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Marijuana Could Help Alcoholics and Opioid Addicts Kick Their Habits Says Study

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:30
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Using marijuana could help some
alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a
University of British Columbia (UBC study has found.

“Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit
drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more
harmful, such as opioid pain medication,” says the study’s lead
investigator Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at
UBC’s Okanagan campus.

This comprehensive systematic review of research on the medical
cannabis use and mental health also found some evidence that
cannabis may help with symptoms of depression, PTSD and social
anxiety. However, the review concluded that cannabis use might not
be recommended for conditions such as bipolar disorder and
psychosis.

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“In reviewing the limited evidence on medical cannabis, it appears
that patients and others who have advocated for cannabis as a tool
for harm reduction and mental health have some valid points,” says
Walsh.

Walsh and his team systematically reviewed all studies of medical
cannabis and mental health, as well as reviews on non-medical
cannabis use–making the review one of the most comprehensive
reports to date on the effects of medical cannabis on mental
health.

With legalization of marijuana possible as early as next year in
Canada, its important to identify ways to help mental health
professional move beyond stigma to better understand the risk and
benefits of cannabis is increasingly important, adds Walsh.

“There is not currently a lot of clear guidance on how mental
health professionals can best work with people who are using
cannabis for medical purposes,” says Walsh. “With the end of
prohibition, telling people to simply stop using may no longer be
as feasible an option. Knowing how to consider cannabis in the
treatment equation will become a necessity.”

Walsh’s research was conducted with UBC’s Michelle Thiessen, Kim
Crosby and Chris Carroll, Raul Gonzalez from Florida State
University, and Marcel Bonn-Miller from the National Centre for
PTSD and Center for Innovation and Implementation in
California.

The study was recently published in the journal Clinical Psychology
Review

 

 

Contacts and sources: 
Matthew Grant
University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus

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  • Fokofpoes

    Well, maybe opioids. But it isn’t really making me drink less.

    Also, I like these sort of studies and things, legalization, etc recently, considering, let’s say, tainted marijuana?

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