Why Medical Marijuana Is Being Used to Treat Addiction

 Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Photo Credit: Medicinal Marijuana Association

Medical marijuana is starting to be used to treat various forms of addiction, helping relieve symptoms related to prescription drug, alcohol, and opioid abuse, as well as helping manage drugs and alcohol withdrawals and curbing the use of pharmaceutical medications or more potent drugs. Because medical marijuana is not addictive and produces few side effects, it is beginning to be looked at as a superior recovery drug. It also reduces withdrawal symptoms, which in turn reduces the possibility of relapse.

Additionally, prescription drugs often produce unwanted side effects like constipation, nausea, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, all of which can be a detriment to the recovery process. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, produces minimal side effects and has the ability to treat these other side effects a patient may be experiencing. 

This information has been provided by the Medicinal Marijuana Association and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.