First of its kind study to look at CBD for alcohol use & PTSD

New York University School of Medicine is planning for the first-ever study to determine if oral CBD can reduce alcohol consumption in individuals suffering both PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

It will also be the first study to examine the interaction between these treatment effects.

The clinical trial will involve 50 otherwise healthy adult participants with moderate or severe alcohol addiction and PTSD, randomized to treatment with either CBD (400 mg daily) or placebo, for a period of six weeks.

It is hoped that the results will provide guidance for a future larger clinical trial.

The Principal Investigator is Manitoba University School of Medicine graduate Dr. Charles Marmar. He is currently Chair, Department of Psychiatry at New York University and director of the PTSD Research Program


 “Because CBD is a safe, readily available drug, such a trial would have an immense potential to prevent death, medical illness, and psychological suffering associated with AUD and PTSD,” according to a description of the study.

It points to evidence from animal models and clinical studies that show PTSD symptoms can intensify craving for alcohol while individuals are in alcohol withdrawal.
The study is expected to be completed by August 31, 2019.
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