CBD For Opiate Withdrawal - Fact Or Fiction?
Unfortunately, clinical tests and studies to uncover and learn about the healing potential of CBD are far and few between. It seems as if the powers to be are not really interested in finding out whether or not CBD is indeed a 'wonder drug' or not.
However, producers and sellers of legal CBD products are prohibited to claim that CBD products can treat diseases or be used for other therapeutic uses for humans and/or animals. Only 2 months ago, in November of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 15 companies for violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), which forced these companies to stop selling their products while implementing necessary changes to their websites and marketing materials.
Having said that, one wonders how much merit can and should be given to 'first-hand reports' from CBD users and their positive experience with CBD.
In October of 2019 we published 'CBD Oil For Withdrawal Symptoms' the story of Maurice, a recovering drug addict who uses CBD successfully to treat severe withdrawal symptoms.
Does CBD Help Opiate Withdrawal?
Jessica M. will tell us today her experience with CBD for opiate withdrawal. Again, we kept editing restricted to 'cleaning up the use of language'.
The Story of Jessica M.
Well, they were wrong, the doctors. I don't blame them, they are only human and can't know everything. Unfortunately for me, though, because it never got any better. The pain, that is. I was hoping it would go away, but 7 weeks after the accident, I was sent home, finally. I was ready, pain or not, ready to go on with my life.
Oh boy, was I wrong. You see, after the surgery I had a 'drip' supplying automatically a steady dose of some kind of pain killer. That made my life in the hospital somewhat livable.
Now, being at home, it was a completely different ball game. They let me go with a big bottle of pills and directed me to take 1 or 2 as needed. "Don't take more than 2 at a time, and don't take more than 8 within a 24-hour time span", the good doctor said.
Oh well, he, most likely, never experienced the miserable pain I had. I popped 3, then 4 at a time, five and six times a day...and I still was hurting like hell, If you know what I mean.
Anyway, let me make this as short as possible. The pain was so bad that cried, begging the doctor to prescribe me something stronger. And he did - I walked out with a prescription for OxyContin.
How I Became A Junkie
Finally, I had pills that helped. They really did; I still felt some pain but I functioned, almost like a normal person. One of these little suckers took care of the pain for about 6 hours. As soon as the pain flared up, I popped another, like clockwork.
After 15 days or so, the 60 pills I had were gone. I called the Dr's office for a refill of the prescription. Oh boy, did I ever get chewed out. I wasn't supposed to take more than 2 in a 24 hour period. Yea well, they told me, and it says so on the bottle, but I pretended to have not known that. Reluctantly, the good Doctor gave me a refill.
Now I tried to follow his orders, but hell, the pain didn't give a darn what the doctor said. It came back every 4 hours, with a vengeance it seemed, and I simply had to take another little pain killer.
At any rate, I knew I would be in trouble IF I call the doc's office again in 2 weeks. But I am smart, I think. I went to my regular Doctor, the one I went to for 10 years before the accident, and asked him for a prescription. He trusted me, I guess, because he didn't try to call the surgeon. And off I went to pick up the little suckers.
I didn't know it then, or noticed that I was on a straight way to hell.
To make long story short...6 more weeks down the road I WAS A FULL BLOWN DRUG ADDICT.
Hitting Rock Bottom
Of course, my little game with the two doctors didn't last longer than it took for me to need another refill for my prescription. How stupid from me to think they wouldn't talk to each other. Let me tell you, they were pissed at me, so bad I was told to find another doctor.
Anyway, I ran out of luck; word must have gone around in a hurry among the doctors and none of those I contacted, was willing to write me a prescription.
Talking to some friends, one came up with a solution and introduced me to a 'friend' of his who could get 'oxies' from a drug dealer. And so the saga began.
I got my OxyContins in exchange for my life.
Now I had to pay 5 bucks per pill, roughly, which came to about 600 bucks every month. That's a lot for a working 'shlamiehl', don't you agree.
The little savings I had disappeared within 10 months; then my jewelry went to the pawn to be never be picked up, and slowly, but surely, everything that could bring a few bucks went to the same place.
I learnt how to 'take the OxyContin the right way', meaning how to side step the time release of the drug, and instead crushing it up and snorting it. The effect is amazing...it takes away the pain, but also gets you higher than the Nanga Parbat or Mount Everest.
I am sure you heard similar stories before, so I spare you all the gory details of the 10 months of my existence.
It for sure was not pleasant, believe me, and were it not for my best friend, I would not be alive today.
My Comeback From Junkie World
A weird feeling pulled me out of a restless slumber, something I haven't felt in ages, it seemed. A slight touch of my cheek, nose, and then on my forehead. Similarly, my right hand was in a gentle, but firm grip of a warm and soft hand.
I opened my eyes and there he was. My best friend!
Josh and I grew up together. He is 2 years older than I am, and we have been inseparable as kids as well as when we were teenagers. We were like siblings, even when we entered adulthood.
This all changed about 5 years ago when Josh was offered a great job at an airplane manufacturer and moved out west. At first, we talked on the phone almost every day, but as time went on, the calls became less frequent.
Josh flew in after the accident and visited me in the hospital, but had to go back after 10 days. For a few months after the visit we talked on the phone about 3 times a week. However, the number of calls dwindled down to ZERO after I took the wrong turn and started my journey down 'junkie road'.
And here he was... my best friend took a leave of absence after a cousin of mine called him up and told him about my fall from humanity.
And Josh brought me back; slowly but surely. My apartment looked like a pig sty, he cleaned it up. I haven't taken care of myself for months, he cleaned that up, too. He made sure that I eat, bathe and change clothe every day.
Josh got me into a Drug Addiction Recovery Group, and accompanied me to every meeting, 3 times a week. He was my guardian angel, my savior.
However, there still was one battle to fight, there still was one battle to win before WE could declare victory in the fight against drug addiction.
Help With Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Getting hooked on drugs is easy, stopping is one of the hardest things to do. However, once you jumped the first hurdle and DID STOP taking the drug(s), your brain attempts to stabilize in the absence of the drug.
Withdrawal symptoms can include...
and I had 'em all, believe you me.
Here is what was happening to me.
Detox took about 2 weeks and the graving does stop. However, withdrawal symptoms may be with me for the rest of my life and it is not something I look forward to.
I was miserable, irritable and moody (in lieu of a better word). Falling into a deep depression without any obvious trigger, or being hit 'out-of-the-blue' by an anxiety attack and not able to sleep through the night were as common as physical pain and nausea and vomiting.
The withdrawal symptoms were so bad that I was very close to a relapse, not just once, but several times.
If you guessed it would be Josh, again, who came up with a solution, you would be right.
CBD For Opiate Withdrawal
Time to tell you that Josh asked me to marry him (which I did) and that I moved with him to the West coast, Washington State to be precise. Marijuana is legal here, and can be bought at, what they call, dispensaries.
Josh is a fixer, that's his job at the airplane manufacturer. But he fixes other things, too, as you are well aware by now.
He came home one day with 2 small bottles containing CBD Oil, the kind that contains less than 0.3% THC (the stuff that gives pot smokers the high they want).
Josh researched this stuff on the Internet and found some articles claiming that CBD can help and reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms. And since there is no addictive stuff in it, he thought there is no harm in giving it a try.
I was skeptical because the counselors at the meetings didn't give it any merit, but I agreed to give it a go.
One bottle contained 750 mg of Full Spectrum CBD Oil from CBD Pure.
Per instructions I took ONE dropper sublingual after break fast and ONE dropper after dinner.
At first, I didn't notice any difference after taking the oil for about 7 days. These pesky opiate withdrawal symptoms kept hitting me without warning, as always, and I was ready to just quit taking the stuff. However, Josh was pleading with me to keep taking it, and guess what? 11 days in, and I noticed at dinner time that I did not have any symptoms all day.
That was encouraging and I kept taking CBD until the bottle was empty. Overall, I must admit that this stuff reduced the symptoms by about 40% to 50%.
The other bottle was a stronger product. It came in a bottle containing 50 ml NuLeaf Natural 2424 mg of Full Spectrum CBD Oil.
Taking 1/2 dropper in the morning and 1/2 dropper in the evening, the bottle lasts about 1 1/2 months and kept me 90 % of the time withdrawal free!
I am a believer now...CBD did help me and I can say "CBD for Opiate Withdrawal"
CBD For Opiate Withdrawal
Jessica's story is one of many that confirm the effectiveness of CBD in alleviating Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms.
But what does science have to say about it? Unfortunately, there are not enough clinical studies to support these claims. However, a study from the year 2015 says the following:
"Initial studies of CBD in humans verified that CBD, when co-administered with fentanyl, is safe and well tolerated in healthy, non-opioid dependent individuals.
A 2015 report of a small double-blind study conducted in opioid-dependent individuals found that a single administration of CBD, in comparison to a placebo, decreased cue-induced craving of opioids and feelings of anxiety.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study means that doctors and patients in the study do not know who is getting a real drug and who is getting a placebo. That is to guard against what is known as the placebo effect".
(source: The Daily Beast)
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