Marijuana and Opioid Addiction

I’m sure that at some point you’ve all heard someone say that weed is a so-called “gateway drug,” implying that if you smoke weed you’re at risk for trying other, more dangerous, drugs.

This is simply not true. Marijuana is a natural substance, and as I discussed in my last blog, is even less dangerous than alcohol. As an article from healthline states, “while many people do use cannabis before using other substances, that alone isn’t proof that cannabis use caused them to do other drugs.” Recovery Research Institute has similar information available, saying “there is no relationship between cannabis use and new-onset opioid use disorder.”

Marijuana can actually help those who abuse other substances, such as opioids, achieve recovery. In fact, it can even help prevent addiction all together.

Prescription painkillers are one of the largest causes for opioid addiction, and according to Talbott University, “contribute to 40% of all US opioid overdose deaths.” With these drugs being prescribed to assist with chronic pain and other ailments, the solution is clear.

Medical marijuana is being used to treat these same problems, and is typically more successful and less harmful in the long-term. I go more into the topic of pain management in my blog post, Marijuana and Pain.

As for addiction recovery, new study’s are finding that CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, is assisting in reducing drug cravings. Results show that “individuals who received a dose of CBD medication showed a reduction in craving for heroin as well as reduced anxiety, which lasted for about a week after taking the CBD medication.”

Marijuana is exceedingly multi-purpose, its properties having the ability to help people heal and also live a better quality life. I look forward to seeing what future research will show us.

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