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  1. Does CBD reduce Opioid and Alcohol cravings?

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    In the UK 5 people die everyday from Opioids, in the USA its more than 130 and there are 21 Alcohol related deaths per day in the UK with 240 in the USA.  Opioid and Alcohol are a serious issue.

    A new study "(CBD) for the Reduction of Cue-induced Craving and Anxiety in Drug-Abstinent Individuals with Heroin Use Disorder" found high doses (between 400mg and 800mg per day) of CBD "significantly reduced both the craving and anxiety", for up to SEVEN days after the CBD was stopped.

    Researchers found there were no significant or serious adverse effects" through the trial either and the CBD also reduced the stress hormone Cortisol in all the participants.

    They concluded "CBD's potential to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety provides a strong basis for further investigtion of (CBD) as a treatment for opiod use disorder."

    And for those struggling with alcohol disorders, a paper that reviwed 26 studies between 1974 and 2018 concluded that CBD reduced relapses in mice, even when exposed to stress, once they had been weaned off Alcohol.  It also appears that CBD helped protect the brains and livers of the subjects from the negative results of alcohol too.  The liver saw a reduction in oxidative stress, inflammation and the death of certain cells.  In the brain, CBD served as a "neuroprotective antioxidant" which means there were fewer dead brain cells.

    It certainly warrants further human studies and we look forward to the results of them.

    Story from The Stranger

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  2. Can CBD treat or even prevent Diabetes?

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    This was the question Forbes journalist Andre Bourque raised earlier this year. Diabetes is at epic proportions across the western world, with over 100 million US adults now living with the condition and 3.7 million in the UK.  Worldwide is is thought to affect over 8% of the population.

    The cost of the disease to the USA ecnomy is estimated at over $327 billion last year and an estimated £14 billion was spent by the NHS in the UK in 2018 trying to treat the disease.

    The Forbes investigation found there is a general lack of study as to the impact of CBD and that prevention claims are largely inconclusive.  However, according to The Diabetes Council in the USA the correlation between CBD and the treatment of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes (as well as pre-diabetes) may be in it's anti-inflammatory capabilities.

    In addition, research suggests that it may help stabilize blood sugars, preventing nerve inflammation, lowering blood pressure over time, keeping blood vessels open and improving circulation. The Diabetes Council research also found that CBD can "reduce the occurence and delay the onset" of Type 1 diabetes.

    Using CBD for Type 2 diabetes, may also "fix" an endocannabinoid imbalance that makes it harder for people to lose weight, an important step in treating Type 2 diabetes. They conclude that CBD may help to reduce insulin resistance, thereby preventing the disease from progressing.

    Once again we look forward to further studies.

    original story Forbes Magazine

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