cbd oil withdrawal

Case summary: This report describes the case of a 19-year-old woman with cannabis withdrawal syndrome treated with cannabidiol (CBD) for 10 days. Daily symptom assessments demonstrated the absence of significant withdrawal, anxiety and dissociative symptoms during the treatment.

What is known and objective: Cannabis withdrawal in heavy users is commonly followed by increased anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, migraine, irritability, restlessness and other physical and psychological signs. Tolerance to cannabis and cannabis withdrawal symptoms are believed to be the result of the desensitization of CB1 receptors by THC.

What is new and conclusion: CBD can be effective for the treatment of cannabis withdrawal syndrome.

Cbd oil withdrawal

All of this is not to say that there is no such thing as a cannabis withdrawal syndrome. It isn’t life-threatening or medically dangerous, but it certainly does exist. It makes absolute sense that there would be a withdrawal syndrome because, as is the case with many other medicines, if you use cannabis every day, the natural receptors by which cannabis works on the body “down-regulate,” or thin out, in response to chronic external stimulation. When the external chemical is withdrawn after prolonged use, the body is left in the lurch, and forced to rely on natural stores of these chemicals — but it takes time for the natural receptors to grow back to their baseline levels. In the meantime, the brain and the body are hungry for these chemicals, and the result is withdrawal symptoms.

Medical cannabis use is different from recreational use

As for supplements, some have tried n-acetyl-cysteine and others have tried CBD — there isn’t great evidence for the effectiveness of either at this point.

How do you know if your cannabis use is a problem?

I’d never say to someone who was using another drug to treat a chronic health problem, “Oh, you take that medicine every day? Don’t you ever give it a rest? You lousy addict!”