Chemical found in pot could help prevent relapse

A non-psychoactive substance found in the marijuana plant has proven effective at reducing relapse tendencies in rats, suggesting the possibility of a new and effective treatment drug.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, was shown to reduce anxiety and impulsivity in rats that had become accustomed to alcohol and cocaine, and lowered relapse rates provoked by stress and drug cues.

Interestingly, although the drug was out of the rats’ system within three days, the rats who received it continued to show lower relapse rates five months later, suggesting that a brief treatment could have long-lasting effects.

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