the effects of CBD on marijuana addiction.

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