When it comes to fighting drug and alcohol addictions, marijuana may be a powerful secret weapon.
According to a study recently published in “Neuropsychopharmacology,” cannabidiol, or CBD — a substance found in cannabis — could potentially reduce the risk of relapse in patients recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, Fortune reports.
The preclinical study, performed by scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California, used rats to study the non-psychoactive and non-addictive ingredient. The animals voluntarily consumed alcohol or cocaine each day until they exhibited addiction-like behavior. Researchers then applied a gel containing CBD once per day for a week to the skin of the affected rats. During a variety of tests that involved stressful situations, CBD was shown to reduced the chances of relapse, in addition to reducing anxiety and impulsivity.
CBD was also shown to have long-lasting effects. The rats treated with CBD were still less likely