A drug can prove to be a cure for another drug. A new study found out that crack cocaine disorders can now be treated by the use of cannabis.
Researchers from the University of British Columbia examined the effects of intentionally used cannabis upon people who frequently used crack cocaine. The results showed that the intentional use of cannabis reduced the frequency of cocaine among the volunteers.
Crack is an extremely addictive type of cocaine and is one of the most commonly used drugs in many countries and its addiction builds up quickly. If misused, the drug can cause various health, psychological and neurological issues.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr. Milloy along with his team made use of three studies between 2012 and 2015 that inspected the cannabis use for controlling crack. Then, through thorough analysis, the researchers evaluated the crack intake frequency before, during and after the use of cannabis.
Per their research published in Addictive Behaviors, the end result showed that the frequency of use notably decreased as compared to before with daily use dropping from 35% to less than 20%, as Science Alert reports. The results seem to be quite promising keeping in view the exceptional safety profile of cannabis.
Since there are no existing cures for the treatment of crack cocaine disorders, this recent research can prove to be helpful in curing the drug addictions. It is already known that cannabinoids can revise cocaine urge by their connections with the endocannabinoid system’s CB2 receptors. Also, cannabis has shown effectiveness for being able to lower the use of tobacco, opioid and alcohol, informs Medical Marijuana Inc.
The team is further planning to conduct more researches to confirm that cannabis might prove to be an efficient tactic for those who want to decrease their crack or other drug’s use, either as reduction for harm or as a complete treatment.