Could marijuana be used to treat painkiller and heroin addiction?

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Addiction Editor

using canabis to traet addictionAdvocates argue a growing body of scientific literature supports the idea of doctors prescribing marijuana as a treatment for addiction to painkillers and heroin as reported by The Daily Mail.

Supporters say the drug could be a valuable tool to help people kick their habit, and doctors are already experimenting with marijuana as addiction treatment in Massachusetts and California.

It comes amid claims Prince spent up to $40,000 a time on six-month supplies of highly addictive opioid pain killers before his death.

Is there a possibility that treating an addiction in this way for one substance could lead to an addiction of another?

However, critics say there is very little research showing marijuana works as a treatment for the addiction and there needs to be more research done around it.

The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers.

A growing body of scientific literature supports the idea, pointing to a study in the Journal of Pain this year that found chronic pain sufferers significantly reduced their opioid use when taking medical cannabis.

And a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found cannabis can be effective in treating chronic pain and other ailments.

But the research falls short of concluding marijuana helps wean people off opioids — Vicodin, Oxycontin and related painkillers — and heroin, and many medical professionals say it’s not enough for them to confidently prescribe it. To read more click here.

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