This article by Ben Hartman was originally published on The Cannigma, and appears here with permission.
While cannabidiol has shown potential effectiveness in treating a number of health conditions and even addictions, it is not an effective tool for the alleviation of crack cocaine withdrawal, according to a recent trial carried out in Brazil.
Each of the participants, all of whom had been diagnosed with crack cocaine dependence, was given 150mg of CBD twice a day — or a placebo — for 10 days, during which the researchers gauged their cravings for crack cocaine and the intensity of their symptoms.
What did they find after 10 days? “[D]espite excellent safety and tolerability, CBD failed to demonstrate efficacy in the treatment of craving in subjects with crack cocaine dependence.”
Craving levels dropped significantly for all participants during the 10-day, randomized control trial, the researchers wrote, but they observed no differences between the subjects given CBD and those who were provided with a placebo.
The researchers used a variety of questionnaires including the 45-question Cocaine Craving Questionnaire, the Minnesota Cocaine Craving Scale, the Visual Analog Sleep Scales to self-rate their sleep, and the UKU Side Effects Rating Scale. The pills they provided were 99.9% pure CBD powder in gelatin capsules.
In order to induce cravings, they played a video showing places known for open drug use, as well as videos of people smoking crack, or handling and preparing …