It might seem like a paradox. And yet, to stop smoking cannabis and not be so dependent on it, one should use pills containing the substance itself, or rather an ingredient extracted from cannabis: cannabidiol (CBD), among the hundreds of active compounds derivable from the substance that has relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties. This is demonstrated by a new study by researchers at the University College London, whose results were previewed at the New Scientist newspaper.

Although cannabis is usually considered as a light drug, some consumers may become addicted to it, even presenting the characteristic withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia when they try to stop taking it. And as we told you some time ago, the sooner we start to smoke it the more there is the risk of developing an addiction: for a boy who begins to consume this substance between the ages of 13 and 15, in fact, the risk of developing an abuse of substances within the age of 28 is 68% . Over the past decade, the number of people seeking addiction treatment of cannabis has increased significantly, and is also associated with greater use of the most powerful cannabis variety in the world, known as skunk.

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In the new study, the University College London team of researchers noted that those taking a specific dose of cannabidiol almost halved the amount of cannabis taken. In particular, the researchers involved 82 participants strongly dependent on cannabis and were asked to take three different doses of cannabidiol or placebo. “While Thc tends to increase anxiety, CBD makes people calmer,” explains study author Val Curran at the New Scientist. “The Cbd eliminates the toxic effects of Thc”.

From the results, the researchers observed that the lowest dose of cannabidiol consumed by the participants had no beneficial effects, while the average dose, equal to 400 milligrams, was found to be the most effective. After six months, in fact, the participants succeeded in halving the amount of cannabis consumed compared to placebo, as was shown by urine tests for Thc. Finally, the highest dose, the 800-milligram dose, proved to be slightly less effective than the average dose. Because the latter has also doubled the number of days people did not have Thc in their urine. “It really is an extraordinary achievement,” he told New Scientist Curran.

Let us remember that it is not the first time that cannabidiol has proved to be a promising instrument. As we told you a few months ago, in fact, the products based on this extract, with its relaxing, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, calming properties, useful against insomnia and depression, are becoming a real fashion: today, in fact, we can vape, swallow with drops and capsules, or with beers and cocktails, oils and creams. However, so far although the properties attributed are multiple, for cannabidiol there is still little scientific evidenceon its beneficial effects. It would therefore be a matter of potential and indications that although they may be real, they are not yet certain and documented (and therefore do not make the extract a panacea for all our problems).