The latest data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older suffered from substance abuse disorder in 2014. Eighty percent of them battled alcohol use disorder. Furthermore, seven million Americans used drugs in the same year.
Apart from the mental and physical toll substance abuse brings to users, the disorder has an economic impact. Annually, the crisis costs America about $600 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, and workplace participation.
Last year, President Donald Trump declared opioid abuse as a public health emergency. This year, the government is acting on the crisis, when the president signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.
But, there is one potential cure for substance addiction that both the government and scientists should examine more closely: Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis. According to Koodegras, “CBD cannot get you high and in …