Cannabidiol: Swinging the Marijuana Pendulum From 'Weed' to Medication to Treat the Opioid Epidemic

Trends Neurosci. 2017 Mar;40(3):124-127. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2016.12.006. Epub 2017 Feb 2.


Epidemics require a paradigm shift in thinking about all possible solutions. The rapidly changing sociopolitical marijuana landscape provides a foundation for the therapeutic development of medicinal cannabidiol to address the current opioid abuse crisis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cannabidiol / therapeutic use*
  • Epidemics*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Medical Marijuana / therapeutic use
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / physiopathology
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use*


  • Medical Marijuana
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Cannabidiol