Canadian Scientists Are Using Marijuana to Help People With Crack Cocaine Addictions

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A new study coming from researchers in Canada suggests marijuana may be able to help curb crack cocaine addiction. The study looked at 100 people addicted to crack cocaine who had used another drug in an attempt to stop use. Of those involved, marijuana was substance that was most successful in decreasing the rate of crack usage. This study supports another study coming from Brazil, in which 68% of the 25 participants involved were able to cease crack usage with the help of marijuana.

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Decreased Crack Cocaine Consumption

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Longitudinal data published in the journal Addictive Behaviors suggests cannabis consumption is associated with a decline in crack cocaine use. Canadian researchers looked at cannabis and crack cocaine use in a group of 122 subjects for three years, and found intentional cannabis use reduced the frequency of crack cocaine use. Authors write, "In this longitudinal study, we observed that a period of self-reported intentional use of cannabis … was associated with subsequent periods of reduced use of crack [cocaine]. … Given the substantial global burden of morbidity and mortality attributable to crack cocaine use disorders alongside a lack of effective pharmacotherapies, we echo calls for rigorous experimental research on cannabinoids as a potential treatment for crack cocaine use disorders.”

This study supports other findings suggesting cannabis may have beneficial implications for the treatment of addiction in a variety of substances. This information has been provided by the Daily Chronic an approved by our Chief Medical Officer. 

Researchers Find That Cannabis Use Can Help Curb Crack & Cocaine Addiction

Researchers in Canada have found marijuana may be able to help those suffering from crack cocaine disorders ween off of their addiction. Between the years 2012 and 2015, 122 participants said marijuana helped lower their use of crack. While the study mainly focused on crack users, the pharmacological similarity between crack and cocaine allows researchers to speculate about the effectiveness of cannabis for cocaine users as well. This report supports similar findings from a Brazilian study from 2015, in which marijuana seemed to reduce addictive behavior and aggressiveness, as well as promote relaxation, in those addicted to crack and cocaine. Even studies involving rodent models found mice who were addicted to cocaine and who were taught to self-administer it reduced their use significantly after the administration of a synthetic cannabinoid compound. Still, while this information is hopeful, researchers believe further clinical research is left to be desired before they can make any solid conclusions. 

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Cannabis a Potential Treatment for Crack Cocaine Disorders, Study Suggests

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Through the many studies analyzing the use of medical marijuana for pain management, researchers have found cannabis effectively reduces the use of opioids and subsequently fights the harmful side effects of addiction. Now, a new study suggests this fight against addiction can extend to other substances like crack cocaine, saying intentional use of cannabis can help those with crack cocaine disorders and reduce their frequency of crack use. The study, which was led by Dr. M-J Milloy from the University of British Columbia's St. Paul's Hospital and published in Addictive Behaviors, looked at the use of cannabis on the frequency of crack cocaine use among those who abused the substance. During periods of intentional cannabis use, the frequency of crack cocaine use among participants decreased.

Researchers used data from three prospective Vancouver-based cohort studies between 2012 and 2015 and adjusted analyses to compare use before, during, and after intentional cannabis use. They found crack use was significantly lower after periods of cannabis use than before, but during these periods, use was not significantly different. Following these periods, cannabis use remained higher when compared to before these periods, but use was lower than within these intentional use periods. An earlier study found cannabis reduced cravings and helped cease the use of crack in 68% of abusers.

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