Cannabis may reduce cravings for some types of drugs

A study conducted by the University of British Columbia suggests that cannabis can be used as a tool to regulate drug use. There are quite a few people in Canada and the neighboring United States who are aware of the perniciousness of their drug addiction and would like to bring it under control, but they themselves, on willpower alone, are unable to do so. Cannabis can help in this regard, as it is now often legal and available in these countries.

The study involved 297 people who admitted to using drugs such as heroin, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. 48.8% of them used cannabis every day, 45.1% of them directly to reduce cravings for other drugs. The majority (97.3%) smoked it, 43.8% consumed it as food, and 21.9% used it in the form of concentrates.

Among the participants, 31.3% were female and the mean age in the group was 44 years. Analysis of the participants and their interviews showed that cannabis use significantly reduced cravings for crystal methamphetamine. This effect was more frequent and more pronounced in women. But taking cannabis had no effect on those who used crack and cocaine.

Scientists are not ready to take responsibility and recommend people to take cannabis to get rid of drug addiction. However, it could be an aid to doctors in addiction clinics, enhancing their ability to manage patients’ condition, their cravings for stimulant substances. It is also a strong incentive to continue to study the properties of cannabis that can be used for medical purposes.

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