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Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

Nov 1, 2019

Executive Editor Michael Roy speaks with Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D., about her research on the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety, two critical features of addiction that often contribute to relapse and continued drug use, in drug-abstinent individuals with heroin use disorder.

  • What has past research with CBD shown in terms of its function as a treatment for mental illness? [2:29]
  • Why the present study examined the potential of CBD to moderate craving and anxiety, and how these reactions were triggered among participants [4:14]
  • How did the study team decide to evaluate CBD at two different doses? [5:54]
  • Main findings of the study [7:42]
  • Discussion of secondary outcomes and adverse events [9:02]
  • Take-home messages for mental health professionals and the general public [11:37]
  • Thoughts on how the medical use of CBD will fit in to the broader trend of the relaxation of marijuana laws throughout the United States [13:28]

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