(CNN) — Some 22 million people around the world are so dependent on marijuana that it affects their ability to function in life.
But a new study shows that abuse or dependence on weed may respond to treatment with CBD, or cannabidiol.
Some 22 million people around the world are so dependent on marijuana that they can't function without it, possibly harming their mental health. The solution may lie in weed's “no-high” cousin, CBD.
Marijuana use disorder encompasses both addiction and dependency, and is characterized by impairments in psychological, physical or social functioning. In the United States, research shows some 2.5% of adults, or about 6 million people, had suffered from marijuana use disorder in the past year, while 6.3% had the disorder at some point in their lives.
Most people with the condition go untreated, but a new study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry shows that abuse or dependence on weed may respond to treatment with CBD, or cannabidiol.
CBD is one of 80 chemicals in cannabis. It does not give the “high” typically associated with cannabis, which comes from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Freeman and colleagues call for additional research to determine the duration and efficacy of CBD in treating cannabis use disorder. They say further research could also help determine whether CBD directly reduces cannabis use or reduces other mental health issues, which could indirectly affect cannabis use. — Lauren Mascarenhas and Sandee LaMotte, CNN/@CNN